I could not resist sharing this:
Once again, Shelley Von Strunckel hits the button dead centre.
Last week in the Sunday Times she wrote “Virgos often have a seriously proper streak. However that belies their molten sensuality within”.
Similarly, she wrote of the then coming week “… usually doing a disappearing act would be unwise. Now, however it is best, as it allows you to avoid difficult conversations until the full facts surface”.
Now I don’t know what difficult conversations there might have been but I was glad in any case to spend a few days in Bucharest. Meanwhile I shall contemplate and cultivate the molten sensuality within.
We’ve recently taken out a subscription to the Spectator.
One of the joys of this magazine is the weekly competition and at the beginning of the month readers were invited to invent proverbs that sound profound but have no meaning (although if you search hard enough you can find meaning in everything). The best entries contained just the promise of profound meaning. Thus my favourite is “the shallow puddle floods no meadows”. Other enigmatic sayings to commit to memory and use again are:
When you don’t know where you are going , every route is a shortcut.
The overcoat of deceit will not deter the lizard of oblivion.
Beware the bridge that stops halfway across.
A chiropodist will not remember you by the colour of your eyes.
Watch this space for shallow puddle usage
Let us not forget that “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation”
Quoted by Bishop Robert McElroy, an auxiliary in San Francisco, gave the above address at Georgetown University on 28 April 2014 and reported in The Tablet this week.
The original quotation is “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former” which has been translated as “the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits”.
Either way the concept holds and I sometimes wonder whether stupidity has gone too far.