Friday, April 30, 2010

Quips and Quotations

I loathe the expression "What makes him tick." It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.

--James Thurber


  1. Oh, you mean we're MULTI-dimensional? Defined by more than one of our traits? Who knew?

    I like this one, Kirk!

  2. @Limes--We have more dimensions than an Einstein equation, a Ray Bradbury short story, and a Fantastic Four comic book put together.

    Thanks for the comment, Les. You were MIA for awhile there.

  3. But I'm back in rare form. Thanks, Kirk. One might say we're damned complicated, too!

  4. We're more complicated than a Rube Goldberg machine.

    And sometimes just as cartoonish.

  5. I couldn't agree more Kirk. We don't simply tick, we tock and bellow and roar and whisper and shout and giggle and all manner of other communications that mark us off one from the other.

    Thanks for the Thurber quote.

  6. Thanks for your comment, Elisabeth. And just think, Thurber missed out on quartz watches, and the clocks we have on our cell phones.


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