Listeners Share Their Own Blissful Quotes
LIANE HANSEN, host:
Last week we interviewed British comedy writers John Lloyd and John Mitchinson. They're the co-authors of a new anthology of quotations called "If Ignorance is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People?" And I asked them: Why does the world need another book of quotations?
Mr. JOHN MITCHINSON (Co-Author, "If Ignorance is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People?"): Well, there are so many available now, aren't there - and especially with the Internet.
HANSEN: So that's where we went to hear some of your favorite quotations - our blog at npr.org/soapbox. Here's a sampling.
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HANSEN: Jan Freed(ph) of Los Angeles.
Mr. JAN FREED: If your dinner guest speaks at length about virtue, best count the silverware when he leaves, James Boswell from "The Life of Samuel Johnson."
HANSEN: From Normal, Illinois, Kathryn Tornquist.
Ms. KATHRYN TORNQUIST: The greatest gift we give ourselves and each other is the quality of our attention, from international author and teacher Richard Moss.
HANSEN: Next to Columbus, Ohio, and Darren Guarino(ph).
Mr. DARREN GUARINO: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away, Philip K. Dick.
HANSEN: From Sam Hamburg(ph) of Chicago.
Mr. SAM HAMBURG: Everyone is entitled to a bad first job and a bad first marriage. And that's from me, Sam Hamburg.
HANSEN: From Meredith, New Hampshire we have Rheta Colin(ph).
Ms. RHETA COLIN: I have to work ahead so I don't get too far behind. That came from a 10th grade student of mine, who asked a month ahead of time for a copy of the next book we'd be reading in my English class.
HANSEN: Phillip Cleary of Augusta, Georgia.
Mr. PHILLIP CLEARY: Doesn't beauty exist by its own coming into being and disappearing? Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.
HANSEN: From Schodack Landing, New York, we have an entry from Robert Stone.
Mr. ROBERT STONE: We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true. Computer science professor, Robert Wilensky, UC Berkeley.
HANSEN: And Roxanne Herrick Cramer of Fairfax, Virginia.
Ms. ROXANNE HERRICK CRAMER: Most people my age are older than I am. And that is from me, Roxanne Herrick Cramer, 1957.
HANSEN: You'll find many more quotations on our blog, npr.org/soapbox.
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