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Thu., April 16, 2009, 5:04 a.m.

Quote of the Day — April 16, 2009

Good morning, Netizens...

Today's random quotation takes me back to another time, another place.The quote of the day is:

You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.

Max Beerbohm (1872 – 1956)

Years ago, I met and, despite our obvious differences, became enamored of a Bishop of the Latter Day Saints in Wyoming who, despite being unlettered, having never completed high school, managed to read and retain some of the most-humorous aphorisms which he would dispense, at will, from behind the counter of his Napa Auto Parts Store to anyone willing to listen.

One of his favorite citations went, “If you can teach a horse how to canter, you're doing good. However, if you can teach a horse to float on his back in the pond while whistling 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' you may have something.”

Unfortunately the Bishop's son, who never had his father's loquaciousness nor his abstract sense of humor, inherited the role of Bishop upon his father's demise as well as titular ownership of the Napa Store.


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