Tuesday, 30 October 2012

"When I use a word"

'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'
'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected.
'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.'

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Empty Lives

I work near my father's office and sometimes I pop round and visit him for a for a quick catch-up. The other day I found myself telling him that I would be available between 13:00 and 13:15, 16:30 and 16:45 and after 17:15, and then apologised for having such full days.

My father replied with:

Full days are better than empty lives:

Thanks, dad!

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