Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 2, 2016)
A dress that is not worn wears itself out.
Chinese Wisdom on Civility
You ask me why I greet the priest,
But not his god;
The god sits mute; the man at least
Returns my nod
Perception and Conception
We can all perceive the difference between ourselves and our inferiors, but when it comes to a question of the difference between us and our superiors we fail to appreciate merits of which we have no proper conceptions.
… James Fenimore Cooper, The American Democrat
His Hirsute Suit
A bristling beard was his peculiarity:
He kissed. She thought it smacked of insincerity,
And bridling up remarked with great severity,
‘Such misdemeanors are, I trust, a rarity;
Also your face, besides its angularity,
Is hidden in a razorless asperity:
Were it not so, I call it great temerity—
Our walks in life are not upon a parity.’
Wherefore he shaved, to give his chin the purity
It knew ere he emerged from his minority.
The razor, naked, with no guard’s security,
Slipped. Gizzard cut, he joined the great majority.
Where he will pass the eons of futurity—
Above—below—I can’t say with authority.
… Frank Sidgwick
What’s in a Name?
Adalian: Turkish in derivation, identified as a descriptive term, adali is defined as muscular.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West