Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Merry Chiasmus To All

A chiasmus is two otherwise parallel phrases with the second being a reverse order of the first. A famous illustration is Cicero's “One should eat to live, not live to eat.”

Here for the holidays are some more - some familiar and some not.

It's not the men in my life, but the life in my men.

- Mae West

"Errol Flynn died on a 70-foot boat with a 17-year-old girl. Walter has always wanted to go that way, but he's going to settle for a 17-footer with a 70-year-old.

— Betsy Maxwell Cronkite, wife of Walter Cronkite.

"When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that."

— Gertrude Stein

"The instinct of a man is to pursue everything that flies from him, and to fly from all that pursue him."

— Voltaire

"Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."

- Robert Frost

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.

- Leonardo da Vinci

There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.

- G. K. Chesterton

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

- Mark Twain

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.

- Anon (I had to bring back our old friend one more time!)

Money sometimes makes fools of important persons, but it may also make important persons of fools.

- Walter Winchell

Half of our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.

- John Churton Collins

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

- Thomas Huxley

Remember - The waist is a terrible thing to mind. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Here's champagne for our real friends, and real pain for our sham friends.


  1. I do have to say that I have never been wished a merry chiasmus before - LOL.

    I love and appreciate your thoughts and comments and I look forward to what is coming!

    Susan in Ipswich

  2. Stan the man, is this a chiasmus? :

    "Better the bottle in front of me than a frontal
    lobotomy." ~ Dorothy Parker

    An inquiry from Michael Dennis Mooney, Albany, NY