I didn't learn for years that you generally find your Self after you quit looking for it.
On their return from a trip, it is wise to see friends promptly, before they've had time to get their pictures developed.
Everything takes longer than you think it should, except for some things that don't take as long.
Like a chastity belt, the package tour keeps you out of mischief but a bit restive for wondering what you missed.
... you're not supposed to cuss when you're an old lady, and just when there's so much more to cuss about ...
When you're little, time stretches obligingly, and vacation is forever.
... parents embarrass their children probably more than the other way around. I don't know why we should blush so hard for our parents -- we didn't rear them -- and yet we do.
Drinking: something to do while getting drunk.
Peas went with carrots as infallibly as ham went with eggs. For years I thought carrots and peas grew on the same vine.
The same fire that hardens the egg will melt the butter; and much depends on the personality type, whether you customarily rise to a challenge or whether you sink. For as long as I can remember, I have been a sinker. One challenge, and I drop like a rock.
I believe that one's basic financial attitudes are - like a tendency toward fat knees - probably formed in utero, or, at the very latest, in cribbo.
Quotations can be valuable, like raisins in the rice pudding, for adding iron as well as eye appeal.
This wild emaciated look appeals to some women, though not to many men, who are seldom seen pinning up a Vogue illustration in a machine shop.
It isn't surprising that many children consider their parents to be a little dim, and that they sometimes try to update them. The fact that they don't usually try too hard is just as well; a thoroughly updated parent is an unappetizing sight.
The fact is, the cocktail party has much in its favor. Going to one is a good way of indicating that you're still alive and about, if such is the case, and that you're glad other people are, without having to spend an entire evening proving it.
People will admit to arson and mayhem sooner than no sense of humor.
Kitchens were different then, too - not only what came out of them, but their smells and sounds. A hot pie cooling smells different from a frozen pie thawing.
People would have more leisure time if it weren't for all the leisure-time activities that use it up.
Mothers always think you are working either too hard or not hard enough.
... I've never found anything whatsoever that is as easy to do the right way as the wrong way, and if there is such a thing I would like to know about it.
a celebrity is someone who no longer does the things that made him a celebrity.
many people choose, early on, their own truths from the large smorgasbord available. And once they've chosen them, for good reason or no reason, they then proceed rather selectively, wisely gathering whatever will bolster them or at least carry out the color scheme.
It is always a taut moment in a foreign country waiting to see if your English-speaking guide speaks English ...
Molded salads are best served in situations where they have little or no competition ... Like television, gelatin is too often a vehicle for limp leftovers that couldn't make it anywhere else.
It is a rare expert who clearly realizes how inexpert someone else can be.
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