Liberal Arts Blog — Ogden Nash (1902–1971): Master of Light Verse
Liberal Arts Blog — Tuesday is the Joy of Literature, Language, Religion, and Culture Day
Today’s Topic: Ogden Nash (1902–1971): Master of Light Verse
Do you have a favorite master of light verse? This morning I decided to dig up the best lines I could find by Harvard-drop out Ogden Nash. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
CHILDREN, MARRIAGE, IMMATURITY
1. “Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.”
2. “To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”
3. “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”
NB: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
PROGRESS, THE BOVINE ILK, PANTHER
1. “Progress is a fine thing but it’s gone on long enough.”
2. “The cow is of the bovine ilk — the one end is moo the other milk.”
3. “If called by a panther, don’t anther.”
NB: “A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.”
GRANDPARENTS, PARSLEY, MIDDLE AGE. RESPONSIBILITY
1. “When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.”
2. “Parsley is gharsley.”
3. “Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.”
NB: “Why. did the Lord give us agility, if not to evade responsibility?”
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
“You’ve got to continue to grow, or you’re just like last night’s corn bread — stale and dry.” - Loretta Lynn
#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20
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