I Didn’t Want to Come Across as a Dickens

An impromptu, random conversation from this morning:

Another Brian:  …You know what they say, “It’s better to be quiet and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove them right.”

Me:  That was Mark Twain, but not in those exact words.

[I subsequently learned that a similar earlier utterance was made by Abe Lincoln, and that the maxim had precedent in other sources.]

A Guy I Never Met Before:  Who said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?”

Me:  Charles Dickens.

Other Brian:  A Tale of Two Cities.

Other Guy:  That’s right.  I tried reading that once, and I just couldn’t.  The language was just too weird.

Other Brian:  That’s because that was like in the 1500s, 1600s.

I did not correct him on his chronological error.  After all, he did unwittingly prove the adage’s veracity.


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