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.