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50,949.  If, with the literate, I am

Impelled to try an epigram,

I never seek to take the credit;

We all assume that Oscar said it.  Dorothy Parker, Life magazine 2nd June 1927

 

 

1,051.  Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,

A medley of extemporanea;

And love is a thing that can never go wrong;

And I am Marie of Roumania.  (Life’s Like That & Love & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Comment

 

 

1,054.  Guns aren’t awful;

Nooses give;

Gas smells awful;

You might as well live.  (Life’s Like That & Suicide & Guns & Gas & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Resume 1937

 

 

75,269.  If I had a shiny gun

I could have a world of fun

Speeding bullets through the brains

Of the folks that cause me pains.  (Gun & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker

 

 

79,168.  By the time you say you’re his,

Shivering and sighing

And he vows his passion is

Infinite, undying –

Lady, make a note of this:

One of you is lying.  (Lies & Epigram & Romance)  Dorothy Parker, Unfortunate Coincidence 1937

 

 

90,199.  If wild my breast and sore my pride,

I bask in dreams of suicide,

If cool my heart and high my head

I think, How Lucky Are The Dead.  (Suicide & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker

 

 

90,226.  I never see that prettiest thing –

A cherry bough gone white with Spring –

But what I think, How gay ’twould be

To hang me from a flowering tree.  (Suicide & Tree & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep as a Well

 

 

63,497.  If I didn’t care for fun and such,

I’d probably amount to much.

But I shall stay the way I am,

Because I do not give a damn.  (Apathy & Epigram)  Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope 

 

 

91,124.  There was a time

I could have said

It wooder bin better

To stay in bed.

But now I say,

‘Let’s get up!’

Why?

Dunno.

Give up.  (Bed & Epigram)  esias, Don’t, 1996

 

 

3,489.  Hey diddle diddle

The cat and the fiddle,

God’s up there,

The devil’s down there

And here am I.

Trapped.

In the middle.  (Life’s Like That & Cat & God & Devil & I & Epigram)  esias, Life is a Steaming Pile of Donkey Doo-Doos c.1996

 

 

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96,719.  I was working in the lab late one night

Squinting at a proton with all my might,

The brute double-bumped before my eyes –

And now I’m down for the Nobel Prize!  (Proton & Epigram)  esias, Smashing Atoms, 2016

 

 

74,772.  And when the gorgeous coffin was laid low,

It seemed the mockery of hell to fold

The rottenness of eighty years in gold.  (George III & Grave & Epigram)  Lord Byron, on burial of George III

 

                                               

50,948.  What is an Epigram?  A dwarfish whole,

Its body brevity, and wit its soul.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834, Epigram

 

 

49,650.  What is a communist?  One who has yearnings

For equal division of unequal earnings;

Idler or bungler, or both, he is willing

To fork out his penny and pocket his shilling.  (Communism & Epigram)  Ebenezer Elliott, Epigram 1850

 

 

50,950.  Some say, that Signor Bononcini,

Compared to Handel’s a mere ninny;

Others aver, to him, that Handel

Is scarcely fit to hold a candle.

Strange!  That such high dispute should be

’Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee.  John Byrom, on feuds between Handel & Bononcini, The London Journal 5th June 1725

 

 

74,777.  God bless the king, I mean the faith’s defender;

God bless – (no harm in blessing) – the pretender;

But who pretender is, and who is king,

God bless them all – that’s quite another thing.  (George III & Epigram)  John Byrom, Extempore Intended to Allay the Violence of Party Spirit

 

 

74,778.  Come all ye foreign strolling gentry,

Into Great Britain make your entry;

Abjure the Pope, and take the oaths,

And you shall have meat, drink, and clothes.  (George III & Epigram)  John Byrom, Four Epigrams on the Naturalization Bill (I)

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