Reflections Of The Morning After

Edith

by Herman Lee Meader [my father transcribed this from Meader's early 20th century collections of epigrams -- it verges on misogynistic, but he felt it important enough to save it for about forty years -- found in his files thirty-six years after his death ].

The Foreword –

The following thoughts were never intended for publication. They were scribbled-down from time to time for the same reason that a man leans over the rail of a ship on his first sea voyage. He is not interested in fish-culture, and has no grudge against the ocean but simply feels that he has something that he must give up.

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Light-headed men are welcome at afternoon teas, because they never make the rest of the company feel like idiots.

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Don’t count the number of your friends by the number of people that accept your dinner invitations.

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Life’s longest span is short. The mysteries of what went before and what may follow remain unsolved; but we know that fate deals out more pain than joy, so let no pleasure pass untasted.

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The quiet man you see taking tea and toast in the far corner of the restaurant may be a millionaire, but the hearty fellow who is shouting for terripin and canvasback is probably earning a hundred and fifty a month.

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Nothing is more depressing than remorse. Nothing is more weakening to the moral fiber than good resolutions that are likely to be broken.

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If dissipation interferes with your business, give up business*

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They say whiskey inflames the stomach, beer produces Bright’s disease, brandy ruins your kidneys, burgundy brings on the gout, and absynthe destroys the brain. Now we know that typhoid lurks in water and tuberculosis in milk, so what is the thirsty man to drink?

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Some women wish honestly to be respected, but a far greater number prefer being loved. The preference of the majority makes a man’s life worth living.

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What a paradox is woman. Her strength is her weakness. She challenges by faltering, she fights by yielding, and she conquers by falling.

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A woman who once yields to the natural impulses of a great love is an outcast from society, but if to gain wealth and social position she grants herself to a man she hates, a clergyman’s benediction makes her a respected matron.

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To be physically pure and mentally corrupt is little better than no virtue at all.

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The best way for a man to make his face look unlike that of a dog or an ape is to keep the hair shaved off.

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The man who eats the most is not the fattest, neither is the one who talks the most the wisest.

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The best club for a married man is an armchair in front of a big fire-place at home.

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No matter how poor and mean a man is, his friendship is worth more than his hate.

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The hardest work an energetic man can do is to loaf.

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Some men are poor, lots of them are stupid, most of them are ugly, all of them are conceited, but nevertheless they are as indispensable as bread.

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The man who swears continually loses all the value of his profanity.

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When a woman lifts her skirts men peep. That’s curiosity. If they continue to stare it’s admiration.

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The prude that won’t let her fiancé kiss her until they are married is like the man who won’t try his new bath-tub until Saturday night. She foregoes a lot a pleasure for the sake of a doubtful principle.

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Some wine is sweet, but none so sweet as a woman’s kiss. Some wine is delusive, but none so delusive as her glance. Some wine is bitter, but none so bitter as her falseness.

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To make a man happy, love him. To make a woman happy, let her love you.

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Edith in a striking set in the basket.

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