Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Truer Words Were Never Spoken

"I have never thought much of the courage of a lion-tamer. Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid. There is not much harm in a lion. It has no ideals, no sect, no party, no religion. In other words, no reason to kill something it does not wish to eat."

The author of this particular thought is quoted 'round the world on many, many topics. Often, his words evoke wry laughter at both the truth and the sting of the "gotcha."

Without looking it up...any guesses about his identity?

(Warning: You won't find this quote whole, either. It has been chopped into pieces and strewn across the internet like so much confetti. I had to go find a dead-tree book in order to get the thing entirely in one piece.)

ANSWER: George Bernard Shaw, who voiced more than just one or two quotables...so pick your own favorite.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Ian Scott said...

I'll take a wild guess (well... based on other quotes I've read by the man) - Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain?ht

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 5:59:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

That was also my first guess when I saw it for the first time. It does sound awfully like him, doesn't it? But no...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 6:16:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Churchill...?? Ghandi...?? ummmmm.... I give up...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007 8:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Ian Scott said...

ok, well I took my wild guess. So time to look it up :)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 7:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Ian Scott said...

Ahhhh... interesting. Yes, the author is widely quoted. In fact, he'd probably laugh is head off at the recent kerfuffle of someone giving an interview wherein certain bodily functions were discussed.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 7:20:00 AM  
Blogger Dez said...

I, on the other hand, am afraid of lions.

I can share a bus with as many human beings as you can pack into it. Statistically, some of those people are probably armed, and some might have criminal records.

Almost all would belong to some political party. Most probably attend some kind of religious services, or at least consider themselves religious. Many even have ideals.

I would ignore them and read a newspaper.

But, place even one lion on that bus, and it would have my full attention. There is a good chance that I would want to get off before my stop.

Human beings tend to take themselves much too seriously.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 9:50:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Not Churchill, not Ghandi. Hint: He was born on an island...

Dez: I know a few people who, if they saw a lion on a bus, would probably want to pet the big kitty. ;-)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Howlin' Hobbit said...

Aha! A little research is a dangerous thing. With the little I know about the fella, the quote sure does sound like him. :-)

And yep, I'd probably be one of the people wanting to pet the big kitty. One of my all-time favorite memories is my close encounter with a half-grown Siberian tiger and I'd repeat things like that given half a chance.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Ian: "...recent kerfuffle of someone giving an interview wherein certain bodily functions were discussed."

What am I missing and where do I find it?

Hint Number Two: He was a vegetarian, probably prompting one of his enemies to coin the phrase, "You are what you eat."

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

TIGER! swear like crazy... mumble about MANGO'S and stay in the boat for the rest of "my favorite movie of all time"...

Okay I cheated and found out who it is... Wikopedia is a wonderful thing...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Without looking at the comments, I'm going to guess Kipling.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 8:18:00 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

damn

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 8:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Ian Scott said...

Chim.. your author once said something to the effect, "Sex is the most over rated pleasure of all man kind, and a good bowel movement is the most under rated pleasure."

Which leads me to think that your author would have laughed out loud over the kerfuffle of what's his name, giving an interview, and basically saying something similar.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Kipling was an excellent guess...geographically closer than anyone else guessed so far...and they were pretty much contemporaries, too. So they probably knew each other, and influenced each other...

Ian: Forgive me...I may seem a tad dense on this, but who is "what's his name" and what interview are you talking about?

Thursday, January 04, 2007 2:03:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Hint number three: He won a Nobel prize for Literature...

Thursday, January 04, 2007 2:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Ian Scott said...

Chim, I forget the guy's name or even his position within the Canadian government, but some were all a titter about this guy giving an interview to a publication, and during the interview he discussed bowel movements.

Mark Steyn even wrote about it in The Western Unstandard a couple of weeks ago.

Saturday, January 06, 2007 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Okay...I missed that one. Haven't been over there for awhile. I guess I have some catching up to do. Thanks.

Sunday, January 07, 2007 12:40:00 PM  

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