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Gandhi and Groucho

Posted by Richard on October 2, 2009

Today is the birthday of both Mohandas Gandhi and Julius “Groucho” Marx. In their honor, here is my favorite quote from each (but I’m not going to tell you which is which).

Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.
Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.

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4 Responses to “Gandhi and Groucho”

  1. Billll said


    1. Gandhi

    2. Groucho

  2. Rick Shultz said

    Hey Richard. You nailed my favorite Groucho quote so I’ll provide an alternate for him, but still being, after 57 years on this planet,

    a committed anarchist my favorite Ghandi quote is as follows:

    “What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?”

    As to the alternate Groucho quote try this one:

    “It’s been my experience that people are most likely to listen to reason when in bed”

  3. rgcombs said

    We have a winner! Billll, for correctly identifying the quotes, you are hereby awarded free, unlimited access to Combs Spouts Off for a full year!

    Oh, wait…

    OK, how about this: a beer on me at the next blogger bash! (You’ll probably have to remind me. My memory isn’t what it used to be. At least, I think I remember it being better…)

    Rick, I like your Groucho quote. But the Gandhi quote — not so much. The Mahatma, like many pacifists, wasn’t looking at the whole picture. The purpose of the “mad destruction” makes no difference to the dead, that’s true. Nothing does.

    But it may make quite a bit of difference to the living. Ask someone who was liberated from a Nazi concentration camp by the Allies.

  4. David Bryant said

    ”The purpose of the “mad destruction” makes no difference to the dead,”

    But what about the widows and the orphans?

    Sometimes war is unavoidable. But it always sets back the cause of human progress.

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