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26 December 2006 @ 05:43 am

Looks like I’m pretty much frittering away the night instead of being able to write. *sigh*

So I’ll upload another quotation; this is one I found just the other day in Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About It, written by David Crosby and Carl Gottlieb. Now I don’t reckon David Crosby to be one of the great sages of our time or anything, but this seemed both well said and on target:

    I don't remember much advice from my parents on how to live my life, but I do recall one very important, positive piece of information I got from my mother, when I was young and asking about love and marriage. She said, quite simply, “Find someone you can make happy,” and I thought she’d gotten it backwards. “No,” I said, “you mean someone who makes me happy,” and she quite clearly answered: “No, your greatest happiness will be that you are able to make someone happy.” Half a century later, I am convinced she was as right as rain. It’s such a wise and true thing…. I’ve come to understand it’s absolutely so. (page 114)

Watching mplscorwin and Dee the other night reminded me of this statement and makes me think they have this one down cold. (Or maybe warm would be a more appropriate word in this context!)

Current Location: work
Current Music: Oscar Myers, "Busted Boiler Blues", Fonotone Records
Target for Displaced Anger: spaceshiponedavidkevin on December 26th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)

I think it's fairly clear why he and Spider Robinson get on together so well...!

I remember noting when reading Crosby's autobiography Long Time Gone that he wrote of everyone by first name but for one: Robert Heinlein was always "Mr. Heinlein", without exception.

Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on December 27th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Interesting. Now that you mention it, that statement does sound strangely familiar. I wonder if Crosby's mother was Lazarus Long…
et in Arcadia egoboo: Marvin_Observingapostle_of_eris on December 26th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
another Crosby line
It's not directly relevant, but one of my all-time favorite one-liners is attributed to David Crosby: "I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem."
(Yeah, it turned out he definitely did have a drug problem, but I love the line.)
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on December 27th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: another Crosby line
"The police isn't there to create disorder; the policeman is there to preserve disorder." —Richard J. Daley
Target for Displaced Anger: tnavyjackdavidkevin on December 28th, 2006 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: another Crosby line

"I used to have a drug problem, but now I make enough money." -- David Lee Roth, back in the mid-'80s
Feelings are what you make of themmrsmodew on December 26th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
That is very well said. Thank you for posting it.

It was wonderful to see you at the wedding!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on December 27th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)

Indeed. You're quite welcome.

Thanks. It was likewise wonderful to see you at the wedding. Moreover, it was a wonderful wedding to see you at.

alpaca princessrenniekins on December 26th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that quote. It's a neat idea, one I will have to ponder more deeply.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on December 27th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
You're quite welcome. Pondering is good. As with any aphorism, it can be stretched too far, but I believe it to be fundamentally sound. (Oh, and by the way, *hugs*. Just because.)