[Ads-l] "Comparison is the thief of joy"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 5 21:22:48 UTC 2015


More succinctly, "Comparisons are odorous" (--Dogberry)

LH

On Jan 5, 2015, at 3:52 PM, Baker, John wrote:

> Some sources credit the contemporary Christian writer Dwight Edwards, which seems much more plausible.  I don't immediately see any examples that are more than five years old, so Roosevelt and Twain seem unlikely.
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> John Baker
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> Question for the ante-dating ninjas:
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> A student has asked me who said this.  He wants to pin it on Theodore
> Roosevelt, but I've heard it attributed to (of course) Mark Twain.
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> Does anyone know what the real deal is?
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> Thanks
> BT
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