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

Benjamin Torbert btorbert at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 5 21:24:32 UTC 2015


I've heard Karin Berquist quoting it at Over the Rhine concerts since at
least 2003.
On Jan 5, 2015 3:23 PM, "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:

> ---------------------- Information from the mail header
> -----------------------
> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: "Comparison is the thief of joy"
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> 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.
> >=20
> >=20
> > John Baker
> >=20
> >=20
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: American Dialect Society =
> [
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=3Dhttp://mailto:ADS-L%40LISTSE=
> RV.UGA.EDU
> &k=3DdpQisR3avULHgiNaNeY%2Btg%3D%3D%0A&r=3DMW6Q85EuQFDFs0kj9ASwd=
> aXohusE833r9bFEf66m5kA%3D%0A&m=3DNovoDGmwGNqFNFiz9oC%2FCsdLjpUdcQGTOaWOIJN=
> 8gbI%3D%0A&s=3D86e166fccf0634cf122b5cfd806586bd3172eb1eeb4277ff3499942e973=
> 705f5] On Behalf Of Benjamin Torbert
> > Sent: Monday, January 05, 2015 3:03 PM
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: "Comparison is the thief of joy"
> >=20
> > Question for the ante-dating ninjas:
> >=20
> > 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.
> >=20
> > Does anyone know what the real deal is?
> >=20
> > Thanks
> > BT
> >=20
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - =
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=3Dhttp://www.americandialect.or=
> g/&k=3DdpQisR3avULHgiNaNeY%2Btg%3D%3D%0A&r=3DMW6Q85EuQFDFs0kj9ASwdaXohusE8=
> 33r9bFEf66m5kA%3D%0A&m=3DNovoDGmwGNqFNFiz9oC%2FCsdLjpUdcQGTOaWOIJN8gbI%3D%=
> 0A&s=3D2b5b5b9c0cb95ea712300d56b7045fab5199e44d358baca1f8419be43ab71831
> >=20
> >=20
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > The American Dialect Society - =
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=3Dhttp://www.americandialect.or=
> g/&k=3DdpQisR3avULHgiNaNeY%2Btg%3D%3D%0A&r=3DMW6Q85EuQFDFs0kj9ASwdaXohusE8=
> 33r9bFEf66m5kA%3D%0A&m=3DNovoDGmwGNqFNFiz9oC%2FCsdLjpUdcQGTOaWOIJN8gbI%3D%=
> 0A&s=3D2b5b5b9c0cb95ea712300d56b7045fab5199e44d358baca1f8419be43ab71831
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list