A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Source: Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Yes, yes, we know, we know all ye dickheads with your luscious lips wrapped around the dicks of Rajinikanth and the Bollywood Khans have no use for interesting quotes or fine short stories. What the hell, this is our bastion and we’ll scribble what we please and if it doesn’t please y’all you can shove it up your you-know-what.
Who amongst you lettered ones hasn’t enjoyed reading the fine tale Rip Van Winkle in your school days.
The story of the lazy man who dozed off for 20-years and woke up thinking he’d just slept overnight casts a spell over young minds and is one for the ages.
Rip, the man who “was ready to attend anybody’s business but his own” and with “an insuperable aversion to all kinds of profitable labor” was a popular fella in his village in the Kaatskill (as it was then spelled) mountains.
After all, here was a man who would “never refuse to assist a neighbor even in the roughest toil.”
The man who “would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound” is our kind of man even if he be the kind to perennially rouse the wrath of his termagant spouse!
We’d be lying if we said we remembered the author of this fine story before today.
Tis’ only after we reread the story this evening, did we realize that the author of this fabled tale is an American writer Washington Irving (1783-1859).