"Who put canned laughter into my crucifixion scene?" - Charles Simic
"Please don't squeeze the barman!"- William Whipple
Nice one, Willie. I had to google William Whipple.He coulda been a contender!
And another thing: it's too bad that William Whipple didn't come up with as many snazzy patriotic quotations. His name seems more likely to be attached to some permutation of the 'It's time to make the donuts!' quote than 'Every so often the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots'. It's too bad Jefferson beat Whipple to that one. If Whipple had come up with it, I can imagine more people asking, 'Who said that again?', and when the answer came back 'William Whipple', I can imagine them saying, 'we'll probably just try water'.The reason I began this 'less famous' series is I've noticed a lot of people tend to use founding father quotes as if they were divine argument clenchers, when in fact they're usually no more than hyperbole. If we had More Whipples, Magoriums, and Cadoodledoinks signing the declaration of independence, I think our rhetoric would be a lot more careful.
"Yes I am thinking of changing my name to Hanpenis."- John Hancock
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