“Sometimes the delete key is your greatest friend.” – Steve Martin, “Pure Drivel”
This certainly true for me. I’m constantly aware of my tendency to add too much extraneous detail. But in a quest to avoid perfectionism, it is a requirement to avoid over-editing, even when it might make the post or point much more interesting.
“Bonus level Jesus people.” I saw this phrase last week and it struck a chord with me immediately. I’m assuming you can imagine the inherent mockery in the context of the first time I read it? It’s one thing to meet a very personable person, someone with enthusiasm and charm, another to be kidnapped by a sudden verbal left turn into over-the-top religious nutjobbery. I’m sorry, but no thanks, I don’t want to hear about how Noah’s ark is in modern day Iran. Please have pity on me!
“Just because someone blows smoke at me doesn’t mean I have to inhale it.” I apologize for not having the original source. In my defense, I saw it somewhere that I know for a fact wasn’t the source. I enjoyed the potential usefulness of this trite saying tremendously and can’t wait for the perfect opportunity to unwrap this zinger and mash it into someone’s nostrils.
“Life doesn’t make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy’s job is to point out that it doesn’t make sense, and that it doesn’t make much difference anyway.”
― Eric Idle