Saturday, May 16, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 225

Off To The Side

Of all the many subdivisions of comedy, he [Stephen Leacock] excelled at the one we call nonsense, although it often seems to pierce through appearances to a finer sort of sense to any we know in the world of everyday. Consider the quotation from Gertrude the Governess, which is the only piece of Leacock to get into both Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, and the Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations:

"Lord Ronald flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions."
Robertson Davies
The Funny Professor

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
John Maynard Keynes