Definitions with a difference

I found these definitions in a book that belonged to my mother. It is called Philosopher Reflects. It has lots of interesting little snippets.


A Bored: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

Coward: One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.

Hospitality: The virtue which induces us to lodge and feed certain persons who are not in need of food or lodgings.

Patience: A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

Politeness: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

Acquaintance: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

Calamity: A plain reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering. Calamities are of two kinds – misfortune to ourselves and good fortune to others.

Fashion: A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey.

The above definitions were complied by Ambrose Biene.

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