Last week I came across this slogan:
“Energy – is 75% of the job. If you haven’t got it, be nice.”
I have to admit that I simply don’t know what that means. And I then thought, actually I don’t know what an awfully large amount of things that are written down mean.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter too much, because the sentence in question is a sentence which is in essence humorous, as with Groucho Marx’ comment “Better nouveau than never.”
But sometimes I feel that the comment might have a meaning, but I just don’t have enough background to work out what that meaning is, as with the saying, “Pink is the navy blue of India” (apparently said by Diana Vreeland).
Occasionally there are sayings that seem a bit daft to me, but which I remember because I think they ought to be of value because of the person who said them. Take, for instance, “Success is going from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” It was apparently said by Winston Churchill, but hardly seems to be worthy of the great man.
That supposedly Churchillian quote is, I guess, a variant on the saying attributed to Albert Einstein to the effect that the definition of insanity is doing something, finding it doesn’t work, and then doing it again and again and again. (That quote exists in many forms, and no one ever gives a source for the quote which can be looked up and checked, so I suspect the great many never actually said it).
It was as I was pondering such matters that I got to thinking whether I had any good quotes in me, or indeed whether I had anything to say which maybe one day will be commented on by others and possibly even added to a dictionary of quotations.
Something as good as Mario Andretti’s comment, “If everything seems under control you’re not going fast enough.” I wish I had said that.
But the fact is that I think I might one day write something of importance that others will remember, and when it happens I want to make sure it is recognised that I was the person who originated the phrase. I don’t want a situation such as that which surrounds the exquisite phrase, “An empty taxi drew up and the Prime Minister got out.” It is recorded in some reference works as being another Churchill piece – but apparently Churchill denied saying it. If I had said that originally I would be very miffed not to be recognised as the originator.
Which is why I archive my writing and store it, not just on hard drive, but on paper too – and put it in the Admiral archives.
That way, no matter who does what to my computer, I will still have a record of the early drafts of my writings and my own version of my thoughts. Or put another way, “To become a champion, fight just one more round.”
If you want to make sure that your writings are kept for posterity, just give us a call on 0800 783 9516 and take out a storage space, and then you will know that your work will be there for all time.