Monday, January 2, 2012

Lose a friend, find a coffee house

“Let no man grumble when his friends fall off; instead let him go to the coffee house and take another.”

Gee, sounds like something someone might say today, right? It must have to do with Facebook and Starbucks or Panera, right?

Think again.

This little morsel, which I had in my little green binder, is attributed to Lord Byron, who lived from 1788 to 1824.

The actual quote, found in Don Juan, Canto XIV, is:

“Let no man grumble when his friends fall off,
As they will do at the first breeze:
When your affairs come round, one way or t’ other,
Go to the coffee-house and take another.”

So, next time you notice someone has “unfriended” you on Facebook, don’t “get bent out of shape.”

Get coffee.

© Ann Tracy Mueller 2012

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