Monday, 2 April 2007

You can always go and GET the arrow, surely? Lazy, lazy Omar.

Quote on repulsive 'Promoting Creativity' leaflet lying around the office I've borrowed:

"Four things never come back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past and the neglected opportunity."

Omar Idn Al-Halif.

Wise words, Omar. Though to be honest, item three on your list - the past - sort of encompasses at least two of the other three. But if you're going to be so specific, why stop there? Here's my revised and improved version.

"Amongst the many, many things that never come back are the following nine things:
The spoken word.
The spent arrow.
The past.
The neglected opportunity.
The ill-trained dog.
The stick.
The Global Hypercolor T-shirt.
The deadbeat Dad.
The HMS Titanic.

But hey, it's not all bad news! Four things that DO come back:
The boomerang
The spawning salmon
The Last of the Summer Wine
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

John Finnemore (Based on an original, but stupid, idea by Omar Idn Al-Halif)



James Casey said...

If anything, I'd say the third on his list doesn't quite fit in; the others seem to be about regret; making sure you don't say something you can't take back, being really really sure before you shoot/kill someone, and making sure you don't pass up important opportunities. To me, the bit about the past sounds more like a point about not dwelling in it.

Sharif said...

Omar Idn Al-Halif (also known as Omar Williams) is a great man. His quotes in Amazing Omar's triumphs 29 are inspirational to say the least. He can turn an Ah! and an O! into something sublime, something tender. Praise the divine One!

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Rachel said...

I love you so hard, Finnemore.