Jack’s Winning Words 4/26/16
“It’s good to shut up sometimes.” (Marcel Marceau) Marcel the mime was influenced by Charlie Chaplin who was a master of telling a story without words during the silent movie era. Marcel appeared in the Mel Brooks’ film, “Silent Movie,” and spoke one word, “Non.” I read that at his funeral Mozart piano music was played and very few words were spoken. We all need to reminded at times of Marceau’s quote. I prefer Mozart over a rant, anytime! ;-) Jack
FROM MY LAWYER: Marcel Marceau was a child of the holocaust. His rise to fame was heroic and legendary. Check out this website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Marceau Pretty remarkable.====JACK: Many comedians come out of tragedy, and many are Jewish, too.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Our parents often quoted "If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all!" I wonder why Marcel was so quiet?!?====JACK: Maybe it had to do with his Holocaust experience. The terror would tend to leave a survivor speechless.
FROM RI IN BOSTON: Shakespeare preceded Marceau by many years, expressing essentially the same wisdom in the literary language of his time..."More matter, less art!"====JACK: While I don't agree with Ralph (another one by that name) Kramden when we said to Alice's mother: "YOU ARE A BLABBERMOUTH! A BLAAAAAAAAAAABBERMOUTH!!", I did laugh when he said it. Some see a connection with some of today's politicians.
FROM DAIRYLAND DONNA: Please e-mail this to Donald Trump.====JACK: I do have a few friends who probably have his e-mail address, because they're fans of his....which goes to the heart of today's quote and cartoon.
FROM JMK IN CA;" Nice last name====JACK: Maybe he didn't include the "s" because it's silent.
FROM CHESTER THE GOOD: No truer words were never spoken.====JACK: Sometimes the words were spoken to me in Swedish when I was a "mouthy" kid..."Tyst med du!"====CHESTER: Vas ist los?====JACK: Literally: "Quiet with you," or "Keep your mouth shut." I understood the latter.
FROM CS IN MICHIGAN: Love this!====JACK: I love M & M's...Marceau and Mozart.
FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: Good morning, Jack. So true, and there are so many public figures right now who would do the world (and themselves) a favor by doing just that! I remember that moment in Silent Movie. A shocker! (Akin to the biography ‘Harpo Speaks’.) Have a good day. ====JACK: One of the great TV inventions...the MUTE button, or the electronic channel changer.
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: as I recall the movie, the phone rang and Marcel said "hello". just one word spoken in the whole movie. could i be wrong about this? just curious... ====JACK: I remember a church joke about a child saying to his mother, when the offering plate came..."If we pay him, will he shut up."
FROM SHARIN' SHARON: Here with our daughter and son in law and new grandson and this remarkable iPad with the iPad.. We are trying to get to know our grandson so we can babysit him and give his parents chance to have some time just them too a bit. Appreciated your we this morning. The rants are upsetting.. When Alex is crying hard actually and we know he has had food and his diaper is ok and we just assume it is gas and that the best division is to hold him through it it takes a lot of care and hope and prayers. Actually, I know some adults whose lives seem to be silent movies and the keep a lot inside them and we keep muddling through joined together by hard telling if I am guessing correctly about what they are communicating in their silent movie. Personally, I am always hoping and praying that they will grow more able to share their needs and feelings with me in ways I can receive more accurately and respond to better.. We are doing ok down here but grateful to be grandparents and that Alex has such in tune parents exclamation mark.====JACK: Yes, it's easier to quiet a crying child when all you have to do is change a diaper. With adults, it's not as easy.