Chapter & Verse

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

Lewis Robinson asks who wrote of never seeing a man with a large house and barn without imagining him carrying the house and barn on his back.


Toni Verso seeks a story that says, "It takes all kinds to make a world: some to look up and some to look down...."


Tony Shaw asks if the statement he saw posted while serving in Khe Sanh, "For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know" (as cited in Newsweek, February 12, 1968), originated there or paraphrased an older source.

"armies led by idiots, politics ruled by cowards" (July-August). Lloyd J. Matthews sent in the precise quotation: "The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards." The assessment is that of Lt. Gen. Sir William E. Butler, K.C.B., in his 1907 biography Charles George Gordon (page 85).


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