It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind

duck looking at water

Time to contemplate bread on the waters

What a very, very lucky person you are. Spread out before you are the finest and funniest words from the finest and funniest writer the past century ever knew… Without Wodehouse I am not sure that I would be a tenth of what I am today… He taught me something about good nature. It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.

by Stephen Fry
introduction to What Ho!: The Best of P.G.Wodehouse
taken from Amazon’s product description
image – squacco

My word for the day is BENIGN

Morph the Wodehouse reference, add a few pounds of buffer zone fat from recent “mm, mm, good” foodie-style pampering, and this quote could describe me today.

My biopsy results are in, and I’m just fine. Being me, I’ll be digging into questions about the meaning of life and death again, soon enough. For now, I’m breathing and nesting, thinking about taking a whack at those New Years resolutions I didn’t make this year, wondering if it’s too early to start some pots of spinach and sugar snap peas. I don’t want to go back home to my life of last Summer when all this started. I can’t. These things force a person to change, or you die a little inside with the force of denial. I wouldn’t fit where I was last year.


I couldn’t get a look at the whole text of Stephen Fry’s introduction, because the book is an out-of-print import and there is no preview available online. However, I did find what looks like the rest of an article containing the quote, available here.

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4 Responses to “It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind”

  1. Juanita Says:

    Yay! SO glad to hear your results are negative (which is a big positive!) 🙂

  2. Mary Says:

    Glad to hear you’re fine, glad you’re you. Happy New Year, and happy ‘planting’ what has meaning for you this year!

  3. E. A. Able Says:

    It may be sinking in for a while. I got a copy of my pathology report today. W00t!

  4. Leif Duncomb Says:

    Staying upbeat and positive, despite problems, is very difficult to do.

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