If you have anything to tell me of importance, for God’s sake begin at the end. – Sara Jeannette Duncan, 1861-1922
I have never had any degree of patience in my life, especially now that I am in my senior years. So when I ran across this quote it got my immediate attention. I read quite a few fellow bloggers daily but I must admit some of them can get pretty long-winded. I sometime find myself superficially skimming until I get to the last paragraph. My impatience with others is the reason I try to keep all my posts below five hundred words. I blog with WordPress and their app gives me an ongoing word count to keep me honest.
One nice thing about collecting quotes is that I get to know some people who I wouldn’t have had the opportunity. Here is some what Wikipedia says about Sara Jeannette Duncan:
In 1883, Duncan made history as the first woman to be hired as a professional journalist in Canada, taking a regular position at the Toronto Globe, now the Globe and Mail. At the Globe, as Garth Grafton, she interviewed Emily Pauline Johnson, a former schoolmate from Brantford…..
She took her first position as a member of the editorial staff at the Washington Post in 1885. On her return to Canada she became the parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa, Ontario of the Montreal Star.
Sara Jeannette Duncan published 22 books, including two volumes of personal sketches and a collection of short stories. One of her most famous sayings is “One loses many laughs by not laughing at oneself.” She was a very lively person and loved to laugh.
Thanks Sara for yet another quote for my collection. We should all try to begin at the end at least sometimes.