Half-breed citizenship

J A 'Dusty' Sayers dusty at sayersnet.com
Sun Jun 29 19:01:03 PDT 2003

> > 'Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at
> > all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.'
> >      -- Herodotus
> That's a kick-ass .sig, especially in the context of a discussion of
> Paarfi.  On the other hand, I can't recall reading this in Herodotus, and
> according to the web the proper attribution is, as so often, Mark Twain
> pretending to knowledge that improves on reality.

Thanks for appreciating the signature.  It's one of several that cycle
automatically in my computer's background, but I'm glad it came up for this
e-mail.  Thanks for passing on that the attribution may be wrong; I originally
heard it attributed to Herodotus in a classics course in college quite a few
years ago and wrote it down because I liked it so well, but perhaps the
professor was wrong, or perhaps Twain appropriated it later.  I'll have to
look into it myself, too.

I ran it through Google a couple of times, and it turned up under Herodotus
several times, but also as Twain quoting Herodotus once or twice, so I don't
know how to take it.

J A Dusty Sayers

'I have never been lost, but I was powerful confused for three days once.'
     -- Daniel Boone