Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Heather T.: "What line or phrase that you've read from Shakesville has stayed with you in a particularly meaningful way? Like a pocket charm or talisman you take out and look at every once in awhile?"

To be clear, and as always: "Shakesville" does not mean "Melissa McEwan." There are lots of great contributors, on the main page and in comments, who have written amazing things in this space, lots of which stay with me in meaningful ways.

The first thing that came to my mind was this quote from my dear, departed friend Maud: "There are times when you must speak, not because you are going to change the other person, but because if you don't speak, they have changed you."

And the second was when commenter JupiterPluvius calmly, brilliantly, and memorably explained to a troll who was missing the point: "What you are doing, sir, is the equivalent of going into a pie-shop and demanding a jellied eel, because the jellied-eel shop had been closed down after a gang of hooligans had demolished the place. SIR, YOU ARE TOO LATE FOR THE JELLIED EELS. HERE, WE HAVE ONLY PIE."

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