The apotheosis of pith

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As the years go by I find more and more that the motto on the family coat-of-arms, "If you lived here, you'd be home by now", fails to reflect the full nuance and complexity of my ideals. Therefore I have resolved to adopt a personal motto. Preferably something muscular and memorable. Something with pith, verve and thrust. Something, in short, that is short.

I have been toying with a number of candidates:

"Though the pen be mighty, I carry a cosh."
"All for honor and duty-free."
"Pray there are pigs in heaven."
"Apes can climb, but snakes still look down on them."
"Where there is sleep, there is hope."

I am curious if any of you have personal or family mottos.

Aimless, Friday, 29 August 2003 13:29 (twenty years ago) link

how better than a al ali: "me, whee!"

hurley (hurley), Friday, 29 August 2003 13:33 (twenty years ago) link

or "a la ali" if you prefer.

hurley (hurley), Friday, 29 August 2003 16:50 (twenty years ago) link

"Carpe skatos!"

"Balls! If you got 'em, flaunt 'em!"

Zen Clown (Zen Clown), Friday, 29 August 2003 17:27 (twenty years ago) link

Life's a bitch and then you die.

Mr. Jones told me that.

ben welsh (benwelsh), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:08 (twenty years ago) link

Mr. Jones might have known something was happening, but he didn't know what it was.

Zen Clown (Zen Clown), Friday, 29 August 2003 18:57 (twenty years ago) link

I've always lived hard by the motto "sorry, what?"

Matt (Matt), Saturday, 30 August 2003 00:45 (twenty years ago) link

Mine is ‘Onward And Downward.’

Rex (Rex), Saturday, 30 August 2003 01:07 (twenty years ago) link

How about a motto of "Repression, Regression, Depression!" with a coat of arms which would feature a lion impaling himself on the horn of a unicorn while the oblivious unicorn watched Jerry Springer on a television sinister?

C J (C J), Saturday, 30 August 2003 06:30 (twenty years ago) link

The best drinks in life are free...and alcoholic.

brg30 (brg30), Monday, 1 September 2003 18:00 (twenty years ago) link

Which is why I love my job.

Matt (Matt), Monday, 1 September 2003 22:07 (twenty years ago) link

one year passes...
Did you ever choose a motto for yourself, Mr Aimless?

C J (C J), Thursday, 7 April 2005 08:14 (nineteen years ago) link

Aimless HAS a motto: It's "Aimless".

Zen Clown (Zen Clown), Thursday, 7 April 2005 08:24 (nineteen years ago) link

That's not very original.

C J (C J), Thursday, 7 April 2005 08:29 (nineteen years ago) link

Aim less and splatter your trousers.

Don't be original; just plagiarise.

I loved the idea of the coat of arms where the lion is impaled on the unicorn's horn. But rather than Americanising it with Jerry Springer (who, lets face it, is already a distant memory (and thank gawd)), why not have a monkey with sword for a penis, flying out of the unicorn's bum, a snake swallowing the sword, and a cocker-spaniel humping the lion's leg. Just imagine the lovely colours we could work into this uplifting image. Do you think we need to work a goat into this scheme?

MSW (MSW), Thursday, 7 April 2005 12:32 (nineteen years ago) link

Pète ce que pourras

M. White (Miguelito), Thursday, 7 April 2005 22:04 (nineteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Not being francophone, I requested Google to translate M. White's motto for me. It produced:


A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 23 September 2017 04:48 (six years ago) link

Fart what you can

Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Sunday, 24 September 2017 15:29 (six years ago) link

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