Compiled by London swaminathan
Date: 18 December 2016
Time uploaded in London:- 6-21 AM
Pictures are taken from different sources; thanks.
The Athenian general Iphicrates was the son of a shoemaker. One of his opponents in a suit at law, a descendent of pariot Harmodius, referred insultingly to Iphicrates’ humble birth. With the spirit of a true democrat, the general answered calmly,
“Yes, the nobility of my family begins with me; just as that of yours ends with you”.
Mount Vernon, the estate of General George Washington, is visited by many people. One day a somewhat snobbish and patronizing young English man remarked to Shep Wright, an old gardener employed on the estate,
“I say, old man, this hedge. Ah ……. I see that dear old George got this hedge from England”.
The old gardener was more than a match for him. Looking at the young man quizzically for about a minute, he said:
“Yes reckon he did. And that ain’t all. He got this whole blooming country from England”.
Asking for Dinner
Displaying considerable snobbishness a Englishman remarked to an American friend, “How unpleasant it must be for you Americans to be governed by people whom one would never think of asking for dinner”.
With scarcely a moment’s thought, the American replied coldly, “No more unpleasant than being governed by people who wouldn’t ask you to dinner.”
Sir William Wallace rebuffed
There came to the National Art Gallery in London, one day, a gentleman rather shabbily dressed, carrying a picture under his arm, who asked to see William Boxall, the governor. He was peremptorily refused an audience, and only repeated rebuffs was he granted a moment’s interview.
The stranger intimated that he had a picture in his possession which he wished to give to the National gallery, and began to unbuckle the straps to show the painting within. Sir William, however brusquely ordered him either to leave it or take it away altogether, saying that he was too busy to look at it.
“But you had better have one glance – I ask for no more”., said the stranger.
Again Sir William refused, and was just on the point of turning away when the covering fell off the picture and there was revealed one of Terborch’s masterpieces which the governor himself, sometime previously, had failed to gain though he had offered for it 6000 pounds.
“My name is Wallace, said the stranger quietly, Sir William Wallace, and I came to offer this picture to the National Gallery.”
“I almost fainted, related Boxall later.