Help Identify This Quotation

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Bill McFadden
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Help Identify This Quotation

Postby Bill McFadden » January 15th, 2008, 11:20 am

Before the non-subscriber diaspora begins, I'm asking for your help in identifying the source of the following (paraphrased) quotation:

"A gentleman is an individual who professes to know a good many card tricks, but does not offer to demonstrate any."

So who said that? It's been driving me nuts for years! Thanks in advance for your help, or educated guess.

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Re: Help Identify This Quotation

Postby Ian Kendall » January 15th, 2008, 11:51 am

Reminds me a lot of the official definition of a gentleman; someone who knows how to play the piano accordian and does not.

I doubt it's a verbal quote, more like something written in an article.

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Re: Help Identify This Quotation

Postby Guest » January 16th, 2008, 12:52 am

I have heard this attributed to George Bernard Shaw as "A gentleman knows how to play the bagpipes, but refrains from doing so."

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Re: Help Identify This Quotation

Postby Michael Edwards » January 18th, 2008, 8:03 am

For some reason, this inquiry reminded me of a passage from W. Somerset Maugham's Mr. Know All:

"Do you like card tricks?"

"No, I hate card tricks," I answered.

"Well, I`ll just show you this one."

He showed me three.

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Re: Help Identify This Quotation

Postby Bill McFadden » January 18th, 2008, 8:27 am

Thanks, fellas! We're all in the same ballpark apparently; and as Ian observes, the "quotation" may be something I read in a text somewhere - a variation on the theme of, "a gentleman is ..."

Previous educated guesses include G. B. Shaw, Maugham, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Damon Runyon, and H. L. Mencken.

Someday, I'll solve it . . .


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