“The trouble with me is that I inherited an insufficient amount of vengeful feeling. Kings, princes, dukes, and even local squires rode their horses so that they stepped upon the toes of my ancestors, who did nothing about it except to apologize. I would have joined most eagerly in pulling down the Bastille, but if anybody had caught me at it and given me a sharp look I’m afraid I would have put it back again.
Excerpted from: Drennan, Robert E., ed. The Algonquin Wits. New York: Kensington, 1985.