Definition of Gnomology: comes from the Greek word for charming garden ornament; thought or judgement. So “gnomes” as I understand it (thanks to James Geary) are aphorisms. I think in this 420 I’m attempting a bit of gnomology. 

Drift of the Churchillian kind

is when words are misattributed to a more familiar person.

Yogi, Churchill. Twain. Shakespeare; & now Maya Angelo!

UPS’s new Angelo stamp has a quote, & while Ms. Angleo used to SAY these words,

she never claimed to be the author; it was written by Joan Walsh Anglund.

Likewise the title of her memoir

“I know Why the Caged Bird Sings”

is from a poem by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.*

Drift.

PATTY

*On Dec. 6 2012 Maya Angelou wrote:

I chose the title of my memoir, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, from this poem** by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. This is the last stanza.
…I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings!

**The poem is from Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Sympathy.”

MAYA ANGELO FOREVER (and, yes, there’s the stamp too); Churchillian drift and gnomologists: there’s got to be a 420 character 9-liner in this stamp story!!

5 thoughts on “MAYA ANGELO FOREVER (and, yes, there’s the stamp too); Churchillian drift and gnomologists: there’s got to be a 420 character 9-liner in this stamp story!!

  1. Patty, I love this stuff. We’re so lucky that authors pass on ~ for free~ their hard-earned life lessons. Aphorisms are everywhere these days, short in words, long in wisdom. I’m noticing a trend on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and those comforting text messages. Curious? watch the master.

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  2. Jack found the Quote Investigator–a gnomologist?–who’s discovered the original author of the “arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” quote which up until now we all associate with Martin Luther King.
    Patty

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    1. On NPR, it says the original source of that quote was the 19th-century Unitarian minister and abolitionist Theodore Parker of Massachusetts. MLK made it more concise, it’s woven around a rug in the Oval Office.

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