I was at a book launch with my pal and fellow publisher Roger on Sunday afternoon at the excellent Women’s Bookshop in Ponsonby, and saw this saying in a book of reflections on quotations by Elizabeth Smither. 1


It’s a sentiment which I have expressed many times over the years, usually in bewildered exasperation — but I’d never sought out the source. (Thanks Elizabeth!)

– P

1 The Commonplace Book of Quotations: A writer’s journey through quotations. AUP.