And once when saying his prayers, which he [Sydney Smith] always did out loud, he was overheard to say: "Now Lord, I'll tell you an anecdote." -Patrick Mahoney Barbed Wit and Malicious Humor
[Introduction] How far back do anecdotes go?
[Publisher's Note] This book is for the most part a collection of anecdotes about readily identifiable people.
AARON, Henry Louis ["Hank"] (1934- ), US baseball player.
Nicholas Murray Butler and Professor Brander Matthews of Columbia University were having a conversation and Professor Matthews was giving his ideas as to plagiarism, from an article of his own on that subject. "In the case of the first man to use an anecdote," he said, "there is originality; in the case of the second, there is plagiarism; with the third, it is lack of originality; and with the fourth it is drawing from a common stock." "Yes," broke in President Butler, "and in the case of the fifth, it is research." -- B.A. Botkin
[Publisher's Note] And we hope that you will enjoy this book.
[Introduction] But a reasonably ample gathering of anecdotes, drawn from many times and climes, may reconcile us to our human nature by showing us that, for all it aults and stupidities, it can boast a diversity to which no other animal species can lay claim.