When I saw last night's stormy weather forecasts, I nearly broke out into a song about them. (Don't know whyyyy I didn't. That's a hint.)
But I didn't sing. I wanted something different to say about stormy weather, so I did what comes naturally when I want a great quotation: I went browsing through Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
This time, what I found wasn't familiar at all, but so much the better when I wanted to drive something out of my memory. I hope you'll enjoy what I found and share the sensation of having something fresh to talk about as the storms return.
If you worry about sounding too old-fashioned, try quoting Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18), who wrote in "Tristia" that:
"When fortune smiles you'll have a host of friends,
But they'll desert you when the storm descends."
Or, if you need a morale booster when you're out in the storm, try this from "The Ballad of the 'Bolivar'" (1890) by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936):
"Overloaded, undermanned, meant to founder, we
Euchred God Almighty's storm,
bluffed the Eternal Sea!"
Do you feel both patriotic and rebellious when political news gives way to a stormy weather forecast? Then try this from Thomas Jefferson (1743-1836), who wrote to James Madison on Jan. 30, 1787:
"I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."
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