Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Shortly after the 1912 presidential election, Woodrow Wilson visited an aged aunt whom
he hadn't seen for a long time. "What are you doing these days, Woodrow?" she
"I've just been elected president," replied Wilson.
"Oh, yes? President of what?" inquired the aunt.
"Of the United States."
"Don't be silly!" she snorted impatiently.
Today in the Word, March 7, 1993.
Professional golfer Tommy Bolt was playing in Los Angeles and had a caddy with a
reputation of constant chatter. Before they teed off, Bolt told him, "Don't say a
word to me. And if I ask you something, just answer yes or no." During the round,
Bolt found the ball next to a tree, where he had to hit under a branch, over a lake and
onto the green. He got down on his knees and looked through the trees and sized up the
"What do you think?" he asked the caddy. "Five-iron?"
"No, Mr. Bolt," the caddy said.
"What do you mean, not a five-iron?" Bolt snorted. "Watch this shot."
The caddy rolled his eyes. "No-o-o, Mr. Bolt."
But Bolt hit it and the ball stopped about two feet from the hole. He turned to his
caddy, handed him the five-iron and said, "Now what do you think about that? You can
talk now." "Mr. Bolt," the caddy said, "that wasn't your ball."
Crossroads, Issue No. 7, pp. 15-16.
While touring America, the English author, G.K. Chesterton, was taken by several
enthusiastic New Yorkers to see Times Square at night. Chesterton, after a moment's silent
gazing at the millions of electric lights, turned to his friends and remarked, "How
beautiful it would be for someone who could not read."
Bits & Pieces, November 12, 1992, p. 15.
Once out of school, nearly 60 percent of all adult Americans will never again read a single book.
Larry Wolwode (novelist), quoted in Youth
Worker Update, Signs of
the Times, October, 1992, p. 6.