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Robert Bulwer-Lytton, who set the stage on a dark and stormy night, epitomizes a human curse. He has succumbed to the human desire for, and its memory of, the negative. He will ever be associated for his purple prose of "It was a dark and stormy night."

However, he had an astute mind and wrote more memorable lines than the one which curses him. He was a keen observer and knew the ways of humankind. He would probably understand and accept the injustice done to him, and no doubt have something wise to say about it.

If we need to lower others because of our envy of their accomplishments, I do not know. But - fair warning given - don't accept that prize or award with spinach between your teeth. That will be the photo plastered forever on the Internet.

By the way, the following are other quotes by Robert Bulwer-Lytton.

The pen is mightier than the sword. 

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

There is nothing certain in a man's life but that he must lose it.

What mankind wants is not talent: it is purpose.

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.

Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.

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Indeed, he has been a font

Indeed, he has been a font of wit, pith and wisdom.  Alas, he has also been roundly villainized as singlehandedly causing one of the major famines in India.  History has not been kind to the man, and, alas, I'm not sure anyone has enough information to render a just verdict.

 I'm sure he would have something witty, pithy, and wise to say about this, as well.


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Claws in the contract

Here's me thinking it was that beagle who coined the memorable opening line "It was a dark and stormy night..."! Good thing he wasn't sued for plagiarism.

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It was a dark and stormy night.

It must have been. Sometimes the cursed phrases are mere facts.

As for "Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem"  - would it mean that we release those we love from our embrace?