One-Liner Wednesday — Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda

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“Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.”

American author, journalist, and screenwriter
Mitch Albom

How many times have you, after the fact, thought of the perfect thing to have said in the situation or under the circumstances but didn’t say it when you had the chance?

Or how many relationships have you screwed up not because of the things you said, but because of the things you didn’t say?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, which doubles as today’s Just Jot It January (JusJoJan) prompt.

One-Liner Wednesday — Corruption

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“If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already.”

Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley

I believe that many of our elected representatives have been corrupted by money from Super PACs (thanks to Citizens United) and by the influx of under-the-table, laundered money from foreign countries, large corporations, and lobbyists.

Do you agree or disagree?


Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, which during the month of January, is also part of her Just Jot It January prompt.

One-Liner Wednesday — What’s Seen and What’s Not

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“I could see what was there, but what wasn’t there was what was demanded of me that I see.”

Ursula at An Upturned Soul

I saw this line in a recent post by fellow blogger Ursula, whose blog is “An Upturned Soul,” and it resonated with me. It hit home and so I thought I’d repeat it here for my response to today’s One-Liner Wednesday and JusJoJan prompts from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Sanity Clause

Let me apologize in advance. I already used this for a previous One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill. But since this is the last One-Liner Wednesday post before Christmas, I’m recycling it.


7FA53211-AD1D-4A99-8258-986C3C29A113 “Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can’t fool me. There ain’t no Sanity Clause.”

That line came from the classic and hilarious 1935 Marx Brothers movie, “A Night at the Opera.”
It’s a typical Marx Brothers movie about a silly business manager, Otis P. Driftwood, played by Grouch Marx, and his two wacky pals, Fiorello and Tomasso, played by Chico and Harpo Marx, respectively. They are friends with two opera singers and help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

There is one scene, quite possibly my favorite in the whole movie, in which Driftwood (Groucho) attempts to explain the intricacies of a business contract to Fiorello (Chico). The dialogue goes like this:

Fiorello: Hey, wait, wait. What does this say here, this thing here?

Driftwood: Oh, that? Oh, that’s the usual clause that’s in every contract. That just says, uh, it says, uh, if any of the parties participating in this contract are shown not to be in their right mind, the entire agreement is automatically nullified.

Fiorello: Well, I don’t know…

Driftwood: It’s all right. That’s, that’s in every contract. That’s, that’s what they call a sanity clause.

Fiorello: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can’t fool me. There ain’t no Sanity Clause!

And, for your viewing pleasure, here is a video clip of that scene.