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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 7:27 am 
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Michael,
This is all over the Internet attributed to Winston Churchill (including this website and Quoteland). It is actually:
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Great use they have, when in the hands
Of one like me, who understands,
Who understands the time and place,
The person, manner, and the grace,
Which fools neglect; so that we find,
If all the requisites are join'd,
From whence a perfect joke must spring,
A joke's a very serious thing.
~ Charles Churchill, from “The Ghost” (book IV, lines 1379-1387), 1762
http://www.quoteland.com/author.asp?AUTHOR_ID=1480
http://www.fullbooks.com/Poetical-Works7.html


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 1:01 pm 
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hmm nice research, thenostromo! I hope this is gonna get fixed asap.

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 9:12 am 
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Thanks for the research! I fixed this on our site and added the more complete stanza.

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