Something To Think About

So begins a series of quotations or sayings that you might ponder over.  The first one comes from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, The Gondoliers.  Written at a time when both lyricist and composer were at their peak, the opera features soaring choruses and witty dialogue.  The quintet, “Try we life-long” is one of the most famous in the G and S canon.  No less a personage than Isaac Asimov considered the last two lines among the finest Gilbert ever wrote.

All:  “Try we life-long, we can never

Straighten out life’s tangled skein,

Why should we, in vain endeavor.

Guess and guess and guess again?…

Life’s perhaps the only riddle

That we shrink from giving up!”