Who said "Everyones strange but me and thee, and even tha's a bit odd"?
- Beach SaintLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
According to "The Houghton Mifflin Dictionary of Biography," Welsh social and educational reformer Robert Owen (1771-1858) is reported to have uttered the following words to his partner W. Allen on the dissolution of their business partnership:
"All the world old is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer." (1)
Robert Owen was born in Newtown, Montgomeryshire (Wales) on May 14, 1771, the sixth of seven children. His father was a saddler and ironmonger who also served as local postmaster; his mother came from one of the prosperous farming families of Newtown. (2)
A "doer" more than a "talker," utopian socialist Robert Owen founded the famous New Lanark Mills in Scotland as an example of the viability of co-operative factory communities. Many industrialists actually visited these "model factories" and some even adopted parts of Owen's system. Owen attempted to extend these into agriculture - advocating collective farming, as in New Harmony, Indiana. Although most of these efforts failed, he continued on his social work - becoming the head of one of the largest trade union federations in Britain in 1843. (3)
A bare chronicle of dates and brief biographical details do not do justice to this remarkable man. His epitaph on the Owen Memorial in Kensal Green Cemetery London reads:
"He organised infants schools. He secured the reduction of the hours of labour for women and children in factories. He was a liberal supporter of the earliest efforts to obtain national education. He laboured to promote international arbitration. He was one of the foremost Britons who taught men to aspire to a higher social state by reconciling the interests of capital and labour. He spent his life and a large fortune in seeking to improve his fellowmen by giving them education, self-reliance, and moral worth. His life was sanctified by human affection and lofty effort." (4)
Happy quote hunting!Source(s): (1) http://books.google.com/books?id=yDnKGRG3t4EC&pg=P... (2) http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/owen.html (3)http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/profiles/owen.htm (4) http://robert-owen.midwales.com/rowen/
- Anonymous4 years ago
The world be queer except for me and thee, and sometimes I think thou art a bit odd......
The Toad- 2016
Huachuca City, AZ
- greyguyLv 61 decade ago
Bartlett's 13th edition places it with the work of that incredibly prolific writer, "Anonymous," and expresses it thus:
"All the world is queer save me and thee; and sometimes I think thee is a little queer.
(Attributed to an unidentified Quaker, speaking to his wife)"
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- anobium625Lv 61 decade ago
The origin of this "old Quaker saying" isn't known with certainty. Bartlett's book of quotations, I think, cites a specific instance about 1820, but I don't have Bartlett's in front of me.
- tucksieLv 61 decade ago
My aunt Rhoda from Grange over Sands, lol.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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