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Death, Taxes, and Quotations

He could kill and tax people, I'm sure.  (Image is in the public domain.)

He could kill and tax people, I’m sure. (Image is in the public domain.)

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, or so the old saying goes.  Another popular quote: “Always look on the bright side of life.”  Perhaps someone might also say, “Always look on the bright side of death and taxes.”

This week, you will not be writing an ode to how much you adore death or taxes, or even on how death and taxes might serve a useful purpose.  Those topics are already overdone.  Instead, pick another famous quotation and transform it into a line about death, taxes, or death and taxes.

Compose and publish your response to this prompt on your own blog.  Be sure to include a link to this post so that a pingback will appear here, thereby allowing other participants to discover your work.  Please be patient if your pingback does not appear immediately; I am not at my computer 24/7 and I have to approve all pingbacks.  For this reason, using the bcandelabra tag may be advisable.

Deliberate Misquotation

This week’s prompt requires you to revise the past.  Many of you will recognize the following as the butchering of a quote by John F. Kennedy:

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The original quote reversed the two ideas: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  Needless to say, the revised version casts a strikingly different tone and would have been received as such.  We can’t precisely know how history would have been different if Kennedy had used the misquotation instead, but we can always speculate.

Speculation is the name of this week’s game.

Take an important quote and modify it.  Then, do one of the following:

1- Describe the possible historical implications of that quote being different.

2- If you choose a literary quote, you could rewrite the poem or create a new plot for the novel or play that would fit the modified quote.

3- If you choose an important quote from your own life (such as a marriage proposal or a medical diagnosis), discuss how your life would be different or rewrite the moment in which the original statement took place.  If you go this route, please inform us of what the original statement was.

4- If the quote has no context that lends itself to one of the preceding options, use your modified version as the title of a post on a topic of your choice.

Compose and publish your response to this prompt on your own blog.  Be sure to include a link to this post so that a pingback will appear here, thereby allowing other participants to discover your work.  Please be patient if your pingback does not appear immediately; I am not at my computer 24/7 and I have to approve all pingbacks.  For this reason, using the bcandelabra tag may be advisable.