I have never read the classic novel, "The Horse's Mouth," but it's on my to-read list for the coming year.
However, I've always been struck by a scene at the end of the book, as recalled by Lord Buckley in one of his performances.
Gully Jimson, the principal character, is dying in a hospital bed and, as Buckley recounts it:
"...a nun says to him, 'Mr Jimson, at a time like this, shouldn't you be praying a little more and laughing a little less?' He looks at her and says, 'Madame, it is the same thing' and taps out."
I have prayed too much, and not laughed enough.
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