Friday, November 11, 2011


I'm reading a book about W.C. Fields. A lot of it is letters and telegrams and things like that. This is from a 1922 letter to his wife:

While I apprecate the spirit in which Claude offers prayers for my success I wish he would bother no further. Prayers never bring anything. You should know that better than anything. They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal and the lazy - But to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Clause to bring you something for Xmas. So please tell him to utilize his time to better advantage.
"Claude" in the letter is W.C. Fields Jr., who would have been about 18 at the time.

Oh, that Bill Fields! Didn't he know you're not supposed to say any of this, no matter how obvious it is? He should have been more politically correct!


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