Sunday, May 01, 2022

Beers & Books CCXVI – Giovannino Guareschi

Minutes and seconds are strictly city preoccupations.
In the city people hurry, hurry
so as not to waste a single minute,
and fail to realize
that they are throwing a lifetime away.

Giovannino Guareschi (1 May 1908 – 22 July 1968)


  1. He has a point but I well remember that while living in the country people talked about the distance between two points not as mileage but as in the time take.

    1. So do I. I often heard 'It's two (five, ten) minutes from here'. I do think, though, that does not contradict Guareschi.

  2. Having just returned from a bucolic corner on the Isle of Skye, I can take to heart that comparison.

    1. Good to "see" you Mark. I started to get a bit worried. Hope you spent a lovely time on Skye.
      Right now I am thinking about a German and a Japanese at a congress in Vienna. On the way to the metro, the German looks at his watch and says "If we hurry, we can catch the next train and save ten minutes".
      A short time later they are sitting in the underground, wiping the sweat from their foreheads, and the Japanese asks: "And what are we going to do with the ten minutes?"