Fortune Cookies

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They say (whoever the ubiquitous “they is  are) that the Chinese invented the idea of the fortune cookie. That just may be true.

However, I have it on good authority, that the fortune cookie idea was first introduced by an American running a Chinese restaurant in or around San Francisco in the late 1800's.

Interestingly, when my wife and son (who are Chinese, born and raised) first saw “Chinese fortune cookies,” they both thought it must be some sort of french pastry, and — imagine the surpise on their faces when they bit in and found they had a small mouthful of paper!

Anyway… what I’m leading to, is that I take the artistic license to call these quips or quotes or whatever they are “Fortune Cookies.” I figure if those restaurant owners can get by with it, I can too! So without further ado, here are ten randomly chosen (just for you) fortunes. May they serve you well!


"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
    — Susan Ertz


"Don't knock the weather; nine tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."
    — Kin Hubbard


"He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination - and taxes."
    — H.E. Martz


"I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles."
    — Thomas Edison


"I shall make electricity so cheap that only the rich can afford to burn candles."
    — Thomas Edison


"Peace: In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting."
    — Ambrose Bierce


Sign seen at a Bangkok dry-cleaners:
“Drop your trousers here for best results.”


"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons."
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
    — Bill Cosby


"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
    — Bill Cosby