Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My namesake was a smarty!

Many of you know that I was named after Johann Sebastian Bach, the great German composer. All of us four leggers in the house are named after composers - Wolfie (Wolfgang), Wiggy (Ludwig), and Gracie (Grace Williams).

I often wonder how much I compare or have things in common with my namesake. Here's what I found out today...

He was smart - I like to think I'm smart. He fathered 20 children - well, they snipped me early on, so guess I won't find that out (thank goodness). He has white hair that looks like it has mats - I'm getting more and more white every day and get an occasional mat in my fur, too. His music wasn't fully appreciated until long after his death - I feel my talents are pretty appreciated, thanks to all my buds out there. In his early adulthood, Bach lived in Weimer, Germany - my Grandmum's maiden surname is Weimer.

Johann was a smart fella about life too. I found out today that he's said some very wise things during his lifetime. We came across this site that has loads of quotes by JSB. Here's just a sampling:
“There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself”

“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed . . . equally well.”

“If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord.”
Love these quotes!

Were you named after someone famous? Check out this site and see if they said some thought-provoking, funny, wise things in their lifetime.

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