Not everyone can be famous. This can be especially poignant for the relatives of the famous.
Here then are:
Quotations of Famous People’s Much Less Famous Relatives
”If you try to pet a single squirrel and it shuns your advances, there will be other squirrels. These too will not go for it. Squirrels are not that into being petted.”
— Shemp Thoreau (the less successful Thoreau brother, writing in his slim collection of essays “Observations of Nature that Dave Missed”)
“Wisdom is good, but you can ask other people a lot of the time.”
“If you are not good at saving money, borrow, and hope for the best.”
— Beau Franklin, (unsuccessful cousin of Ben Franklin, writing in his “Almanac for Them That Prefereth Not To Rise So Damnably Early”)
“Let’s go back.”
Sammy Boone, Daniel’s nephew, speaking to pioneer followers after they encountered uncomfortably brushy conditions.
“All we have to fear is incredibly high unemployment, a stock market that just fell off a cliff, and lunatic dictators in Europe. Other than that, everything’s just peachy keen.”
– Clive “Stuffy” Roosevelt, FDR’s little known hobo uncle, waiting in line for a fruit-picking job.
“Water. Water. Water. Water. Water. We get it.”
– Katie Keller, Helen’s older sister.
“The medium? The medium is about halfway between a small and a large. That’s what the medium is.”
– Corky McLuhan, Marshall’s half-brother and Penney’s clerk.
“Ask not what your country can do for you. I tried and got zip.”
– JFK’s disgruntled second cousin, Daryl Fitzgerald Kennedy, after requesting a cushy position at the White House and writing in “Camel Lot: Profiles in Steerage.”
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