Second Hand Books

I used to comb flea markets and garage sales for second hand books.  That was before books went digital.

Is there a blog where people share love letters, theatre tickets, old bills/receipts and other notes they find in second hand books? This is what I found in one second hand book. 

The writer must have been attending a conference at the Molopo Sun Hotel outside Pretoria or maybe slept there because it is written on the hotel’s stationery.  I don’t know how old this piece of paper is but it is a light yellow now.  What you see below was handwritten in a blue pen.  

Old insurance agents never die, it’s against their policy.

(Seen in an insurance broker’s office)

Not even the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.

(Old Chinese proverb)

Happiness is saying goodbye to a visitor who has overstayed his welcome.

(Writer did not say where it comes from)

If God had not meant us to be fat or thin, he would not have made us with stretchable skin.

(Writer did not say where it comes from)

Frustration is when you have a blind date and wish you were because of what you see.

(Writer did not say where it comes from)

The secret of success is consistency of purpose.

(Writer did not say where it comes from)

Definition of discretion: putting two and two together and keeping your mouth shut

Definition of diplomacy: the art of jumping into troubled water without making a splash

Definition of subtlety: saying what you think and then getting out of range before it’s understood

Nonqaba waka Msimang is the author of Sweetness the novel.





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