“A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.” —Edmund Burke

November 16th, 2012 · 32 comments

“Some of the people in my office are pathologically incapable of washing their own dishes,” writes Adam in Los Angeles. “I hope this doesn’t lead us to war.”

Yeah, yeah, I know, nobody washes their dishes. Really, the thing I appreciated about this submission was that it led me down the rabbit hole of QuoteInvestigator.com.

The real takeaway here? Next time you decide to quote the likes of Edmund Burke or Eleanor Roosevelt, remember these words of wisdom:

related: From the Manager’s Book of Quotes for Inspiring Workplace Paranoia

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32 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Rose

    “…And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

    Might as well go straight to Nietzsche.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 12:47 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Nunavut Guy

      Nietzsche had a dishwasher.

      Nov 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Officemaid

    If the dishes are there for more than 2 days, they are trash.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 6:13 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Purr Monster

    Einstein: “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

    Nov 16, 2012 at 7:44 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Voltaire: “If we find we’re in a bind, we just make some $#!+ up.”

      Nov 16, 2012 at 9:11 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   anotherfool

      “I like post-it notes; they are so cute.” -Charles Manson

      Nov 16, 2012 at 11:56 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Tesselara

      AnotherFool: you made me snort out loud at work.

      Nov 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   izu bang

      “I think, therefore I wash.” – Réne Descartes

      Nov 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Gecko Hunter

      “To be is to do” – Kant
      “To do is to be” – Sartre
      “Do be do be do” – Sinatra

      Nov 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   DaveGI

      “May those who use the lunch room, wash their dishes. And those who don’t wash their dishes, may God turn their hearts. And if He cannot turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so that we may know them by their limping.” – An Irish Prayer

      Nov 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   Thunder McKing

      “You could have done so much better.” – My Mother

      Nov 16, 2012 at 6:53 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.8   Nunavut Guy

      “I’m pink therefore I’m spam.”

      – Some form of lunch meat

      Nov 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.9   wmdkitty bang

      @Gecko Hunter

      “Pass that doobie!” — Bob Marley

      Nov 18, 2012 at 1:28 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Dane Zeller

    “Unwashed dishes are the work of the unwashed.” – Sally Jankovich (sp), bartender at the Holy Grill, Springfield, Mo. 1998

    Nov 16, 2012 at 11:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Groucho

    Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   kermit

    I can resist everything, especially the temptation to wash dishes. – Oscar Wilde

    Nov 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   H for Toy

      You have the modern affectation of an electric dishwasher.

      Nov 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   H for Toy

    “I may be drunk, but in the morning, I’ll be sober, and these dishes will still be here.” – Winston Churchill

    Nov 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Voltaire

    Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and clean dishes.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Brian H

    Ban real dishes, cups, and untesils. Nothing but paper and plastic.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Mother Earth

      Ouch.

      Nov 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Purr Monster

    A dish by any other name still needs to be washed.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   t1000

    this is fake

    Nov 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Nunavut Guy

      Persistent little bastard, ain’t he?

      Nov 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   t-rex

      How do you know? Did you submit the photo?

      Nov 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Ace of Space

    Thou shalt wash thine own dishes. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors clean dishes.

    Nov 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Alan

    You are not really drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. – Dean Martin

    Nov 17, 2012 at 5:05 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   it's naptime

      Went to a party once until four; hard to leave when you can’t find the door. – Joe Walsh

      Nov 17, 2012 at 10:11 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   infanttyrone

    Do not despair, one of the dishes was washed;
    do not presume, one of the dishes was not.
    St. Augustine

    Nov 17, 2012 at 10:52 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Andrew

    I had a system. I emailed the office that on Friday, unwashed dishes would be thrown in the trash when I left. And I did. After the second time, no problems.

    Nov 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Jami

    I really have nothing to say fake quote wise and I think it’s obvious that all those dirty dishes are gross.

    However, I want to thank PAN. I never knew whom Edmund Burke was until this post.

    Also I really want that hobnailed milkglass mug there. It may or may not be vintage. All I know is that mug would be better off with someone like me who can appreciate how awesome it is and who’ll actually wash it after every use.

    Nov 18, 2012 at 1:12 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   redheadwglasses

    I just moved from a fancy new condo (six years old) to a 106-year-old house (fourplex).

    Big move was Saturday, last night I finished up at the condo and am all done there.

    And already, I’m missing my dishwasher. Portable dishwasher, you’re going to be my christmas present to myself.

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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