I was recently reminded of something I said over a year ago, that’s still the single quote of which I’m most proud. Curiously, it came out of a good old-fashioned baseless argument, of the kind in which I’m usually least interested.
A colleague and I were arguing about chocolate. She extolled the virtues of milk chocolate: I advocated dark. This particular colleague hated to lose an argument, even if that meant agreeing to disagree. At length, matters descended to:
Look, I’m a woman, and women understand chocolate. Milk is better.
To which I responded, somewhat disconsolate:
Ah yes, but I am a man, and we understand bitterness.
We both took the resulting silence to indicate mutual satisfaction with our statements of final position. And I, for one, will quote that line for the rest of my life.