No good deed goes unpunished…

good deed…but carry on anyway.

That sums up my thoughts on the topic of retribution today. But who said it and was it worth saying?

Two candidates for the first part. The late great Oscar Wilde – whose shoulder I pat whenever I pass his statue on Adelaide Street in London. (Other passersby keep him in fresh cigarettes.) And various Americans, including Clare Boothe Luce.

The second part is me.

But was it worth saying? Yes, back then, for the truth of it.

And now? Less so. But repeating it may let me escape retribution from Ramana, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, MaxiPadmumShackman and The Old Fossil  – the other members of the Loose Bloggers Consortium, for failing to post on this week’s set topic. But if you’re disappointed with this meagre offering, I have something exciting coming soon.

In the meantime – girls, music and books.



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27 responses to “Retribution

  1. Hudson Howl

    Whats the worst they could do to you? -or- Whats the worst they could do to you, that you wouldn’t enjoy? Your at your best an spot on your game when off the cuff. Glad your back, more or less..

  2. You went missing for quite a while – retribution on us, your loyals?




    noun: retribution


    punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.

    “settlers drove the Navajo out of Arizona in retribution for their raids”

    synonyms: punishment, penalty, nemesis, fate, doom, one’s just deserts, due reward, just reward, wages; More

    justice, retributive justice, poetic justice, judgement, reckoning;

    revenge, reprisal, requital, retaliation, payback, vengeance, an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth), tit for tat, measure for measure;

    redress, reparation, restitution, recompense, repayment, damages, satisfaction, remedy, comeback, atonement, amends;

    informalone’s comeuppance;


    “the assassins were cornered, awaiting inevitable retribution”

    Word assassin. I like that.


  3. I’m sure I have plenty of deeds left unpunished. I wonder if any of the good deeds will balance it all out…..

  4. May you be blessed with many many more good deeds to your credit.

  5. I am all for turning the page and moving on to the next new chapter. Seeking retribution scars the the giver and receiver.

  6. Keepin’ the late, great Oscar Wilde in cigarettes… that was worth the read, HH.
    blessings ~ maxi

  7. Cliff’s Notes for a longer thought? 🙂

    • blackwatertown

      Never – I refer only to those notes on my cuff, as Hudson noted, or scrawled on my hand. So if I could only make out what this faded ink originally said, the next ppost would be brilliant.

  8. This post is noticeably insubstantial, Paul. You’ll have to be severely punished. Thumbscrews at the very least.

    Seriously though, I have no taste for retribution and its overtones of violence and hatred. If I object to someone’s behaviour, I prefer subtler ways of doing something about it.

  9. Love the Belle & Sebastian song…

    “No good deed goes unpunished” gets uttered around here on a regular basis – I always thought it was a bit of old folk wisdom.

  10. theoldfossil

    You’re a sneaky bugger, you are. Acting like quality is a meager offering. Punishment shall be determined forthwith!

  11. Strange. I always thought it was Clare Booth Luce, not Luce Booth.

    • blackwatertown

      Dang! You’re right. I’ve changed it.
      Of course I wrote it incorrectly at first just to test you.
      No, I didn’t.
      Must do better.

  12. 29

    Luce Booth; any relation of the Booth Fairy?

  13. 通勤、通学用のバッグとしてもチョッとお出かけ用のバッグとしても十分にお使い頂けるレンジの広さも人気の秘密なのでしょう。是非この新作コピー、あなたの毎日にお役立て下さい。
    オメガ シーマスター アクアテラ

  14. That sums up my thoughts on the topic of retribution today. But who said it and was it worth saying?

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