Goodreads keeps sending me notifications saying “You are now friends with” so-and-so.
Goodreads puts far more effort into me having a healthy social life than I do. They’re a bit heavy-handed about it, though.
“IN SOVIET RUSSIA, FRIENDS MAKE *YOU.*”
I’m pretty sure that’s John Dryden, and not a Chinese aphorism. I learned it years ago when Tom Clancy quoted Dryden at the beginning of one of his novels. (I can’t remember which — but I think it was one of his revenge-minded tales like “Without Remorse” or “Debt of Honor.”) Strangely enough, Goodreads has the quote falsely attributed to Clancy himself.
But it works. Well done, Fortune Cookie People.
The other one I got advised me, “Do not build your happiness on others’ sorrow.” That sounds like good advice to me — and it’s a bit more high-minded than Dryden’s warning.
The good folks at Dagda Publishing set me up with my own author page on Goodreads. If you stop by, remember to “like” the page, and if you’re a Goodreads member, become a fan! 🙂