April 14th, 2006

study, words, language

clever expressions

I was reading an Iain M. Banks novel the other day, and I came across this argument between two non-human characters. One character complains that humans are terribly irrational: having expended huge resources to build a safe habitat, why would they then go sky-diving or whitewater rafting?
The other responds "I think this is a little like criticizing a man for owning both an umbrella and a shower."

I like this expression, and it feels to me like a twentieth-century bon mot (despite its implausibility as a rhetorical device used between a silicate pyramid and a predatory triped). Does anyone recognize it?