Archive for August, 2006

Karl Popper

« 31 August 2006 | 7:02 | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Karl Popper »

We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.

Abbie Hoffman

« 30 August 2006 | 20:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.


« 29 August 2006 | 12:41 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Although to penetrate into the intimate mysteries of nature and thence to learn the true causes of phenomena is not allowed to us, nevertheless it can happen that a certain fictive hypothesis may suffice for explaining many phenomena.

Siegbert Tarrasch

« 28 August 2006 | 10:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well.

Margaret Mitchell

« 27 August 2006 | 8:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was.

Emily Dickinson

« 26 August 2006 | 8:50 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

“Heaven” – is what I cannot reach! “Heaven” – is what I cannot reach! The Apple on the Tree – Provided it do hopeless – hang – That – “Heaven” is – to Me! The Color, on the Cruising Cloud – The interdicted Land – Behind the Hill – the House behind – There – […]

David Hume

« 25 August 2006 | 11:37 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Methinks I am like a man, who having struck on many shoals, and having narrowly escap’d shipwreck in passing a small frith, has yet the temerity to put out to sea in the same leaky weather-beaten vessel, and even carries his ambition so far as to think of compassing the globe under these disadvantageous circumstances.

Jerome K Jerome

« 24 August 2006 | 8:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more […]

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

« 23 August 2006 | 8:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The People of Spain Think Cervantes The people of Spain think Cervantes Equal to half-a-dozen Dantes; An opinion resented most bitterly By the people of Italy.

Bishop Richard Cumberland

« 22 August 2006 | 21:57 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is better to wear out than to rust out.

Michel de Montaigne

« 21 August 2006 | 7:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I want death to find me planting my cabbages.

Jorge Luis Borges

« 20 August 2006 | 8:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If the pages of this book contain some successful verse, the reader must excuse me the discourtesy of having usurped it first. Our nothingness differs little; it is a trivial and chance circumstance that you should be the reader of these exercises and I their author.

Ian Duhig

« 19 August 2006 | 8:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

From the Irish According to Dineen, a Gael unsurpassed in lexicographical enterprise, the Irish for moon means ‘the white circle in a slice of half-boiled potato or turnip’. A star is the mark on the forehead of a beast and the sun is the bottom of a lake, or well. Well, if I say to […]

William Morris

« 18 August 2006 | 11:00 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

Erica Jong

« 17 August 2006 | 6:59 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Howard Nemerov

« 16 August 2006 | 7:32 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Because You Asked About the Line Between Prose and Poetry Sparrows were feeding in a freezing drizzle That while you watched turned into pieces of snow Riding a gradient invisible From silver aslant to random, white, and slow. There came a moment that you couldn’t tell. And then they clearly flew instead of fell.

William Somerset Maugham

« 15 August 2006 | 8:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.

Richard Feynman

« 14 August 2006 | 8:33 | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Richard Feynman »

From a long view of the history of mankind – seen from, say, ten thousand years from now, there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell’s discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with […]

G H Hardy

« 13 August 2006 | 19:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.

Howard Aiken

« 10 August 2006 | 6:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Peter Goldsworthy

« 9 August 2006 | 7:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Razor Carving this same face out of soap, each morning slightly less perfectly

Emily Dickinson

« 8 August 2006 | 8:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Marva Collins

« 7 August 2006 | 7:41 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.

C S Lewis

« 6 August 2006 | 8:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.

Andrew Motion

« 5 August 2006 | 7:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To whom it may concern This poem about ice cream has nothing to do with government with riot, with any political scheme It is a poem about ice cream. You see ? About how you might stroll into a shop and ask; One Strawberry Split. One Mivvi. What did I tell you ? No one […]

Dr E E Peacock

« 4 August 2006 | 8:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

One day when I was a junior medical student, a very important Boston surgeon visited the school and delivered a great treatise on a large number of patients who had undergone successful operations for vascular reconstruction. At the end of the lecture, a young student at the back of the room timidly asked, “Do you […]

Robert Browning

« 3 August 2006 | 5:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!’

Piet Hein

« 2 August 2006 | 6:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back.

Bob Woodward

« 1 August 2006 | 6:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

All good work is done in defiance of management.