Archive for June, 2007

Coventry Patmore

« 30 June 2007 | 18:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Magna est Veritas Here, in this little Bay, Full of tumultuous life and great repose, Where, twice a day, The purposeless, glad ocean comes and goes, Under high cliffs, and far from the huge town, I sit me down. For want of me the world’s course will not fail; When all its work is done, […]


« 29 June 2007 | 20:10 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The older I get the faster I was.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

« 28 June 2007 | 4:47 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Every artist was first an amateur.

Arthur Guiterman

« 27 June 2007 | 6:04 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness The tusks which clashed in mighty brawls Of mastodons, are billiard balls. The sword of Charlemagne the Just Is Ferric Oxide, known as rust. The grizzly bear, whose potent hug, Was feared by all, is now a rug. Great Caesar’s bust is on the shelf, And I don’t feel […]

T S Eliot

« 26 June 2007 | 18:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous. Resign yourself to be the fool you are.

James Clerk Maxwell

« 25 June 2007 | 20:59 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is nothing more practical than a good theory.

Raymond Queneau

« 24 June 2007 | 10:20 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Entropy The woodman weighs up the oaks; the calendar, the years; the pamphlet, hatreds; the boxer, his teeth; the locksmith, bolts; the sweet maker, fondant bonbons; the jeweller, chalcedonies; the tamer, the elephams; the coiffeur, combs; the hatter, turbans; the impresario, new prodigies; the ridingmaster, white stallions; the juggler, full spheres; the conjurer, empty spheres. […]

Seamus Heaney

« 23 June 2007 | 21:55 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Rescue In drifts of sleep I came upon you. Buried to your waist in snow. You reached your arms out: I came to Like water in a dream of thaw.

Beverly Sills

« 22 June 2007 | 7:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Henry David Thoreau

« 19 June 2007 | 6:37 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

F E Smith

« 18 June 2007 | 7:04 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In court, as a young barrister: Judge: I have read your case, Mr Smith, and I am no wiser now than I was when I started. Smith: Possibly not, My Lord, but much better informed.

Diogenes of Sinope

« 17 June 2007 | 0:39 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Do not take from me what you cannot give. Said to Alexander the Great who had gone to see Diogenes, who at time was lying in the sun. Standing in front of him, Alexander, the most powerful man in the world, made an offer to the philopsopher, saying “Whatever you ask of me, I will […]

Billy Collins

« 16 June 2007 | 15:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Introduction To Poetry I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a […]

Tom Hopkins

« 15 June 2007 | 6:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.

Miguel De Cervantes

« 14 June 2007 | 10:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds.

Rory Motion

« 13 June 2007 | 7:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Sun I stayed up all night Thinking about the sun Then in the morning It dawned on me

Gore Vidal

« 12 June 2007 | 19:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.

G H Hardy

« 11 June 2007 | 5:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

« 10 June 2007 | 6:57 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both

Henry Carey

« 9 June 2007 | 11:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A Lilliputian Ode on their Majesties Accession Smile, smile, Blest Isle! Grief past, (At last) Halcyon Comes on. New King, Bells ring; New Queen, Blest Scene! Britain Again Revives, And thrives. Fear flies, Stocks rise; Wealth flows, Art grows. Strange Pack, Sent back; Own Folks Crack Jokes. Those out May pout; Those in Will grin. […]


« 8 June 2007 | 17:03 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I will either find a way or make one.

G K Chesterton

« 7 June 2007 | 7:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.

Wendy Cope

« 6 June 2007 | 7:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The sorrow of socks Some socks are loners – They can’t live in pairs. On washdays they’ve shown us They want to be loners They puzzle their owners, They hide in dark lairs. Some socks are loners – They won’t live in pairs.

Ward Cunningham

« 5 June 2007 | 6:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m not a fan of classification. It’s very difficult to come up with a classification scheme that’s useful when what you’re most interested in is things that don’t fit in, things that you didn’t expect.


« 4 June 2007 | 21:32 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Nobody is completely useless; they can always serve as a bad example.

W S Gilbert

« 3 June 2007 | 6:57 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Sir Saturday morning, although recurring at regular well foreseen intervals, always seems to take this railway by surprise. beginning a letter of complaint to the station-master at Baker Street station.


« 2 June 2007 | 8:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Lavender’s Blue Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, Lavender’s green When you are King, dilly dilly, I shall be Queen Who told you so, dilly dilly, Who told you so? ‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly, That told me so Call up your friends, dilly, dilly Set them to work Some to the plough, dilly dilly, Some […]