Archive for March, 2008

Don Paterson

« 31 March 2008 | 20:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Here is a very bad aphorism for the purpose of illustrative quotation.



Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

« 30 March 2008 | 20:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.



Rudyard Kipling

« 29 March 2008 | 20:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Anvil England’s on the anvil — hear the hammers ring — Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne! Never was a blacksmith like our Norman King — England’s being hammered, hammered, hammered into line. England’s on the anvil! Heavy are the blows! (But the work will be a marvel when it’s done.) Little bits […]



James Joyce

« 28 March 2008 | 21:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.



G K Chesterton

« 27 March 2008 | 23:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.



Pi

« 26 March 2008 | 19:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Sir. I bear a rhyme excelling In mystic force and magic spelling. (3.14159265358)



Sir Alec Douglas Home

« 25 March 2008 | 23:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

My wife had an uncle who could never walk down the nave of an abbey without wondering whether it would take spin.



Lewis Mumford

« 24 March 2008 | 22:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.



Adam Smith

« 21 March 2008 | 17:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

How many people ruin themselves by laying out money on trinkets of frivolous utility? What pleases these lovers of toys is not so much the utility, as the aptness of the machines which are fitted to promote it. All their pockets are stuffed with little conveniences. They contrive new pockets, unknown in the clothes of […]



J K Galbraith

« 20 March 2008 | 20:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.



Ogden Nash

« 19 March 2008 | 9:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The turtle lives twixt plated decks Which practically conceal its sex. I think it clever of the turtle, In such a fix to be so fertile.



George E P Box

« 18 March 2008 | 7:46 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.



G K Chesterton

« 17 March 2008 | 12:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.



Leopold Kronecker

« 16 March 2008 | 22:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

God made the integers, all the rest is the work of man.



Kenneth Grahame

« 15 March 2008 | 19:16 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Mr Toad The world has held great Heroes, As history-books have showed; But never a name to go down to fame Compared with that of Toad! The clever men at Oxford Know all that there is to be knowed. But they none of them know one half as much As intelligent Mr Toad! The animals […]



Albert Einstein

« 14 March 2008 | 21:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do – but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.



George Macdonald

« 13 March 2008 | 8:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You can’t live on amusement. It is the froth on water – an inch deep and then the mud.



Arthur Bryant

« 12 March 2008 | 13:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

And so while the great ones depart to their dinner, the secretary stays, growing thinner and thinner, racking his brain to record and report what he thinks that they think that they ought to have thought.



E E Cummings

« 11 March 2008 | 7:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.



Hugh Walpole

« 10 March 2008 | 7:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.



Cormac McCarthy

« 9 March 2008 | 19:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Just remember that the things that you put in our head are there forever, … You might want to think about that.



London Bells

« 8 March 2008 | 20:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Two sticks and an apple, Ring the bells at Whitechapel. Old Father Bald Pate, Ring the bells Aldgate. Maids in white aprons, Ring the bells at St. Catherine`s. Oranges and Lemons, Ring the bells at St. Clement`s When will you pay me? Ring the bells at the Old Bailey. When I am rich, Ring the […]



An ill wind…

« 7 March 2008 | 21:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Viking Terror Bitter is the wind tonight. It tosses the ocean’s white hair. Tonight I fear not the fierce warriors of Norway Coursing on the Irish Sea.



Dylan Thomas

« 6 March 2008 | 8:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To begin at the beginning: It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and- rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind […]



Sylvia Fine

« 5 March 2008 | 6:52 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Pa was forced to be a hobo Because he played the oboe And the oboe it is clearly understood Is an ill wind that nobody blows good



Fred Trueman

« 4 March 2008 | 19:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We didn’t have metaphors in our day. We didn’t beat about the bush.



John Chesson

« 3 March 2008 | 8:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

An intellectual is someone who can listen to the “William Tell Overture” without thinking of the Lone Ranger.



Stephen Jay Gould

« 2 March 2008 | 10:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In science, “fact” can only mean “confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.”



William Butler Yeats

« 1 March 2008 | 17:02 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Lake Isle of Innisfree I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace […]