Archive for June, 2008

Christoher Morely

« 30 June 2008 | 7:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There are some knightly souls who even go so far as to make their visits to bookshops a kind of chivalrous errantry at large. They go in not because they need any certain volume, but because they feel that there may be some book that needs them. Some wistful, little forgotten sheaf of loveliness, long […]

Edward Thomas

« 29 June 2008 | 7:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The New House Now first, as I shut the door, I was alone In the new house; and the wind Began to moan. Old at once was the house, And I was old; My ears were teased with the dread Of what was foretold, Nights of storm, days of mist, without end; Sad days when […]

Oliver Herford

« 28 June 2008 | 19:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tact is to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.

W H Auden

« 26 June 2008 | 21:02 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.

Sophie Hannah

« 25 June 2008 | 21:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Trainers All Turn Grey (after Robert Frost’s ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’) You buy your trainers new. They cost a bob or two. At first they’re clean and white, The laces thick and tight. Then they must touch the ground – (You have to walk around). You learn to your dismay Trainers all turn grey.

P G Woodhouse

« 24 June 2008 | 22:47 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.

Emily Dickinson

« 23 June 2008 | 21:47 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.

Boris Johnson

« 22 June 2008 | 22:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The source, my friends of half life’s trouble Is seeking reputation’s bubble, And though the kids were not ambitious – Their beds were soft, their food delicious – Their lives were not entirely cushy: Their parents were so very pushy. from “The Peril of the Pushy Parents”

Alan Turing

« 20 June 2008 | 7:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In any sufficiently powerful logical system statements can be formulated which can neither be proved nor disproved within the system, unless possibly the system itself is inconsistent. Turing’s restatement of Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem.

Mark Twain

« 19 June 2008 | 19:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

Cyril Connolly

« 18 June 2008 | 16:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.

Black and Decker

« 17 June 2008 | 21:38 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Our users don’t want quarter-inch drills, they want quarter inch holes.

Douglas Adams

« 16 June 2008 | 12:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

“What was the Sherlock Holmes principle? ‘Once you have discounted the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’” “I reject that entirely,” said Dirk sharply. “The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks. How often have you been presented with an apparently rational explanation of […]

Nautical Adage

« 15 June 2008 | 13:39 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A collision at sea can ruin your entire day

Percy Bysshe Shelley

« 14 June 2008 | 22:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A Dirge Rough wind, that moanest loud grief too sad for a song; wild wind, when sullen cloud knells all the night long: sad storm, whose tear are vain, bare woods, whose branches strain, deep caves and dreary main, wail for the worlds wrong.

Robert Frost

« 13 June 2008 | 22:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The best way out is always through.

H L Mencken

« 12 June 2008 | 21:55 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

Hovis Presley

« 11 June 2008 | 8:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I rely on you I rely on you like a Skoda needs suspension like the aged need a pension like a trampoline needs tension like a bungee jump needs apprehension I rely on you like a camera needs a shutter like a gambler needs a flutter like a golfer needs a putter like a buttered […]

F Scott Fitzgerald

« 10 June 2008 | 19:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

An unread book is just a block of paper.

Henry David Thoreau

« 9 June 2008 | 6:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is not a man’s duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, […]

Robert Fulghum

« 5 June 2008 | 13:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The devil made me do it the first time, and after that I did it on my own.

Hilaire Belloc

« 4 June 2008 | 8:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Epitaph When I am dead i hope that it may be said “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read”

Oscar Wilde

« 2 June 2008 | 21:11 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

of George Meredith His style is chaos illumined by flashes of lightning. As a writer he has mastered everything except language.


« 1 June 2008 | 21:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is reason and wisdom which takes away cares, not places affording wide views over the sea.