Archive for August, 2008

Eric Linklater

« 31 August 2008 | 8:11 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

of Sir Compton Mackenzie His clothes resembled the adjectives in a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins: chosen for their texture and colour, and often most arbitrarily joined

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

« 30 August 2008 | 10:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hiawatha’s Departure By the shore of Gitchie Gumee, By the shining Big-Sea-Water, At the doorway of his wigwam, In the pleasant Summer morning, Hiawatha stood and waited. All the air was full of freshness, All the earth was bright and joyous, And before him through the sunshine, Westward toward the neighboring forest Passed in golden […]

Jorge Luis Borges

« 29 August 2008 | 14:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

All men who repeat a line from Shakespeare are William Shakespeare.

Anthony Wilden

« 29 August 2008 | 7:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The supreme value of remaining silent when you have nothing to say is not a recognized academic virtue.

Roger McGough

« 27 August 2008 | 7:41 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Behemoth Be he moth or be he not He be noth ing when I swat

Marcel Proust

« 26 August 2008 | 7:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The fault I find with our journalism is that it forces us to take an interest in some fresh triviality or other every day, whereas only three or four books in a lifetime give us anything that is of real importance.

Boris Johnson

« 25 August 2008 | 17:51 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The French looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to have dinner, the English looked at a dining table and saw an opportunity to play ping-pong.

Roald Amundsen

« 25 August 2008 | 7:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Adventure is just bad planning.

Emily Dickinson

« 24 August 2008 | 16:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant Tell all the Truth but tell it slant— Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightening to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind—

Henry David Thoreau

« 21 August 2008 | 21:53 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

George Eliot

« 20 August 2008 | 22:03 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

“I like breakfast-time better than any other moment in the day,” said Mr. Irwine. “No dust has settled on one’s mind then, and it presents a clear mirror to the rays of things.

Eric Hoffer

« 18 August 2008 | 7:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

Charles Mackay

« 17 August 2008 | 17:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.

William Carlos Williams

« 17 August 2008 | 17:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Iris a burst of iris so that come down for breakfast we searched through the rooms for that sweetest odor and at first could not find its source then a blue as of the sea struck startling us from among those trumpeting petals

William Hazlitt

« 14 August 2008 | 22:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.

William G Childs

« 12 August 2008 | 19:53 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Judge Tries to Unring Bell Hanging Around Neck of Horse Already Out of Barn Being Carried on Ship That Has Sailed.

Herman Melville

« 12 August 2008 | 7:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.

Henry Ford

« 10 August 2008 | 21:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

« 9 August 2008 | 13:20 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tegner’s Drapa I heard a voice, that cried, “Balder the Beautiful Is dead, is dead!” And through the misty air Passed like the mournful cry Of sunward sailing cranes. I saw the pallid corpse Of the dead sun Borne through the Northern sky. Blasts from Niffelheim Lifted the sheeted mists Around him as he passed. […]

Alfred Lord Tennyson

« 7 August 2008 | 19:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Authority forgets a dying king.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

« 6 August 2008 | 7:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

George the Third Ought never to have occurred. One can only wonder At so grotesque a blunder


« 5 August 2008 | 7:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.

Douglas Adams

« 5 August 2008 | 7:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there’s no point trying to look in that direction because it won’t be coming from there.

Jorge Luis Borges

« 3 August 2008 | 21:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books, the first impression was one of extravagant happiness. All men felt themselves to be the masters of an intact and secret treasure. There was no personal or world problem whose eloquent solution did not exist in some hexagon. … As was natural, this inordinate hope […]

Lou Reed

« 2 August 2008 | 21:24 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Just a perfect day Drink sangria in the park Then later, when it gets dark, we go home Just a perfect day Feed animals in the zoo Then later a movie too, and then home Oh it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spent it with you Oh such a perfect day You just […]

Royal Institute of International Affairs

« 1 August 2008 | 20:14 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

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