Archive for October, 2008

Fydor Dostoyevsky

« 31 October 2008 | 18:16 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, smashing things up is sometimes very pleasant.

Jack Prelutsky

« 29 October 2008 | 15:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Diatonic Dittymunch The Diatonic Dittymunch plucked music from the air, He swallowed scores of symphonies and still had space to spare. Sonatas and cantatas slithered sweetly down his throat; He made ballads into salads and consumed them note by note. He ate marches and mazurkas, he ate rhapsodies and reels, Minuets and tarantellas were […]

I Ching

« 28 October 2008 | 16:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.

Dylan Thomas

« 27 October 2008 | 11:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression.

Henry David Thoreau

« 26 October 2008 | 10:37 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from […]

Walt Whitman

« 25 October 2008 | 20:31 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Dalliance of the Eagles Skirting the river road, (my forenoon walk, my rest,) Skyward in air a sudden muffled sound, the dalliance of the eagles, The rushing amorous contact high in space together, The clinching interlocking claws, a living, fierce, gyrating wheel, Four beating wings, two beaks, a swirling mass tight grappling, In tumbling […]

Percy Bysshe Shelley

« 24 October 2008 | 20:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.

Hilaire Belloc

« 22 October 2008 | 15:02 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

How did the party go in Portman Square? I cannot tell you; Juliet was not there. And how did Lady Gaster’s party go? Juliet was next me and I do not know.

Theodore Roosevelt

« 21 October 2008 | 20:39 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.

Judah Benjamin

« 20 October 2008 | 6:16 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Response when asked how he was able to maintain his substantial income. First, I charge a retainer; then I charge a reminder; next I charge a refresher; and then I charge a finisher.

Carl Sandburg

« 19 October 2008 | 19:55 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The old anvil laughs at many broken hammers.

Sara Teasdale

« 18 October 2008 | 18:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Wild Asters In the spring I asked the daisies If his words were true, And the clever, clear-eyed daisies Always knew. Now the fields are brown and barren, Bitter autumn blows, And of all the stupid asters Not one knows.

Charles Kettering

« 17 October 2008 | 7:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

An inventor is an engineer who doesn’t take his education too seriously.

Dorothy Parker

« 15 October 2008 | 6:51 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

One Perfect Rose A single flow’r he sent me, since we met. All tenderly his messenger he chose; Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet – One perfect rose. I knew the language of the floweret; ‘My fragile leaves,’ it said, ‘his heart enclose.’ Love long has taken for his amulet One perfect rose. Why […]

John Donne

« 14 October 2008 | 21:01 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Thou art so true that thoughts of you suffice To make dreams truths and fables histories

Sir Josiah Stamp

« 13 October 2008 | 22:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great […]

Geoffrey Madan

« 12 October 2008 | 9:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Never refuse a thing till you have the refusal of it.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

« 11 October 2008 | 9:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Heaven’s Haven A nun takes the veil I have desired to go Where springs not fail, To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail And a few lilies blow. And I have asked to be Where no storms come, Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the swing of […]

Scottish saying

« 10 October 2008 | 21:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Bad mistakes provide a man wi’ quick experience.

Louis XIV

« 9 October 2008 | 20:00 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Every time I fill a vacant position I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.

W H Auden

« 7 October 2008 | 7:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Music can be made anywhere, is invisible and does not smell.

Herman Melville

« 6 October 2008 | 21:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

« 5 October 2008 | 20:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.

Walter de la Mare

« 4 October 2008 | 19:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Autumn There is wind where the rose was, Cold rain where sweet grass was, And clouds like sheep Stream o’er the steep Grey skies where the lark was. Nought warm where your hand was, Nought gold where your hair was, But phantom, forlorn, Beneath the thorn, Your ghost where your face was. Cold wind where […]

Desiderius Erasmus

« 3 October 2008 | 17:52 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Your library is your paradise.

Walter Bagehot

« 1 October 2008 | 21:24 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

And though the Bank of England certainly do make great advances in time of panic, yet as they do not do so on any distinct principle, they naturally do it hesitatingly, reluctantly, and with misgiving…. ….In fact, to make large advances in this faltering way is to incur the evil of making them without obtaining […]