Archive for April, 2009

Hilaire Belloc

« 30 April 2009 | 20:52 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Tiger The tiger, on the other hand, Is kittenish and mild, And makes a pretty playfellow For any little child. And mothers of large families (Who claim to common sense) Will find a tiger well repays The trouble and expense.



Lewis Mumford

« 29 April 2009 | 20:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m a pessimist about probabilities; I’m an optimist about possibilities.



Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

« 28 April 2009 | 23:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Mutability is our tragedy, but it’s also our hope.



Steven Heighton

« 26 April 2009 | 5:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Some other Just Ones a footnote to Borges The printer who sets this page with skill, though he may not admire it. Singers of solo expertise who defer and find harmonies instead. Anyone whose skeleton is susceptible to music. She who, having loved a book or record, instantly passes it on. Whose heart lilts at […]



Boris Johnson

« 25 April 2009 | 21:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The mayor of London was asked by an interviewer about “power”: Q: Does power corrupt A: Power reveals



Albert A Bartlett

« 24 April 2009 | 20:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.



A H Weiler

« 23 April 2009 | 18:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.



Niccolo Machiavelli

« 22 April 2009 | 6:31 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.



Celia Green

« 21 April 2009 | 20:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.



Ernst Mach

« 20 April 2009 | 19:43 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Substance is a convenient word for a gap in our thoughts.



Peter Drucker

« 19 April 2009 | 9:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.



a turn of phrase

« 18 April 2009 | 17:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

of someone’s politics …further to the left than the soup spoon of a referee, perhaps …blinder than a welder’s dog



Woody Allen

« 17 April 2009 | 22:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

90% of success is turning up



Ambrose Bierce

« 16 April 2009 | 20:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Admiration, n Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.



Walt Whitman

« 13 April 2009 | 19:51 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A Clear Midnight This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done, Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best. Night, sleep, and the stars.



John Peel

« 10 April 2009 | 22:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, ‘Listen, mate, “life” has surface noise.’



Frederick Russell Burnham

« 9 April 2009 | 19:04 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is nothing that sharpens a man’s senses so acutely as to know that bitter and determined enemies are in pursuit of him night and day.



William Carlos Williams

« 8 April 2009 | 20:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.



Damon Runyon

« 7 April 2009 | 18:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

He who tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted.



Robert Frost

« 5 April 2009 | 21:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.



James D Nicoll

« 4 April 2009 | 19:37 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.



Abraham Lincoln

« 3 April 2009 | 21:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

1831 Business Failled 1832 Lost job Defeated for state legislature 1833 Failed in business 1836 Had nervous breakdown 1838 Defeated for legislature 1844 Defeated for Congress 1846 Defeated for Congress 1848 Defeated for Congress 1849 Rejected for land officer 1855 Defeated for U.S. Senate 1856 Defeated for nomination for Vice President 1858 Defeated for U.S. […]



Thomas Carlyle

« 1 April 2009 | 10:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught.