Archive for July, 2009

Samuel Johnson

« 31 July 2009 | 21:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Sir, I am a better judge of mutton than any sheep.



Carol Ann Duffy

« 30 July 2009 | 6:54 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Last Post In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud… but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood run upwards from the slime into its wounds; see lines and lines […]



Vladimir Horowitz

« 29 July 2009 | 19:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I am famous, but I am not well known.



Will Cuppy

« 27 July 2009 | 21:52 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Aristotle taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons.



Adam Lindsay Gordon

« 25 July 2009 | 21:09 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Life is mostly froth and bubble; Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in our own.



Benjamin Jowett

« 22 July 2009 | 18:41 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Don’t expect too much and don’t attempt too little.



Inscription found in a fragment of the Great Wall of China

« 20 July 2009 | 22:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

1) The Three Good Things a) Certainty held in Reserve. b) Unexpected Praise from and Artist. c) Discovery of Nobility in Oneself. 2) The Three Bad Things a) Unworthiness crowned. b) Unconscious Infraction of the the Laws of Behaviour. c) Friendly Condescension of the Imperfectly Educated. 3) The Three Things of both Good and Bad […]



C S Lewis

« 19 July 2009 | 14:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is not part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing […]



W H Auden

« 18 July 2009 | 20:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The poet who writes “free” verse is like Robinson Crusoe on his desert island: he must do all his cooking, laundry and darning for himself. In a few exceptional cases, this manly independence produces something original and impressive, but more often the result is squalor – dirty sheets on the unmade bed and empty bottles […]



Raymond Duncan

« 16 July 2009 | 22:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The best substitute for experience is being sixteen.



Ambrose Bierce

« 14 July 2009 | 16:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity.



Anthony Trollope

« 13 July 2009 | 17:14 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A small task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.



Clive James

« 12 July 2009 | 20:20 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

When we were kids we fought in the mock battle With Ned Kelly cap guns and we opened the cold bottle Of Shelley’s lemonade with a Scout belt buckle. We cracked the passion fruit and sipped the honeysuckle. When we were kids we lit the Thundercracker Under the fruit tin and we sucked the all […]



Arthur Rubinstein

« 11 July 2009 | 20:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Person in a street near near Carnegie Hall: “Pardon me sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?” Arthur Rubinstein: “Practice, practice, practice.”



E H Gombrich

« 10 July 2009 | 21:55 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.



Jacques Derrida

« 6 July 2009 | 20:56 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.



Alexander Pope

« 5 July 2009 | 10:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I believe no one qualification is so likely to make a good writer, as the power of rejecting his own thoughts.



Johann von Neumann

« 4 July 2009 | 7:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.