Archive for December, 2009

Wendy Cope

« 26 December 2009 | 10:46 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Cathedral Carol Service Those of us who are not important enough To have places reserved for us And who turned up too late to get a seat at all, Stand in the nave aisles, or perch on stone ledges. We shiver in the draught from the west door. We cannot see the choir, the altar […]

G K Chesterton

« 25 December 2009 | 10:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A Christmas Carol The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap, His hair was like a light. (O weary, weary were the world, But here is all aright.) The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast His hair was like a star. (O stern and cunning are the kings, But here the true hearts are.) The Christ-child lay on […]

Charles Dickens

« 24 December 2009 | 19:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’Yo Ho! my boys,” said Fezziwig. “No more work to-night! Christmas Eve, Dick! Christmas, Ebenezer! Let’s have the shutters up!” cried old Fezziwig with a sharp clap of his hands, “before a man can say Jack Robinson. . . .” “Hilli-ho!” cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk with wonderful agility. “Clear away, […]

G K Chesterton

« 23 December 2009 | 14:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours?

I saw…

« 19 December 2009 | 15:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I Saw a Peacock, with a fiery tail, I saw a Blazing Comet, drop down hail, I saw a Cloud, with Ivy circled round, I saw a sturdy Oak, creep on the ground, I saw a Pismire, swallow up a Whale, I saw a raging Sea, brim full of Ale, I saw a Venice Glass, […]

Jean Guitton

« 18 December 2009 | 21:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Originality exists in every individual becasue each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.

J K Galbraith

« 17 December 2009 | 23:03 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.

Wolfgang Pauli

« 15 December 2009 | 7:17 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I don’t mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.

Edward Ruscha

« 12 December 2009 | 13:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Bad art is ‘Wow! Huh?’ Good art is ‘Huh? Wow!

John Milton

« 8 December 2009 | 18:32 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

On His Blindness When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that one talent which is death to hide Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide, “Doth God […]

Cyril Connolly

« 6 December 2009 | 13:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The books I haven’t written are better than the books other people have.

Benjamin Franklin

« 5 December 2009 | 20:41 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

What’s a sundial in the shade?