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QUOTATION: Oscar Wilde

Children have a natural antipathy to books–handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss


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Quotation: Booker T. Washington about oppression

Oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Discuss


Quotation: Arthur Conan Doyle about LIFE

Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss


Quotation: Arthur Conan Doyle

It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss


Quotation: George Eliot on communicating feelings

Examine your words well, and you will find that even when you have no motive to be false, it is a very hard thing to say the exact truth, even about your own immediate feelings.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss


Quotation: Mark Twain

Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss


Quotation: Nathaniel Hawthorne

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss


Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton

The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss


Quotation: Charles Dickens on liberal education

I have been, as the phrase is, liberally educated, and am fit for nothing.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss


Quotation: E. M. Forster

She might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

Quotation George Eliot on about the skill of adaptation

If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for ‘em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must make a ball of yourself.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


Margery Kempe: Mother, Mystic, Madwoman

Dating to the 15th century and discovered in its entirety in 1934, The Book of Margery Kempe is perhaps the first autobiography in the English language. Dictated to a scribe by the apparently illiterate Kempe, it chronicles her travels as a religious pilgrim and provides an in-depth account of a middle-class woman’s experience in the Middle Ages. The mother of 14 claims that after the birth of her first child, she fell into a bout of madness and had a vision that called on her to do what? More… Discuss


Quotation: Gilbert Chesterton situations and outcomes

One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: EDWARD JOHN EYRE (1815)

Edward John Eyre (1815)

Several years after immigrating to Australia from England, Eyre decided to explore his new home. His expeditions took him, often with one or more Aboriginal companions, through some of Australia’s harshest terrain. He subsequently became a British colonial official, serving for a time as a protector of Aborigines. His sympathies, however, appear not to have extended to other marginalized groups. As governor of Jamaica, Eyre authorized hundreds of executions while suppressing what uprising? More… Discuss


Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on gifts

Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

When a quotation sings like a Song…It gotta be Leonard Cohen! (In My Secret Life – Leonard Cohen)

“In My Secret Life” Leonard Cohen

“I saw you this morning,
you were moving so fast.
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
On the past.
And I miss you so much,
there’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In my secret life.
I smile when I am angry,
I cheat and I lie,
I do what I have to do
to get by,
In my secret life.” 
― Leonard Cohen

Quotation: Leonard Cohen on “Scars”

“Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.” 
― Leonard CohenThe Favorite Game

Leonard Cohen – True Love Leaves No Traces (Lyrics)

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Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color and absorbs light that is used in photosynthesis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“True Love Leaves No Traces”
As the mist leaves no scar 

On the dark green hill 
So my body leaves no scar 
On you and never will 
Through windows in the dark 
The children come, the children go 
Like arrows with no targets 
Like shackles made of snow 

True love leaves no traces 
If you and I are one 
It’s lost in our embraces 
Like stars against the sun 

As a falling leaf may rest 
A moment on the air 
So your head upon my breast 
So my hand upon your hair 

And many nights endure 
Without a moon or star 
So we will endure 
When one is gone and far 

True love leaves no traces 
If you and I are one 
It’s lost in our embraces 
Like stars against the sun

Quotation: Fyodor Dostoyevsky on Happiness

A fool with a heart and no brains is just as unhappy as a fool with brains and no heart.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Discuss


Dame Iris Murdoch (1919)

An Irish-born novelist and philosopher, Murdoch studied at Cambridge under prominent philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein before pursuing a career in writing. Her novels focus on the idea that free will is illusory and depict humans as “accidental” creatures, seemingly free but actually bound to self, society, and the natural world. She penned 26 novels and many philosophical works before Alzheimer’s ended her writing career. To what non-medical condition did she initially attribute her symptoms?More… Discuss


Today’s Birthday: MARCEL PROUST (1871) (and with him: “À la recherche du temps perdu”)

Marcel Proust (1871)

One of the great literary figures of the modern age, Proust was a French author who is best known for À la recherche du temps perdu, his 3,200-page masterpiece. After the death of his mother, the asthmatic Proust increasingly withdrew to eccentric seclusion, where he wrote his multivolume, semi-auto biographical work. The discursive novel explores issues of human psychology, time, memory, and desire, but Proust died before completing it. What is the English translation of his novel’s title? More… Discuss

Ambrose Bierce (“Devil’s Dictionary”) on faults (no…not in football!)

Acknowledgement of one another’s faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss


Yeah Ambrose…What about merits?  :(
Really Ambrose, if you were not departed, I would ask you to “change your ways” man, really! 

Oh, I see, you were just truing to be funny? Okay then!

Today’s Birthday: FANNY FERN (1811)

Fanny Fern (1811)

Fanny Fern was the pseudonym of Sara Willis Parton, an immensely popular American columnist and novelist known for her conversational writing style and emphasis on the everyday concerns of middle-class women. Though she had struggled to support her children after her first husband died and caused a scandal by ending her unhappy second marriage, she persevered and by 1855 commanded the unprecedented sum of $100 a week for her New York Ledger column. What famous saying is attributed to her?More… Discuss

Quotation: Nathaniel Hawthorne On cemeteries, prisons, and new colonies!

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: P. T. BARNUM (1810)

P. T. Barnum (1810)

Barnum may be best known for the circus he formed with James Bailey in 1881, but this took place late in his life and was neither his first, nor sole, line of work. The splashy showman was also an author and, oddly enough, a politician. Yes, the man who may have said “There’s a sucker born every minute” was elected to office—more than once. Apparently fond of seeing his name in print, Barnum published his autobiography in 1855 and even got a newspaper to oblige him in what way before his death?More… Discuss


Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on the teaching of the years

“The years teach much which the days never know.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Quotation: George Eliot on “Later Love”

How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love? Are their first poems their best? Or are not those the best which come from their fuller thought, their larger experience, their deeper-rooted affections?

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GEORGE SAND (1804) and Reverie from Collections: “Tales of the Cities”

George Sand (1804)

Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men’s clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand’s longtime lover? More… Discuss

Collection: Tales of the Cities
by Various

This is a collection of city stories, fiction or non-fiction, in English and published before 1923. Contributions have been chosen by the reader himself. Summary by BellonaTimes.

Quotation: Ambrose Bierce on Accountability

Accountability, n.: The mother of caution.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Quotation: Virginia Woolf on independence and marriage

Well, I really don’t advise a woman who wants to have things her own way to get married.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss

Quotation: H.G. Wells on simple explanations and wrong theories

Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905)

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905)

Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the foremost exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. His first novel, Nausea, was one of many works depicting man as a lonely being burdened with a terrifying freedom. He served in World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the French resistance, during which he wrote multiple works. In 1964, he became the first person to voluntarily decline the Nobel Prize in Literature. Why did he refuse it? More… Discuss

A 1967 interview with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. De Beauvoir discusses her memoirs and her book The Second Sex. Sartre discusses his reasons for refusing the Nobel Prize in Literature, his opposition to the Vietnam war, and his then-current project on Flaubert.

Documentary on Simone de Beauvoir

1959 Interview with Simone de Beauvoir

Interview with Simone de Beauvoir on “Why I am a Feminist”

Remembering Simone de Beauvoir: Betty Friedan and Kate Millet

Daughters of de Beauvoir Part 1

Daughters of de Beauvoir Part 2


Quotation: George Eliot on human feeling

Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty—it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

THE MUTINY OF THE (HMS) BOUNTY – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio

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Just a thought: “Why would anyone keep a good thing secret?”

Just a thought:  “Why would anyone keep a good thing secret?”

CC Prose Audiobooks The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2

Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by Mark F. Smith.

Quotation: Mary Shelley

Live, and be happy, and make others so.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Quotation: Charles Dickens on references of sorts…such as wealth…

Money and goods are certainly the best of references.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Quotation: Booker T. Washington on assistance to the weak

Assistance given to the weak makes the one who gives it strong.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Discuss

Poems of William Blake read by Sam Stinson: FULL Audio Book – Songs of Innocence and of Experience and The Book of Thel

Published on Nov 1, 2012

Poems of William Blake by William Blake (1757-1827) – FULL Audio Book – Songs of Innocence and of Experience & The Book of Thel Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of poetry by the English poet and painter, William Blake. Although Songs of Innocence was first Continue reading

Quotation: Jerome K. Jerome

In the sun-time, when the world is bounding forward full of life, we cannot stay to sigh and sulk … but if the misfortune comes at 10PM, we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss


Trained Honeybees Could Lead the Way to Land Mines

Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close,land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More… Discuss

Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close, land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More… Discuss

Quotation: Willa Cather Love and Moral Natures and TCHAIKOVSKY’S “THE SEASONS” MARCH “Song of the lark”

Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures … are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

The Song of the Lark
The Song of the Lark (Jules Breton, 1884).jpg

“Song of the Lark” by Jules Breton

Author(s) Willa Cather
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) novel
Publication date 1915
Media type Print (Hardback &Paperback)

Uploaded on Mar 1, 2011

“Song of the lark”
from The seasons, op.37 a
transcription for piano-solo and strings by Robert Groslot
Chamber- orchestra IL NOVECENTO
Robert Groslot, conductor and piano-solo

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Quotation: Ambrose Bierce on man and provider

The male of the human race is commonly known (to the female) as Mere Man. The genus has two varieties: good providers and bad providers.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

Quotation: Charles Dickens on days memorable

That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

Leonard Cohen-The Book of Longing, Order of Unified Heart- Another Christopher (page 132)

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on man,receiving gifts and resentment thereof

It is not the office of a man to receive gifts … We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Nathaniel Hawthorne on Trusting as training tool

Trusting no man as his friend, he could not recognize his enemy when the latter actually appeared.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: ANTHONY TROLLOPE (1815) an English novelist

Anthony Trollope (1815)

One of the great English novelists, Trollope spent seven unhappy years in London as a postal clerk before transferring to Ireland in 1841. Soon after, while still working for the postal service, he began writing. Working mainly before breakfast and at a fixed rate of 1,000 words an hour, he produced 47 novels, including the six interconnected Barsetshire novels and the highly regarded, satirical The Way We Live Now. What did he describe as “the most wretched fortnight of my manhood”? More… Discuss