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QUOTATION: Thomas Hardy


Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Washington Irving


A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Aesop – “Wit has always an answer ready.”


Wit has always an answer ready.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Robert Louis Stevenson


I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Rudyard Kipling


Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbors.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Aesop


Distrust interested advice.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BCDiscuss

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ARTICLE: JOHN DONNE


John Donne

The greatest of the metaphysical poets, Donne wrote original, witty, erudite, and often obscure verse characterized by a brilliant use of paradox, hyperbole, and imagery and distinguished by a remarkable blend of passion and reason. Neglected for some 200 years, he was rediscovered by 20th-century critics. Author of the famous phrase “for whom the bell tolls,” a reference to the tolling of church bells upon someone’s death, Donne commissioned what macabre painting shortly before his own passing? More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes. Aesop


Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Herman Melville


Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored…

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss

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QUOTATION: William Shakespeare


Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

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QUOTATION: George Eliot


Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Oscar Wilde


One’s past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Arthur Conan Doyle


It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

 

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QUOTATION: Miguel de Cervantes


Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: William Shakespeare


Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Ambrose Bierce


Academy: A modern school where football is taught.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution–such call I good books.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Mark Twain


Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GUSTAVO ADOLFO BÉCQUER (1836)


Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836)

One of the best 19th-century lyric poets, Bécquer was a Spanish poet and writer of romantic tales. Orphaned by 11, unhappily married, and living in poverty for most of his brief life, he became lonely and introspective. His celebrated suite of poems, Rimas, is characterized by the melancholy and resigned bitterness of the romantics. He was moderately well known during his life but gained wider acclaim following the posthumous publication of many of his works. What caused his early death? More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: “One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.” (George Eliot)


One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: AESOP-”You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil.”


You may share the labours of the great, but you will not share the spoil.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SINCLAIR LEWIS (1885)


Sinclair Lewis (1885)

Probably the greatest satirist of his era, Lewis wrote novels that present a devastating picture of middle-class American life in the 1920s. His first literary successes were Main Street (1920), a merciless portrayal of Midwestern provincialism, and Babbitt (1922), an equally satiric portrait of a conformist businessman. Lewis refused a Pulitzer Prize in 1926, citing his objection to the idealized view of America espoused by the Pulitzer panel. What award did he accept in 1930? More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: E. M. Forster


Lord I disbelieve — help thou my unbelief.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Aesop


Evil companions bring more hurt than profit.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BCDiscuss

 

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QUOTATION: Alexander Hamilton


It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Francis Bacon


Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; fear preoccupateth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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Haiku – Snowdrops, by George-B


Haiku – Snowdrops, by George-B

Haiku – Snowdrops

Snowdrops pierce winter
Snows are blushingly thawing
Nature rejoices!

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QUOTATION: E. M. Forster


It isn’t possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

 

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FRINGE 4×15 “A Short Story About Love” Ending



FRINGE 4×15 “A Short Story About Love” aired March 23rd, 2012.

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QUOTATION: George Eliot ABOUT A TYRANT


If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Lucy Maud Montgomery about interest


One can’t stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: George Eliot about conceited people


I’ve never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Booker T. Washington ABOUT WORK


Nothing ever comes to me, that is worth having, except as the result of hard work.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Discuss

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QUOTATION: Ambrose Bierce


The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

 

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QUOTATION: Ambrose Bierce ABOUT NOSES AND THEIR FAVORITE RETREAT!


It has been observed that one’s nose is never so happy as when thrust into the affairs of others, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau


I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Ambrose Bierce


A word which some lexicographer has marked obsolete is ever thereafter an object of dread and loathing to the fool writer, but if it is a good word and has no exact modern equivalent equally good, it is good enough for the good writer.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: George Eliot (1819-1880)


It is well known to all experienced minds that our firmest convictions are often dependent on subtle impressions for which words are quite too coarse a medium.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

 

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QUOTATION: Henry David Thoreau ABOUT EVIL


There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: George Eliot ON SAFETY


A man will tell you that he has worked in a mine for forty years unhurt by an accident as a reason why he should apprehend no danger, though the roof is beginning to sink.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

George Eliot


What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

 

Quotation: Henry David Thoreau about undue respect for a law


A common and natural result of an undue respect for the law is, that you may see a file of soldiers … marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

QUOTATION: Bram Stoker about SCIENCE [Or: to be is to be explainable]


It is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all, and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) Discuss

 

ARICLE: MADELINE


Madeline

Madeline is a children’s book series created by Austrian author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. The first book in the series, just called Madeline, was published in 1939, and was followed by several sequels. The books chronicle spunky, red-haired Madeline’s daily adventures at a Parisian boarding school—including taking in a dog and having her appendix removed—while her teacher Miss Clavel tries to keep her in line. What are Madeline’s famous opening lines? More… Discuss

 

QUOTATION: Ralph Waldo Emerson


Man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

QUOTATION: Sophocles ABOUT LIVING AND LEARNING (BLOGGING: DOES IT QUALIFY?)


Though a man be wise, it is no shame for him to live and learn.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

Word: BAFFLE


baffle 

Definition: (verb) Be a mystery or bewildering to.
Synonyms: dumbfoundflummoxmystifynonplusperplexpuzzleamaze,stupefygravelvexposestickbeatget
Usage: An apple tree producing square fruit would undoubtedly baffle experts. Discuss.