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User Name: balzac84
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Occupation: Translator
Interests: Literature, cinema, and the books themselves!
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Topic: What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.
Posted: Friday, July 01, 2011 5:06:36 AM
Daemon wrote:
<script>add2all('quote')</script><img align=left width="100" height="114" src="http://img.tfd.com/IOD/swift.jpg">What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.<br><br><a href="http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Swift,+Jonathan">Jonathan Swift</a> (1667-1745)

First, who are "they" and then if I'm right to think that the "they" are
the clergy, I have to be right to suppose that he means they are cheating us.
Second, where is the "heaven" he is talking about?
Context is substantial it seems...
Can any one help me get it?

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade,...
Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:50:02 AM
IMcRout wrote:
'Ann' is Ann Whitefield, from Shaw's play Man and Superman.

See Man and Superman


Tnx, very much tnx dear IMcRout...

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: You think that you are Ann's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade,...
Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:57:26 AM
Could any one tell me (or us) who Ann is?
Tnx...

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: In museums and palaces we are alternate radicals and conservatives.
Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 3:31:26 AM
Toddey65 wrote:
...And who is this??
This quote goes straight through my head, can't make any sense of it.

I could make no sense of it either! May anyone tell us how it goes?

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: A house cannot be made habitable in a day; and, after all, how few days go to make up a century.
Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2010 3:59:38 AM
Does it mean that even a house takes time to be able to inhabit in and...?
Could anyone please expound about it?

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: paraphrasing of one obscure for me sentence
Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 6:15:22 AM
Sometimes to swear gives much more relief than to pray!

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: Who am I if I have faith?
Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:56:00 AM
srirr wrote:
What do you call a person who has faith in something? Is there any specific word?

Believers are they who believe; trusters are they who trust. But what about them who have faith?

I think, the "faithful" as written under a photo showing the Pope waving to the crowd gathered in a square...

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: The most lyrical plead for love...
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010 4:47:23 AM
Desiree wrote:

One of the poems that has really impressed me was written by the Sultan Suleyman ( from the Ottoman Empire) to his one-time slave in his harem. He later married her.Here some lines.

"My woman of the beautiful hair,my love of the slanted brown, my love of the eyes full of mischief....
I´ll sing your praises always.
I, lover of the tormented heart, Muhibbi of the eyes full of tears, I am happy.

That very poem you have mentioned Lady Desiree could be felt and moved by heart
only if it is read in Turkish and by a lucid and correct speaker! I don't know if
you liked it read in Turkish and then saw the translation! That really seems possible
and more fit...

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: Supposed to or Suppose to?
Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010 6:53:29 AM
Wholly I am supposed to :-) agree with grammergeek!
Especially in terms of the last sentence! It must be
used with "to be"...

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson
Topic: "adviser" vs "advisor"
Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010 8:02:52 AM
Personally, it is none of our business to argue and then
to opt one of two options. We're no lexicographers or
semanticist. Let it be dealt with those whose engagement is
to argue what or how a word could be spelled!
Since, language is not a playground!

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Samuel Johnson

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