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Topic: By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other...
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:29:22 PM
Daemon wrote:
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


Mayn't a masterpice be popular unless it is popular because it cannot be a masterpiece? Just passing the confusion.Think
Topic: To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.
Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2019 2:12:51 PM
Daemon wrote:
To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


How does "bravery" relate to, fit in with, the "Stoics", in what sense of the word? Comments?

From "Essays", LVII. Of Anger. Francis Bacon. 1909-14. Essays, Civil and Moral
https://www.bartleby.com
"TO seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics. We have better oracles: Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined both in race and in time."
Topic: I assume we're looking for an answer more sophisticated than 'to get you into bed'
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:34:22 PM
"I think they are talking about Monica's dating with Paul and that Paul was a lier."

You need to quote "the line" so we can comment on it; a)agree or disagree with Joey and
b)consider Ross' assumption.
Topic: He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.
Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2019 11:39:38 PM
Daemon wrote:
He that hath a satirical vein, as he maketh others afraid of his wit, so he had need be afraid of others' memory.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


Never practice your satirical vein on an elefant, it maketh him not afraid of your wit
so it would be in vain, but for his long and vain memory.
Topic: There are only two styles of portrait painting, the serious and the smirk.
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019 1:22:37 AM
Daemon wrote:
There are only two styles of portrait painting, the serious and the smirk.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


Never mind the two styles of portrait painting,
There are many more styles of selfies taking.
Topic: Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:54:30 PM
Daemon wrote:
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


The unlovable about this quote which makes me love it is that Chesterton appears to have been misquoted. Find the answer here: https://thefederalist.com/2014/05/06/the-seven-most-popular-g-k-chesterton-quotes-he-never-said/

At any rate, the proposition is false. Loving that which is unlovable is not what love means; rather it means a perverted sense of it.
Imagine loving the unloved pestilence, war, cruelty, terrorism.
Topic: The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 2:47:11 PM
Daemon wrote:
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


Some knowledge makes man too smart for his own good. Foresight is needed when biting
into the proverbial apple.
Topic: It wouldn't do for us to have all our dreams fulfilled. We would be as good as dead if we had nothing left to dream about.
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019 3:03:47 PM
[quote=Daemon]
It wouldn't do for us to have all our dreams fulfilled. We would be as good as dead if we had nothing left to dream about.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)[/quote

Fulfilled dreams beget the new ones left to dream about. Failing that it would be a nightmare.
Topic: The distinction between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living...
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:49:54 PM
Daemon wrote:
The distinction between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen of either.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)


There is no distinction. The living specimen of both is usually eradicated right after
we elect our politicians.
Topic: It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:37:26 AM
Daemon wrote:
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


"Cakes and Ale" narrated by William Ashenden, the part where his musings help pass the time
to let Maugham's sarcasm pass judgement.

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