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Topic: How to bite-technically- only as much as you can chew
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2018 1:12:38 PM
https://aeon.co/essays/how-communist-bulgaria-became-a-leader-in-tech-and-sci-fi

What say you, Sanmayce?
Topic: It is not violence that best overcomes hate—nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 9:25:48 PM
""It is not violence that best overcomes hate--nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury." (Said Helen)

"What then?" (Asked Jane)

"Read the New Testament, and observe what Christ says, and how He acts; make His word your rule, and His conduct your example." (Replied Helen)

"What does He say?" (Asked again Jane)

"Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you."""
(Helen's solution)

There must be something a little less demanding of the innocent victim, something that does not demand love of your enemies, and the blessing of them who curse you--to speak nothing of justice the innocent victim deserves; hard enough to do good to them who hate you and despitefully use you.

















Topic: I cannot imagine why we should be at the expense to furnish wit for succeeding ages, when the former have made no sort of...
Posted: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 3:56:13 PM
Daemon wrote:
I cannot imagine why we should be at the expense to furnish wit for succeeding ages, when the former have made no sort of provision for ours.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


"we should be at the expense" means that we should be charged, or responsible for something;
in this case "to furnish wit for succeeding ages". It is a bit archaic, "at the expense".
Next, "when the former have made no sort of provision for ours". Read it like this:
"when the former ages (previous to ours) have made no sort of provision for our age.

Yet in other words: If our age has not been provided with wit by previous ages
why should we be responsible to provide wit for the succeeding ages?Whistle

For context: "The works of Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, The Author's Preface" Page 92.
Courtesy of https://books.google.ca/books?id=YksQCsw-KhwC&pg=PA92&lpg=PA92&

Topic: Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was...
Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2017 3:22:30 PM
Daemon wrote:
Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was forbidden.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


This explains it all...
Also the subsequent long fall,
For never wanting to play ball.
The painful wait for the call,
With hope for the Kingdom Hall,
The chance for another schmoll.
Topic: Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:12:24 PM
Daemon wrote:
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


Oedipus Rex, who wanted to know, and searched too far; Jocasta said that, as his protecting wife,
who wanted him to live lightly, unthinkingly, safe from fear.
Some riddles are best left unsolved, some prophecies come true by meddling.
Topic: live in an/(one's) ivory tower
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 6:45:57 PM
Living high up in the ivory tower,
Close under the sun's frying power,
Too high from the shade of a bower,
Looking down on us, the look so dour.
Topic: If there is one thing worse that the modern weakening of major morals, it is the modern strengthening of minor morals. Thus...
Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 2:40:50 PM
In other words taking the bowl of hot soup from a lame beggar becomes a minor moral issue, while slurping the soup by the assailing brute is
considered an intolerable, major act of bad taste.

Topic: The doctrine of innate ideas is one of the most admirable faiths of philosophy, being itself an innate idea and therefore...
Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 2:06:17 PM
And the belief...that all these beliefs are healthy expressions of one's diseased mind.
Topic: It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
Posted: Monday, December 25, 2017 2:57:31 PM
It is bad either way, lose it or waste it alike.
Topic: easier than falling off a log
Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2017 2:13:26 PM
Easier than falling off a log is also lightning quick, as opposed to catching lightning in a bottle.

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