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Topic: Misery generates hate.
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 10:08:27 PM
Daemon wrote:
Misery generates hate.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)


Much depends on what generated the misery, whoes hand was in it. Sometimes misery generates self-pity, anguish.
Topic: It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get...
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:32:03 PM
Daemon wrote:
It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Your enemy and your friend,
Work together to no end,
Unless you give them a hand.
Topic: I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a...
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:41:20 AM
Daemon wrote:
I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


More often they produce a pool of blood around them, seldom get their just deserts for it,
and almost never do they come a cropper.
Topic: To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined...
Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 1:39:03 PM
Daemon wrote:
To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure.

Henry James (1843-1916)


Yes, they will endure the present as we all have been,
and put it off to magnana when anew it shall begin.
Topic: In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can...
Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2019 5:04:38 PM
Daemon wrote:
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)


Proselytes and heresies, both nouns--the former referring to subjects, the latter to things--are used in the quoted passage with their two different senses.
A proselyte is joining a dogma, a welcome convert. The heresy is parting with a dogma, a damnable schism. Yet, Hamilton found a similarity to make his point about the absurd aim of using force on both counts.

Hamilton was writing about political parties espousing their strong-held views but he may as well have applied the aphorisms to the realities of promoting freedom and democracy in our times.

Of course, he was equally wrong and right, as in religion it was not entirely absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword--Catholicism expanded in Latin America proves him wrong.
On the other hand, the "heresy" of Reformation, also in religion, was not cured by persecution, on which count he seems to have been right. As to politics, proselytes and heretics may be one and the same...
Such are the difficulties of truth. Think
Topic: On the life of penguins
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 8:17:54 PM
towan52 wrote:
How do giraffes and albatrosses (albatri?) even get to meet?


At sex (re)education night class? Think

But seriously, about penguins see A Spy in the Huddle, a BBC documentary film dedicated to their
arduous trecking in Antarctica and Peru, all for propagating their natural way of reproduction.
Topic: There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 5:25:30 PM
Daemon wrote:
There is an old-time toast which is golden for its beauty. "When you ascend the hill of prosperity may you not meet a friend."

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


You may need one when descending,
May find him a bit condescending.
It may be depending,
On the final ending.
Topic: Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:52:24 PM
Daemon wrote:
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)


The moral about immoral things is that, reasoned or not, their morality is predetermined by the outcome.
Topic: Heroes, notwithstanding the high ideas which, by the means of flatterers, they may entertain of themselves, or the world may...
Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:59:08 PM
Vrecka wrote:
Hi! English is not my first language, so I don't quite understand what he tried to say here.. can anybody explain? Many thanks.


If you disregard the lengthy "notwithstanding", you can now see from the context that
heroes are flesh and blood humans with physiological needs, specifically the need to eat.
To round that up think of all the other physiological functions, even less noble than eating,
which heroes and lesser beings alike have to perform, Tom Jones including.
Topic: It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.
Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:40:49 PM
Daemon wrote:
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


Funnier yet, if you asked for it you very often got what you deserved.

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