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Topic: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017 5:11:48 PM
Daemon wrote:
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


"We find it not", as tourists mostly carry the ugliness and disrespect of which they are taking the selfies.
Topic: leave home
Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 10:35:18 PM
Daemon wrote:
leave home

To cease living with one's parents; to strike out on one's own. More...



Leave home to strike out on your own, exciting enough to get Mind Blown.
Topic: A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:29:04 PM
Daemon wrote:
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


We've been running out of, and away from, virtues for a long time. No wonder we have to fall back
onto some old vice(s) as we invent a new philosophy.
Topic: One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.
Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:33:30 PM
Daemon wrote:
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


How should one know that one had been told a woman's real age, for one never to trust her?
Only Lord Illingworth would, but he can't be trusted. A Woman of No Importance
Topic: In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to...
Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:01:24 PM
Daemon wrote:
In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)


But in the unusual progress of things the necessities of a nation will be found well beyond.
Topic: The freedom of the press should be inviolate.
Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:51:57 PM
Daemon wrote:
The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)


Not including the freedom to violate.
Topic: To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 5:27:07 PM
Daemon wrote:
To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)


Swallow and follow dominate the human mind still, perhaps more than ever, unattended by discernment.
Only in Gilman's time there was the excuse of a well-baited hook. Now they swallow hook, line and sinker.
Topic: The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty.
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:43:45 PM
Certainly.
To gamble: a. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a game or sporting event. From TFD
Certainty: 1. The fact, quality, or state of being certain, especially:
a. Inevitability: the certainty of death.
b. The quality of being established as true: the certainty that the earth orbits the sun.
c. Confidence; assurance: his certainty that things would get better.
2. Something that is clearly established or assured. From TFD


My guess is that your reference text "The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty."
is an example of a turn of phrase. Look up "turn of phrase".
In fact, if you read the definitions, gambling on a certainty is defeating its purpose.
Certainty is known as established, except in cases where it was based on confidence alone.
So, gambling on a certainty is unnecessary--nothing to win-- unless someone else is foolish enough
to bet agains it. It is bad gambling to bet against certainty.
Topic: The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty.
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 11:32:43 PM
onsen wrote:
Hello,

The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty.
(from Collins COBUILD)

What does the phrase 'gamble on a certainty' mean?
Does it mean 'choose a certainty from the possibilities of a certainty and an uncertainty'?

Thank you


Seems to me a bad gamble, certainly unecessary.
Topic: kiss and cry
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 4:01:12 PM
Kiss and cry, the pie in the sky
is flying high, but coming nigh.

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