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Topic: Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:32:09 PM
"“Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art. No. The heart's dross does not find its way on to paper: all you pour out there is ink.”
From Flaubert's Letters.

Emphasis is mine, work with dictionary is y'all's.Think

Topic: The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.
Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 8:17:00 PM
Daemon wrote:
The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)


Food supplier, rather. While that division of family labour prevailed the male of the genus homo was
socially dependent on the female for reproduction. Nothing dishonourable in that.

Topic: Towns are excrescences, gray fluxions, where men, hurrying to find one another, have lost themselves.
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 2:41:22 PM
(no translator credited, which I hate - it takes immense craft to transpose ideas into a new language.)

It also takes a certain rejection of laxness, such as transposing a verb into a noun :)
"...and as he breaths it into his lungs..."
Topic: Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised,...
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 7:10:21 PM
Daemon wrote:
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


While looking a little surprised, beauty might as well accept her position with the modesty due to
(the) fickleness of the eye of the beholder.
Topic: Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:30:47 PM
Daemon wrote:
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


Perhaps they make that easy by the choice of their causes.d'oh!
Topic: I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 2:13:16 PM
Daemon wrote:
I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.

Henry James (1843-1916)


Himself in love with his theme
May hold any writer justified.
That is sufficient, it may seem,
When love sufficiently qualified.
Topic: Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:20:34 PM
Daemon wrote:
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Sarcasm and expostulation are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly confusing
in the long run.
Topic: It is not that the Englishman can't feel—it is that he is afraid to feel. He has been taught at his public school that...
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:16:01 PM
Pedro wrote: "In such an institution it isn't his pipe falling out that he fears most when opening his mouth."

What else is there, behind clenched teeth? Shhh
Topic: It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:48:58 PM
Daemon wrote:
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Unfortunately, once prepared for war will also put paid to "once burned, twice shy".
Topic: Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.
Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 2:00:53 PM
Daemon wrote:
Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


No, Mark. Man commits them and invents the pretext: "the other man did it first", and the excuse: "everybody does it".

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