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Topic: The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:37:12 PM
Daemon wrote:
The very essence of an instinct is that it is followed independently of reason.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
..."but it is worthy of remark that a belief constantly inculcated during the early years of life, whilst the brain is impressible, appears to acquire almost the nature of an instinct;"

There you have it, in Italics. My instinct is that "almost" does not sound reasonable to be followed.
Topic: The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:44:28 PM
Daemon wrote:
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


A net may well net a catch,
catch is in the next batch:
Keep the catch, make it a match,
in a cagey cage under safe latch.
Topic: A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 6:28:23 PM
Daemon wrote:
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Just as long as the poet is "with-it", otherwise the poet's work might survive the poet.
Topic: As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons,...
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 1:07:10 PM
Daemon wrote:
As for jest, there be certain things which ought to be privileged from it—namely, religion, matters of state, great persons, any man's present business of importance, and any case that deserveth pity.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


..."any case that deserveth pity" sums it up.
Topic: A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:42:03 PM
Daemon wrote:
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
The Soul of Man Under Socialism is demanded precisely so!
Watch out, liberal democracy has ultimately the same goal.
Topic: The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the...
Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 10:51:01 PM
Daemon wrote:
The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)


Aside from context, the power of doing several things at the same time with quickness--now that's
what is prized much over perfection.
Topic: In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 9:50:58 PM
Daemon wrote:
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


The real tragedy is that some never get their just deserts.
Topic: Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not...
Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2019 6:50:10 PM
Adyl Mouhei wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Ambition is like choler, which is a humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped; but if it be stopped, and cannot have its way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


But if it can have its way with any man it will stirr up all sorts of trouble for most.

Topic: We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse,...
Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 6:07:01 PM
Daemon wrote:
We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)


If you go back far enough it actually gets better: primates climbed trees for food, having no need to accumulate fat which is what made Homo Sapiens and their progeny wise, i.e. robbers and thieves, hoarding everything. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/06/why-humans-are-fat-primate
Topic: Nature has left this tincture in the blood,
That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 5:02:10 PM
Daemon wrote:
That all men would be tyrants if they could.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)


It's not whether they could,
Tyrants to be if they would.
Their minions' help is good,
It's a nest of a warm brood.





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