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Topic: My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real...
Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2018 3:25:05 PM
Daemon wrote:
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


I totally agree with Daemon.
A special word of thanks to Monomagda for the contest.
Topic: Life altogether is but a crumbling ruin when we turn to look behind.
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 5:01:30 AM
Daemon wrote:
Life altogether is but a crumbling ruin when we turn to look behind.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)


Distressing! Eh?
Topic: A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also,...
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 5:12:19 PM
Daemon wrote:
A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Very sad, because nothing has changed.
Topic: What's wrong with the verb forms?
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 5:38:46 PM
[quote=robjen](ex) John is going shopping for a while and plans to visit his uncle after that.

Some of my non-native English speaking friends think there is a problem with the verb forms. They say "planning" should be used.


The Simple Present is used to express habits, general truths, repeated actions or unchanging situations, emotions and wishes. This is not the case.Shame on you
Topic: I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't...
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:52:53 AM
Daemon wrote:
I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)


The ear wants to be satisfied too!Whistle
Topic: My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:59:08 PM
Bully_rus wrote:
Daemon wrote:
My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Yeah. How does play in all this scheme the increased longevity?



A world crowded with idiots.Whistle
Topic: Declaration of Christmas Peace in Turku, Finland
Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2017 8:19:57 AM
Merry Christmas to you and to and the whole Finland.
Topic: To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.
Posted: Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:33:21 AM
pedro wrote:
wifely duties


Really? Are you kidding?Shame on you
Topic: So, naturalists observe, a flea
Has smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller still to bite 'em;
And...

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2017 3:47:22 PM
thar wrote:
or
another version
Quote:
Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.


For learners expecting a serious quotation here, say it out loud. Whistle

and so, ad infinitum


Silenced loudly...
Topic: I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.
Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017 8:11:27 AM
[quote=Mehrdad77]There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly.


Shame on you -there are three problems: nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and state religions.


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