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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 5:47:07 PM

From: Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar in Following the Equator (1897)

Chapter IX
Topic: a man/woman of the people
Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 5:18:53 PM
Topic: Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.
Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:46:37 AM



Chapter XIV

There is the child (perhaps it is Nino) who will paint the greatest picture or carve the greatest statue of the age; another who will deliver his country in an hour of peril; another who will give his life for a great principle; and another, born more of the spirit than the flesh, who will live continually on the heights of moral being, and, dying, draw men after him. It may be I shall preserve one of these children to the race—who knows? It is a peg big enough on which to hang a hope, for every child born into the world is a new incarnate thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility."
Topic: Simonetta Vespucci
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 2:34:21 PM
The Church of the Vespucci's - and burial place of Botticelli
Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti

Simonetta did not inspire only the Botticelli’s Venus, but even other women painted by the artist. He obtained to be buried at the foot of his muse, in the Florentine church of Ognissanti. However, Botticelli was not the only one to be inspired by the young blond woman: Piero di Cosimo portrayed her as Cleopatra and Lorenzo the Magnificent and Luigi Pulci wrote rhymes for her.

Topic: It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2019 12:03:13 PM

The context from: A Writer's Notebook

p. 268.

The danger, however, of divulging little by little a string of facts is that the reader may be more quick-witted than the character through whom the revelations are and so guess the answers long before the author wishes him to. I don't suppose anyone can read The Ambassadors without growing impatient with Strether's obtuseness. He does not see what is staring him in the face, and what every one he comes in contact with is fully aware of. It was a secret de Polichinelle and that Strether should not have guessed it points to some defect in the in the method.It is unsafe to take your reader for more of a fool than he is.

Topic: make (oneself) useful
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:06:40 PM
Topic: insouciance
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:47:28 PM
Topic: The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:53:48 PM

Context from :Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes Translated by John Ormsby With illustrations by Gustave Doré

Chapter XLVIII.
In which the Canon Pursues the Subject of the Books of Chivalry, with Other Matters Worthy of His Wit

In that case actors would take care to send their plays to the capital, and could act them in safety, and those who write them would be more careful and take more pains with their work, standing in awe of having to submit it to the strict examination of one who understood the matter; and so good plays would be produced and the objects they aim at happily attained; as well the amusement of the people, as the credit of the wits of Spain, the interest and safety of the actors, and the saving of trouble in inflicting punishment on them. And if the same or some other person were authorised to examine the newly written books of chivalry, no doubt some would appear with all the perfections you have described, enriching our language with the gracious and precious treasure of eloquence, and driving the old books into obscurity before the light of the new ones that would come out for the harmless entertainment, not merely of the idle but of the very busiest; for the bow cannot be always bent, nor can weak human nature exist without some lawful amusement.”

The canon and the curate had proceeded thus far with their conversation, when the barber, coming forward, joined them, and said to the curate, “This is the spot, senor licentiate, that I said was a good one for fresh and plentiful pasture for the oxen, while we take our noontide rest.”

Topic: make a mint
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 8:31:07 PM
Topic: Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:38:40 PM

Context from:Man and Superman.1903.

Maxims for Revolutionists


Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination. When the process is interrupted by adversity at a critical age, as in the case of Charles II, the subject becomes sane and never completely recovers his kingliness.
The Court is the servant’s hall of the sovereign.
Vulgarity in a king flatters the majority of the nation.
The flunkeyism propagated by the throne is the price we pay for its political convenience.

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