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Topic: all sizzle and no steak
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2019 8:36:17 AM
Topic: One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2019 8:01:25 AM

Context from:Mansfield Park

22. CHAPTER XXII

"I am so glad to see the evergreens thrive!" said Fanny, in reply. "My uncle's gardener always says the soil here is better than his own, and so it appears from the growth of the laurels and evergreens in general. The evergreen! How beautiful, how welcome, how wonderful the evergreen! When one thinks of it, how astonishing a variety of nature! In some countries we know the tree that sheds its leaf is the variety, but that does not make it less amazing that the same soil and the same sun should nurture plants differing in the first rule and law of their existence. You will think me rhapsodising; but when I am out of doors, especially when I am sitting out of doors, I am very apt to get into this sort of wondering strain. One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy."

"To say the truth," replied Miss Crawford, "I am something like the famous Doge at the court of Lewis XIV.; and may declare that I see no wonder in this shrubbery equal to seeing myself in it. If anybody had told me a year ago that this place would be my home, that I should be spending month after month here, as I have done, I certainly should not have believed them. I have now been here nearly five months; and, moreover, the quietest five months I ever passed."

"Too quiet for you, I believe."

"I should have thought so theoretically myself, but," and her eyes brightened as she spoke, "take it all and all, I never spent so happy a summer. But then," with a more thoughtful air and lowered voice, "there is no saying what it may lead to."

Fanny's heart beat quick, and she felt quite unequal to surmising or soliciting anything more. Miss Crawford, however, with renewed animation, soon went on--

Read more:http://www.literaturepage.com/read/mansfieldpark-187.html
Topic: Santon Fair
Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2019 10:24:45 AM




The conservatoire du Santon provençal
AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE COLLECTION

Open every day except Tuesday

The city of Arles is proud to have one of the most beautiful museums of "Santons de Provence" : the conservatoire du Santon provençal, located opposite the Roman Arena.

This conservatoire was born thanks to Henri Vezolles, a master in santon making, whoses santons made of four earths, are wellknwn by amateurs.

Henri Vezolles is helped by people who are very keen on this popular art and who lent their most rare santons.

In an 18th century house, you will find a 160 m2 exhibition of all the history of provençal santons.

Santons made by "Meilleurs ouvriers de France" are presented among the 2000 santons manufactured by over 100 santonniers of the 19th, 20th and 21th century.
That will allow you to have a better vision of this popular art of our Provençal Christmases.

You can also enjoy our thematic exhibitions, every months.

14, rond-point des arènes.

Entrance : standard rate : 3,50€ - Reduced rate : 2€
Topic: Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions.
Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2019 7:36:15 AM

Context from:HERETICS

Chapter 20

Concluding Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy

A common hesitation in our day touching the use of extreme convictions is a sort of notion that extreme convictions specially upon cosmic matters, have been responsible in the past for the thing which is called bigotry. But a very small amount of direct experience will dissipate this view. In real life the people who are most bigoted are the people who have no convictions at all. The economists of the Manchester school who disagree with Socialism take Socialism seriously. It is the young man in Bond Street, who does not know what socialism means much less whether he agrees with it, who is quite certain that these socialist fellows are making a fuss about nothing. The man who understands the Calvinist philosophy enough to agree with it must understand the Catholic philosophy in order to disagree with it. It is the vague modern who is not at all certain what is right who is most certain that Dante was wrong. The serious opponent of the Latin Church in history, even in the act of showing that it produced great infamies, must know that it produced great saints. It is the hard-headed stockbroker, who knows no history and believes no religion, who is, nevertheless, perfectly convinced that all these priests are knaves. The Salvationist at the Marble Arch may be bigoted, but he is not too bigoted to yearn from a common human kinship after the dandy on church parade. But the dandy on church parade is so bigoted that he does not in the least yearn after the Salvationist at the Marble Arch. Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions. It is the resistance offered to definite ideas by that vague bulk of people whose ideas are indefinite to excess. Bigotry may be called the appalling frenzy of the indifferent. This frenzy of the indifferent is in truth a terrible thing; it has made all monstrous and widely pervading persecutions. In this degree it was not the people who cared who ever persecuted; the people who cared were not sufficiently numerous. It was the people who did not care who filled the world with fire and oppression. It was the hands of the indifferent that lit the faggots; it was the hands of the indifferent that turned the rack. There have come some persecutions out of the pain of a passionate certainty; but these produced, not bigotry, but fanaticism—a very different and a somewhat admirable thing. Bigotry in the main has always been the pervading omnipotence of those who do not care crushing out those who care in darkness and blood.

Read more: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/470/470-h/470-h.htm#chap20

Topic: aha moment
Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:31:14 AM
Topic: single-minded
Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:26:51 AM
Topic: A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:25:20 AM
Context from : THE CRITIC AS ARTIST: WITH SOME REMARKS UPON THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING NOTHING


Some remarks upon the importance of discussing everything

A DIALOGUE: Part II.

Persons: Gilbert and Ernest.

Scene: the library of a house in Piccadilly, overlooking the Green Park.



ERNEST. Well, I should say that a critic should above all things be fair.

GILBERT. Ah! not fair. A critic cannot be fair in the ordinary sense of the word. It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiassed opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless. The man who sees both sides of a question, is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all. Art is a passion, and, in matters of art, Thought is inevitably coloured by emotion, and so is fluid rather than fixed, and, depending upon fine moods and exquisite moments, cannot be narrowed into the rigidity of a scientific formula or a theological dogma. It is to the soul that Art speaks, and the soul may be made the prisoner of the mind as well as of the body. One should, of course, have no prejudices; but, as a great Frenchman remarked a hundred years ago, it is one’s business in such matters to have preferences, and when one has preferences one ceases to be fair. It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of Art. No; fairness is not one of the qualities of the true critic. It is not even a condition of criticism. Each form of Art with which we come in contact dominates us for the moment to the exclusion of every other form. We must surrender ourselves absolutely to the work in question, whatever it may be, if we wish to gain its secret. For the time, we must think of nothing else, can think of nothing else, indeed.

ERNEST. The true critic will be rational, at any rate, will he not?

GILBERT. Rational? There are two ways of disliking art, Ernest. One is to dislike it. The other, to like it rationally. For Art, as Plato saw, and not without regret, creates in listener and spectator a form of divine madness. It does not spring from inspiration, but it makes others inspired. Reason is not the faculty to which it appeals. If one loves Art at all, one must love it beyond all other things in the world, and against such love, the reason, if one listened to it, would cry out. There is nothing sane about the worship of beauty. It is too splendid to be sane. Those of whose lives it forms the dominant note will always seem to the world to be pure visionaries.

ERNEST. Well, at least, the critic will be sincere.

GILBERT. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. The true critic will, indeed, always be sincere in his devotion to the principle of beauty, but he will seek for beauty in every age and in each school, and will never suffer himself to be limited to any settled custom of thought or stereotyped mode of looking at things. He will realise himself in many forms, and by a thousand different ways, and will ever be curious of new sensations and fresh points of view. Through constant change, and through constant change alone, he will find his true unity. He will not consent to be the slave of his own opinions. For what is mind but motion in the intellectual sphere? The essence of thought, as the essence of life, is growth. You must not be frightened by word, Ernest. What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.

ERNEST. I am afraid I have not been fortunate in my suggestions.


Read more:https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/wilde/oscar/intentions/chapter3.html


Topic: agree in principle
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019 5:58:09 PM
Topic: Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your...
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2019 10:06:00 AM

Context from: Anne of the Island

Chapter XXXVII

Full-fledged B.A.'s

There are heaps of things you never learn at school,'"

quoted Stella.

"Have you learned anything at Redmond except dead languages and geometry and such trash?" queried Aunt Jamesina.

"Oh, yes. I think we have, Aunty," protested Anne.

"We've learned the truth of what Professor Woodleigh told us last Philomathic," said Phil. "He said, "Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.' Isn't that worth learning, Aunt Jimsie?"

"Yes, it is, dearie. When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding."

Read on-line: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rgs/ann-XXXVII.html

Topic: affable personality
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:29:55 PM

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