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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
Apsu
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:07:44 AM
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Awesome quote.
MTC
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:51:43 PM
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The grin will win.

(anon.)

excaelis
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:20:36 PM

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O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables,--meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;



Eh, Daveski ?
MR GALLANT
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:40:58 PM
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this true for Nature never knows multiplicity never shows duplicity which is Man's invention.
MTC
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 4:54:15 PM
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MR GALLANT wrote:
this true for Nature never knows multiplicity never shows duplicity which is Man's invention.


On the contrary, I think you'll find that Nature is rife with duplicity including for example "the lure of the angler fish; the brood mimicry of the cuckoo’s egg; the diverting eyespots of the moth’s wing; the camouflage of the trapdoor spider’s ambush; and the feigned injury of the parent duck."

Further, "Many types of deception are employed in nature (camouflage, concealment, diversion, conditioning/exploit, mimicry)."

And, "Every environment supports deception in at least one inhabitant of its ecosystem, and usually by many"

(http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1132/MR1132.chap3.pdf)

In terms of duplicity Man is in the minor leagues compared to the rest of Nature which preexisted Man, and which will likely continue to practice its dark duplictous ways long after the last man breathes his (or her) last breath.

jcbarros
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:35:20 PM

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The (Natur) Joker.
quimnet
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:05:49 PM
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Sometimes our reality casts shadows on the grins of nature.
Jimbob
Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:29:14 PM
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Henry Fielding (1707-1754) (translated from old English by me)
Sure such a day as this was never seen !
The sun himself, on this auspicious day,
Shines like a beau in a new birth-day suit :
This down the seams embroidered, that the beams.
All nature wears one universal grin.
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JB
Sunrise and a new day dawns, the garden flowers all fragrant accompanied by the bird chorus, the morning sun when everything becomes brighter and clearer.
Runi
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 7:41:54 AM

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Nature cries sometimes, as well.
MTC
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 11:57:19 AM
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When Fielding expanded his original play,Tom Thumb, into Tom Thumb the Great, he rewrote the line "All Nature, O my Noodle! grins for Joy!" as "All Nature wears one universal grin." Here is the original context from Tom Thumb:

ACT I. SCENE I.
SCENE The Palace.
Mr. Doodle, Mr. Noodle.

DOODLE. Sure, such a Day as this was never seen!
The Sun himself, on this auspicious Day
Shines like a Beau in a new Birth-Day Suit:
All Nature, O my Noodle! grins for Joy.
NOODLE. This Day, O Mr. Doodle! is a Day
Indeed, a Day we never saw before.

Does the re-wording make a difference? How?

And by the way, Tom Thumb was never written in "old English." No translation required.
excaelis
Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 1:50:11 PM

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I was thinking the same thing MTC. I believe Fielding would be classified as Modern English, would it not ? In Jimbob's defence, however, it's not what one would call current. ( I think it's what one would call annoying but that's just one man's opinion )
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