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Topic: Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:04:48 PM
Daemon wrote:
Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


When "taking it on evidence" stay clear of "highly likely"- it is not evidence, Dickens would say.
Topic: Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to...
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 10:50:26 PM
Daemon wrote:
Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Taken on the face of it, the thought in one's mind before the revolution doesn't count half as much as what and who put it there.
Topic: A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of...
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:35:34 PM
Daemon wrote:
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)


It has been claimed that WAR is Glory,
and it is still glorified today.
Calling it Kind to emphasize the folly,
was as ironic then, as that may.
Yet a hundred years later we are wholly
itching, to be back in the fray.

But if A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist"
The universe may say "At your peril
you persist!"



"War is Kind"
Stanza 1


Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.


Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them,
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom --
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.


Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind.
Topic: What would any of us have been, if our fathers hadn't drawed our faculties out of us?
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 2:17:33 PM
Daemon wrote:
What would any of us have been, if our fathers hadn't drawed our faculties out of us?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)


Hopefully our fathers putted them in
and had brung them faculties to bear
then drawed them out, with fatherly care.
Topic: Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018 8:57:02 PM
Daemon wrote:
Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


What one sees either way is due to one's power of sight and willingness to use it well, before one's vantage point can make a difference.
Topic: It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with...
Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:54:36 PM
Daemon wrote:
It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


"Raking over old coals" will do it every time.
Topic: Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018 5:38:17 PM
Daemon wrote:
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


The real orange and the dried apple pretending to be juicy can be compared after all.
Topic: If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for 'em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must make a ball...
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:24:35 PM
Daemon wrote:
If I got places, sir, it was because I made myself fit for 'em. If you want to slip into a round hole, you must make a ball of yourself.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


To get places is an expression which means to succeed, to prosper, to thrive.
The quotation offers a good hint, by way of a figure of speech, as to how to accommodate "getting to places".
The same applies to learning here, at this site; one must be curious to search a little for the meaning of words and expressions.
Topic: There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:36:25 PM
Daemon wrote:
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Usually that time is when imitation falls flat for flattering fools.
Topic: Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:43:26 PM
Daemon wrote:
Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


...and a choice portion that must be!

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