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Topic: They are the good Samaritans that find us robbed of all our dreams by the roadside of life, bleeding and weeping and...
Posted: Monday, July 20, 2020 10:57:55 AM
@monamagda, Wow, the context of the quote is everything! I assumed the 'they' he was talking about were people. But instead he was talking about books, with the emphasis that they were not to be trusted. Perhaps the quote about reality being stranger than fiction applies here as well?
Topic: The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.
Posted: Monday, February 3, 2020 1:28:51 PM
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During the rest of that day there was no other adventure to mar the peace of their journey. Once, indeed, the Tin Woodman stepped upon a beetle that was crawling along the road, and killed the poor little thing. This made the Tin Woodman very unhappy, for he was always careful not to hurt any living creature; and as he walked along he wept several tears of sorrow and regret. These tears ran slowly down his face and over the hinges of his jaw, and there they rusted. When Dorothy presently asked him a question the Tin Woodman could not open his mouth, for his jaws were tightly rusted together. He became greatly frightened at this and made many motions to Dorothy to relieve him, but she could not understand. The Lion was also puzzled to know what was wrong. But the Scarecrow seized the oil-can from Dorothy's basket and oiled the Woodman's jaws, so that after a few moments he could talk as well as before.

"This will serve me a lesson," said he, "to look where I step. For if I should kill another bug or beetle I should surely cry again, and crying rusts my jaws so that I cannot speak."

Thereafter he walked very carefully, with his eyes on the road, and when he saw a tiny ant toiling by he would step over it, so as not to harm it. The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.

"You people with hearts," he said, "have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful. When Oz gives me a heart of course I needn't mind so much."


I think this is dramatic irony. The author makes it clear that the Tin Woodman has a heart. He just thinks he doesn't have one. Just like the Scarecrow knew what to do while everyone else didn't. Maybe there's a lesson about people's inability to see their own strengths?
Topic: Is all our Life, then but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time's dark resistless stream?

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 12:31:26 PM
It's also no accident that the first letter of each line spells out Carroll's young friends: Alice Pleasance Liddell, and Isa Bowman.
Topic: Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult.
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:46:52 PM
Even if one had perfect drawing ability, the end result is not an actual lion, but a 'representation' of a lion. When trying to convince someone of a truth that is not as simple as the existence of a lion, then that truth is much harder to convey. You could rephrase her quote to be "To misunderstand something is easy. To convince someone of your version of the truth is much harder."
Topic: One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:15:41 AM
When a person wants to give but can't, then that can make that person keenly aware of how helpless they are. Poverty has been described as a form of violence built into our economy.
Topic: If you would taste love, drink of the pure stream that youth pours out at your feet. Do not wait till it has become a muddy...
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:15:40 AM
I disagree. The purity of the stream of love in our youth is not tempered by experience or wisdom. The young often drink too much of it and become sick. Or they let it carry them away in a direction that leads to pain and sorrow. The river of love in our later years may not be as strong, but the water is just as sweet if not more so than in our youth.
Topic: The Reichstag Fire (1933)
Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017 5:09:01 PM
It shows that when violence becomes a tool for politicians to get their way, then any kind of political argument becomes useless. This is why violence is never the answer in a republic, despite the anger and the frustration. If the system must be changed, then it needs to be done while still respecting the democratic process. Once radicalism becomes the majority opinion, then conversation and compromise stops. The people of a country will never support radical agendas of their representatives.

Topic: When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world; and there...
Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:36:57 PM
Ironically, it is the very same wicked people that are in the process of destroying Nature. As Paul Hawken said in 2009, 'We have an economy that tells us that it is cheaper to destroy earth in real time rather than renew, restore, and sustain it. At present we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product... We can either create assets for the future or take the assets of the future. One is called resotration and the other exploitation. And whenever we exploit the earth we exploit people and cause untold suffering. Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.'


Topic: It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and...
Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 1:17:53 PM
I think this translates to 'being honest when dealing with others is honorable', but 'being dishonest may make relationships seem to go smoothly, but in the end decreases their value'. So when someone says something just to please you or hide negative information from you, then you will be happy in the short term. But when you find out the truth and see that you have been lied to, then you will forever doubt that person. Honesty is the true value in relationships even if it requires more effort from both participants to make it succeed.


Topic: When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 8:40:14 AM
Kind of ironic, considering Mr. Hamilton died in a duel. Maybe he should have rephrased or rethought that.