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Topic: Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it...
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:01:10 PM
Daemon wrote:
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)


..."but these will gradually roll away and disappear". But is it its rays or the clouds which disappear?Think Before it reaches its steady luster?
Topic: It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 5:11:46 PM
Daemon wrote:
It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
Helping Jerome with the right emphasis. Dancing

More stupid than ourselves, when we find it so pleasant to come across them?
Topic: Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:06:32 PM
Daemon wrote:
Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)


Which makes you a...foolish and roguish commender receiving favors?
Topic: We must eat to live and live to eat.
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 1:21:24 PM
Daemon wrote:
We must eat to live and live to eat.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)


Moliere, before Fielding, had it right.
Topic: Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:43:22 PM
Maugham speaks of "tradition" in the singular, as Oxford Dictionaries defines it: "1.2-in singular- An artistic or literary method or style established by an artist, writer, or movement, and subsequently followed by others."
He speaks of the literary critic, with prescience but little did he know that in less than one century
a new generation would exceed even his anticipation for "a new way" stretched before it:

"He must support himself on tradition, for tradition is the expression of the inevitable idiosyncrasies of a nation's literature, but he must do everything he can to encourage its development in its natural direction. Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. He must have patience, firmness and enthusiasm. Each book he reads should be a new and thrilling adventure; he judges it by the universality of his knowledge and the strength of his character. In fact the great critic must be a great man. He must be great enough to recognize with good-humoured resignation that his work, though so important, can have but an ephemeral value; for his merit is that he responds to the needs of, and points the way to, his own generation. A new generation arises with other needs, a new way stretches before it; he has nothing more to say and is thrown with all his works into the dust-heap."
The Summing Up, 1938

Our traditional context finder must have had trouble with this one. Think
Topic: Hitch your wagon to a star.
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 4:37:23 PM
Daemon wrote:
Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


...shooting over the sky afar.

Topic: If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2019 5:57:18 PM
Daemon wrote:
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Oh yes, you do. Remember to check for political correctness. Shhh
Topic: It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:57:52 AM
Daemon wrote:
It is not difficult to be unconventional in the eyes of the world when your unconventionality is but the convention of your set.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


But for being the butt of scorn from the "unconventional" world, your "conventionality"
is but the convention of a particular set.
Topic: United We Stand!
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 11:19:01 PM
"Communism and socialism are designed to help ALL the people of the society - your "top down Socialism" and Soviet Communism were, at best, dictatorships ."

The victims of proletarian dictatorship and of the violent class strugle notwithstanding, ALL the (remaining?) people
were designed by Marx and Engels to be helped in communism, the pipe dream society, with opium according to their needs... provided that they survived helping themselves to socialism.Pray
Topic: United We Stand!
Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 9:55:22 PM
"United we stand" is predicated upon "In good faith we stand". That's what is lacking, good faith and honesty.
Divisiveness is a by-product of bad faith.

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