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11 Aug 2017, 5:48 pm

"Between different countries, different peoples, nothing is so ridiculous as hats."
("Cartomancy", Mary Gentle)


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16 Aug 2017, 8:25 pm

The naming of cats is a difficult matter.
It isn't just one of your holiday games.

T.S. Eliot-Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats



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17 Aug 2017, 8:55 pm

"There was so much great stuff in the mirror then. All those horrible painful social disasters that I did not see and had never heard of little more than a decade ago. Now they're everyday life." ~ (Empathy by Sarah Schulman)


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24 Oct 2017, 6:13 am

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road



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01 Nov 2017, 8:35 pm

"You held out your hand for an egg, but fate put into it a scorpion. Show no consternation. Close your fingers firmly upon the gift; let it sting through your palm. In time, after your hand and arm have swelled and quivered long with torture, the squeezed scorpion will die; then you will have learned the great lesson of how to endure without a sob.”

Charlotte Bronte, Shirley (1849)



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02 Nov 2017, 12:04 pm

Kalr Eight was with Translator Zeiat at a manufactory down by the water, watching a slithering, silver mass of dead fish tumble into a wide, deep vat, while a visibly terrified worker explained how fish sauce was made. "So, why do the fish do this?" asked Translator Zeiat, when the worker stopped for breath.

-"Ancillary Mercy" by Ann Leckie


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07 Dec 2017, 9:09 pm

"We are not retreating, we are advancing in reverse"

"I would never have tripped, I'm far too graceful"

"'They say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit' Valkyrie said.
'Then they have obviously never met me'"

"The lies we tell other people are nothing to the lies we tell ourselves"

"'You don't treat me like a child.'
He smiled. 'Of course I do. You just seem to have the ridiculous notion being treated like a child means to be treated with less respect than an adult.'"

"Doors are for people with no imagination"

"I am sophisticated, charming, suave and debonair, but I have never claimed to be civilized."

"'Power has a way of bringing out the worst in people. Mevolent. Serpine. Hitler. Lord Vile. Darquesse. We are all the same.'
'You just put me on a list with Hitler.'
'You are going to start sulking again, aren't you?'
'Hitler, for gods sake.'
'Power corrupts, you're better off learning that now, so you can prepare for later.'
'But Hitler!'
'We may need to focus here.'"


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21 Dec 2017, 9:24 pm

Behind the scenes, we in the Army did our utmost to discourage "instant integration" of the armed forces and were, to a certain extent, successful. When Trumsn finally issued the executive order, I was in Fort Knox on an inspection trip. While addressing an assembly of officers I was asked, in effect, what Truman's order would mean to the Army in practical, everyday terms. For example, should they build seperate service clubs for white and black soldiers? Unknown to me, there were newspaper reporters in the assembly. My Frank but generalized responses to questions were interpreted and reported as "stubborn resistance" to desegregation in the U.S. Army "until it had been totally achieved by the American people." Of course. these stories generated headlines embarrasing to me and the President.

Omar Bradley,
"A General's Life"



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04 Jun 2018, 10:31 am

“Any place you love is the world to you.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince



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24 Jun 2018, 2:03 pm

"What is Good is Divine too. That, strangely enough, sums up my ethics." (MS 107 192; c. 10.11.1929)

from Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, Oxford: Blackwell, 1998


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28 Jun 2018, 11:04 am

"Charlotte Brontë suffered from chronic shyness. In company she would gradually swivel in her chair until she sat at a 45 degree angle. She had pondered her own panic, using her self-consciousness to view herself being looked at ... The watcher is watched, and knows herself watched: she in turn observes the watcher of her watchfulness".


Davies, Stevie. “'Three Distinct and Unconnected Tales': The Professor, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights.” The Cambridge Companion to the Brontës, edited by Heather Glen, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002, pp. 77-78.



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07 Jul 2018, 10:34 am

Pale Sisters! reared amid the purple sea
Of windy moorland, where, remote, ye plied
All household arts, meek, passion-taught and free,
Kinship your joy and Fantasy your guide!
Ah! Who again 'mid English heath shall see
Such strength in frailest weakness, or so fierce
Behest on tender women laid, to pierce
The world's dull ear with burning poetry?
Whence was your spell? and at what magic spring,
Under what guardian Muse, drank ye so deep
That still ye call and we are listening;
That still ye plain to us and we must weep?
Ask of the winds that haunt the moors, what breath
Blows in their storms, outlasting life and death!



Anonymous. Appended to Donald Hopewell, 'The Misses Brontë: Victorians', Brontë Society Transactions, 10:55 (1940), 3-11.

:heart: A beautiful sonnet I'd never seen before :heart:



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07 Jul 2018, 10:40 am

"Materialism is KFC for the soul." - Lost Connections by Johann Hari


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03 Aug 2018, 8:48 am

“Can toilet paper think?”

From Douglas Hofstadter, I am a Strange Loop, NY: Basic Books, 2008, p. 28


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03 Aug 2018, 1:43 pm

“Indulge me, John. Cynicism and foul language are the only vices I'm presently capable of. Everything else takes energy or money.”

― Mary Doria Russell, Children of God


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