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02-15-12, 03:50 PM
Mrs. Micawber
Quote Game #38
This place is the Devil, or at least his principal residence, they call it the University, but any other appellation would have suited it much better, for study is the last pursuit of the society; the Master eats, drinks, and sleeps, the Fellows drink, dispute and pun , the employments of the undergraduates you will probably conjecture without my description.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. letter, Nov. 23, 1805. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 1, ed. Leslie Marchand (1973).

next word: pun


"But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will."...Matthew Arnold. [now that's what I call poetic]
02-15-12, 08:56 PM
August
A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.
~ Robert Chapman



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Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers
02-16-12, 08:18 AM
nightwriter
Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of propriety, will obtain for them the protection of man.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley



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Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fratres in unum ~ Psalm133
02-16-12, 04:47 PM
Zendam
Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue - perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one.~Milan Kundera, Encounter

Next word: conviction


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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
02-16-12, 10:42 PM
August
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
~ Abraham Lincoln



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Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers
02-17-12, 01:39 AM
Zendam
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.~Mark Twain

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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
02-17-12, 07:40 AM
Mrs. Micawber
The widespread fear among today's parents that their manageable children will turn overnight into dope fiends, school dropouts, or voracious sexual voluptuaries reflects a certain anger and animosity towards the young, a fear and loathing that helps turn the myth into a self-fulfilling prophecy. After all, there were "bad" children and uncontrolled teenagers in the past; nevertheless, parents expected their own children to be good, to grow up well. . . . The fact that today's parents are amazed if their children do not turn into black sheep makes it clear that a less than optimistic, indeed a deeply distrustful and negative, attitude towards children exists today.
arie Winn (20th century), U.S. author. Children Without Childhood, ch. 1 (1981).

next word: voluptuaries


"But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will."...Matthew Arnold. [now that's what I call poetic]
02-17-12, 07:06 PM
nightwriter
The real Brahms is nothing more than a sentimental voluptuary; rather tiresomely addicted to dressing himself up as Handel or Beethoven and making a prolonged and intolerable noise.

~George Bernard Shaw



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Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fratres in unum ~ Psalm133
02-17-12, 09:13 PM
August
You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd. You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation. It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced. In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers. That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world.
~ Octave Mirbeau



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Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers
02-18-12, 09:05 AM
Zendam
So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.~Marquis De Sade

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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
02-18-12, 02:47 PM
nightwriter
To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.
~ Hermann Hesse



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Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fratres in unum ~ Psalm133
02-18-12, 10:37 PM
August
No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.
~ Milan Kundera



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Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers
02-19-12, 07:03 AM
Mrs. Micawber
If woman alone had suffered under these mistaken traditions [of women's subordination], if she could have borne the evil by herself, it would have been less pitiful, but her brother man, in the laws he created and ignorantly worshipped, has suffered with her. He has lost her highest help; he has crippled the intelligence he needed; he has belittled the very source of his own being and dwarfed the image of his Maker.
Clara Barton (1821–1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 2, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).
In an address delivered in February 1902 to the thirty-fourth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

next word: dwarfed

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"But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will."...Matthew Arnold. [now that's what I call poetic]
02-19-12, 09:13 AM
Zendam
How dwarfed against his manliness
She sees the poor pretension,
The wants, the aims, the follies, born
Of fashion and convention
~Joihn Greenleaf Whittier, Among the Hills

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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
02-20-12, 12:37 PM
Mrs. Micawber
"History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness , and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it."
Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877) English "economist, editor, critic, analyst"
"Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 2 (1872)."

NEXT WORD: strewn


"But each day brings its petty dust our soon-choked souls to fill, and we forget because we must, and not because we will."...Matthew Arnold. [now that's what I call poetic]
02-20-12, 05:31 PM
nightwriter
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
~ Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own



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Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fratres in unum ~ Psalm133
02-21-12, 01:51 AM
Zendam
A man's house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential -- there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster.~Mark Twain

Next word: magnitude


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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
02-21-12, 10:17 PM
August
From a large planet of overwhelming magnitude, unlimited resources and endless mystery, the Earth has suddenly become a small planet, thoroughly explored, limited in resources, and reduced in mystery.
~ Thomas Berry



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Things ain't what they used to be and probably never was. ~ Will Rogers
02-22-12, 01:42 AM
Zendam
All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.~Benjamin Disraeli

Next word: slave


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Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well~Peter Ustinov
02-22-12, 02:21 AM
nightwriter
Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.
~ Henry Miller



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Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum habitare fratres in unum ~ Psalm133