WANT OF FORESIGHT, UNWILLINGNESS TO ACT WHEN ACTION WOULD BE SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE, LACK OF CLEAR THINKING, CONFUSION OF COUNSEL UNTIL THE EMERGENCY COMES, UNTIL SELF-PRESERVATION STRIKES ITS JARRING GONG — THESE ARE THE FEATURES WHICH CONSTITUTE THE ENDLESS REPITITION OF HISTORY. — WINSTON CHURCHILL Continue reading Winston Churchill on Circular History
THE MOST DANGEROUS WORLDVIEW IS THE WORLDVIEW OF THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VIEWED THE WORLD. — ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT Continue reading Alexander von Humboldt Quotation
Please see the link at the end of this post. It goes to a Mental Floss UK article by James Hunt, explaining something most Americans find confusing. Some of us are sophisticated with our ancestry, and some of us are not. I blame my lack of sophistication on the fact that I’ve never so much as applied for a passport. Still, I’m learning the dialect used by people in the country where most of my father’s family came from: England. The internet helps, when I find a website that’s trusted to post accurate information. The out-of-print reference book British English A … Continue reading Yes, I’m Part English. And Irish. And Welsh. And I Haven’t Traveled.
ANYONE WHO HAS NEVER MADE A MISTAKE HAS NEVER TRIED ANYTHING NEW. — ALBERT EINSTEIN Continue reading Albert Einstein Quotation
CONVICTION WITHOUT EXPERIENCE MAKES FOR HARSHNESS. — FLANNERY O’CONNOR Continue reading Flannery O’Connor Quote
Look up the word virgin in the dictionary. You’ll probably find a description of a person — usually a woman — who has not had sexual relations. Be careful not to limit yourself to strict dictionary definitions when viewing, hearing or reading someone’s creative or philosophical effort. If the work is good, nearly everything in it is subject to different interpretations. A few years from now, you may think of a favorite movie, book, etc. differently because you’ve changed. (Editor’s Note: When reading the Voltaire quote below, remember that some foolish people have sex lives. I’ll bet Voltaire knew a few of … Continue reading When (at Least) One Word is Open to Interpretation
MOST PEOPLE, IN FACT, WILL NOT TAKE THE TROUBLE IN FINDING THE TRUTH, BUT ARE MUCH MORE INCLINED TO ACCEPT THE FIRST STORY THEY HEAR. — THUCYDIDES Continue reading Tabloid Journalists Feed on This Crap