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Famous last words

July 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“An optimist is not the first to shout ‘hurray,’ but the last to shout ‘we’re finished.’ ” – Andrey Stavnitser (quoted by Tim Judah, In Wartime)

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Tags: Tim Judah · Verandah

Out, damn spot

May 13th, 2018 · No Comments

“The past is not made out of time, out of memory, out of irony but is also a crime we cannot admit and will not atone.” – Eavan Boland, “Making Money”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

In some respects, they’re all the same

May 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” – Nelson Mandela

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Tags: Nelson Mandela · Politics & Law

Here, there, and everywhere

April 26th, 2018 · No Comments

“You will not be able to find the boundaries of the soul even if you walk every path, so deep is its measure.” – Heraclitus (quoted by John Bussanich in “The Roots of Platonism and Vedanta”)

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Tags: The Ancients · Verandah

Doan dwit

April 19th, 2018 · No Comments

“Girls, never trust a man under 40, because he’s still a boy.” – John Mellencamp (interviewed by Edna Gundersen in AARP The Magazine)

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It’s cold and dark in there

April 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“Marriage is the tomb of love.” – Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, Memoirs

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It’s not hard

March 10th, 2018 · No Comments

“The best of us will try to live by a few simple rules: do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God, and never draw to an inside straight.” – Stephen Jay Gould, “The Streak of Streaks”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration · Verandah

Ghosts

February 20th, 2018 · No Comments

“If you look at the moon, you’ll dream of the animals, and they’ll tell you they’re sorry they died, and they miss you.” – Liam, Facebook, May 29, 2017

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Take me to the limit

February 18th, 2018 · No Comments

The Limits to Human Survival: The Four Threes 1. Three minutes without oxygen. 2. Three days without water. 3. Three weeks without food. 4. Three months without companionship. – from Christy Gutowski, “7 Days Lost”

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What it is

December 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“Love’s service is without eyes, and love is without fear.” – Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan und Isold

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The crown jewels

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Stars, darkness, a lamp, a phantom, a dew, a bubble; A dream, a flash of lightning, and a cloud: Thus should we look upon the world. – from The Diamond Sutra

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The Ancients · Verandah

Keeping a healthy perspective

November 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Make merry, day and night; Make of each day a festival of joy, Dance and play, day and night! Let your raiment be kept clean, Your head washed, body bathed. Pay heed to the little one, holding onto your hand, Let your wife delight your heart, For in this is the portion of man. – […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Something durable and modest

November 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Truth is a powerful and a dangerous commodity and needs to be adequately guarded. It should be clothed for the occasion, and not indiscriminately exposed.” – M. Esther Harding, “The Way of All Women”

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The tautological law

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“Shinto doctrine holds that women should make offerings to aborted foetuses to help them rest in peace. If one believes that abortion is killing and yet is still pro-choice, one could try to use contraception for every single sex act; if one had to undergo an abortion, one could then work to provide contraception, or […]

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Tags: Naomi Wolf · Verandah

The font

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

The Valley Spirit never dies. It is named the Mysterious Female. And the Doorway of the Mysterious Female Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang. It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry. – Tao Te Ching (trans. Arthur Waley)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

He’s got his work cut out for him

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The task of the human-hearted man is to procure benefits for the world and to eliminate its calamities. Now among all the current calamities of the world, which are the greatest? I say that attacks on small states by large ones, oppression of the weak by the strong, misuses of the few by the many, […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Verandah

Even in seven-league boots

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“From the child of five to myself is but a step. But from the newborn baby to the child of five is an appalling distance.” – Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy

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Sir yes sir

October 26th, 2017 · No Comments

“The Army’s the greatest teacher in the world. There’s only one answer for any question and you learn that answer because your life depends on it.” – M. F. McAuliffe, “The Cohort of Mist, Fog, and Fire”

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Bliss of ignorance, folly of man

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A woman’s life is quite different from a man’s. God has ordered it so. A man is the same from the time of his circumcision to the time of his withering. He is the same before he has sought out a woman for the first time, and afterwards. But the day when a woman enjoys […]

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It’s not on the sofa

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“The only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and it can be reached only through suffering.” – Igjugarjuk (quoted by H. Ostermann, Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition)

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In case you’ve been wondering

September 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“All life is a loss of balance and a struggling back into balance. We find this return home in religion and art.” – Karl Joël, Seele und Welt (trans. R.F.C. Hull)

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Hold me back

September 20th, 2017 · No Comments

“You don’t need people to tell you you’re right all the time. You need people to tell you that you’re wrong.” – John Bogle (interviewed by Michael Regan in Bloomberg Markets)

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · Verandah

Perpetual motion

September 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“What say you? It is useless? Ay, I know! But who fights ever hoping for success? I fought for lost cause, and for fruitless quest! You there, who are you?—You are thousands! Ah! I know you now, old enemies of mine! Falsehood! Have at you! Ha! and Compromise! Prejudice! Treachery! Surrender, I? Parley? No, never! […]

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Rolling in the gloaming

September 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.” – Francis Picabia

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If

August 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“If the deity is one who delights in charity and mercy and purity more than in oblations of blood, the chanting of hymns, and the fumes of incense, his worshippers will best please him, not by prostrating themselves before him, by intoning his praises, and by filling his temples with costly gifts, but by being […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Sir James George Frazer · Verandah

Let’s make one, then

August 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“The absence of God spells the ruin of man in the sense that it demolishes or robs of meaning everything we think of as the essence of being human: the quest for truth, the distinction of good and evil, the claim to dignity, the claim to creating something that withstands the indifferent destructiveness of time.” […]

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Score’s thirty-love, love

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“You can love the game, but the game loves no one.” – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life

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Tags: Atticus Lish · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

It already passed

July 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“There are times when most cards you are dealt come up aces, when forces you cannot control—or even influence—combine to push you forward. Such a moment does not often last long.” – Michael Scheuer, Imperial Hubris

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

File under ‘R’

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“Reorganization is the classic technique to avoid problems that are too complex or deeply rooted to solve.” – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · The Forever War · Verandah

Try as we might

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

“You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories, which are impossible to articulate.” – Gao Xingjian, Soul Mountain (trans. Mabel Lee)

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