Gleanings From The Past #49

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Procrastination

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace, from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time!
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death.

— William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

—————— That we would do,
We should do when we would; for this would changes,
And hath abatements and delays as many
As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents;
And then this should is like a spendthrift sigh
That hurts by easing.

— William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 7

Uncertainty

Against the garden wall of Exeter College grew a fig tree, and Kennicott was very partial to figs. Now in a certain year there was but a single fig on the tree. The Doctor watched it, eagerly expecting when it would be ripe, for a fig is like a pear, it ripens and reaches perfection all at once, before which moment it is no good at all. To secure this fruit for himself he wrote out a label, “Dr. Kennicott’s Fig,” and hung it above the fruit on the tree. But just as the fig was fit to be gathered and eaten, some audacious undergraduate managed to get it, plucked, ate, and then reversing the label wrote in large letters thereon “A Fig for Dr. Kennicott.”

— Sabine Baring-Gould, Devonshire Characters and Strange Events, 1908

Books, like men their authors, have no more than one way of coming into the world, but there are ten thousand to go out of it and return no more.

— Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub (1889 Edition), 1697

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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12 Responses to Gleanings From The Past #49

  1. Procrastination! Two days ago, my wife embroidered the words “I will” on a hand towel for me. Apparently, it is what i say a lot!

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  2. Abigail says:

    Truly, Hamlet spent an exhausting part of his story procrastinating.
    Blasted undergraduates! A hopeless, impetuous bunch, the lot of them. (Oh, wait, that’s what I’ll be…)

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    • It’s one of his greatest flaws. Instead of taking actions, he just philosophizes.

      Heh, grads and post-grads like to criticize undergrads as if they hadn’t been one before. 🙂 Anyway, good luck with your studies.

      Like

  3. curioushart says:

    “For the last word in procrastination, go travel with a river reluctant to lose his freedom in the sea.” Aldo Leopold ~ A Sand County Almanac

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  4. sherazade says:

    Stavo per dire questo è Shakespeare mi sembra proprio Shakespeare e voi là è proprio Shakespeare!!!

    Shera

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Vielen Dank! Das hat mir gut gefallen!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Garfield Hug says:

    Love the creativity of the student after devouring the fig!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these. Interesting read.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Monica Graff says:

    ah, procrastination, I know it so well!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jack Shalom says:

    “If it were done when tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly”–Macbeth

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