Imagine the theatre of the future. […] [T]he masses will no doubt go to the theatre much as they do now. Only instead of seeing a company of actors and actresses, more or less mediocre, engaged in the degrading task of repeating time after time the same words, the same gestures, the same actions, they will see the performance of a complete ‘star’ company, as once enacted at its very best, reproduced as often as it may be wanted, the perfected kinetoscope exhibiting the spectacle of the stage, the talking machine and the phonograph (doubtless differentiated) rendering perfectly the voices of the actors and the music of the orchestra. There will be no need for the employment of inferior actors in the small parts. As the production of any play will only demand that it be worked up to the point of perfection and then performed once, there will be no difficulty in securing the most perfect rendering that it is capable of.
— T. Baron Russell, A Hundred Years Hence, 1906
In reading the life of any great man, you will always, in the course of his history, chance upon some obscure individual, who, on some particular occasion, was greater than him whose life you are reading.
— Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1821
‘”No,” she laughed.’ How on earth could that be done? If you try to laugh and say ‘No’ at the same time, it sounds like neighing — yet people are perpetually doing it in novels. If they did it in real life they would be locked up.
— Hilaire Belloc, On Anything, 1910
Geographical Cards printed from copper-plates, designed and fitted to all our known English games at cards, faithfully representing the several kingdomes, countreys, and parts of the whole world, with the latitude and longitude of all places, whereby Geography may familiarly and easily be learnt by all sorts of people. Sold by Henry Brome, at the Gun at the West-end of St. Paul’s: the cards plain, are sold at 1s. the pack; gilt and embellished, at 2s. 6d.; bound in
books, and so serving for geographical tables, at 2s.
— Clavel’s Catalogue of Books, §c. No. 6, Feb. 1675, cited in Edward Arber, The Term Catalogues, 1668-1709, A.D.: With a Number for Easter Term, 1711 A.D. A Contemporary Bibliography of English Literature in the Reigns of Charles II, James II, William and Mary, and Anne, 1903