The Book That Has It All

One Sunday morning, Mark Twain was listening to a preacher who was giving a dramatic and well thought out sermon. Twain recognized the skill of the preacher though he was bothered by the preacher’s supercilious attitude. So, he decided to take the preacher down a few pegs. As you may be aware, Twain was an […]

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Quotable #67: Book Borrowers

“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” — Arab Proverb “I can lend you my money not my books.” — Amit Kalantri “Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Procrastination

In the Self-Help Section of a bookstore: Customer: Do you have books about procrastination? Clerk: I’m sorry sir, but we haven’t gotten around to ordering them yet.

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The Entire Corpus of T. S. Eliot

In 1948, when T. S. Eliot was heading to Stockholm, Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize, an American reporter asked which of his books did they award the Nobel Prize for. “I believe it’s given for the entire corpus,” Eliot replied. “And when did you publish that?” the reporter said. “It really might make a […]

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20 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading And Thinking

“He might be a very clever man by nature, for all I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.” — Robert Hall, when asked whether he thought that Dr. Kippis was clever, The Works of Rev. Robert Hall, Vol. 3, 1860 The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, […]

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Gleanings From The Past #49

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

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, March 2018

Random Ramblings The Worst Possible Superpowers This is inspired by Masercot’s fun post with the same title. — The sporadic ability to run through walls. — The psychic power to break any of your own bone with just a thought. — The power to steal anyone’s superpower in a world where no one possesses any […]

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Quotable #38: Food And Diet

“The two biggest sellers in any bookstore are the cookbooks and the diet books. The cookbooks tell you how to prepare the food and the diet books tell you how not to eat any of it.” – Andy Rooney

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A Way To Glowing Health

This is a guest post by Joe Malone While reading The World as I Found It by Bruce Duffy (1987), a novel about the social and philosophical interactions between Wittgenstein, Russell, and Moore, I came upon the following, referencing Bertrand Russell and the married woman he was carrying on an affair with, Lady Ottoline Morrell: Then […]

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Gleanings From The Past #37

Published A disappointed literary aspirant, weary of having his articles declined with thanks, and doubtful of his critics’ infallibility, copied out ‘Samson Agonistes,’ which he rechristened ‘Like a Giant Refreshed,’ and the manuscript, as an original work of his own, went the rounds of publishers and editors. It was declined on various pleas, and the […]

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