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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, … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #48

We Regret the Error Yet worse was the condition of the editor who, having in a touching obituary notice of a soldier described the deceased as a ‘battle-scarred veteran,’ was driven frantic to find in the morning that the types … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #47

Music Alfieri, often before he wrote, prepared his mind by listening to music: “Almost all my tragedies were sketched in my mind either in the act of hearing music or a few hours after” — a circumstance which has been … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #46

Some Definitions Great Men — Little men who wear high heeled boots. Political Greatness — Moral littleness and inconsistency. — The Olio, Vol. 3, 1829

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Gleanings From The Past #45

Wilde on Fashion Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. — Lord Goring, in Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, Act III, 1893 And, after all, what is a fashion? From the artistic point … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #44

Ad A young gentleman on the point of being married, is desirous of meeting a man of experience who will dissuade him from such a step. — Advertisement publised in the London Times, 1890, cited in The Golden Book Magazine, Vol. … Continue reading

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Gleanings From the Past #43

Appearance The deepest knowledge will not always command respect, without some attention to personal appearance. Hermannus Buschius, a celebrated teacher of languages in the sixteenth century, was bitterly irritated at finding that the very persons who had neglected to salute … Continue reading

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