Tag Archives: People

Friendship’s Garland

When I was a boy there was a friend of mine, We thought ourselves warriors and grown folk swine, Stupid old animals who never understood And never had an impulse, and said “You must be good!” We stank like stoats … Continue reading

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Edited Out

Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the United States Declaration of Independence had a passage condemning the slave trade:

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Naming Book Titles After Just Hearing The First Lines

A few years ago, I met someone who said that he would be able to know the title of a popular book by only reading the first line or two of the book to him. I decided to test his … Continue reading

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Quotable #16: Transience

“When told of a man who had acquired great wealth, a sage replied, ‘Has he also acquired the days in which to spend it?’” — Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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J. M. Barrie (1860-1937), the creator of Peter Pan, had been looking forward to meeting with the poet A. E. Housman (1859-1936). In December 1922, a meeting between the two was arranged in Trinity College, Cambridge. It turned out that it … Continue reading

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Rumors Of Deaths In Almanacs

Malicious posts about the death of somebody who is still alive constantly appear on the web these days. However, this is not a new phenomenon. Years before the advent of the Internet, people have been using almanacs and periodicals as media … Continue reading

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Quotable #15: The Index Of The Scales

“We praise or blame according to whether the one or the other offers a greater opportunity for our power of judgment to shine out.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human, 1878

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