Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
"Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, and make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean."
- Aldous Huxley in the Forward to Brave New World
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A parable referenced in Charlie Wilson's War:
There is this very rich family with a son in this village. And they get the son a horse for his birthday. A villager comes to the Zen master and says, “how nice that they can get their son such a grand gift for his birthday.” The Zen master replies, “we will see.” A few years pass and the son falls off the hoarse and breaks his leg bad and it does not heal properly and he can’t walk well. A villager comes to the Zen master and says, “too bad he got that hoarse for his birthday.” The Zen master replies, “we will see.” Later in life, war breaks out. Many of the young men in the village are sent off to war to die, but not the son because of his bad leg. A villager comes to the Zen master and says, “good thing that guy broke his leg.” The Zen master replies, “we will see.”
Hat tip: RJ
Monday, October 22, 2012
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
That's certainly no life being a steer.Mike:
Oh? You don't think so? I should have thought you would have loved being a steer, Robert.Robert:
How do you mean, Mike?Mike:
Well they lead such a sort of quiet life. They never say anything important and they're always hanging around. I should have thought you'd enjoy that.
From the 1957 film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's 1926 The Sun Also Rises.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Churchill Archives available here:
Nearly a million documents that make up Winston Churchill's archive, ranging from school reports, drafts of his famous wartime speeches, to cigar bills, have been made instantly accessible to students, historians, and even politicians looking for lessons from past coalition governments.