Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Quotes: Essay. Ethics. Eulogy. Euphemisms.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Essay xix No strict definition of the essay. "Even more than most literary forms, the essay defies strict definition." Introduction. Gross, ed. Essays.

Essay xx "Essayists...masters of the art of talking on paper...." Introduction. Gross, ed. Essays.

Ethics 198 To enjoy yourself and not harm others is the essence of ethics. "To enjoy yourself and make others enjoy themselves, without harming yourself or any other; that, to my mind, is the whole of ethics." Champfort. 1805. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Ethics 202 "Ultimately, the problems [with technology] are not scientific or technical, but ethical and political." Toffler, Future Shock.

Eulogy 135 I'll say all kinds of nice things about him--if he is really dead. "There is a report that Piso is dead; it a great loss; he was an honest man, who deserved to live longer; he was intelligent and agreeable, resolute and courageous, to be depended upon, generous and faithful—provided he is really dead." La Bruyere. 1688. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Euphemisms 196 Euphemisms are attractive because they avoid facts and sound pompous. "The middle [classes] cleave to euphemisms not just because they’re an aid in avoiding facts; they like them also because they assist their social yearnings toward pomposity…because most euphemisms permit the speaker to multiply syllables, and the middle class confuses sheer numerousness with weight and value." Paul Fussell. Portable Curmudgeon.

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