Thursday, April 29, 2010

Quotes: Self-Knowledge.


Self-knowledge 249          "Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience." Randolph Bourne. 1913. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Self-knowledge 251          "Only the shallow know themselves." Oscar Wilde. 1894. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Quotes: Self-esteem


Self-esteem        248          "He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser." Nietzsche.

Self-esteem        272          "Fanny saw that she was approved; and the consciousness of looking well, made her look still better." Austen, Mansfield Park.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Quote: Security.


 Security             49            "The sense of security more frequently springs from habit than from conviction...". George Eliot, Silas Marner.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Quotes: Secrecy


 Secrecy              165          "Secrecy will hardly be perfectly preserved unless by one who makes it a rule to avoid the whole of a subject of which he has to retain a part." Sir Henry Taylor. “On Secrecy.” 1836. Gross, ed. Essays.

Secrecy              165          "Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets; for there are few wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say." Sir Henry Taylor. “On Secrecy.” 1836. Gross, ed. Essays.

Secrets               216          "If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, do not disclose it to your friend." Solomon Ibn Gabirol. 1050. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quotes: The Seasons (7)


Seasons           286          "Spring sunshine is the awakener…summer sunlight is the ripener…winter sunlight is a token of rest, of the long sleep, the short day…but autumn sunlight is simply perfection of the day…." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           326          November. "And that is one of the rewards of living with four clear-cut seasons...have this annual season of simplicity, of rocks and rootbeds plainly visible...can, if you really look, see things whole again." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           327         " It is pleasant to walk with May and hear the song of mating birds and see the glint of fresh violets in the new grass...satisfying to sit in summer’s shade and know the fragrance of roses and the hum of bees through the long afternoon...exhilarating to watch the color come to the woodlands...but when the blossom has become the seed, when daylight has been abbreviated by the southward swing of the sun, when the trees stand naked in the frosty woodland.... " Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           343          "And man, privileged to know the year whole and complete...". Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Season             119          "Every morning I wakened with a fresh consciousness that winter was over."  Cather, My √Āntonia

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Quotres: The Seasons. (6)


 Seasons           232          "It always seems to catch us by surprise, that day when we know the summer is not endless, that autumn is just over the hill or up the valley." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           232          "But it is the light, not the temperature, that marks the change [from summer to fall]…the clear blue sky, the sharp shadows, the way they fall." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           240         " September comes, and with it a sense of autumn." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           240          "Autumn never comes overnight…creeps in on a misty dawn and vanishes in the hot afternoon…tiptoes through the treetops, rouging a few leaves…". Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           259          "Spring was all eagerness and beginnings, summer was growth and flowering…autumn is the achievement summarized, the harvested grain, the ripened apple, the grape in the wine press…the bright leaf in the woodland…the froth of asters at the roadside." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quotes: The Seasons (5)


Seasons           206          "As summer advances, the colors change, slowly, subtly, but unmistakably." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           217          "The lights of the fireflies begin to dim, the buzz of the annual cicadas passes its shrill crescendo, the crickets stridulate, and after the crickets we hear the first katydids… can time the season by the insect sequence." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           217          "Tradition says first frost will come six weeks after the first katydid is heard." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           226          "What we really hear [in the late-August nights’ insects sounds] is the summer passing." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           227          "Now, in the insect-loud night, we know that October will come, and November, when only the scuffle of sere leaves will scratch the night." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Monday, April 19, 2010

Quotes: The Seasons (4).


Seasons           81            March. "So we wait, impatient, and the seasons take their own time." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           90            "The precise date is unpredictable, but one warm afternoon the change is in the air, winter turning to spring, and it is more than sunlight, more than warmth." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           195          July. "Change, the eternal constant, subtly shapes days." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           195          July. "You sense the change in the way the shadows fall." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           200          Midsummer. "The inclination is toward autumn, though we are reluctant to admit it." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Quotes: The Seasons (3)


Seasons           55            "The impatience is in us, watching them [the buds], hoping, wishing, while the clock they obey continues its slow, deliberate ticking down at the root of things." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           60            "Only man, keying his life to his clocks and calendars, is impatient." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

13. Seasons           77            "…from the rigors of winter to the benevolence of spring." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           77            "…all he [man] can do about the rhythmic seasons is chart them and, if he would live in comfort, cooperate with their conditions." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           77            "Neither the power of his [man’s] armies nor the efficiency of his machines can hurry or delay a solstice or an equinox."Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Quotes: The Seasons (2)


Seasons             736          "It was still winter but there was something soft in the air today." DeLillo, Underworld.

Seasons             24            "You see a change in the way the shadows fall, especially at midday." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons             24            "There are no short cuts [in the changing of the seasons]." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons             46            "February…one could even say that spring began to assert itself when the angle of sunlight shifted ever so slowly after the winter solstice." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Seasons           46            "February. You can’t hear, and you can scarcely see, the alteration of a shadow, which was all that really happened." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year




Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quotes: The Seasons


Seasons             833          "Summer works in the present, and thinks not of the future; autumn is a rich conservative; winter has utterly lost its faith, and clings tremulously to the remembrance of what has been; but spring with its outgushing life…." Hawthorne: “Buds and Bird-Voices”

Seasons             005          "Time not the temperature, marks off the days." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.

Seasons             82            "Gopher Prairie was digging in for the winter; through late November and all December it snowed daily; the thermometer was at zero and might drop to twenty below, or thirty; winter is not a season in the North Middlewest; it is an industry; storm sheds...erected at every door." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Seasons             199          "To the sterile winter air the [newly chopped] wood gave a scent of March sap." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street.

Seasons             497         " It was one of those days in Central Park when there’s a distilled sense of perception, a spareness, every line firm and unredundant, and the leaves were beginning to turn, the dogwoods and the sumac, and nothing was wasted or went unseen." DeLillo, Underworld.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Quotes: The Sea.


Sea          568          "…find utterance in the sea’s unchanging voice, and warn the listener to withdraw his interest from mortal vicissitudes, and let the infinite idea of eternity pervade his soul." Hawthorne: "Footprints on the Sea-Shore"

Sea      569          "For as the sun sinks over the western wave, the sea grows melancholy, and the surf has a saddened tone." Hawthorne: "Footprints on the Sea-Shore"

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Quotes: Sculpture


Sculpture           935         " …it became evident to all observers, that a female figure was growing into mimic life…seemed as if the hamadryad of the oak had sheltered herself from the unimaginative world within the heart of her native tree, and that it was only necessary to remove the strange shapelessness that had incrusted her, and reveal the grace and loveliness of a divinity." Hawthorne: “Drowne’s Wooden Image”

Sculpture           936          "The figure lies within that block of oak, and it is my business to find it." Hawthorne: “Drowne’s Wooden Image”

Sculpture           1089        "It [the snow image] seemed, in fact, not so much to be made by the children, as to grow up under their hands, while they were playing and prattling about it." Hawthorne:  "The Snow Image"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Quote: Scorn.


Scorn  252          "Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn." George Bernard Shaw.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Quotes: Science (11)


Science            342          Paul Ehrlich: "The step from the laboratory to the bedside is dangerous—but it must be taken." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            342          "At bottom Paul Ehrlich was a gambler, as who of the great line of the microbe hunters has not been." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science and medicine    208          "The human body will come to be seen as modular… preservation of the whole through systematic replacement of transient components." Toffler, Future Shock.

Science and medicine    209          "…advanced fusions of man and machine—called 'Cyborgs'—are closer than most people think." Toffler, Future Shock.

Science and technology               205          "…if something can be done, someone, somewhere will do it." Toffler, Future Shock.

Scientist           332          "Now, while Paul Ehrlich’s head was an encyclopedia of chemical knowledge, his hands were not the hands of an expert chemist… hated complicated apparatus as much as he loved complicated theories." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Quotes: Science (10)


Science            298          "There are fertile fields now, and healthy babies, in Italy and Africa and India and America, where once the hum of the anopheles brought thin blood and chattering teeth, brought desolate land and death." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            298          "Facts of science are greater than the little men who find those facts." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            299          "…not one particle of doubt he had to risk human lives; animals simply will not catch yellow fever." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            303          "That is one of the humors of microbe hunting—the way men make their finds." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            310         " …Walter Reed’s moral nature told him: you must kill men to save them." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Quotes: Science (9)


Science            233          Kilborne told him [Theobald Smith ] of the cattlemen’s ridiculous theory about the ticks... “No ticks--no Texas fever.” DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            238          "Theobald Smith...In the field where there were southern cattle and ticks, the northern cattle died of Texas fever; in the field where there were southern cattle without ticks the northern cows grew fat and remained happy; in the field where there were no southern cattle but only ticks--there, too, the northern cattle came down with Texas fever." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            250         "Like Theobald Smith, [David] Bruce was a man to respect and to test folk-hunches and superstitions." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.

Science            268          "To listen to these two, you would think each would rather this noble discovery had remained buried, than have the other get a mite of credit for it." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters. Gaining credit: the curse of scholars.

Science            286          "This was what Ronald Ross seemed to forget: That nature is everlastingly full of surprises and annoying exceptions…. " DeKruif, Microbe Hunters.