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12wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 9:20am

"Now I am terrified at the Earth, it is that calm and patient,/ It grows such sweet things out of such corruptions,/ It turns harmless and stainless on its axis, with such/ endless succession of diseased corpses,/ It distills exquisite winds out of such infused fetor,/ It gives such divine materials to men, and accepts such/ leavings from them at last."
- Walt Whitman, "This Compost"

22wonderY
Edited: Sep 24, 2013, 11:34am

"I am quite capable of disliking a place just because the hills seem to me the wrong shape - it is very, very important that hills should be the right shape. Practically all the hills in Devonshire are the right shape. Most of the hills in Sicily are the wrong shape, so I do not care for Sicily. The hills of Corsica are sheer delight; the Welsh hills, too, are beautiful.

In Switzerland the hills and mountains stand about you too closely."

-Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

32wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 9:20am

“Perhaps nothing is wholly true, and even not that.” – Eduard Douwes Dekker or Multatuli, 1820-1887)

42wonderY
Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 9:21am

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." — Siddhārtha Gautama

52wonderY
Mar 24, 2014, 10:46am

"The only thing more dangerous than an idea is a belief."

first line of The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

6pre20cenbooks
Edited: Mar 27, 2014, 9:58am

"Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them. " - George Eliot taken from her novel Middlemarch

my comment: Oh boy!!! talk about peer pressure during the 19th century!!!

7nrmay
Edited: Sep 20, 2014, 7:34pm

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8nrmay
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9abbottthomas
Jul 6, 2014, 6:05pm

>4 2wonderY:

...another way of looking at it ;-)

But Jesus, when you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both, it's health - you worry about getting a rupture or something. If everything is simply jake, then you're frightened of death.

J P Donleavy - The Ginger Man

102wonderY
Mar 13, 2017, 7:45am

"A thought is a real thing and words are only its raiment, but a thought is as shy as a virgin; unless it is fittingly appareled we may not look on its shadowy nakedness"

---James Stephens in The Crock of Gold

112wonderY
Edited: Mar 13, 2017, 8:34am

Anatole France, loosely translated, and from The Red Lily:

"The majestic equality of the law forbids rich and poor alike from peeing in the streets, sleeping under bridges, and stealing bread.”