“With close-packed branches and with leaves heaped up and laid sloping they contrived a drainage for even the heaviest rains. Beneath such dwellings, they lived, but they lived in peace. A thatched roof once covered free men; under marble and gold dwells slavery.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Younger) (c. 4 BC – AD 65), […]
“When you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.” Lord Kelvin (William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, 1824-1907), Lecture on Electrical Units of Measurement
This energising thought for the new year, courtesy of Kurt at Cultural Offering: “There is no easy method of learning difficult things. The method is to close the door, give out that you are not at home, and work.” Joseph de Maistre, 1753-1821
Civilisation is built on the practice of keeping promises. It may not sound a high attainment, but if trust in its observance be shaken the whole structure cracks and sinks. Any constructive effort and all human relations, personal, political and commercial, depend on being able to depend on promises. B.H.Liddell Hart (1895 – 1970), The […]
“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Jung (1875 – 1961) This via Anderson Layman’s blog.
“They lose the day in waiting for the night, and the night in fearing the dawn.” Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD), On the Shortness of Life
Don Miguel Ruiz, via Cultural Offering: 1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best.” — Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
“The forbearing use of power does not only form a touchstone, but the manner in which an individual enjoys certain advantages over others is a test of a true gentleman. The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even […]
“Observe carefully what guides the actions of the wise, and what they shun or seek.” Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations
Here’s a comforting and inspiring thought from Patrick Rhone’s analogue writing blog, The Cramped: “even one of literature’s great writers and thinkers struggled to keep a journal, questioned the entire idea of it, did so only in fits and starts, but kept at it all the same.” The rest, here.