“Now, strange words simply puzzle us; ordinary words convey only what we know already. It is from metaphor that we can best get hold of something fresh.” Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), Rhetoric
“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.
“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” Mary Oliver, via Brain Pickings.
“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
Groucho Marx via Execupundit: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” Our Home Secretary’s skin-crawlingly poisonous plan to force firms to declare their foreign workers comes to mind. That can hardly be a way to build a successful, global-trading economy. It’s no way to […]
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