The Guilty Party

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Letting My Betters Do the Driving Today

November 27, 2008

On this day when we all reflect on all the good things in our life I would like to say thanks for all of the wonderful writers whose work I have been privileged to read. And I would also like to put out a "thank you" in advance to all of the writers I am sure to discover in the coming weeks, months and years. Knowing at least a little bit of what the whole process is like makes me appreciate the really good stuff even more.

So, in celebration of those whose words have inspired, uplifted, informed, amused and enlightened me, here is a very small sampling from one of my commonplace books. I hope you find something here that inspires, uplifts or in some fashion improves your day, your outlook, your sense of what can be.

The average person looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feelng, eats without tasting, moves without physicl awareness, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrence, and talks without thinking.---Leonardo da Vinci

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian."---from "Moby Dick" by Hermann Melville

It alters ones whole conception of Man as Nature's last word.---from "Code of the Woosters" by P.G. Wodehouse

There are certain females whom one respects, admires, reveres, but only from a distance. If they show any signs of attempting to come closer, one is prepared to fight them off with a blackjack.---from "Code of the Woosters" by P.G. Wodehouse

Noah attempted to be more facetious still, and in this attempt, did what many small wits, with far greater reputations than Noah, sometimes do to this day when they want o be funny. He got personal.---from "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens

"People are put in the Hulks because they murder and because they rob, and forge, and do all sorts of bad; and they always begin by asking questions."---said by Mrs. Joe in "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

Everyone is an artist in his or her own right. It's just when we play together we may have a little problem.
---Victor Borge

Life is for action. If we insist on proofs for everything, we shall never come to action: to act you ust assume an that assumption is faith.---John Henry Cardinal Newman

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.---John Stuart Mill

Man will occassionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.---Winston Churchill

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.---Aristotle

and finally..............

The Wart did not know what Merlyn was talking about, but he liked him to talk. He did not like the grown-ups who talked down to him, but the ones who went on talking in their usul way, leaving him to leap along in their wake, jumping at meanings, guessing, clutching at known words, and chuckling at complicated jokes as they suddenly dawned. He had the glee of the porpoise then, pouring and leaping through strange seas.---from "The Once and Future King" by T. H. White

It is good to keep this perspective of Wart's all through our lives. There is always someone to learn from, someone who is a couple of jumps ahead of you, someone who it will profit you to watch, listen to and emulate. And the joy comes when their secret is suddenly clear to you. This happens often when we are children. It is something to hold on to as adults.

Go Ye Forth and Do Likewise.


Lexi said...

Churchill execellent as ever, and Wodehouse of course, but the Moby Dick quote?

I'd prefer to sleep with a drunken Christian than a sober cannibal any day of the week, as would any sensible femail.

Lexi said...

Okay, that spelling mistake was NOT MY FAULT!

It's your beastly word verification. If I preview my comment, I have to do two of them!

*leaves, muttering*

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