Category Archives: Quotations

The warning that Jacob Marley’s ghost gave to Scrooge

A lonely boy was reading by a feeble fire For those of you who celebrate the other holiday, on December 25 — and for those of you who don’t — and for me. This entry repeats Charles Dickens’s warning, in … Continue reading

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Giving advice to the young — according to Thoreau and to Emerson

Henry David Thoreau, in one of his famously crusty moods, gave some famously negative advice in Walden about accepting advice from those who are older: Practically, the old have no very important advice to give the young. I’m sure he … Continue reading

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More Rupert Brooke: “The Great Lover”

This is an addition to yesterday’s post, Rupert Brooke’s “Tiare Tahiti.” The Great Lover by Rupert Brooke I have been so great a lover: filled my days So proudly with the splendour of Love’s praise, The pain, the calm, and … Continue reading

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Rupert Brooke’s “Tiare Tahiti”

Rupert Brooke Tiare Tahiti Mamua, when our laughter ends, And hearts and bodies, brown as white, Are dust about the doors of friends, Or scent ablowing down the night, Then, oh! then, the wise agree, Comes our immortality.

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Allen Ginsberg’s “America”

Note: this post is an extension of my About page. Allen Ginsberg in 1960 by Mario Jorrin/Getty Images YouTube: Photomontage of Ginsberg and his “america” music by Tom Waits. Incredibly moving. America by Allen Ginsberg America I’ve given you all … Continue reading

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Thoreau: a “self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rain-storms”

Note: this post is an extension of my About page. from Walden by Henry David Thoreau If I should attempt to tell how I have desired to spend my life in years past, it would probably surprise those of my … Continue reading

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Shelley’s “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”

Note: this post extends my About page. Portrait of Percy Bysshe Shelley by Amelia Curran (1819) HYMN TO INTELLECTUAL BEAUTY by Percy Bysshe Shelley [Composed, probably, in Switzerland, in the summer of 1816. Published in Hunt’s “Examiner”, January 19, 1817, … Continue reading

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