I came across this quote in A Moveable Feast and smiled at the curmudgeonness of it. I can't say that I don't feel the same way at times though. 🙂 When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be the happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day … Continue reading Ernest Hemingway: a brief rant-quote about people
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The human body is a miracle of form and function. I'm always amazed at how intricate we are.
The Stand on leaders
They are all the things the civics books tell us the good citizens should be: partisans but never zealots, respecters of the facts which attend each situation but never benders of those facts, uncomfortable in positions of leadership but rarely able to turn down a responsibility once it has been offered … or thrust upon them. They make the best leaders in a democracy because they are unlikely to fall in love with power. Quite the opposite. ~ from The Stand by Stephen King
All in one glass
I enjoy a good glass of wine every now and again but I'm pretty uninformed about the whole thing, so I've been doing some reading and came across this lovely quote. Cheers! Sure we all swig sometimes, but what separates wine from apple juice and root beer is the possibility of going so much deeper. … Continue reading All in one glass
Do you have the “right stuff”?
I just started reading Mary Roach's Packing for Mars today and came across this passage*: Here's the other thing that's changed since the heyday of space exploration. Crews aboard [space craft] are two to three times the size of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo crews, and the mission spans weeks or months, not days. This makes … Continue reading Do you have the “right stuff”?
Chris Baty on Why We Try to Endure Difficult, Boring Books
We buy these difficult books because we feel that, while not very exciting, they are in some way good for us. It's sort of literature-as-bran-flakes philosophy. If something is dry and unpalatable, it must be doing something good for our constitutions. ~Chris Baty, No Plot, No Problem