March 9, 2007: Trollope on Cold Shoulders - 0 Comments

"The man or woman who received his first overtures with grace would probably be one on whom it would be better that he should look down and waste no further time; whereas he or she who could afford to treat him with disdain would no doubt be worth gaining. Such men as Mr Bott are ever gracious to cold shoulders. The colder the shoulders, the more gracious are the Mr Botts."

- Trollope, Can You Forgive Her?, 1865.

March 7, 2007 - 1 Comments

"For we let our young men and women go out unarmed, in a day when armor was never so necessary. By teaching them all to read, we have left them at the mercy of the printed word. By the invention of the film and the radio, we have made certain that no aversion to reading shall secure them from the incessant battery of words, words, words. They do not know what the words mean; they do not know how to ward them off or blunt their edge or fling them back; they are a prey to words in their emotions instead of being the masters of them in their intellects."

March 5, 2007: Trollope on A Woman's Life - 1 Comments

A woman's life is important to her, – as is that of a man to him, not chiefly in regard to that which she shall do with it. The chief thing for her to look to is the manner in which that something shall be done. It is of moment to a young man when entering life to decide whether he shall make hats or shoes; but not of half the moment that will be that other decision, whether he shall make good shoes or bad. And so with a woman; – if she shall have recognized the necessity of truth and honesty for the purposes of her life, I do not know that she need ask herself many questions as to what she will do with it.
-- Trollope, Can You Forgive Her?, 1865.

March 2, 2007: Aeschylus on unpleasant truths - 0 Comments

"Herald: I cannot gloss a lie with fair pretence / The best told lie bears but a short-lived fruit.

Chorus: Speak the truth plainly, if thou canst not pleasantly; / These twain be seldom wedded."
- Aeschylus (trans. Blackie), Agamemnon, 458 BC.