Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All in the Preparation

Daily Dose

From Watt, by Samuel Beckett


"It was on these occasions, we agreed, after an exchange of views, that we came nearest to God."

From III

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Another Doodle in the Boat

Doodle in the Boat

Daily Dose

From What Am I Doing Here, by Bruce Chatwin


"And we shall lose the tastes -- the hot, coarse, bitter bread; the green tea flavoured with cardamons; the grapes we cooled in the snow-melt; and the nuts and dried mulberries we munched for altitude sickness.  Nor shall we get back the smell of the beanfields, the sweet, resinous smell of deodar wood burning, or the whiff of a snow leopard at 14,000 feet."

From A Lament for Afghanistan

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Lost Youth

Daily Dose

From Literary Studies, Volume One, by Walter Bagehot


"In fact, what we opprobriously call stupidity, though not an enlivening quality in common society, is nature's favourite resource for preserving steadiness of conduct and consistency of opinion."

From Letter III, On the New Constitution of France, and the Aptitude of the French Character for National Freedom, Paris, 20th January, 1852