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  • STEPHEN shared from Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell
    I knew a parson who frightened his congregation terribly by telling them that the second coming was very imminent indeed, but they were much consoled when they found that he was planting trees in his garden.
    Note: Good old Bertrand Russell ...
  • STEPHEN shared from She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me by Emma Brockes
    ‘The English’, she said, ‘are a people who cook their fruit.’
    Note: Says it all, really...
  • STEPHEN shared from The Achievement of E. M. Forster by John Beer
    Nothing has yet taken the place of romanticism in the West. We are still romantics by birth, however much we may disguise our romanticism by devices such as cynicism or understatement. But since 1914 much of the original impetus of romanticism has been lost. It has lost its innocence in the face of Freud, its idealism in face of the events and policies of two world wars, and its positiveness in face of a world that becomes steadily more complex. It is not dead: most modern attitudes are romantic attitudes. But the fact that we describe them as ‘attitudes’ betrays the difference. The peculiar...
    Note: Brilliant
  • STEPHEN shared from a Personal Document
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  • STEPHEN shared from The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
    People always commented on Mom’s eyes, their energy and spark, and on her smile. Mom almost always smiled—but when she was happier than usual she beamed. Her cheeks, just under her eyes, would crinkle, and her smile would encompass her whole being.
    Note: Could be my mother Schwalbe is writing about…
  • STEPHEN shared from a Personal Document
    a certain understanding of the classics, the romantics, and those who people ones
    Note: one's
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