Tag: april 2021 quote of the day

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‘They can tak’ oour lives but they cannae tak’ oour troousers!’– The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett. The Wee Free Men, be it rightly said, is another one of those books that I am a shameless recommender of – and the first in a sequence of what are called children’s books (but actually have […]

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Quote of the Day: Richard Feynman on the Unknown

 

“You see, one thing is, I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live, not knowing, than to have answers which might be wrong.” — Richard Feynman

It comes at about the middle of this interview excerpt:

(Bonus) Quote of the Day: A Good Thing Shared

 

‘Faeries like pizza?’ I asked.
‘Oh, Harry,’ [the little faery] said breathlessly. ‘Haven’t you ever had pizza before?’
‘Of course I have,’ I said.
Toot looked wounded. ‘And you didn’t share?’
– Jim Butcher, Storm Front (Being the First Book of the Dresden Files).

Some of you may know by now (and others of you are about to find out) that I am a shameless recommender of the Dresden Files series of books by Jim Butcher. The way I typically explain them is as the most satisfying long-running story that I’ve come across – and the sort of place where the hero can make Looney Tunes jokes at the height of the action and not derail the story – and in fact does. (Or find out that faeries are humorously and devotedly fond of pizza, for that matter.)

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In the enjoyment of a great myth we come nearest to experiencing as a concrete what can otherwise be understood only as an abstraction. [ . . . ][M]yth is the isthmus which connects the peninsular world of thought with that vast continent we really belong to. It is not, like truth, abstract; nor is […]

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Quote of the Day: The Camel’s Hump

 

The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump
Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
From having too little to do.…

The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or frowst with a book by the fire;
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And dig till you gently perspire….

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