June 2nd, 1999


On Bad News -- Colin Powell ("The News Is Bad/The News Is Good/Isn't It?") SOTFW-ML


Bad news isn't wine.  It doesn't improve with age.

                                                                                                              ~ Colin Powell

On Being Human -- Mark Twain ("An Ill Wind") SOTFW-SC


All that I care to know is that a man is a human being - that is enough for me; he can't be any worse.
                                                                                                                                              ~ Mark Twain

On Bittersweet Endings -- W. H. Auden ("Cliff Hanger") SOTFW-SC


The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
                                                  ~ W. H. Auden

On Books -- Francis Bacon ("It's a Wonderful Place") SOTFW-ITD


Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some are to be chewed and digested.
                                                                                ~ Francis Bacon, "Essays" from The Quotable Book Lover (Lyons Press)

I actually got this one worked into my NaNoWriMo novel tonight!  Generally, when I mark a quotation as appearing in a certain chapter, it is the introductory quote, but this one is part of the actual text of the novel.
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On Bath Tubs -- Ezra Pound (Removed from "La Bañera -- Español" 8/13/04) SOTFW-SC


As a bathtub lined with white porcelain,
When the hot water gives out or goes tepid,
So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion,
O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfactory lady.

    -- Ezra Pound, (1885–1972), U.S. poet, critic. repr. In Collected Shorter Poems (1984). "The Bath Tub", Lustra (1916). The poem is thought to be addressed to Pound's fiancée Dorothy Shakespear, whom he married in April 1914.

(Removed from "La Bañera, Español" 8/13/04.)
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