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Friday, June 14th, 2002
8:05a - On Names -- Thomas Campbell


Who hath not own’d, with rapture-smitten frame,
The power of grace, the magic of a name?
    -- Thomas Campbell, (1777–1844) Pleasures of Hope Part ii. Line 5.

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8:15a - On Naming Pigs -- Anonymous

Don't name a pig you plan to eat.
    -- Anonymous

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10:00a - On Nature -- Lord Byron


There is pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...
    Lord Byron

current mood: pleased

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10:12a - On Nature -- Willa Cather


As we walked homeward across the fields, the sun dropped and lay like a great golden globe in the low west. While it hung there, the moon rose in the east, as big as a cart-wheel, pale silver and streaked with rose colour, thin as a bubble or a ghost-moon. For five, perhaps ten minutes, the two luminaries confronted each other across the level land, resting on opposite edges of the world.

In that singular light every little tree and shock of wheat, every sunflower stalk and clump of snow-on-the-mountain, drew itself up high and pointed; the very clods and furrows in the fields seemed to stand up sharply. I felt the old pull of the earth, the solemn magic that comes out of those fields at nightfall. I wished I could be a little boy again, and that my way could end there.

    -- Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. Jim Burden, in My Antonia, book IV, ch. IV (1918; rev. 1926).

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10:15a - On Nature -- Stewart L. Udall


Where nature is concerned, familiarity breeds love and knowledge, not contempt.
    -- Stewart L. Udall

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10:41a - On the Nature of Danger -- Martin Boyd


We grew up with the feeling that the adult world was entirely reasonable and secure. The only dangers of life were the natural menaces-snakes and sharks, centipedes, bull-dog ants and scorpions-things that the escapist can never quite escape. There could be no danger from the folly of human authority nor from mad economics.
    -- Martin Boyd

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10:43a - On the Nature of Life -- Lazarus Long


The biscuits and the syrup never come out even.
    -- Lazarus Long, (1912- ) character by Robert A. Heinlein in many stories, quoted from The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

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10:45a - On the Nature of Life -- George Santayana


Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
    -- George Santayana, Spanish-born philosopher (1863-1952)

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10:50a - On the Nature of Magic -- Arthur C. Clarke


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
-- Arthur C. Clarke (1917- )

current mood: Inquisitive

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12:10p - On the New Foal -- Ferenc Juhasz


Dawn bounced up in a bright red hat,
waved at the world and skipped away.
Up staggered the foal,
its hooves were jelly-knots of foam.

Then day sniffed with its blue nose
through the open stable window, and found them--
the foal nuzzling its mother,
velvet fumbling for her milk.
    -- Ferenc Juhasz, B. 1928, Hungarian poet

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12:20p - On the New Foal -- Thomas Kyd


A fine little smooth horse colt,
Should move a man as much as doth a son.
    -- Thomas Kyd (1558-1594), English dramatist

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3:46p - On Nightfall -- "Cool" Quote from Romeo and Juliet -- William Shakespeare


(Gacked from acoolsecretary)

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon
Who is already sick and pale with grief

    -- William Shakespeare, from Romeo and Juliet, Romeo in Capulet's garden, Act 2 scene 2

current mood: amused

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4:51p - On Nobility -- Confucius


The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.
    -- Confucius

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5:40p - On Nosiness -- Ambrose Bierce


It has been observed that one's nose is never so happy as when it is thrust into the affairs of another, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

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10:38p - On Nudity -- Marilyn Monroe


It's not true I had nothing on; I had the radio on.
    -- Marilyn Monroe

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11:07p - On Nutrition

I am a nutritional overachiever.

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