A quote to note

Drawing on thousands of sparkling, moving and inspiring quotations amassed during decades of attentive reading. To delight your mind and spirit and improve your presentations beyond belief.

No summer is long enough

Referring to the Arctic, where the summers are short and the winters long, this rueful statement made me think about our own longer...

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Frogs around a pond

I liked Socrates' image of the Mediterranean, that great big watery basin, as a pond around which we live like frogs. 'We live round a...

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Of science and art

Someone spotted this on a wall at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a bastion of cutting edge science, and therefore...

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Metaphorically speaking

More marvelous metaphors on Mondays … Monday, metaphor day.

Demons as microbes

I liked this analogy to help us grasp how demons were perceived in late antiquity, apparently more matter of factly than one might have...

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Hungry Buddha

A wonderful description of Boris Johnson in the recent BBC debate among candidates for the role of Prime Minister. When I read this, I...

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Particles of human life

This week, glad to share fine metaphors both written by journalists. Here The Economist pays a suitably eloquent and moving tribute to...

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Triologisms

Bringing you pithy, evocative imagery in the form of three-legged microcosms of meaning. Updated on Tuesdays … Tuesday, triologism day!  You’ll never see this day of the week in the same way again.

Slow-drifting years

Something memorable fresh and sharp in the mind even after many 'slow-drifting years'. An unusual concept as for me, and many people I...

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Hard-breathing horses

Caught up in the maelstrom of battle between the Greeks and Trojans, these horses have just seen their master massacred, and free of his...

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Horn-curved cattle

Homer describes these cattle and some 3,000 years later, yesterday, I passed them grazing in a field in Switzerland as we drove to...

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Gleam-footed horse

You can see the gleam of its hooves, as I once saw in a perfectly preened and prepared pedigree horse whose hooves had been polished...

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Tussock-lined tract

What formerly passed for a lawn in our garden is now becoming a wild meadow, notwithstanding its random colonization by tough tussocks....

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Words

Sharing words that sparkle, appeal, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including those in other languages.  And adoring alliteration, new words will be added on Wednesdays… Wednesday, word day.   See you back here then.

Syzygy

This astronomical word has always fascinated me, not so much for its meaning as its consonants and repetition.  My handwriting includes...

Cockatrice

Drury tells us that 'according to Pliny and alchemical tradition, this was a mythical serpent, coiled and fiery, perversely hatched from...

Concinnity

The OED describes this as a 'skilful and harmonious adaptation or fitting together of parts; harmony, congruity, consistency'.  The...

Lidger

This word can echo 'ledger', and refer to a large copy of a book permanently placed somewhere, or a large copy of a Breviary, or some...

Metheglin

Metheglin is 'a spiced or medicated kind of mead', apparently a Welsh specialty.  John Drury mentions a letter from George Herbert...

Forerunner

'Forerunner' originally meant those who ran ahead of a royal progress to mark with white chalk the doors of houses to be requisitioned...

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