“If love is something you cherish, it is hard to glean much joy from death, even in one’s enemies.”
Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: ‘I always felt sorry for her children’
I can’t claim to have any political feelings about Margaret Thatcher’s death, and am only linking to the article to give credit where it’s due. But I have always found this sentiment true in my own experience and the way Russell Brand articulated it resonated with me.
2:06 pm • 10 April 2013
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
— Mister Rogers
4:11 pm • 14 December 2012
“Thus the lady […] resolved to remain there for the rest of her days on a diet of grass and water, bursting into tears whenever she remembered her past life with her husband and children.”
— Sometimes dissertation research is fun.
8:31 am • 15 August 2012
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
— George R.R. Martin (via sarisafari)
(Source: sirmitchell, via imperia04)
2:09 am • 24 May 2012
“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.”
— Azar Nafisi (via bebemoon)
(Source: paradoxicalsentiments, via superstar-watcher-deactivated20)
4:13 am • 23 May 2012
“That was only half a blink, and there’s something in my eye!”
— Jana, on how fast the year has gone by
2:02 pm • 5 May 2012
“So too, when a manuscript enjoins its reader to write the words ‘pax + pix + abyra + syth + samasic’ on a hazelwood, hit a woman on the head three times with the stick, then kiss her at once to obtain her ‘love’, we are probably safe in assuming that the love in question is a matter of immediate sexual passion, not ‘esteem enlivened by desire.’”
— From “Erotic magic in medieval Europe,” by Richard Kieckhefer, an article I had to read for my class tomorrow. It goes on to say that this particular bit of magic was probably written “in jest,” which actually just made me really happy because it means people in the middle ages cracked jokes.
2:03 pm • 22 February 2012
Jana: “I could have sworn we had a menu from that place… where’d it go?”
Me: “I burned it.”
Super Conservative Flatmate, with a knowing look: “Are you sure it wasn’t for your weed, Eva?”*
“But what if both men are good? Do you stay with the one you’re with, or break up with him to be with the one you love? Or do you just cry and pray your death comes quicker?”
“That’s not how life works. In real life you’re stuck with the person, even if they’re mean. Movies lie! My dad hates movies, by the way.”
*I don’t smoke.
5:20 pm • 31 December 2011
The truth was, in 1914, Germany doesn’t want war. Yeah, there’s an arms race, but it’s Britain who’s leading it. So, why does no one admit this?
That’s why. The dead. The body count. We don’t like to admit the war was even partly our fault ‘cause so many of our people died. And all the mourning’s veiled the truth. It’s not “lest we forget,” it’s “lest we remember.” That’s what all this is about — the memorials, the Cenotaph, the two minutes’ silence. Because there is no better way of forgetting something than by commemorating it.
— Irwin, The History Boys (via)
Thank you to all who have served, who are serving, and who have sacrificed your lives for your country.
8:46 am • 11 November 2011
“This sensational claim generated the most extensive and fiercely fought controversy ever known in the history of monastic studies….”
Marilyn Dunn, “Mastering Benedict: monastic rules and their authors in the early medieval West”
Which came first,
the chicken or the egg The Rule of the Master or the Rule of St Benedict? I love history fights.
8:39 am • 9 October 2011