Sunday, June 30, 2013

URSULA K. LeGUIN b.1929

American author of novels and children’s books

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It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

ANON

There is a choice you have to make in everything you do, and you must always keep in mind, that the choice you make, makes you.

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THE SATURDAY POEM
Somebody
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-92

Somebody being a nobody,
Thinking to look like a somebody,
Said that he thought me a nobody;
Good little somebody-nobody,
Had you not known me a somebody,
Would you have called me nobody?

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Friday, June 28, 2013

SOCRATES 469 BC–399 BC

Classical Athenian philosopher
 
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Let him that would move the world first move himself.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

JOHN WESLEY 1703-91

Anglican cleric who with his brother Charles founded the Methodist movement.

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Beware you be not swallowed up in books. An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

EMILY BRONTE 1818-48

English novelist and poet

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I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the colour of my mind.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

EDWARD WHYMPER 1840-1911

English wood engraver and mountaineer.

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Do nothing in haste, look well to each step 
and from the beginning think what might be the end.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

ISAAC NEWTON 1642-1727

English physicist and mathematician

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Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

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BLOG NEWS
The GALLERY OF COUNTRY GIRLS blog, which came to an end last week, is being replaced by AMERICAN ART OF THE 19TH CENTURY; the first post will be on Monday 1st July.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

DOROTHY PARKER 1893-1967

American poet, short story writer and satirist

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That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: 
Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

ROBERT ORBEN b.1927

American comedy writer
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Don’t smoke too much, drink too much, eat to much or work too much. We’re all on the road to the grave, but there’s no need to be in the fast lane.

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THE SATURDAY POEM
The Rose Family 
 Robert Frost 1874-1963

The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But now the theory goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose
But were always a rose.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

JANE AUSTEN 1775-1817

English novelist

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Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear that I am wrong? 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

MARY STUART

To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.

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The new blog AS LONG AS IT RHYMES has been updated today
http://aslongasitrhymes.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1809-65

16th President of the United States

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Those who look for the bad in people 
will surely find it.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

THOMAS EDISON 1847-1931

American inventor and businessman

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Many of life's failures are people who
did not realize how close they were
to success when they gave up.
 
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Monday, June 17, 2013

LAURA INGALLS WILDER 1867-1957

American author, famous for her Little House novels.

The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures, and have courage when things go wrong.

The new blog AS LONG AS IT RHYMES has been updated today

Sunday, June 16, 2013

J.M. BARRIE 1860-1937

Scottish author and  dramatist, creator of Peter Pan

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Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others 
cannot keep it from themselves.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

MICHEL LEGRAND b.1932

French composer, arranger and conductor

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The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.

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THE SATURDAY POEM
Inventory
Dorothy Parker 1893-1967

 Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

JOSEPH BRODSKY 1940-96

Russian poet and essayist
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There are worse crimes than burning books. 
One of them is not reading them.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

GOLDIE HAWN b1935

American actress, film director and producer

I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile.

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The new blog AS LONG AS IT RHYMES is updated today

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

APOLOGIES

Due to a computer fault, I was unable to update my blogs for the last two days.
The problem has been solved and posting will begin again tomorrow Thursday.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

C.S. LEWIS 1898-1963

Novelist, poet, essayist and lay theologian

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream

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The new blog - AS LONG AS IT RHYMES -  is now online

Sunday, June 09, 2013

AUDREY HEPBURN 1929-93


British actress and humanitarian

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I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! 
I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true

Beginning tomorrow

Saturday, June 08, 2013

H.L. MENCKEN 1880-1956

American journalist, magazine editor and satirist

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Moderation in all things. Not too much of life. 
It often lasts too long.

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THE SATURDAY POEM

TO CELIA
Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

Drink to me only with thine eyes
And I will pledge with mine.
Or leave a kiss but in the cup
And I'll not ask for wine.

The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove's nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.

A  new poetry blog - AS LONG AS IT RHYMES - begins on Monday.

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Friday, June 07, 2013

ANON

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed - easy to get into, 
but hard to get out of.

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NEW - beginning Monday 10th June - NEW
AS LONG AS IT RHYMES . . .
If you think poetry should rhyme, this blog is for you!

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Baroness DUDEVANT (GEORGE SAND) 1804-76

French novelist
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I love everything that makes up a milieu, the rolling of the carriages and the noise of the workmen in Paris, the cries of a thousand birds in the country, the movement of the ships on the waters. I love also absolute, profound silence, and, in short, I love everything that is around me, no matter where I am.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

ALBERT EINSTEIN 1879-1955

German-born theoretical physicist who developed the Theory of Relativity
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If A is success in life, then A = (x + y + z) where x is work, y is play and z is keeping your mouth shut.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM 1874-1965

British playwright, novelist and short story writer.

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If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get anything but the best.

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Monday, June 03, 2013

ANNE FRANK 1929-45

A Jewish victim of the Holocaust. Her diary written from 1942 onwards has become world famous

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We all live with the objective of being happy; 
our lives are all different and yet the same.

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

GAUTAMA BUDDHA c563-c483 BC

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

JOHN STUART MILL 1806-73

British philosopher and political economist

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I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.

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THE SATURDAY POEM

Passing By
Thomas Ford 1580-1648

There is a lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleas'd my mind;
I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die.

Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
Her wit, her voice, my heart beguiles,
Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
And yet I love her till I die.

Cupid is wing├Ęd and doth range,
Her country so my love doth change:
But change she earth, or change she sky,
Yet will I love her till I die.

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