In the Street by Mabel Forrest
LAMAN BLANCHARD. 1803-1845.
Sooth ‘t were a pleasant life to lead, With nothing in the world to do But just to blow a shepherd’s reed, The silent season thro’ And just to drive a flock to feed, — Sheep — quiet, fond and few!
There were three sailors of Bristol city
Who took a boat and went to sea.
But first with beef and captain's biscuits
And pickled pork they loaded she.
There was gorging Jack and guzzling Jimmy,
And the youngest he was little Billee.
Now when they got as far as the Equator
They'd nothing left but one split pea.
W. M. Thackeray: Little Billee.
“There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.”
― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
“Lines and Squares
Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, “Bears,
Just look how I’m walking in all of the squares!”
And the little bears growl to each other, “He’s mine,
As soon as he’s silly and steps on a line.”
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It’s ever so portant how you walk.
And it’s ever so jolly to call out, “Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!”
― A.A. Milne
To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
“Until the sixteenth century, men–priests, academics, judges, merchants, princes, and many others–wore skirts, or robes. For men, the skirt was a ‘sign of leisure and a symbol of dignity,’ writes Quentin Bell. This is still true for men in high positions. After all, can you imagine the Pope, or Professor Dumbledore, wearing trousers? Have you ever seen a depiction of God wearing pants?”
― Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet
Let him who knows not the way to the sea take a river for his guide; that is, let him follow the course of a river, which, though per- haps by a circuitous route, will at length lead hIm there ; the sea being the common receptacle
—Agatha Christie (author, Death on the Nile)
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Men made dogs, they took wolves and gave them human things–unnecessary intelligence, names, a desire to belong, and a twitching inferiority complex. All dogs dream wolf dreams, and know they’re dreaming of biting their Maker. Every dog knows, deep in his heart, that he is a Bad Dog…”
― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms
– Launch of the Blue Train, Worcester Station, Worcester, South Africa, Sept. 27, 1997
He who is not tender to his child shall find no
tenderness in God to him.
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things: air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese