The Commonplace Book
An omnium gatherum of virtual clippings accumulated from the long Vaticans and street-stalls of the earth...Each telling its own piece of The Truth.
"When was it one first heard of the truth? The the."--Wallace Stevens
in me worshipped one God at one shrine; the poet another God at another
shrine. The priest worshipped Mercy and Love; the poet, Beauty and Might.
In the shadows of the church I could hear the prayers of men and women;
in the shadows of the trees nothing human mingled with Divinity."--Wallace
"You have to have smelled a lot of mule manure in order to sing like a hillbilly."--Hank Williams, Sr.
|"It is the heaviest stone that melancholy can throw at a man, to tell him he is at the end of his nature; or that there is no further state to come, unto which this seems progressionall, and otherwise made in vaine." --Sir Thomas Browne|
|"The sea is loveliest far in the abstract when the imagination can feed upon the idea of it. The thing itself is dirty, wobbly and wet."--Wallace Stevens|
All other doubts, by time let
them be clear'd:
be a time I hear tell
|"'The present life of man upon earth, O king, seems to me, in comparison with that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the house wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your ealdormen and thegns, while the fire blazes in the midst, and the hall is warmed, but the wintry storms of rain or snow are raging abroad. The sparrow, flying in at one door and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry tempest; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, passing from winter into winter again. So this life of man appears for a little while, but of what is to follow or what went before we know nothing at all. If, therefore, this new doctrine tells us something more certain, it seems justly to deserve to be followed.'"--The Venerable Bede|
|The acquaintance thus formed was of immense service to me in the war of the rebellion--I mean what I learned of the characters of those to whom I was afterwards opposed. I do not pretend to say that all movements, or even many of them, were made with special reference to the characteristics of the commander against whom they were directed. But my appreciation of my enemies was certainly affected by this knowledge. The natural disposition of most people is to clothe a commander of a large army whom they do not know, with almost superhuman abilities. A large part of the National army, for instance, and most of the press of the country, clothed General Lee with just such qualities, but I had known him personally, and knew that he was mortal; and it was just as well that I felt this. -- U.S. Grant, Personal Memoirs.|