Monthly Archives: November 2007

Aphorism Of The Day

If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger. (Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Aphorisms, translated by R. J. Hollingdale, C 54) Here is the German: Wenn mann nur einmal in der Welt anfangen wollte, … Continue reading

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Aphorism Of The Day

Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Unkempt Thoughts, tr. Jacek Galazka, New York, 1962, p. 67)

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Homeric Musings

I wonder how many readers had the same reaction I had on reading that Terry Teachout has been dreaming about discussing ‘Potato Head Blues’ with John Pancake. Mmmm . . . potato pancakes!

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Aphorism Of The Day

El cinismo es una filosofía de adolescente inteligente. Cynicism is a philosphy of the bright adolescent. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Notas, 393)

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Aphorism Of The Day

What snobbism — he wanted to be the Grand Eunuch. (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Unkempt Thoughts, tr. Jacek Galazka, New York, 1962, p. 153)

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Aphorism Of The Day

A sure sign of a good book is that the older we grow the more we like it. A youth of 18 who wanted and above all could say what he felt would say of Tacitus something like the following: … Continue reading

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Equal and Opposite Indexing Errors

Too bad they don’t cancel out. 1. The index of Albrecht Dihle’s Greek and Latin Literature of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Justinian (Routledge, 1994) includes one entry for Lucilius and one for Lukillios. Too bad they are actually … Continue reading

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Honoring Both Sides

I don’t much care about the corruption story, but I do find it fascinating that the Romanian Minister of Agriculture is named Decebal Traian Remes. His parents obviously cared deeply about the Dacian campaigns of the late 1st and early … Continue reading

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