THE WEBLOG ARCHIVE: Quotation Ad Propositum
December 08, 2005
Boners #3 | 12:39 PM
"Faith is that quality which enables us to believe what we know to be untrue."
December 07, 2005
Boners #2 | 12:39 PM
"Science is material. Religion is immaterial."
December 06, 2005
Boners #1 | 12:35 PM
"The theory of evolution was greatly objected to because it made men think."
Boners Intro | 12:29 PM
In 1931, Alexander Abington released a book entitled "Boners," a word which, at the time, carried a completely non-sexual connotation -- it meant, in essence, "screw ups." ("Screw" meant in a completely non-sexual way, of course.) In this book, Abington collected mistakes he had gleaned from student papers during his years as a teacher. (The internet, of course, has replaced print publishing as the preferred manner in which to convey "boners" collected by modern schoolmarms.)
But many of the statements Abington classified as "mistakes" are, in fact, moments of deep insight from Jazz Age school kids, and remain relevant even to this new millenium. They are in fact so relevant, they might even be considered "axioms". (As one child observed "An axiom is a thing that is so visible that it is not necessary to see it".)
Over the next few days, I will share some of the most acute of these observations on this very web presence.
SRoberts comments: "Did you know that that 1931 published comment from a 1920s child about "faith" appears almost word for word in Dracula by Bram Stoker published in 1897? The copy I have derives it from Mark Twain - Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar in The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894) where it is attributed to "a schoolboy" - this is getting very circular!"
November 08, 2005
Quotation Ad Propositum | 08:09 PM
E. Blackadder: "You could appoint him a high court judge."
October 23, 2005
Quotation Ad Propositum | 10:14 PM
"If there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars."
— Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, in reference to the
September 17, 2005
Quotation Ad Propositum: Texans | 11:36 AM
An observation by Roald Dahl on Texas, from the short story The Last Act:
...during those trips, he and she had often spoken about Texans in general and how difficult it was to like them. One could ignore their coarseness and their vulgarity. It wasn’t that. But there was, it seemed, a quality of ruthlessness still surviving among these people, something quite brutal, harsh, inexorable, that it was impossible to forgive. They had no bowels of compassion, no pity, no tenderness. The only so-called virtue they possessed — and this they paraded ostentatiously and needlessly to strangers — was a kind of professional benevolence. It was plastered all over them. Their voices, their smiles, were rich and syrupy with it. But it left Anna cold. It left her quite, quite cold inside.
November 15, 2004
Quotes of the Day | 11:26 PM
Thoughts from a potentially crazy man in the E/V station, 5th & 53rd:
• "Bush stole the election... stealing makes you a winner!"
February 10, 2003
Quotation ad propositum | 11:22 AM
Originally, I planned to call this blog Now That I'm Honorable, and chronicle my myriad attempts to make this troubled world a better place. These quotes convinced me to do otherwise:
January 04, 2003
Quotation ad propositum | 03:25 PM
"Those totally lacking in virtue may achieve fame as readily as, perhaps even more easily than those who are virtuous. Fame belongs to the great, the outstanding, the exceptional, without regard to virtue or vice. Infamy is fame no less than good repute. The great scoundrel can be as famous as the great hero; there can be famous villains as well as famous saints."
December 13, 2002
Quotation ad propositum | 08:40 AM
Yeats: I envy those men who become mythological while still living.
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