'I would live my life in nonchalance and insouciance Were it not for making a living which is rather a nouciance.' - Ogden Nash
An anecdote told by Daniel Jones, friend of Dylan Thomas:
"I also recall a morning occasion in a sunny field above Newlyn. Dylan was carrying around with him and intermittently sipping from a flagon of 'champagne wine tonic', a Penzance herbalist's highly intoxicating brew sold very cheaply and without licence. Dylan talked copiously, then stopped. 'Somebody's boring me,' he said. 'I think its me.'
Some old words and sayings:
Kent-Street ejectment - The removal, by the landlord, of the street door when rent is in arrears: ca 1780-1830
Crikey! - Originally an oath, but by circa 1835 an exclamation of surprise - also the rather nice cripes!
Parrot and monkey time - A period of quarelling, ca 1885-1915
The parrot must have an almond - Hinting of incentive, reward or bribery, ca 1520-1640
="">"A book that is shut is but a block" - proverb
="">"Its no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense" - Mark Twain
="">"If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed". - Lily Tomlin
="">"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." - Dorothy Parker
="">"One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing" - Oscar Wilde
="">"Bernard Shaw is an excellent man; he has not an enemy in the world, and none of his friends like him" - Oscar Wilde
="">"Why are Trafalgar Square fountains like Government Clerks? - Because they play from 10 till 4." - from PunchorThe London Charivari Vol 35, 21 (July 17 1858) in Benham's Book of Quotations, sadly too battered to be on sale.
="">"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." - Douglas Adams
="">"If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago." - William Hazlitt
="">"You cannot open a book without learning something" - Confucius
="">Paraleipsis: The rhetorical term for the avowal and intentional suppression of details with the object of exciting the emotions of reader and auditor.
F. W. Groves Campbell
F. W. Groves Campbell, mostly known for Apollonius of Tyana: A Study of His Life and Times, also wrote San Francesco and Other Poems, published by Gay and Bird, London, 1904. With this book comes a letter he wrote to Sidney Lee, who was editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, and who received a knighthood in 1911. Campbell wrote to Sidney Lee sending a copy of San Francesco and noting that it was his 'first attempt in the literary way', and that he might recomend them to other readers as he was a 'young and for the most part, an unkown writer.'