Tuesday, July 31, 2012

You can lose your head if you think too much

Denis Diderot, French philosopher and encyclopedist, died on this day in 1784. He wrote:

"The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bring me a bottle, and let me die

Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch Renaissance theologian and writer, died on this day in 1536. He was the first to say:

"Women -- can't live with them, can't live without them."

Erasmus wrote:  "The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living no aware of death."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Go fourth and meet your maker

Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on this day in 1826. The two had become the best of friends later in life. As Adams lay dying he said, "Thomas Jefferson--still survives..."  Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that day.

(Trivia: Another U. S. President died on July 4th -- James Monroe, July 4, 1831. Also, Pres. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.)

The great American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804. He wrote:

"We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death."