Tuesday, July 30, 2013

For that matter, kids are like sausages, too

Two people died on this day who uttered memorable quotes.

Denis Diderot, the French essayist and encyclopedist, died July 30, 1784. He said:

"All children are essentially criminal."

German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck died July 30, 1898. He said:

"Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."

Sunday, July 21, 2013

With a pension, of course

The great Scottish writer Robert Burns died on this day in 1796.

"I have a hundred times wished," Burns wrote, "that one could resign from life as an officer resigns a commission."

Today’s Deathless Verse:

A Reply from The Agency:
Dear Sirs,” you recently wrote us,
  “I’d like to turn in my notice.”
Which naturally prompts us to ask:
  Do you find staying on there a task?
We really don’t want you to go—

  There’s nothing else out there, you know.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

True faith is always sublime

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, died July 16, 1910.

"A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led those who cherish it astray." -- Havelock Ellis.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Now you lay me down to sleep

Casey Anthony may haved buried her child in the woods. Is it legal to bury a loved one on your own?

Visit http://www.slate.com/id/2298586/.

Bury me where you will -- I won't care one way or t'other;
Bury me in a pine box -- or without one, if you druther;
Dig a hole and throw me in, and cover me up with dirt;
Stick a fork in me first, if you've a mind to -- it won't hurt;
Lay me down in the cold, cold ground -- I won't hold it against you, honey;
And if you're bound to go out there and live it up -- you're gonna need the money.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

What does a Grecian mother earn?

Writer William Faulkner died on this date in 1962.  Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and delivered a famous acceptance speech.

He also wrote the famous line:

"If a writer has to rob his own mother he will not hesistate; the 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' is worth any number of old ladies."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

She wouldn't ask for directions, either

Aviatrix Amelia Earhart went missing sometime on this day or yesterday in 1937.

"Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." -- Her last letter to her husband before her last flight.

"KHAQQ calling Itasca. We must be on you, but cannot see you. Gas is running low." -- her last radio communiqué before her disappearance.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

And suicide a knee-jerk reaction

Ernest Hemingway committed suicide on this day in 1961.

"Hemingway was a jerk." -- Harold Robbins.

An article in the New York Times explores the persistent phenomenon of suicide. More people die by suicide annually than by murder and warfare combined. In the United States, suicide tolls have held steady since 1942. Worldwide, about a million people kill themselves each year. In short, a lot of people will always agree with Pliny the Elder (AD 23 - AD 79), who wrote: "Amid the sufferings of life on earth, suicide is God's best gift to man."

Read the Times article

Monday, July 1, 2013

Got to go now

Both FOX News and the New York Times have run stories about a website that broadcasts the last words of condemned inmates in Texas. Here are the last words of Richard Cobb, executed April 25:

"Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end. Life is too short. I hope that anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that. Life is too short to harbor feelings of hatred and anger. That's it."

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