Ex Libris Kirkland

Ex Libris Kirkland is my self-centered way to keep track of what I read, what I like, and what I want to remember.

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  • Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation. He recounts the decency and regularity of former times, and celebrates the discipline and sobriety of the age in which his youth was passed; a happy age, which is now no more to be expected, since confusion has broken in upon the world, and thrown down all the boundaries of civility and reverence.

    from - The Rambler No. 50. A virtuous old age always reverenced.

    an excerpt from Selected Essays, written by Samuel Johnson in 1780

  • Oh Dear! How old are you about?
    Oh, you poor thing! Are you indeed? I really hated twelve - and thirteen. And then somebody told me that it was all to do with growing. It was all to do with my inside. With my stomach I believe in some way. I was so relieved. I had thought I was growing unpleasant and starting to hate everyone, and I didn't want to be that sort of person at all. It all calmed down later on. I do remember though that I spent a lot of time crying. But childhood is such a wretched time anyway. Have you noticed in the street, or in a bus or anywhere, if you stop and listen you can nearly always hear a child crying? It's perfectly awful when you come to think of it.

    an excerpt from A Long Way from Verona, written by Jane Gardam in 1971

  • Usually if a poet's good he doesn't break his heart. Can you imagine Emily Bronte crumpling up with a broken heart? No, of course you can't. She'd start working instead. Like Keats who said when he was really in despair he put a clean shirt on. Though mind you he was very lucky, being a man he wouldn't have had to wash it and iron it himself first...

    an excerpt from A Long Way from Verona, written by Jane Gardam in 1971

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