Saturday, April 28, 2007

Perspectives on Ideas. April 28, 2007.

Dreaming 831 I must have fallen asleep, and had a dream, all the circumstances of which utterly vanished at the moment when they converged to some tragical catastrophe, and thus grew too powerful for the thin sphere of slumber that enveloped them. Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance.

Dreams 94 Catherine: I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me, ever after, and changed my ideas…. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights.

Dreams 345 What an air of probability sometimes runs through a dream…and at others, what a heap of absurdities it is. Austen, Emma

Dreams 306 Seven hundred years ago—or it may have been fifteen hundred according to Malory’s notation—people took dreams as seriously as the psychiatrists do today. T. H. White, The Once and Future King.

Dreams 1394 Just as in a dream everything may be unreal, incoherent, and contradictory except the feeling behind the dream…. Tolstoi, War and Peace

Dreams 188 As in a dream a man chasing another/ cannot catch him, nor can he in flight/ escape from his pursuer…. Homer, Iliad.

Drill and Routine
Drill and Routine 983 The second substitute for temperament is drill, the power of use and routine. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Power.

Drill and Routine 983 So in human action, against the spasm of energy, we offset the continuity of drill…spend the same amount of force over much time, instead of condensing it into a moment. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Power.

Drinking 391 Hawthorne on the pleasures of drinking: “The temperance-men may preach till doom’s day; and still this cold and barren world will look warmer, kindlier, mellower through the medium of a toper’s glass….” Mellow, Hawthorne in His Times.

Drinking 39 A meeting between old friends should never be dry. Hawthorne, Fanshawe.

Drinking 49 One took his dram [of whiskey] because he felt sick; another to make him sleep well; and a third because he had nothing else to do. Hawthorne, Tales and Sketches.

Drinking 78 It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people…can hold your tongue, and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don’t see or care. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Drinking 122 We were all irritable now with the fading ale…. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

Drinking 187 Gin-drinking is a great vice in England, but wretchedness and dirt are a greater, and until you improve the homes of the poor, or persuade a half-famished wretch not to seek relief in the temporary oblivion of his misery, with the pittance which, divided among his family, would furnish a morsel of bread for each, gin-shops will increase in number and splendor. Dickens, Sketches by Boz.

Drinking 787 But the true purpose of their drinking—and one that will induce men to drink, or do something equivalent, as long as this weary world shall endure—was the renewed youth and vigor, the brisk, cheerful sense of things present and to come, with which, for about a quarter-of-an-hour, the dram permeated their systems. Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance.

Drinking 789 The flavor of this wine, added he, and its perfume, still more than its taste, makes me remember that I was once a young man. Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance.

Drinking 181 Hot punch is a pleasant thing, gentlemen--an extremely pleasant thing under any circumstances--but in that snug old parlor, before the roaring fire, with the wind blowing outside till every timber in the old house creaked.... Dickens, Pickwick.

Drinking 528 As the cocked hat would have been spoilt if left there, Sam very considerately flattened it down on the head of the gentleman in blue, and putting the big stick in his hand, propped him up against his own street door, rang the bell, and walked quietly home. Dickens, Pickwick.

Drinking : 17 Like a gas lamp in the street, with the wind in the pipe, he had exhibited for a moment an unnatural brilliancy; then sunk so low as to be scarcely discernible. Dickens, Pickwick.

Drunkenness 183 [Drunk]: he was conscious that he was talking in a loud voice, very succinctly and convincingly. Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.

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