The Death of Socrates (1787), by Jacques-Louis David

ABRAHAM MASLOW - Memes and Responsions


ADOLF HITLER - Memes and Responsions


ALBERT EINSTEIN - Memes and Responsions


between politics and equations - science & soc (3)
One must divide one's time between politics and equations. But our equations are much more important to me.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): C. P. Snow 'Einstein' in M. Goldshmith et al. (eds) Einstein (1980)


citizen of the world - prejudice (2)
If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will claim me as a citizen of the world. Should my theory be proven untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): address at the Sorbonne, Paris, possibly early December 1929; in New York Times 16 February 1930


confronted with what exists - intelligence (4)
As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronting with what exists.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): Letters to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, 19 September 1932


degree of independence - careers (7)
If I would be a young man again and to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): in Reporter 18 November 1954


deposit of prejudices - practical (6)
Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind before you reach eighteen.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): Lincoln Barnett The Universe and Dr Einstein (1950 ed.)


eternal mystery of the world - universe (5)
The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility... The fact that it is comprehensible is a miracle.

  • usually quoted as 'The most incomprehensible fact about the universe is that it is comprehensible'

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): in Franklin Institute Journal March 1936 'Physics and Realty'


God does not play dice - chance (4)
At any rate, I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice.

  • often quoted as 'God does not play dice'

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): letter to Max Born, 4 December 1926


grand aim of all science - theory (5)
The grand aim of all science [is] to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): Lincoln Barnett The Universe and Dr Einstein (1950 ed.)


he is not malicious - god (11)
God is subtle but he is not malicious.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): remark made at Princeton University, May 1921


keeping your mouth shut - success (11)
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): in Observer 15 January 1950


militant pacifist - pacifism (4)
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): interview with G. S. Viereck, January 1931


never think of the future - future (7)
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): in a interview given on the Belgenland, December 1930


past, present and future - time (9)
The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, however persistent.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): letter to Michelangelo Besso, 21 March 1955


quant and ceremonious village - universities (6)
Princeton is a wonderful little spot. A quaint and ceremonious village of puny demigods on stilts.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): letter to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, 20 November 1933


science without religion - science & rel (4)
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium (1941)


stopped wearing socks - clothes (7)
When I was young, I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): to Phillipe Halsman; A. P. French Einstein: A Centenary Volume (1979)


unleashed the power of the atom - inventions (6)
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955): telegram to prominent Americans, 24 May 1946


ALEXANDER POPE - Memes and Responsions


BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (and Steven Pinker)- Memes and Responsions

An Exercise in Societal Trust

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Responsibility Sans Ability to Respond is an Oxymoron and Another planksip® Möbius

BERNARD WILLIAMS - Memes and Responsions


BERTRAND RUSSELL - Memes and Responsions


always proud of the fact - sorrow (15)
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Conquest of Happiness (1930)


beauty cold and austere - maths (12)
Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only the truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of a sculpture.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Philosophical Essays (1910)


examining his wives' mouths - experiment (5)
Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Impact of Science on Society (1952)


fatal to happiness - caution (8)
Of all the forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Conquest of Happiness (1930)


fear love is to fear life - fear (14)
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Marriage and Morals (1929)


fed the chicken every day - foresight (9)
The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that a more refined view as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Problem of Philosophy (1912)


fundamental defect of fathers - fathers (4)
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Sceptical Essays (1928) 'Freedom versus Authority in Education'


I might have become a god - atheism (7)
I was told that the Chinese said they would bury me by the Western Lake and build a shrine to my memory. I have some slight regret that this did not happen as I might have become a god, which would have been very chic for an atheist.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Autobiography (1968)


lack of rational conviction - opinion (11)
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Sceptical Essays (1928)


last product of civilization - leisure (8)
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Conquest of Happiness (1930)


Machines are worshipped - technology (23)
Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful, and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous, and loathed because they impose slavery.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Sceptical Essays (1928) 'Machines and Emotions'


Man is a credulous animal - belief (18)
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Unpopular Essays (1950) 'Outline of Intellectual Rubbish'


moulding men's lives - impulsive (4)
Impulse has more effect than conscious purpose in moulding men's lives.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Autobiography (1967)


on the side of the Government - religion (20)
Religion man in most of its forms be defined as the belief that the gods are on the side of the Government.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: attributed



People wish to be liked - duty (8)
A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Conquest of Happiness (1930)


'progress' is ethical - progress (17)
'Change' is scientific, 'progress' is ethical: change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Unpopular Essays (1950) 'Philosophy and Politics'


shocks the magistrate - pornography (5)
It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition; in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate'.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Sceptical Essays (1928) "The Recrudescence of Puritanism'


vital problem for the moralist - boredom (6)
Boredom is... a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: The Conquest of Happiness (1930)


what we are saying is true - maths (13)
Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Mysticism and Logic (1918)


why they invented Hell - cruelty (8)
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: Sceptical Essays (1928) 'On the Value of Scepticism'


Work is of two kinds - employment (13)
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to each other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.

- Bertrand Russell 1872-1970: In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays (1986) title essay (1932)


BLAISE PASCAL - Memes and Responsions


Cleopatra's nose - face (6)


Continual eloquence is tedious - speech (17)


expected to see an author - style (7)


God is or he is not - God (24)


he is thinking reed - human race (19)


heart has its reasons - emotions (16)


self is hateful - self (20)


these infinite spaces - space (7)


time to make it shorter - letters (9)


We shall die alone - death (27)


want to put first - writing (28)


LORD BYRON - Memes and Responsions


all the virtues of Man - dogs (2)


blown my brains out - in-laws (1)


burnt each other - christian (1)


chase the glowing Hours - dance (5)


climax of all human ills - debt (1)


critics all are ready made - critics (3)


damned cutting and slashing - publishing (2)


detest at liesure - hatred (1)


finished  by death - ending (3)


CARL JUNG - Memes and Responsions


afternoon of human life - middle age (11)


both are transformed - relationships (13)


changed in ourselves - children (9)


I do not believe ... I know - belief (11)


inferno of his passions - emotions (8)


morphine or idealism - drugs (12)


purpose of human existence - life (17)


unlived lives of their parents - parents (7)


CHARLES COTTON - A Moment to Pause and Reflect

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I am going with planksipean, like European, inspired by the Europa font that is planksip®

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CHARLES DARWIN - Memes and Responsions


CHARLES DICKENS - Memes and Responsions


Annual income twenty pounds - debt (3)
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds naught and six, result misery.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: David Copperfield (1850)



Anythin' for a quiet life - solitude (7)
Anythin' for a quite life, as the man said when he took the sitivation at the lighthouse.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Pickwick Papers (1837)



'Bah,' said Scrooge - Christmas (6)
'Bah,' said Scrooge. 'Humbug!'

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: A Christmas Carole (1843)



Barkis is willin' - readiness (2)
Barkis is willin'

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: David Copperfield (1850)


Circumlocution Office - bureaucracy (3)
Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving - HOW NOT TO DO IT.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Little Dorrit (1857)


conquered human nature - human nature (6)
Subdue your appetites my dears, and you've conquered human nature.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


doll in the doll's house - women's r (7)
I want to be something so much worthier than the doll in the doll's house.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Our Mutual Friend (1865)


faith in people's governing - government (4)
My faith in the people governing is, on the whole, infinitesimal; my faith in The People governed is, on the whole, illimitable.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: speech at Birmingham and Midland Institute, 27 September 1869


feel ashamed of home - home (1)
It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Great Expectations (1861)


hundred years hence - mistakes (2)
As she frequently remarked when she made any such mistake, it would be all the same a hundred years hence.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


I want some more - greed (4)
Please, sir, I want some more.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Oliver Twist (1838)


in case anything turned up - optimism (3)
I have know him to come home to supper with a flood of tears, and a declaration that nothing was now left but a jail; and go to bed making a calculation of the expense of putting bow-windows in the house, 'in case anything turned up,' which was his favourite expression.

  • of Mr Micawber

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: David Copperfield (1850)


It is a far, far better thing - sacrifice (5)
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever know.

  • Sydney Carton's thoughts on the steps of the guillotine, taking the place of Charles Darnay whom he has smuggled out of prison

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: A Tale of Two Cities (1859)


law is a ass - a idiot - laws (6)
'If the law supposes that,' said Mr Bumble... 'the law is an ass - an idiot.'

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Oliver Twist (1838)


let us love our occupations - class (7)
O let us love our occupations,
Bless the squire and his relations,
Live upon our daily rations,
And always know our proper stations.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: The Chimes (1844) 'The Second Quarter'


make business for itself - laws (7)
The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Bleak House (1853)


Not to put too fine a point - tact (2)
'Not to put too fine a point upon it' - a favourite apology for plain speaking with Mr Snagsby.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Bleak House (1853)


nursed a dear Gazelle - disillusion (2)
I never nursed a dear Gazelle, to glad me with its soft black eye, but when it came to know me well, and love me, it was sure to marry a market-gardener.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: The Old Curiosity Shop (1841); see Transcience 12


one demd horrid grind - work (6)
My life is one demd horrid grind!

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


others may be Prooshans - nationality (2)
Some people... may be Rooshans, and others may be Prooshans; they are born so, and will please themselves. Them which is of other naturs thinks different.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)


She'll vish there wos more - letters (3)
She'll vish there wos more, and that's the great art o' letter writin'.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Pickwick Papers (1837-8)


Shout with the largest - conformity (3)
'It's always best on these occasions to do what the mob do.' But suppose there are two mobs?' suggested Mr Snodgrass. 'Shout with the largest,' replied Mr Penwick.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Pickwick Papers (1837)


styles of portrait painting - painting (8)
There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


taste and fancy of the speller - words (5)
'Do you spell it with a "V" or a "W"?' inquired the judge. 'That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord,' replied Sam [Weller].

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Pickwick Papers (1837)


This is a London particular - fog (1)
This is a London particular... A gog, miss.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Bleak House (1853)


true business precept - humility (3)
We are so very 'umble.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: David Copperfield (1850)


We never knows wot's hidden - secrecy (9)
We never knows wot's hidden in each other's hearts; and if we had glass winders there, we'd need keep the shutters up, some on us, I do assure you!

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Martin Chuzzlewit (1844)


what I want is, Facts - facts (1)
Now, what I want is, Facts... Facts alone are wanted in life.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Hard Times (1954)


winder, a casement - teaching (5)
C-l-e-a-n, clean, verb active, to make bright, to scour. W-i-n, win, d-e-r, der, winder, a casement. When the boy knows this out of the book, he goes and does it.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Nicholas Nickleby (1839)


work its way with the women - clothes (6)
A good uniform must work its way with the women, sooner or later.

- Charles Dickens 1812-1870: Pickwick Papers (1837)


CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS - Memes and Responsions

"I believe in Free Will, I don't have a choice" - Christopher Hitchens

... on Free Will, the Contradiction of Choice and Why Hitchens Matters?

Socially spread epitaphs fuse to memories deemed worthy of remembering. Posthumously, the Rembrancers of our culture feel a sense of responsibility to immortalize this wisdom. Embodied though the narratives we re-create, the lines and lies we rehearse exist within and throughout culture. Incipit to chaos, some narratives span generations, while others never make it past the probability calculator between our ears. This stage of life was once lived and performed from the perspective of Christopher Hitchens and George Orwell. Why Orwell Matters (2002) was written by Christopher Hitchens and it is this Orwellian möbius of tribute that I want to open up say, Hitch mattered and this is why!

Retroactively retractable to the opening quote by Christopher Hitchens, the summation made by Christopher Hitchens on and about Free Will was, I think, based on the following quotation from Isaac Bashevis Singer, "We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice." Isaac Bashevis Singer was an American-Polish writer who died in 1991 and will be featured in the Q3-2019 edition of Quaternion Correlations. In the mean time, Orwell and Hitchens and the questionable meaning of why they both matter is the topic at hand. Let us begin in Latin, magna est veritas by Coventry Patmore (1823-1896).

For me, Orwell continues to teach us that an ethics untethered to virtue is no ethics at all. Hitchens hammers this home with dialectical delicacy, the softness from which Christopher writes is a subtle, yet a powerful defence to the edifice of truth that is George Orwell. As for Christopher Hitchens, language does matter and to you my friend, history says thank you.

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DANTE ALIGHIERI - Memes and Responsions


DAVID HUME - Memes and Responsions


DOUGLAS ADAMS - Memes and Responsions


Don't panic - advice (1)
Don't panic.

- Douglas Adams 1952- : Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy (1979)


Life, the Universe - life (1)
The Answer to the Great Question Of... Life, the Universe and Everything... [is] Forty-two.

- Douglas Adams 1952- : Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy (1979)


E.O. Wilson - Memes and Responsions


EDWARD M. FORSTER - Memes and Responsions


EMIL CIORAN - Memes and Responsions


EMILY DICKINSON - Memes and Responsions


EUDORA WELTY - Memes and Responsions


FRANCIS BACON - Memes and Responsions


FRANZ KAFKA - Memes and Responsions


often better to be in chains - liberty (14)


trial if I recognize it - trials (3)


GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ - Memes and Responsions


DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI - Memes and Responsions


GEORGE ORWELL - Memes and Responsions


always be judged guilty - saints (2)
Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Shooting an Elephant (1950) 'Reflection on Gandhi'


better wages and shorter hours - political p (22)
The ordinary working man, the sort you would meet in any pub on Saturday night, Socialism does not mean much more than better wages and shorter hours and nobody bossing you about.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)


BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU - government (21)
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)


biking to Holy Communion - England (14)
Old maids biking to Holy Communion through the mists of the autumn mornings... these are not only fragments, but characteristic fragments, of the English scene.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Lion and the Unicorn (1941) 'England Your England'; cf. Britain 8


boot stamping on a human face - future (13)
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)


both honest and intelligent - argument (16)
The Catholic and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: in Polemic January 1946


brown bread and raw carrots - food (19)
The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you are to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and ryvita biscuits; [but]... When you are underfed, harassed, bored and miserable, you don't want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit 'tasty'.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)


deep sleep of England - England (13)
Down here it was still the England I had know in my childhood: the railway cuttings smothered in wild flowers... the red buses, the blue policemen - all sleeping the deep, deep sleep of England, from which I sometimes fear that we shall never wake till we are jerked out of it by the roar of bombs.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Homage to Catalonia (1938)


disbelieving in God - atheism (5)
He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him), and took a sort of pleasure in thinking that human affairs would never improve.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Down and out in Paris and London (1933)


Doublethink means - thinking (15)
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)


face he deserves - face (5)
At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: last words in his notebook, 17 April 1949

... and so George never quite got the face he deserved.


food he has eaten - health (5)
A man dies and is buried, and all his words and actions are forgotten, but the food he has eaten lives after him in the sound of rotten bones of his children.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)


Four legs good, two legs bad - prejudice (8)
Four legs good, two legs bad.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Animal Farm (1945)


funny is subversive - humour (11)
Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: in Horizon September 1941 'The Art of Donald McGill'


like a window-pane - writing (27)
Good prose is like a window-pane.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Collected Essays (1968) vol. 1 'Why I Write'


make lies sound truthful - politics (27)
Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Shooting an Elephant (1950) 'Politics and the English Language'


make thoughtcrime impossible - censorship (14)
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)


nothing to do with fair play - sports (15)
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, and disregard of all the rules.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Shooting an Elephant (1950) 'I Write as I Please'


on the playing-fields of Eton - Waterloo (2)
Probably the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton, but the opening battles of all subsequent wars have been lost there.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Lion and the Unicorn (1941) 'England Your England'; in responsion to...

The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.

- Duke of Wellington 1769-1852: oral tradition, but not found in this form of words; C. F. R. Montalembert De l'avenir politique de l'Angleterre (1856)


quickest way of ending war - warfare (27)
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: in Polemic May 1946


sinking middle class - class (13)
We of the sinking middle class... may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose but our aitches.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)


some animals are more equal - equality (10)
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Animal Farm (1945)


sort of gutless Kipling - poets (15)
The high-water mark, so to speak, of Socialist literature is W. H. Auden, a sort of gutless Kipling.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937)


stick inside a swill bucket - advertising (12)
Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: attributed


these blissful circumstances - murder (9)
Roast beef and Yorkshire, or roast beef and apple sauce, followed up by suet pudding and driven home, as it were, by a cup of mahogany-brown tea, have put you in just the right mood. Your pipe is drawing sweetly, the sofa cushions are soft underneath you, the fire is well alright, the air is warm and stagnant. In these blissful circumstances, what is it that you want to read about?
Naturally, about murder.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: 'Decline of the English Murder' (written 1946)


two plus two makes four - liberty (25)
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)


Who controls the past - power (17)
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

- George Orwell 1903-1950: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948)


GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS - Memes and Responsions


GUSTAVE FLAUBERT - Memes and Responsions


as God is creation - art (10)
The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: letter to Mademoiselle Leroyer de Chantepie, 18 March 1857


Human life is a sad show - art (9)
Human life is a sad show undoubtedly: ugly, heavy and complex. Art has no other end, for people of feeling, than to conjure away the burden and bitterness.

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: letter to Amelie Bosquet, July 1864


life-blood on thought - style (5)
Style is life! It is the very life-blood of thought!

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: letter to Louise Colet, 7 September 1853


like a cracked kettle - speech (8)
Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: Madame Bovary (1857)


number of his enemies - value (8)
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: letter to Louise Colet, 14 June 1853


rotten seat of a latrine - progress (10)
From time to time, in the towns, I open a newspaper. Things seam to be going at a dizzy rate. We are dancing not on a volcano, but on a rotten seat of a latrine.

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: letter to Louis Bouilhet, 14 November 1850


they're just as useless - books (8)
Books are made not like children but like pyramids... and they're just as useless! ... and they stay in the desert! ... Jackals piss at their foot and the bourgeois climb up on them.

- Gustave Flaubert 1823-1880: letter to Ernest Feydeau, November/December 1857


GYÖRGY LUKÁCS - Memes and Responsions


HARRIET BEECHER STOWE - Memes and Responsions


HENRY DAVID THOREAU - Memes and Responsions


IMMANUEL KANT - Memes and Responsions


crooked timber of humanity - human race (15)
Out of this crooked timber of humanity no straight thing can ever be made.

- Immanuel Kant 1724-1804: Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose (1784)


not an ideal of reason - happiness (8)
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

- Immanuel Kant 1724-1804: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Ethics (1785)


two things fill the mind - thinking (11)
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more seriously reflection concentrates upon them: the starry heaven above me and the moral law within me.

- Immanuel Kant 1724-1804: Critique of Practical Reason (1788)


Whoever wills at the end - causes (5)
Whoever wills the end, wills also (so far as reason decides his conduct) the means in his power which are indispensably necessary thereto.

- Immanuel Kant 1724-1804: Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Ethics (1785)


JAMES MADISON (and Steven Pinker)- Memes and Responsions


JEAN-PAUL SARTRE - Memes and Responsions


condemned to be free - liberty (29)


disenchantment for truth - disillusion (9)


Don't lay the blame on men - fathers (5)


Hell is other people - hell (5)


Invented each day - human race (23)


Nothingness haunts being - futility (12)


on the side of despair - despair (8)


respect their executioners - executions (8)


things with their names - belief (19)


too late or too early - time (18)


transformed into an institution - literature / soc (9)


JEREMY BENTHAM - Memes and Responsions


All punishment is mischief - punishment (1)
All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.

- Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832: Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)


Can they suffer - animal rights (2)
The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, can they suffer?

- Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832: Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)


greatest happiness - society (3)
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

- Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832: The Commonplace Book; Bentham claimed that either Joseph Priestly (1733-1804) or Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794) passed on the 'sacred truth'.


Prose is when all the lines - poetry (3)
Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it.

- Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832: M. St. J. Packe The Life of John Stuart Mill (1954)


rights is simple nonsense - human rights (4)
Natural rights are simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense - nonsense upon stilts.

- Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832: Anarchical Fallacies (1843)


JOHN DEWEY - Memes and Responsions

JOHANN FRIEDRICH HERBART - Memes and Responsions


JOHN STUART MILL - Memes and Responsions


JOSÉ SARAMAGO - Memes and Responsions


LINDA PASTAN - Reading into Ethics


LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN - Memes and Responsions


LUIS DE  GÓNGORA - Memes and Responsions


M.H. ABRAMS - Memes and Responsions


MARK TWAIN - Memes and Responsions


MARTIN HEIDEGGER - Memes and Responsions


NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI - Memes and Responsions


OMAR KHAYYAM - Memes and Responsions

Omar Khayyam translated and Adored for More Than a Millennium

Omar is a King of thought and rhythm, a cultural icon throughout the world. I can not summarize this man without sounding like a Wikipedia article. I have the utmost admiration for Wikipedia and the information it serves, however, if you wanted to read a Wikipedia article you would go directly to Wikipedia and not planksip®. Let me instead pose a series of questions and areas of thought worthy of further exploration.

How does the Khayyam's proof and conic connection to Euclid's 5th postulate change with the introduction of dimensionality (duality in two dimensions) to the point? Can you visualize and describe this proof in a coordinate space?

How does Lebensraum correlate to the romanticizing thought and Art movement of Orientalism in the fin de siècle?

How was Omar Khayyam influenced by Avicenna, also a polymath? Better yet, use Aristotle as the baseline and let the analysis begin, pedagogically speaking of course.

Bringing back the data-driven structure of the preSocratic thinkers, how does Pythagoras influence the slow moving "ephemorality" of traditions past and Universals revealed? As a Persian mathematician, poet and cultural icon, Omar Khayyam was a Giant, let's have a look through the lens of an ancient Greek hegemony.

The planksip® p(x) philosophy is pluralistic yet deterministic. Objective, yet structured. Reflections of current understanding are valuable from the mean and protection of the bell curve. I say this only to give you perspective into the brand and Praxis that is planksip®. Quaternion Correlations is medium for the message. Oh, and yes we have published a complete version on Medium.


OSWALD SPENGLER - Memes and Responsions


PAUL CELAN - Memes and Responsions


PLATO - Memes and Responsions


RACHEL CARSON - Memes and Responsions


SIGMUND FREUD - Memes and Responsions


Thomas Hobbes - Memes and Responsions

on Making the Last Words of Your Life Humorous?

From a Hobbesian Leviathan to the life of an artist, if, "words are the money of fools", my life would be, "nasty, brutish and short", for I can not survive without the humour, humility and cathartic nature of the written (and spoken) word. That's not entirely true, but I don't want to explore that particular pathway to prosperity. My "action" potential is axiomatic to every conscious thought, as it is yours.

Describing the Leviathan's lair and the depths of despair within the human mind is beyond the scope of this life, mine that is. I am a miner, a product of consumerism and in some twisted way have Thomas Hobbes to partially thank.

I believe materialism, in the consumer sense, functions like an economic exaggerator, spreading an ephemeral version of wealth. No class is immune to the temptations of the market economies, not even the offspring of our cherished liberal democracies. Remember consumerism means one dollar equals one vote. So where are all these dollars?

Some thinkers, like Darick J. Biondi, view the Hobbes' Leviathan as a, "vague" economic theory and as such an economic theory in support of a free market economy. For Hobbes, according to Biondi, value is in maintaining the status quo of power embodied in a Leviathan. Sound familiar? This is not an appeal to a higher power, but is an appeal to a value claim and therefore makes the Leviathan claim philosophically ethical. Hobbes on Ethics is a prose influenced essay that I wrote to counterpoint this introduction. The point in which the argument pivots into the realm of ethical is when Hobbes explains a working value theory: "the value of all things contracted for, is measured by the Appetite of the Contractors: and therefore the just value, that would support man's pursuit of power. This is the only evidence for an economic system throughout all of Leviathan.  

The Hobbesian Leviathan increase social awareness around the potential of a communal authority figure. Literature expands these possibilities, expanding our cultural consciousness. Implied in this claim is the limit to literature, when in fact, it is really information theory. Power of the commonwealth is a pluralism in need of some further practice, subsequent iterations are more or less efficient. Politics moved from the rule of the monarch to the rule of the commonwealth, this differentiation, or expansion of social consciousness, may or may not be genetic. Gene-based cultural transmission is very much a contemporary conversation.

(A). Thomas Hobbes is reported to have said on his death-bed, “Now am I about to take my last voyage- a great leap in the dark.” Rabelais, in his last moments, said, “I am going to the Great Perhaps.” Lord Derby, in 1868, applied the words, “We are about to take a leap in the dark,” to the Reform Bill. "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap into the dark."
- Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679: John Watkins Anecdotes of Men of Learning (1808)

Last word before death's voyage aboard the SS Hobbes...

"Jung voyage sans anima and animus", I can do better.

"Your ship of Theseus will sail no more, politically speaking of course.".

"No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
- Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679: Leviathan (1651)

Thinking about the Hobbesian view on life being nasty, brutish and short. For the lucky few of the lucky few, few will survive and prove you wrong. That's life, that's history! But there is always room for improvement, sounds like an ethical claim. If not it should be!


THOMAS PAINE - Memes and Responsions


age going to the workhouse - government (23)
When, in countries that are called civilized, we see age going to the workhouse and youth to the gallows, something must be wrong in the system of government.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: The Rights of Man pt. 2 (1792)


badge of lost innocence - government (22)
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil ... Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence, the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: Common Sense (1776)


living to some purpose - revolution (15)
A share in two revolutions is living to some purpose.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: Eric Foner Tom Paine and Revolutionary America (1976)


My country is the world - religion (17)
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: The Rights of Man pt. 2 (1792)


shocks the mind of a child - religion (18)
Any system of religion that has any thing in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: The Age of Reason pt. 1 (1794)


teach governments humanity - punishment (15)
Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: The Rights of Man (1792)


times that try men's souls - patriotism (17)
These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.

- Thomas Paine 1737-1809: The Crisis (December 1776)


THOMAS SOWELL - Memes and Responsions


VICTOR HUGO - Memes and Responsions


daze with little bells - thinking (10)
To daze with little bells the spirit that would think.

Victor Hugo 1802-85: Le Roi s'amuse (1833)


invasion by an idea - ideas (5)
A stand can be made against invasion by an army; no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.

Victor Hugo 1802-85: Histoire d'un Crime (1877)


WALT WHITMAN - Memes and Responsions


body electric - body (17)
I sing the body electric.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: title of a poem (1855)


earth does not argue - earth (10)
The earth does not argue,
Is not pathetic, has no arrangements,
Does not scream, haste, persuade, threaten, promise,
Make no discriminations, has no conceivable failures,
Closes nothing, refuses nothing, shuts none out.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'A Song of the Rolling Earth' (written 1881)


essentially the greatest poem - united states (27)
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: Leaves of Grass (written 1855)


I contain multitudes - consistency (3)
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'Song of Myself' (written 1855)


leaf of grass is no less - nature (12)
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the wren,
And the tree toad is a chef-d'oeuvre for the highest,
And the running blackberry would adorn the parlours of heaven.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'Song of Myself' (written 1855)


procreant urge of the world - creativity (13)
Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the world.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'Song of Myself' (written 1855)


Seasons pursuing each other - celebrations (9)
Seasons pursuing each other the indescribable
crowd is gathered, it is the forth of Seventh-
month, (what salutes of cannon and small-arms!)

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'Song of Myself' (written 1855)


turn and live with animals - animals (19)
I think I could turn and live with animals they are so placid and self-contained.
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'Song of Myself' (written 1855)


When I give I give myself - giving (11)
Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity,
When I give I give myself.

- Walt Whitman 1819-92: 'Song of Myself' (written 1855)


WILLIAM WHEWELL - Memes and Responsions


WILLIAM WORDSWORTH - Memes and Responsions


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