Dante and Beatrice, by Henry Holiday. Dante looks longingly at Beatrice (in center) passing by with friend Lady Vanna(red) along the Arno River

BERNARD WILLIAMS - Memes and Responsions


BLAISE PASCAL - Memes and Responsions


Cleopatra's nose - face (6)
Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


Continual eloquence is tedious - speech (17)
Continual eloquence is tedious.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


expected to see an author - style (7)
When we see a natural style, we are quite surprised and delighted, for we expected to see an author and we find a man.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


God is or he is not - God (24)
'God is or he is not.' But to which side shall we incline? .... Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate the two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then without hesitation that he is.

  • known as Pascal's wager

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


he is thinking reed - human race (19)
Man is oly a reed, the weakest thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


heart has its reasons - emotions (16)
The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


self is hateful - self (20)
The self is hateful.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


these infinite spaces - space (7)
The eternal silence of these infinite spaces [the heavens] terrifies me.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


time to make it shorter - letters (9)
I have made this [letter] longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Lettres Provinciales (1657)


We shall die alone - death (27)
We shall die alone.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


want to put first - writing (28)
The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first.

- Blaise Pascal 1623-62: Pensées (1670)


CHRISTINE DE PIZAN - Memes and Responsions


DAVID HUME - Memes and Responsions


attended with miracles - christian (5)
The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.

- David Hume 1711-76: An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)


destruction of the whole world - self (15)
It is not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger.

- David Hume 1711-76: A Treatise upon Human Nature (1739)


enemies of liberty - clergy (4)
In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies of liberty.

- David Hume 1711-76: 'Of the Parties of Great Britain' (1741-2)


exists merely in the mind - beauty (13)
Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them.

- David Hume 1711-76: 'Of the Standard of Taste' (1757)


DENIS DIDEROT - Memes and Responsions


ELIE WIESEL - Memes and Responsions


murderers of Jewish children - forgiveness (13)
God of forgiveness, do not forgive those murderers of Jewish children here.

- Elie Wiesel 1928-2016: at an unofficial ceremony at Auschwitz, 26 January 1995


Neutrality helps the oppressor - impartial (3)
Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

  • accepting the Nobel Peace Prize

- Elie Wiesel 1928-2016: in New York Times 11 December 1986


opposite of life is not death - indifference (9)
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death it's indifference.

- Elie Wiesel 1928-2016: in U.S. News and World Report 27 October 1986



ELIZABETH I OF ENGLAND - Memes and Responsions


for a moment of time - last words (5)
All my possessions for a moment of time.

- Elizabeth I 1533-1603: attributed, but almost certainly apocryphal


glory of my crown - government (6)
Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my crown: that I have reigned with your loves.

- Elizabeth I 1533-1603: The Golden Speech, 1601


heart and stomach of a king - royalty (7)
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.

- Elizabeth I 1533-1603: speech to the troops as Tilbury n the approach of the Armada, 1588


to be addressed to princes - necessity (1)
Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.

  • to Robert Cecil, on his saying she must go on to bed

- Elizabeth I 1533-1603: J. R. Green A Short History of the English People (1874)


windows into men's souls - secrecy (10)
I would not open windows into men's souls.

- Elizabeth I 1533-1603: oral tradition, the words very possibly originated in a letter drafted by Bacon; J. B. Black Reign of Elizabeth 1558-1603 (1936)


EUDORA WELTY - Memes and Responsions


FLANNERY O'CONNOR - Memes and Responsions


FRANÇOIS-RENÉ DE CHATEAUBRIAND - Memes and Responsions


can be imitated by none - originality (3)
The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.

François-René de Chateaubriand 1768-1848: Le Genié du Christianisme (1802)


FRANZ KAFKA - Memes and Responsions


often better to be in chains - liberty (14)


trial if I recognize it - trials (3)


FREDERICK THE GREAT - Memes and Responsions


prejudices through the door - prejudice (3)
Drive out prejudices through the door, and they will return through the window.

- Frederick the Great 1712-1786: letter to Voltaire, 19 March 1771


would you live for ever - army (8)
Rascals, would you live for ever?

  • to hesitant Guards at Kolin, 18 June 1757

- Frederick the Great 1712-1786: attributed


FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE - Memes and Responsions


epitaph of an emotion - wit (7)
Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Menschliches, Allzumenschliches (1867-1880)  


God's second blunder - women (26)
Woman was God's second blunder.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Der Antichrist (1888)


great source of comfort - suicide (3)
The thought of suicide is a great source of comfort: with it a calm passage is to be made across many a bad night.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Jenseits von Gut und Bose (1886)


hears only those questions - problems (11)
One hears only those questions for which one is able to find answers.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: The Gay Science (1882)


I teach you the superman - human race (18)
I teach you the superman. Man is something to be surpassed.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Also Sprach Zarathustra (1883)


live dangerously - lifestyles (14)
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (1882)


Morality is the herd-instinct - morality (12)
Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (1882)


shadow will be shown - God (23)
God is dead: but considering the state the species Man is in, there will perhaps be caves, for ages yet, in which his shadow will be shown.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft (1882)


terrible explosive - philosophy (8)
What I understand by 'philosopher': a terrible explosive in the presence of which everything is in danger.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Ecce Homo (1908)


What does not kill me - suffering (18)
What does not kill me makes me stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900: Twilight of the Idols (1889)


George Bernard Shaw - Memes and Responsions

... On Love and Poverty and Everything that Makes the Mean

Biochemically, the creative person lies just outside the protection of the bell curve. Teleb's Trampoline attempts to make societies more resilient through relativism. Backwards never felt so wrong. Validation is in the air!

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasontexable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Researchers are now saying that the young brain doesn't fully mature until 25 or 30. George Bernard Shaw capped affection off at six years. This is a societal question. What do you think? How do we transition our youth into adulthood?

"The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Heartbreak House (1903)

Survival sustains. George Bernard Shaw refers to an old soldier carrying, "grub" in his holster and how this is a mark of experience. Nothing of tremendous value here. Stating the obvious is sometime an art, in Shaw's case a fad or trend.

"You can always tell and old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, grub."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Getting on with the job is the order of the day for a soldier, seaman or citizen of the Republic. We live on the stage of life and the show must go on despite the fright of the stage and the faces staring back at you. Killing the other is the death of consciousness itself. The Shoah showed us this! Sea sickness and cowardice matter, not so much in the experience itself, George Bernard Shaw pointed out this sailing ship, but in the causes of the coward itself. Oppressive and effective.

"As an old soldier I can admit the cowardice: it's as universal as sea sickness, and matters just as little."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

George Bernard Shaw offers a rather cheeky view of Martyrdom[^N], eminence in any other form is an exercise in ego.

"Martyrdom... the only way in which man can become famous without ability."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Devil's Disciple (1901)

There seams to be an overdoes of virtue signalling and overzealous religiosity with the exorcism of foul language from the lexicon of the layman.

"If I utter an oath again may my soul be blasted to eternal damnation!"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Saint Joan (1924)

Music means different things to different people, to some it's, "the brandy of the damned", trading one drug for another, "religion... is the opiate of the masses.". This sidestep maneuver away from music is virtue signalling of religious variety.

"Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Is that what you want? Do you want to be part of the useless class? Corruption is part of politics. The key would be to mitigate the incompetencies with skill acquisition and life-long learning. Liberal democracies must adapt to improve on its own inefficiencies or fade into history.

"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Democracy'

The hypocrisy over what to consume is teetotal, when it comes to alcohol.  

"I am only a beer teetotaller, not a champagne teetotaller."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

... let it perish without torment. Imagination is the salvation without the embodiment. Says whom? {pause} Says me!

"Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Saint Joan (1924)

Much Ado About Noting is a more accurate title, if by, "nothing", you are not referring to the female body part from Virginia. Live is filled with laity, professions, business and randomness and cruelty. That's life!

"All professions are conspiracies against the laity."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Doctor's Dilemma (1911)

One nation imposing its will on another nation is tribal and barbaric.

"He [the Briton] is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Caesar and Cleopatra (1901)

Without descending into the obvious Shakespearian rabbit hole, George Bernard Shaw pair-bonds the eminence of Shakespeare, and to some degree Sir Walter Scott, into a statement of intellectual virtue signalling. Three parts ego, one-part self deprecation, this ratio is arbitrary with the dominant quality being self eminence. Declarations of eminence are post humorous if not made posthumously. Eminence is a limitation. Imitation or mimesis is flattering. Don't despise Homer and Shakespeare, celebrate the legacy of the Logos they left behind. Pardon the polemic, if you like I can repeat myself.

"With a single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entire as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: In Sunday Review 26 September (1896)

Identity politics are categorically imperative within authoritarian social structures. Originated by Immanuel Kant and later revised under Rawls' Veil of Ignorance, categorical thinking is useful when tempered with critical thought and corrective inductive action (correlative feedback mechanisms).

"Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Our group unites us in our plurality of thought.

"England and America are two countries divided by a common language."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: attributed in this and other forms, but not found in Shaw's published writings

I like the ethical elucidation here

"Do not do unto others as you would that they do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims for Revolutionists: The Golden Rule'

"Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

One of my favorite books is Grammars of Creation by George Steiner. I wrote a book review on this book and called it, Deterministic Swirls of Go and a Book Review (2018).  In this review you will see a structured way to review a book based on the most popular relational intellectual giants. Regarding the theme of the title being grammars, I shake my head with a frowned grin when George Bernard Shaw dismissed a opportunity to discuss grammar and insinuates his opposite sex is a "grammar-less" creation. The movement of my grin dissipates to thoughts of a chuckle and then I move on. Grammars with an "s" is a plurality. Thank you George for making it so. Both of you. Steiner and Shaw is an interesting pair. To my knowledge I don't think George Bernard Shaw mentions George Steiner in any of his publicly available work. Steiner, on the other hand is a critic and as such mentions or refers to two different "Shaw" three times in After Babel, Aspects of Language and Translation (1975). One Shaw is Lawrence of Arabia; Thomas Edward Lawrence so this wouldn't count towards the GBS pair yet a little digging we find that George Steiner recognizes the oratory talents of Thomas Edward Lawrence (of Arabia) and philosopher John Cowper Powys as ideal and part of the final chapter on the 6 Topologies of Culture (pg.482-3). George Bernard Shaw is mentioned but only in AFTERWORD of After Babel, Aspects of Language and Translation (1975). This first instance (pg.483-3) was counterpoint to Powys mention earlier and the reason for the rather complex arrangement of ideas. Trust me I will tie it all together. It is odd to me that I have such respect and admiration for George Steiner that cultural mudslinging the "state" of culture is a impossible position for me to agree with. I refuse. This is one of my few criticisms of an intellectual mentor, George Steiner's love for literature is ideal, in the Platonic sense. You don't talk grammar you co-create! Whether you want to talk to a lady (G.B. Shaw) or were born in America, the cultural potential is alive and thriving. What we do with it is a different narrative.

"I don't want to talk grammar, I want to talk like a lady."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Pygmalion (1916)

"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Considering many, including Robert Sapolsky's attribution to Elie Wiesel, the indifference equivalence to evil, or in this case hate, originated with Dante?  

Wellspring well taken, I would like to say. Cherish when we perish. Life after death is experienced by others.  I am drawn to the poetics of Dante, and this ideal of this guy (the Empyrean). I can't say for sure but I suspect an extinction event requires mandatory attendance, try and remain indifferent. It's only possible after-the-fact.

"Every man over forty is a scoundrel"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Stray Sayings'

I guess I am a scoundrel (according to GBS).

"Assassination is the extreme form of censorship."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Showing-up of Blanco Posnet (1911)

Sometimes it back fires and mortar fire makes the martyr; an extreme form of reverse-censorship.

Joseph Levine would say that our youth have a problem with their explanatory gap or that it's in flux.

"Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Ammunition for the ill-intention feminist.

"The one point on which all women are in furious secret rebellion against the existing law is the saddling of the right to a child with the obligation to become the servant of a man."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Getting Married (1911)

The broader possibilities of biology are infiltrating social consciousness. The brain is incredible! For better or worse, like or dislike. What it's like to be something is an effective technique for T.O.M (Theory of Mind).  

"Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Stray Sayings'

Beyond the cliché of yacht ownership, think about the pursuit of desire and the ratios of biochemical payoff to the reward centers of the brain.

"There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Dr Shashi Tharoor in 2015 versus 2017.

"Englishmen will never be slaves; they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Do not obscure the word of hope with empty meanings, give me data or death of liberty. Hope is a consolation price, an act of empty futurity with a bow on it.

"Make me a beautiful word for doing things tomorrow; for sure that is a great and blessed invention"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

I have an aversion to social inversions that are pedagogical in nature.

"He who can, does. He who can not, teaches."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

We live in despair or should according to Søren Kierkegaard. This is the pias bias.

"He who has never hoped can never despair."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Caesar and Cleopatra (1903)

Forced servitude at home is forced servitude according to early 20th Century thinkers like George Bernard Shaw.

"Home is the girl's prison and the women's workhouse"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Women in the Home'

One possible opening to Will Freeman was also a place for men to hang your hat. Then the vulgarity of this comment crept in like a kickstand. I still like it, so I am going to use it.

"[Dancing is] a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: in New Statesman 23 March 1962

When you are sick, convalescence requires someone to tend-and-befriend.

"I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes illness worth while."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

A "doing" philosopher asks why but ends on negation? Doing is implied, axiomatic to living a life worthy of being lived! The future is less tense if your verbalize it so.

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were and I say, 'Why not?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

Spartan children were 'toughened up'. 2,500 hears has given us the unforgivable, abuse to animals can and should move in the direction of 'domestic' abuse.

"If you strike a child take care that you strike in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: How to Beat Children'

Fine company is like fresh fish; after a few days it starts to stink! Sorry I couldn't be bothered to search for an attribution to this horrible joke. This is close enough.

"Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house for three day?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

On patriotism I am still undecided. Ask me why.

"You will never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: O'Flaherty V.C. (1919)

Who's steering the authorship? I am determined to find out for myself.

"You don't expect me to know what to say about a play when I don't know who the author is, do you?"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Fanny's First Play (1914)

Caliph Art and the Veil of Ignorance creates Smells of Indignation

Offence to a large majority I am sure, the pay on words is the beginning of an article, so leave me alone and let me articulate around and through the a priori...

"The true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but is art."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Your ability to respond is a restriction in liberty, some restrictions are clearly under social contract, other existential threats, like big data determinism can manifest into friend or foe. The embodiment makes it more relatable, just ask Ellen DeGeneres.

"Liberty mean responsibility. That is why most men dread it"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Liberty and Equality'

Tiger sports are prolific in Texas. How do we even the odds?

"When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Structured originality should be virtuous, defining the virtues is complex, subjective and shrouded in chaotic attractors. Let's do it!

"A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Notes to Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) 'Julius Caesar'

Everything in moderation, don't get married maybe?

"Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Marriage'

Cowboy conversations with Blanco Posnet to determine his Nationality.

"The nations morals are like its teeth: the more decayed they are the more it hurts to touch them."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet (1911)

This is why I promote passive, yet educated pluralism and efficiency through information thereby avoiding shaking shoulders. There is a time for revolution but that time is not today.

"Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted to another shoulder."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'The Revolutionist's Handbook' foreword

Biochemically, Bertrand Russell and George Bernard Shaw are diametrically self-similar. However, even a light read of The Conquest of Happiness negates the cultural traps of the ego. "No man alive could bear it".

"But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

I am just not making the connection but let me try... The embodiment of an ideal forme is miracle and a fraud. I fail to see the difference if elevating the ego is the outcome. Reality just doesn't work that way. Defenders of faith see it differently.

"A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith. That is the purpose of nature of miracles... Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive; therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Saint Jone (1924)

Word welds like artist-man and mother-woman exist as archetypal examples of alternative lifestyles, today money makes this possible. Tomorrow could be different. A value system based on the biochemistry of learning should be the currency of tomorrow.

"Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Mind you... Ten men with minds beating on each other is circular.

"One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men who haven't and don't"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Apple Cart (1930)

It's our obsessions with truth seeking that Eastern cultures can't quite grasp.

"Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves are about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about? They are more true: They are the only things that are true."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

The dichotomies are deathening.

"In the arts of life man invents nothing; but in the arts of death he outdoes Nature herself, and produces by chemistry and machinery all the slaughter of plague, pestilence and famine"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

Shh!

"Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Back to Methuselah (1921)

Let's increase the chances of you being seen. Social media should be this medium.

"The photographer is like the cod which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: introduction to the catalogue for an exhibition at the royal Photographic Society, 1906

"We have no right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

The trap is considering happiness as something to be consumed. Consumption of this sort is a blanket term for sometime malignant, like consumptive happiness spreads quickly with the taste of wealth, one of the most addictive forms of happiness we know.

The redistribution of wealth has a functioning mechanism, it's called consumerism. We need to consume a more efficient for of self and social monopolization. The art and act of learning is the pathway to prosperity and doesn't create an 'us versus them' situation.  

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Political What's What (1944)

"I did it and so should you", is a fallacy of the ego. Many factors are at play. They are complex and chaotic.

"Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903) 'Maxims: Self:Sacrifice'

Here is a unique definition of ambition. I am paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw when the make this equivocation. Although typically associated with discontent, the irony is subtle. For some reason, the sentiment of the conversation changes when we define want with a goal directed activity (teleology) or sustainable consumption. What do you want? It will define you.

"As long as I have want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Overruled (1916)

At our worst (and best), behavior is about a biochemical reaction and nothing more.

"It is easy - terribly easy - to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to bret a man's spirit in devil's work."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Candida (1898)

Duty is something that you do before you flush the toilet. Not washing your hands is something to be ashamed of.

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Caesar and Cleopatra (1901)

Are we the virus, consider the Doctor's Dilemma from 1911.

"There is a bottom only one genuinely scientific treatment for all diseases, and that is to stimulate the phagocytes"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: The Doctor's Dilemma (1911)

For the right politician, humility need not apply. Hubris is her definition of ambition and his habitat is the cherished liberal democracy of the West. Representative complacency is latent and non-linear.

"He knows nothing: and he thinks knows everything. That points very clearly to a political career"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Major Barbara (1907)

We don't want to compartmentalize human beings in bureaucracy and civil servitude.

"When domestic servants are treated as human beings it is not worth while to keep them"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)

The examined life is worth living. As a parent, would you receive a passing grade?

"Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Everybody's What's What? (1944)

I can say for certainty that certain phrases would not be comprehended by the Ancient Greeks.

"Walk! Not bloody likely I am going to take a taxi."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Pygmalion (1916)

Christmas is only once per year for a reason.

"A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell"
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Parents and Children (1914)

Indifference to poverty is worse than poverty itself.

"The greatest of all evils and the worst of all crimes is poverty."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Major Barbara (1907)

The mark of the prototypical femalist without the pejorative. Men compete for female attention.

"You think that you are Anne's suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued... Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked down quarry, the destined prey."
- George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950: Man and Superman (1903)


GEORGE W. BUSH - Meme and Responsion

The Business of Insomnia - Another Tired planksip® Pun

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS - Memes and Responsions


all is seared with trade - pollution (10)
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'God's Grandeur' (written 1877)


all is seared with trade - work (9)
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'God's Grandeur' (written 1877)


All things counter, original - beauty (12)
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He father-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Pied Beauty' (written 1877)


beat upon my whorlèd ear - silence (4)
Elected Silence, sing to me
And beat upon my whorlèd ear.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Pied Beauty' (written 1877)


Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed - oxford (3)
Towery city and branchy between towers;
Cuckoo-echoing, bell swarmèd, lark-charmèd, rook-racked, river rounded.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Duns Scotus's Oxford' (written 1879)


dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon - birds (4)
I caught this morning mornings's minion, kingdom of daylight's dauphin, dapple-dawn-dawn Falcon.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'The Windhover' (written 1877)


Long live the weeds - environment (8)
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Inversnaid' (written 1881)


look, look up at the skies - skies (7)
Look at the stars! look, look up at the skies!
O look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!
The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there!

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'The Starlight Night' (written 1877)


mind has mountains - mind (8)
O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap
May who ne'er hung there.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'No worst, there is note' (written 1885)


not choose not to be - despair (7)
Not, I'll not, carrion comfort,
Despair, not  feast on thee;
Not untwist - slack they may be -
these last strands of man
In me or, most weary, cry I can no more. I can;
Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Carrion Comfort' (written 1885)


This Jack, joke - human race (11)
I am all at once what Christ is, since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire' (written 1888)


Time's eunuch - creativity (5)
Birds build - but not I build; no, but strain,
Time's eunuch, and not breed one work that wakes.
Mine, O thou lord of life, send my roots rain.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Thou art indeed just, Lord' (written 1889)


woman with a slop pail - prayer (9)
To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a women with a slop-pail, give him glory too. He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'The Principle or Foundation' (written 1882)


yet you will weep - sorrow (10)
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.

- Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89: 'Spring and Fall: to a young child' (written 1880)


JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE - Memes and Responsions


best is good enough - art (13)
In art the best is good enough.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Italienische Reise (1816-1817) 3 March 1787


children still at heart - old age (7)
Age does not make us childish, as men
tell,
It merely finds us children still at
heart.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Faust pt. 1 (1808)


deed is all - fame (11)
The deed is all, the glory nothing.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Faust pt. 2 (1832)


Eternal Women draws us - women (14)
Eternal Women draws us upward.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Faust pt. 2 (1832) 'Hochgebirg'


golden tree of actual life - reality (4)
All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of actual life springs ever green.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Faust pt. 1 (1808)


hopes and desires of youth - middle age (9)
He who thinks to realize when he is older the hopes and desires of youth is always deceiving himself, for every decade of a man's life possesses its own kind of happiness, its own hopes and prospects.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Elective Affinities (1809)


I do not know myself - self-know (7)
I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: J. P. Eckermann Gespräche mit Goethe (1836-48) 10 April 1829

Know thyself.

- Anonymous: inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi; Plato ascribes the saying to the Seven Wise Men


More light - last words (6)
More light!

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: attributed; actually 'Open the second shutter, so that more light can come in'


poetry of life - supernatural (10)
Superstition is the poetry of life.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Maximen and Reflection (1819)


Talent develops - character (9)
Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Torquato Tasso (1790)


where a thought is lacking - words (9)
It's exactly where a thought is lacking
That, just in time, a word shows up
instead.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832: Faust (1808)


GORE VIDAL - Memes and Responsions


between consenting adults - punishment (18)
I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults.

- Gore Vidal 1925-2016: in Sunday Times Magazine 16 September 1973


fact, no matter how suspect - reality (10)
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.

- Gore Vidal 1925-2016: in Encounter December 1967


fast-forward button - past (20)
Thanks to modern technology ... history now comes equipped with a fast-forward button.

- Gore Vidal 1925-2016: Screening History (1922)


IQ of a moron - artists (6)
A genius with an IQ of a moron.

  • of Andy Warhol

- Gore Vidal 1925-2016: in Observer 18 June 1989


little something in me dies - success (22)
Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.

- Gore Vidal 1925-2016: in Sunday Times Magazine 16 September 1973


triumph of the embalmer's art - Reagan (4)
A triumph of the embalmer's art.

- Gore Vidal 1925-2016: in Observer 26 April 1981


GOTTFRIED LEIBNIZ - Memes and Responsions


I can not think of Leibniz without thinking of Newton, calculus, the denounced Dutch philosopher; Baruch Spinoza and a mnemonic variation of The Odyssey (Theodicy).  Homer's variant is still a classic, Leibniz is fading into the obscurity of our collective historical adolescence, reconciling the problem of good and evil, if there is a god, is easily solved thanks to Friedrich Nietzsche's exclamation; God is Dead! Beginnings run counterpoint to all things contemporary, we may choice to hear the rhythm or have no ability to respond (responsibility). The lack of choice sounds like the free will position at the open of this publication as articulated by, and through, Christopher Hitchens and Isaac Bashevis Singer, "We have to believe in free-will. We've got no choice.".

Free Will is an If-Then statement. If you mind your p's and q's, logic quickly follows. When p and q are one and the same there is no question. Difference dictates the degree of determinism. In a world where statistic models are becoming more reliably predictive, we are becoming a more deterministic in our abilities to respond. Liberty is looking in the wrong direction. What does my data tell you when the sample size is increased by an order of magnitude? I already realize that I contain multitudes, but the multitudes I contain pale in comparison to the multitudes of the masses. Walt Witman was the inspiration for the word choice of multitudes and the complexity of the self. One of my projects for 2019 is going to take his poem, A Song of Myself and go through each of the 52 sections one week at a time for an entire year. I will record the journey of exploration and artistic discovery through a shared lens of an American icon and humble student.

I realize that I have to say more about Leibniz so let's leave the trivialness of the DoGmatic goD delusion out of the conversation and focus on the mathematics. What actually makes mathematics pure?

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HARRIET BEECHER STOWE - Memes and Responsions


I s'pect I growed - birth (6)


GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL - Memes and Responsions


experience and history teach - history (8)


Man owes his entire existence - society (6)


philosophy's grey on grey - philosophy (6)


HENRY DAVID THOREAU - Memes and Responsions


HENRY GLEITMAN - Meme and Responsion

Afternoons are Delightful - Another planksip® Möbius

HERBERT MARCUSE - Memes and Responsions


JACQUES DERRIDA - Memes and Responsions

... on Keeping Your Critique Inside the Text


nothing outside of the text - critics (5)


JANE AUSTEN - Memes and Responsions


All the privilege I claim - women (1)


as the event decides - advice (2)


child ought to be of the party - conversation (1)


egg boiled very soft - food (2)


every advantage of us - men (2)


every party breaks up - parties (1)


forgive them as a Christian - forgiveness (1)


hopes from Birmingham - British Cit (2)


I care not who knows - suffering (4)


I quit such odious subjects - writing (2)


impulse of the moment - impulse (1)


little bit of ivory - Austen (1)


make me sick and wicked - perfection (1)


make sport for our neighbours - neighbours (1)


man who has nothing to do - idleness (1)


marry Mr Collins - choice (2)


myrtle and turkey part of it - happiness (1)


One half of the world - pleasure (3)


pleasure is not enhanced - surprise (1)


ruinous depredations of time - country (1)


should always be ignorant - ignorance (2)


Those who do not complain - compassion (2)


tired of Bath - British crit (1)


truth universally acknowledged - bachelors (1)


voluntary spies - gossip (1)


JOHANN FRIEDRICH HERBART - Memes and Responsions



JOHN LOCKE - Memes and Responsions

... on Errors of Truth and the Battle of Ideas


positive in error as in truth - mistakes (6)


show a man that he is in error - truth (18)


suspected, and usually opposed - ideas (8)


LEONARD COHEN - Memes and Responsions

... on the Vessels of Pessimism


unreliable ally - body (5)


waiting for it to rain - pessimism (3)


LUIS DE  GÓNGORA - Memes and Responsions


M.H. ABRAMS - Memes and Responsions


MAO ZEDONG - Memes and Responsions


MARCEL PROUST - Memes and Responsions


come to us from neurotics - greatness (5)


express his thought directly - creativity (9)


horror of sunsets - evening (3)


memory revealed itself - memory (20)


paradises that we have lost - heaven (2)


salutary to the body - happiness (14)


MARTIN HEIDEGGER - Memes and Responsions


MARY SHELLEY - Memes and Responsions


Everywhere I see bliss - despair (9)
Everywhere I see bliss, from which I alone am irrevocably excluded.

- Mary Shelley 1789-1852: Frankenstein (1818)


think like other people - conformity (13)
Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!

  • on her son's education

- Mary Shelley 1789-1852: Mathew Arnold Essays in Criticism Second Series (1888) 'Shelley'


MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE - Memes and Responsions


amusing herself with me - cats (6)
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she isn't amusing herself with me more that I am with her?

- Montaigne 1532-1592: Essais (1580)


bunch of other men's flowers - plagiarism (6)
It could be said of me that in this book I have only made up a bunch of other men's flowers, providing of my own only the string that ties them together.

- Montaigne 1532-1592: Essais (1580)


little back shop, all his own - self (18)
A man should keep for himself a little back shop, all his own, quite unadulterated, in which he establishes his true freedom and chief place of seclusion and solitude.

- Montaigne 1532-1592: Essais (1580)


running of a family - home (7)
There is scarcely any less bother in the running of a family than in that of an entire state. And domestic business is no less importunate for being important.

- Montaigne 1532-1592: Essais (1580)


serious-minded activity - children (14)
It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.

- Montaigne 1532-1592: Essais (1580)


What do I know - knowledge (17)
Que said-je?
What do I know?

  • on the position of the sceptic

- Montaigne 1532-1592: Essais (1580)


PAUL DIRAC - Memes and Responsions

... on the Eros of Math and the Son of Chaos

It's more important to have beauty in one's equations that to have them fit experiment... The discrepancy may be due to minor features... that will get cleared up with further developments.

- Paul Dirac 1902-84: in Scientific American May 1963

I would like to change this to "beauty in ones equation".


PAULO COELHO - Memes and Responsions


PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY - Memes and Responsions


blithe Spirit - birds (8)


buried in so sweet a place - death (33)


can Spring be so far behind - winter (6)


cloud-encircled meteor - poets (16)


daughter of Earth and Water - skies (11)


dome of many-coloured glass - life (30)


Let there be light - Greece (4)


Monarchy is the only string - royalty (18)


My name is Ozymandias - futility (14)


O wild West Wind, thou breath - wind (5)


Sun-girt city - Venice (3)


unacknowledged legislators - poetry (29)


violet into a crucible - translation (3)


SIGMUND FREUD - Memes and Responsions


Anatomy is destiny - body (6)


enjoyment from contrast - circumstance (7)


Frozen anger - depression (2)


gigantic mistake - united s (10)


Intolerance of groups - prejudice (4)


love and work - life (11)


royal road to a knowledge - dreams (5)


What does a women want - women (13)


WALLACE STEVENS - Memes and Responsions


beauty of inflections - beauty (23)


changed upon the blue guitar - reality (8)


WILLIAM FAULKNER - Memes and Responsions


ain't still drunk tomorrow - drunken (2)


any number of old ladies - literature/soc (3)


fool with booze - alcohol (6)


give gratitude constantly - gratitude (1)


made the books - autobiog (3)


past is never dead - past (4)


WILLIAM JAMES - Memes and Responsions


exceptional observations - facts (3)
Roundabout the accredited and orderly fact of every science there ever floats a sort of dust cloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to.

- William James 1842-1910: attributed


in whom nothing is habitual - indecision (6)
There is no miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

- William James 1842-1910: The Principles of Psychology (1980)


Man is polygamous - marriage (18)
Hogamus, higamous
Man is polygamous
Higamus, hogamous.

- William James 1842-1910: attributed


preys on its own species - human race (13)
Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be into the bargain, is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species.

- William James 1842-1910: in Atlantic Monthly December 1904


worship of the bitch-godess - success (13)
The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess success.

- William James 1842-1910: letter to H.G. Wells, 11 September 1906


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