the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary


Liberalism, above all, means emancipation- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination . . . from poverty
-x-x-x-x-xHubert H. Humphrey (1911-78), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, 29 March 1967, New York City.

A man's liberal and conservative phases seem to follow each other in a succession of waves from the time he is born. Children are radicals. Youths are conservatives, with a dash of criminal negligence. Men in their prime are liberals (as long as their digestion keeps pace with their intellect). The middle aged . . . run to shelter: they insure their life, draft a will, accumulate mementos and occasional tables, and hope for security. And then comes old age, which repeats childhood- a time full of humors and sadness, but often full of courage and even prophecy
-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-E. B. White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Life Phases," in New Yorker (20 Feb. 1937;

Einstein is loved because he is gentle, respected because he is wise. Relativity being not for most of us, we elevate its author to a position somewhere between Edison, who gave us a tangible gleam, and God, who gave us the difficult dark and the hope of penetrating it
-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-E. B. White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Inimicable Forces,"

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy
-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-xE. B. White (1899-1985), U

The so-called science of poll-taking is not a science at all but mere necromancy. People are unpredictable by nature, and although you can take a nation's pulse, you can't be sure that the nation hasn't just run up a flight of stairs
-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-E. B. White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Polling,"

The total collapse of the public opinion polls shows that this country is in good health. A country that developed an airtight system of finding out in advance what was in people's minds would be uninhabitable

Commuter- one who spends his life
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train,
And then rides back to shave again

-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-E. B. White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. The Commuter.

There is a period near the beginning of every man's life when he has little to cling to except his unmanageable dream, little to support him except good health, and nowhere to go but all over the place
-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-xE. B. White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. Essays of E. B. White, "The Years of Wonder

In a sense the world dies every time a writer dies, because, if he is any good, he has been a wet nurse to humanity during his entire existence and has held earth close around him, like the little obstetrical toad that goes about with a cluster of eggs attached to his legs
-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-xE. B. White (1899-1985), U.S. author, editor. "Doomsday," i
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