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If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled*…


Whatever may be said in favour of the Victorians, it is pretty generally admitted that few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks.    -Summer Moonshine

From The Drone’s Club the ever-applicable Random Wodehouse Quote Generator

I suppose I’m one of those fellows my father always warned me against.   – Heavy Weather

[via friend KMc; illustration above from Klaus Joynson]

* from Code of the Woosters


As we leave it to Jeeves, we might light a birthday candle for Sir Francis Bacon– English Renaissance philosopher, lawyer, linguist, composer, mathematician, geometer, musician, poet, painter, astronomer, classicist, philosopher, historian, theologian, architect, father of modern science (The Baconian– aka The Scientific– Method), and patron of modern democracy, whom some allege was the illegitimate son of Queen Elizabeth I of England… but who was in any event born on this date in 1561.

Bacon (whose Essays were, in a fashion, the first “management book” in English) was, in Alexander Pope’s words, “the greatest genius that England, or perhaps any country, ever produced.”  He probably did not actually write the plays attributed to Shakespeare (as a thin, but long, line of enthusiasts, including Mark Twain and Friedrich Nietzsche, believed).   But Bacon did observe, in a discussion of sedition that’s as timely today as ever, that “the remedy is worse than the disease.”



Written by (Roughly) Daily

January 22, 2013 at 1:01 am

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