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May 17, 2004

Quote of the day

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

- Bertrand Russell

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"The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

- William Butler Yeats (from "The Second Coming")

While googling for that poem, I came across a nifty tidbit about Yeats. He opposed the adoption of Article 44 of the Irish Constitution in 1937 ("The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion"). His rationale: "Once you attempt legislation on religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution."

Which seemed appropriate right now, of course.

Posted by: the bone at May 17, 2004 06:24 PM
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(another one; sorry to hog the comments, but someone just posted this on my site and I felt it belonged here as well)

My heart rouses
thinking to bring you news
of something
that concerns you
and concerns many men. Look at
what passes for the new.
You will not find it there but in
despised poems.
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

- William Carlos Williams (from "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower")

Posted by: the bone at May 18, 2004 08:22 PM
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Compared to what's going on one post down, I don't think you need to worry about hogging comments.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at May 18, 2004 08:33 PM
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Posted by: Rana at May 19, 2004 12:43 PM
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