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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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7 Sep '12 05:57:37 AM

'44. The Roman poet Catullus has no job, but the writing is what endures. Not the job. Not the scalp on the floor with brain barnacles. Is the writing labor or is it a hobby? Is fun labor? Is elocution? I'm writing to you, my friends. I'm just asking you to develop some categories regarding labor, fun, elocution. I'm actually not trying to make you all hate this book.'

7 Sep '12 05:49:03 AM

'Here's a lesson even the ancient Romans knew: if you're going to constantly have dinner with poets, eventually you'll have to read their books.'

6 Sep '12 05:59:58 AM

An introductory trope: 'My project contributes to so many different ongoing debates!'.

5 Sep '12 11:48:12 PM

Νέος ἐφ' ἡμέρῃ ἥλιος.

5 Sep '12 08:18:34 PM

I don't know anything about Robert Service, at all, but one of my prejudices is that I think people who like Robert Service's writing must do so because of some vague uplift of spirit they feel because of his name. Why, yes: Service. A fine thing!

5 Sep '12 04:15:10 PM

Autumn leaves in summer.

5 Sep '12 03:00:28 AM

'people should listen to this instead of working because this is better than their lives' —YouTube commenter

3 Sep '12 08:10:01 PM

'Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate circumstances?'

1 Sep '12 09:30:02 PM

'10. What of a poetry that lacks surprise? That lacks form, theme, development? Whose language rejects interest? That examines itself without curiosity? Will it survive?'