josh blog

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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13 Jul '07 05:05:23 AM

'con men guessing at the dreams of the customers'

6 Jul '07 08:52:30 AM

'Those, then, were Hans Castorp's favorite recordings.'

4 Jul '07 02:55:55 AM

Carrying my usual bag, a bag of books, and a bag of groceries, I walked past a little boy. He asked his mother: 'Is that the mailman?'

25 Jun '07 05:54:16 AM

'There are questions we could never get past, were it not that we are freed from them by nature.'

21 Jun '07 12:36:23 AM

A previous reader has left a gray cut-out paper heart in the library's copy of the German Library volume of Kant's writings, starting at the page beginning the 'Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View'.

19 Jun '07 05:59:26 PM

'a Shaolin scholar of some standing'

19 Jun '07 06:07:34 AM

Sometimes I wish people would check out books that I want at the library, so that I could recall them over the internet and then not have to remember until the next time I go to the library that I want them. Not that having the books waiting at the front desk wouldn't be convenient, too.

19 Jun '07 02:07:14 AM

If summer days were always like today then I would consider approving of summer. As it is there are too few days like today to make me consider approving of spring.

18 Jun '07 03:05:25 AM

A remark I had never noticed before: 'The criteria for the truth of the confession that I thought such-and-such are not the criteria for a true description of a process. And the importance of the true confession does not reside in its being a correct and certain report of a process. It resides rather in the special conclusion which can be drawn from a confession whose truth is guaranteed by the special criteria of truthfulness.'