Photo is of me in Bethlehem, at the Door of Humility, the entrance to the Church of the Nativity. SEP 2009
I enjoy reading almost as much as eating good food. .
"We have to distrust each other. It's our only defense against betrayal."
"I do love you, more than ever: but I must not show or indulge the feeling: and this is the last time I must express it." Charlotte Bronte, from "Jane Eyre"
"I was never less alone than when by myself." Edward Gibbon
"I read old novels. The reason is simple: I prefer proper endings. Marriages and deaths, noble sacrifices and miraculous restorations, tragic separations and unhoped-for reunions, great falls and dreams fulfuilled; these, in my view, constitute and ending worth the wait. They should come after adventures, perils, dangers and dilemmas, and wind everything up nice and neatly. Endings like this are to be found more commonly in old novels than new ones, so I read old novels." --The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
"I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost forever." Jane Austen, from "Pride and Prejudice"
"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least." Jane Austen, from "Pride and Prejudice"
"... but a charming woman, who, strange as it may appear, made him the happiest of men! Truly, would you not for less than that make the tour around the world?" Jules Verne, the final lines from "Around the World in Eighty Days"
"I strove with none, for none was worth my strife.
Nature I loved and, next to Nature, Art;
I warmed both hands before the fire of life;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart."
Walter Savage Landor
"It seems to me that books which don't touch the heart are far removed from the true goal of art." Gustave Flaubert, from "Madame Bovary"
"The problem with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant; rather it is that they know too much that is untrue." President Ronald Reagan
"Mr. Gorbachev-- tear down this wall!" President Ronald Reagan, 1987
"I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more." Edna St. Vincent Millay, from "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed"
"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." Plato
"... of so little value are silver and gold in comparison to love, that gift in every one's power to bestow...." Elizabeth Gaskell, "Mary Barton"
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey"
"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country." President Bush, during the State of the Union Address on January 20, 2004
"For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible--and no one can now doubt the credibility of America." President Bush, during the State of the Union Address on January 20, 2004
"My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company." Jane Austen, "Persuasion"
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have." President Ronald Reagan
"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." President Ronald Reagan, said during a radio microphone test, 1984
"Something tells me that any potential adversary of the United States will take note when word arrives that the USS Ronald Reagan has been sighted off shore." Vice President Dick Cheney, 12 July 2003, at the comissioning of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier