Monday’s Piece

“I don’t mind being a grandfather,” Senator Arthur H. Vandenburg remarked to his wife when informed of the birth of his first grandchild, “but I’m a little dubious about being married to a grandmother.”

Barian Miller in the Washington Post

John Lentell

25th August, 1970


Friday’s Piece

“You say reserve and modesty he has,

Whose heart is iron, his head wood, and his face brass.

The fox, the owl, the spider, and the bat,

By sweet reserve and modesty grow fat.”

(William Blake, 1757 – 1827)

John Lentell

24th August, 1970


Wednesday’s Piece

“Ronald said he was not prepared to give any undertaking not to see Mrs. A…. ‘I am prepared to marry her if she is willing,’ he declared. The chairman: ‘Then you will be remanded for a medical report.’ ”

John Lentell

23rd Augsut, 1970

Tuesday’s Piece

“I consider the education of our senses and our emotions rather more important than the education of our ideas.”

(From The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang, 1895 – 1976)

John Lentell

21st September, 1970


Monday’s Piece

“And sigh that only one thing has been lent

To youth and age in common – discontent.”

(From Youth’s Agitations, poem, by Matthew Arnold, 1822 – 1888)

John Lentell

20th August, 1970


Sunday’s Piece

“The dishonesty of some writers – and of some editors who buy their nonsense, knowing it to be nonsense – is truly breathtaking.”

(From Spy; twenty years in Soviet secret service by Gordon Lonsdale – Konon Trofimovich Molody, 1922 – 1970)

John Lentell

19th August, 1970

konon molody

Saturday’s Piece

“I have tried, too, in my time to be a philosopher; but I don’t know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.”

(Oliver Edwards in Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791)

John Lentell

18th August, 1970




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