Monday’s Piece

Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.”

(Thomas Carlyle, 1975 – 1881)

John Lentell

30th July, 1969

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Friday’s Piece

“Friends and neighbours, the Taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on us by the Government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by Idleness, three times as much by our Pride, and four times as much by our Folly; and from these Taxes the Commissioners cannot ease or deliver us.”

(Benjamin Franklin, 1706 – 1790)

John Lentell

26th July, 1969

Thursday’s Piece

“When the archaeologists were digging in the ruins of Nineveh they came upon a library of plaques containing the laws of the realm. One of the laws read, in effect, that anyone guilty of neglect would be held responsible for the result of his neglect…….”

(From William Tait – “Is it Juvenile of Adult Delinquency?)

John Lentell

25th July, 1969

Monday’s Piece

“Youth is not the time of life – it is a state of mind. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions.  It is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite of adventure over the love of ease. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals.”

(Anon)

John Lentell

22nd July, 1969

(Gour:- Google revealed the source as Samuel Ullman, 1840 – 1924)

Friday’s Piece

“Away with your fictions of flimsy romance,

Those tissues of falsehood which folly has wove!

Give me the mild beam of the soul-breathing glance,

Or the rapture which dwells on the first kiss of love.”

(From The First Kiss of Love by Lord Byron, 1788 – 1824)

John Lentell

19th July, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“…..a big American food firm in Britain held a sales conference, to pep up its salesmen. The sales manager began by blowing up a balloon, and bursting it with a small bang. ‘That wasn’t very good, was it,’ he said to the company: ‘Now each of you will find a balloon under his chair: would you mind bringing it out and blowing it up.’ The salesmen pulled out their balloons and all blew them up. ‘Now we’ll all burst them together’ – and they did with a loud bang. ‘That was much better, wasn’t it? You see that goes to show that one man by himself can’t do much, but if you all work as a team you can make a big bang.”

(From Anatomy of Britain by Anthony Sampson, 1926 – 2004)

John Lentell

16th July, 1969

Wednesday’s Piece

“If you pick strawberries in the dark, by touch, it is a wonderful feeling. You can smell them all around you, but they are completely invisible. Then you grope under the plants in the warm straw and your knees sink in and you find them, infinitely soft and scented…”

(From ‘Letter for Tomorrow‘ by Rosemary Ross Skinner)

John Lentell

10th July, 1969