Saturday’s Piece

The only means of strengthening ones intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing – to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.
(John Keats, 1795 – 1821)

John Lentell
12th January, 1971

john keats

Thursday’s Piece

I live in a constant endeavour to fence against the infirmities of ill health, and other evils of life, by mirth; being firmly persuaded that every time a man smiles —but much more so, when he laughs, that it adds something to this Fragment of Life.
(Laurence Sterne, 1713 – 1768)

John Lentell
10th January, 1971
laurence sterne

Thursday’s Piece

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she’s at rest, and so am I.
(Epitaph intended for John Dryden‘s wife)

John Lentell
3rd January, 1971








John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668 (detail)
National Portrait Gallery, London

Wednesday’s Piece

If you your lips would keep from slips
Five things observe with care;
To whom you speak, of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.
(William Edward Norris, 1847 – 1925)

John Lentell
27th December, 1970


Sunday’s Piece

At a banquet of firemen the chief proposed this toast:
“The Ladies! Their eyes kindle the only flame which we cannot extinguish, and against which there is no insurance.”
(Anonymous Toast quote)

John Lentell
23rd December, 1970