Saturday’s Piece

“Absolute morality is the regulation of conduct in such a way that pain shall not be inflicted.”

(Herbert Spencer, 1820 – 1903, English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and liberal political theorist of the Victorian era)

John Lentell
25 October 1971

(Photo: CarmEden 2019)

Friday’s Piece

“Nil mihi rescribas, tu tamen ipse veni!”
Write nothing back to me, and you yourself come!

(Ovid, 43 B.C. – A.D. 18, Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus)

John Lentell
24 October 1971

 

Thursday’s Piece

“Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour; to love her is a liberal invitation.”

(Sir Richard Steele, 1672 – 1729, on Lady Elizabeth Hastings)

John Lentell
23 October 1971

 

Tuesday’s Piece

Into young minds we must instil
Good things and those of worth.
That they may build as was the Will
Of He that made this earth.

John Lentell
20 October 1971

 

Monday’s Piece

“Tell me, Comrade, what is Capitalism?”
“The exploitation of man by man.”
“And what is Communism?”
“The reverse.”

(Arthur Koestler, 1905 – 1983, Hungarian British author and journalist)

John Lentell
18 October 1971

(Photo – Eden & Ivan)

Sunday’s Piece

“Unconscious cerebration…. That action of the brain which, through unconscious cerebration, produces results which might never have been produced by thought.”

(W. B. Carpenter, 1813 – 1855, English physician, invertebrate zoologist and physiologist)

John Lentell
17 October 1971

Friday’s Piece

“If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.”

(Adolf Hitler, 1889 – 1945)

John Lentell
15 October 1971

(Photo: Zeitz MOCCA, Cape Town)

Thursday’s Piece

“But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.”

(Edmund Burke, 1729 – 1797)

John Lentell
14 October 1971

Wednesday’s Piece

“A certain South African tribe considers long speeches injurious both to the orator and his audience. To protect both, there is an unwritten law that every public speaker must stand on one leg while addressing his hearers. As soon as his other foot touches the ground, his speech brought to a close, by force if necessary.”

John Lentell
13 October 1971

Tuesday’s Piece

“You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.”

(Kahlil Gibran, 1883 – 1931, speaking of children in ‘The Prophet’)

John Lentell
12 October 1971

(Photo: with JP, Melissa and their children, Benoni 2016)

Sunday’s Piece

“We must grant the artist his subject, his idea, his donne: our criticism is applied only to what he makes of it.”

(Henry James, 1843 – 1916, American-British author considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language)

John Lentell
10 October 1971

(Photo: kite surfers at Witsands, Cape Town, yesterday)

Saturday’s Piece

“If a due participation of office is a matter of right, how are vacancies to be obtained? Those by death are few; by resignation none.”

(Thomas Jefferson, 1743 – 1826, American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father)

John Lentell
9 October 1971

Friday’s Piece

“And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with love…”

(Khalil Gibran, 1883 – 1931, Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected this title.)

John Lentell
8 October 1971

 

Thursday’s Piece

“People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.”

(Eric Hoffer, 1898 – 1983, American moral and social philosopher)

John Lentell
7 October 1971

(Photo: Paternorster, Western Cape)

Wednesday’s Piece

“The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.”

(Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 – 1834, an English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England)

John Lentell
6 October 1971