A Doll's House: 4/5 Ghosts: 6/5 Hedda Gabler: 5/5 The Master Builder: 3/5
I wish I could have been there at the premiere of Ghosts. It must have been theA Doll's House: 4/5 Ghosts: 6/5 Hedda Gabler: 5/5 The Master Builder: 3/5
I wish I could have been there at the premiere of Ghosts. It must have been the event of the decade. The only play I didn't care too much for was The Master Builder; Solness and Hilde were not very interesting characters, especially compared to those in Ghosts and Hedda Gabler....more
I have to remember to take everything Bacon says with a grain of salt, due to his sometimes shady life. Hard for me to take Bacon's writings on Truth,I have to remember to take everything Bacon says with a grain of salt, due to his sometimes shady life. Hard for me to take Bacon's writings on Truth, Virtue, etc. all that seriously when it is well-known that he was charged with corruption and bribery. Nevertheless, a bunch of good 17th-century advice in here (though I skipped his essay "Of Gardens").
Some choice selections:
"Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished."
"I cannot call riches better than the baggage of virtue. The Roman word is better, impedimenta. For as the baggage is to an army, so is riches to virtue. It cannot be spared nor left behind, but it hindereth the march; yea, and the care of it sometimes loseth or disturbeth the victory."
"Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds: they ever fly by twilight. Certainly they are to be repressed, or at the least well guarded, for they cloud the mind, leese friends, and they check with business, whereby business cannot go on currently and constantly. They dispose kings to tyranny, husbands to jealousy, wise men to irresolution and melancholy. They are defects, not in the heart but in the brain..."
"It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear."
"Fortune is like the market; where many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall."
"Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong putteth the law out of office. Certainly, in taking revenge a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over he is superior, for it is a prince's part to pardon. And Solomon, I am sure, saith, It is the glory of a man to pass by an offence."
"He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune, for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief."
"The poet, that beautified the sect, that was otherwise inferior to the rest, saith yet excellently well: It is a pleasure, to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tossed upon the sea; a pleasure, to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle, and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth (a hill not to be commanded, and where the air is always clear and serene), and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below; so always that this prospect be with pity, and not with swelling, or pride. Certainly, it is heaven upon earth, to have a man’s mind move in charity, rest in providence, and turn upon the poles of truth."...more