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recommended to Wayne by: One of my Greek female students gave me my first book of Cavafy's poems.
recommended for: any free thinker...thankfully more Christians are thinking too!
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I bought this for a friend a couple of weeks ago.

THEN realised it was MUCH more suited to.....ME !!!!!

After ALL...
I love poetry - Cavafy's too;

I write poetry - Cavafy helped me find my 'voice'(simple and straightforward)...as did John Donne(conversat
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The Nature of Things by Titus Lucretius Carus
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Lucretius has always intrigued me being a current Blood-brother
of Long Ago in the way of seeing the World as totally lacking
in gods, priests, religion, theology-that ism spun out of the imagination creating that sandbank on which all religion is bu
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On the Nature of things by Titus Lucretius Carus
“...nothing is more blissful than to occupy the heights effectively fortified by the teaching of the wise, tranquil sanctuaries from which you can look down upon others and see them wandering everywhere in their random search for the way of life, competing for intellectual eminence, disputing about rank, and striving night and day with prodigious effort to scale the summit of wealth and to secure power. O minds of mortals, blighted by your blindness! Amid what deep darkness and daunting dangers life’s little day is passed! To think that you should fail to see that nature importantly demands only that the body may be rid of pain, and that the mind, divorced from anxiety and fear, may enjoy a feeling of contentment!”
Titus Lucretius Carus
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The Way Things Are by Titus Lucretius Carus
“Another fallacy comes creeping in whose errors you should be meticulous in trying to avoid. Don't think our eyes, our bright and shining eyes, were made for us to look ahead with. Don't suppose our thigh bones fitted our shin bones and our shins our ankles so that we might take steps. Don't think that arms dangled from shoulders and branched out in hands with fingers at their ends, both right and left, for us to do whatever need required for our survival. All such argument, all such interpretation is perverse, fallacious, puts the cart before the horse. No bodily thing was born for us to use. Nature had no such aim, but what was born creates the use. There could be no such thing as sight before the eyes were formed. No speech before the tongue was made, but tongues began long before speech were uttered. and the ears were fashioned long before a sound was heard. And all the organs I feel sure, were there before their use developed. They could not evolve for the sake of use be so design ...more Titus Lucretius Carus
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Hapax by A.E. Stallings
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The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia by Samuel Johnson
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
by Samuel Johnson
recommended to Wayne by: no one
recommended for: everyone
read in October, 2008
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If you think this is too ,too old hat for you then perhaps the fact that Jane Austen was a BIG fan may break down your prejudices. And pride? She loved and inherited Johnson's neoclassical balance of style exemplified in such of his sentences as:"Re ...more
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Cadence by Emma Ayres
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"WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EMMA???"

I had got back from a short overseas trip to find that Emma Ayres had disappeared from our radio airwaves, namely ABC-FM Classical station.
Her accent,her quirky ways and sly gently landmine-placed humour had REALLY gro
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Wayne recommended Archaic Smile to Norma
Archaic Smile by A.E. Stallings
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Archaic Smile by A.E. Stallings
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The Other Woman by Colette
" Matilda wrote: "I liked the way you wrote this, with lots of commands and insistences and capital letters. I feel I know where I am with such a review ...more "
Wayne made a comment on Plch’s review of Homer & Langley
Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow
" Just read some reviews of this book...Doctorow is an interesting writer...this book seems to be no different
so you're sure to enjoy it.

How are the kid
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José Saramago
“The difficult thing isn't living with other people, it's understanding them.”
José Saramago, Blindness

Hannah Arendt
“What are we going to say if tomorrow it occurs to some African state to send its agents into Mississippi and to kidnap one of the leaders of the segregationist movement there? And what are we going to reply if a court in Ghana or the Congo quotes the Eichmann case as precedent?”
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem : A Report on the Banality of Evil

“Habit enables us to cling to the familiar, to the self we think we know with a persistence almost irresistible. An anodyne for the terror of the unknown, it effectively keeps us from knowing, and is fatal in itself. Habit is a fiction the organism requires to dim perception. It screens us from the world, and from the true world of the self. Habit—no matter how intense the suffering it causes—is the last thing the personality will give up. It is arming itself against danger. The weapons may be more painful to use than the pain they seek to deflect. No matter. Habit allows us to live—by which Proust means it allows us to exist while it simultaneously compels us to miss Life.”
Howard Moss, The Magic Lantern of Marcel Proust

Gore Vidal
“The malice of a true Christian attempting to destroy an opponent is something unique in the world. No other religion ever considered it necessary to destroy others because they did not share the same beliefs. At worst, another man's belief might inspire amusement or contempt—the Egyptians and their animal gods, for instance. Yet those who worshipped the Bull did not try to murder those who worshipped the Snake, or to convert them by force from Snake to Bull. No evil ever entered the world quite so vividly or on such a vast scale as Christianity did.”
Gore Vidal, Julian

Titus Lucretius Carus
“Another fallacy comes creeping in whose errors you should be meticulous in trying to avoid. Don't think our eyes, our bright and shining eyes, were made for us to look ahead with. Don't suppose our thigh bones fitted our shin bones and our shins our ankles so that we might take steps. Don't think that arms dangled from shoulders and branched out in hands with fingers at their ends, both right and left, for us to do whatever need required for our survival. All such argument, all such interpretation is perverse, fallacious, puts the cart before the horse. No bodily thing was born for us to use. Nature had no such aim, but what was born creates the use. There could be no such thing as sight before the eyes were formed. No speech before the tongue was made, but tongues began long before speech were uttered. and the ears were fashioned long before a sound was heard. And all the organs I feel sure, were there before their use developed. They could not evolve for the sake of use be so designed. But battling hand to hand and slashing limbs, fouling the foe in blood, these antedate the flight of shining javelins. Nature taught men out to dodge a wound before they learned the fit of shield to arm. Rest certainly is older in the history of man than coverlets or mattresses, and thirst was quenched before the days of cups or goblets. Need has created use as man contrives device for his comfort. but all these cunning inventions are far different from all those things much older, which supply their function from their form. The limbs, the sense, came first, their usage afterwards. Never think they could have been created for the sake of being used.”
Titus Lucretius Carus, The Way Things Are: The De Rerum Natura

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