Wednesday, July 27, 2016

James Lendall Basford: Watchmaker by Trade, Aphorist by Leisure

I’ve stumbled upon a “new” author I like, amongst the dusty shelves of Google Books. Mr James Lendall Basford was a watchmaker and jeweler in Massachusetts who published two books of his own aphorisms — Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone in 1882 and Seven Seventy Seven Sensations in 1897 — “the result of ideas which have forced themselves into expression during a period of the author’s life, extending from early youth to middle age, amidst the many cares and perplexities of a business life.”

Basford was born 1845 January 27th in Livermore Falls, Maine and passed away 1915 January 30th in Wareham, Massachusetts. He doesn’t seem to be quoted anywhere on the Web, so I'm excited to revive selections from his writings at The Quote Garden. Below are some samples. Enjoy!


James Lendall Basford
James Lendall Basford (New England, 1845–1915)
watchmaker & jeweler by trade, aphorist by leisure

{photo & signature from Google Books
modified by t.g. using cameran collage}


Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

“How often do our thoughts play 'hide-and-seek' with us in our memory!” ~James Lendall Basford

“Deep thinkers often lose two good thoughts by coming to the surface to record one.” ~James Lendall Basford

“Most of what is said under excitement is regretted when we become ourselves again.” ~James Lendall Basford

“The man who never has money enough to pay his debts, has too much of something else.” ~James Lendall Basford

“No monarch is so well obeyed as that whose name is Habit.” ~James Lendall Basford

“Men usually take better care of their boots than of their stomachs.” ~James Lendall Basford


Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

“Gray locks,—Nature’s flag of truce.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“Joy comes to us like butterflies, but sorrow like wasps.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“The Present gallops away with clattering feet, while the Future steals noiselessly upon us.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“Men sin and the law punishes; the law sins and the devil rewards.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“Life is a long road on a short journey.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“Life is a series of ever-changing color, and each day has its hue of romance.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“Let us fly from the Past on the wings of Faith.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“One neglect makes ten regrets.” ~J. Lendall Basford

“The healthiest herbs in literature are prov‑erbs.” ~J. Lendall Basford


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