Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Brault at midnight

Perhaps if I go to sleep thinking this, I’ll be able to start living it by morning.

“Long ago I decided that if I get a second life, I will be beautiful and clever and rich, and that has allowed me to focus on this life.” —Robert Brault

Monday, November 16, 2015

Westin’s quoteposal & merry me!

It had been a while since I checked in on Wes Eehn’s YouTube channel to see what new quote videos he’d created, and something made me think of it recently so I headed over there only to sadly discover that he hasn’t posted in quite some time. But as he explained in his most recent upload, real life and the need to make an actual financial living had come calling.

After that video, though, what I discovered just made my day! This brilliant guy proposed to his girlfriend using love quotes. I have to say I’m just blown away. How perfect!

I haven’t thought much about marriage proposals in over twenty years, which is when I got married. But just a few days ago I came across an old book from the late nineteenth century, How Heroes of Fiction Propose and How Heroines Reply, of an anonymous compiler. It has all sorts of excerpts from fine literature, and I excitedly put it aside hoping to be able to read it soon.

And now this totally cool quoteprosal! It’s less than 8 minutes, so if you’re interested in quotes and the heart-stirring emotions that come with young love and marriage proposals, do check it out: youtube.com/watch?v=CINqkaRK28U

“There comes a moment in the life of almost every man when, his heart beating like a Nasmyth hammer, with faltering voice and his brain in a whirl, he takes fate in his hands, and tremblingly asks one of the gentler sex to be his—wife. Some men there are—but how few!—who go into ‘popping the question’ in a business-like way, that simply leaves romance out in the cold and Cupid freezing to death. But better the young fellows who propose in the red-hot flush of love. The master writers of fiction show us, that even though every girl is aware that her adorer is about the put the fateful question, she is seldom able to control her agitation and that even the ‘wee, sma’ word,’ ‘Yes,’ is very difficult to pronounce. She says ‘Yes’ with all the fervor that one word can convey coming direct from the heart. The noblest offer a man can make a woman is marriage, and woe to those who offer it lightly! The lamp lighted at the fateful moment spell-binds the young, and burns with radiance on into middle life.” ~Introduction to How Heroes of Fiction Propose and How Heroines Reply, 1890, paraphrased and a little altered

Ah, Monsieur Eehn, how you’ve quote-pierced my proverbial heart.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Gout quotes: poetic metre & sore feet

Recently I greatly enlarged my collection of quotations about gout — I now have nearly 150 quotes, which is by far the largest compilation on the Web and from what I’ve found thus far, possibly the largest anywhere. Most sites that do have a few quotes on the subject, I’ve noticed use the same 5 or 6 and that’s just about it, then we hit the end of the internet. So I spent many hours digging through forgotten literature from past centuries and have come away with lots of fantastic excerpts — prose and poetry, medical and personal, educational and entertaining, serious and sarcastic. And there is so much more out there to harvest, but I had to stop somewhere. My eyes are worn out and need a rest. But as soon as my reading vigour returns, I will add more as I find them. Check out the quotes here: www.quotegarden.com/gout.html

Ellwanger gout quote on Bunbury vintage gout artwork
George H. Ellwanger 1897 gout quotation on
Origin of the Gout by Henry William Bunbury, c.1786
National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Modified t.g. 2015

“The excruciating agonies which Nature inflicts on men (who break her laws) to be represented as the work of human tormentors; as the gout, by screwing the toes. Thus we might find that worse than the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition are daily suffered without exciting notice.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, journal, 1837