Archive for the ‘Jerome K Jerome’ Category

The weather is like the Government, always in the wrong

Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Giovanni Fattori sunset at sea

In summer time we say it is stifling; in winter that it is killing; in spring and autumn we find fault with it for being neither one thing nor the other, and wish it would make up its mind. If it is fine, we say the country is being ruined for want of rain; if it does rain, we pray for fine weather. If December passes without snow, we indignantly demand to know what has become of our good old-fashioned winters…

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If you are foolish enough to be contented, don’t show it, but grumble with the rest

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
cows napping

…if you can do with a little, ask for a great deal. Because if you don’t you won’t get any. In this world, it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept. If you can feel satisfied with a hundred, begin by insisting on a thousand; if you start by suggesting a hundred, you will only…

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I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
two poodles looking out a window

I love to keep it by me: the idea ot getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.

You cannot give me too much work; to accumulate work has almost become a passion with me: my study is so full of it now, that there is hardly an inch of room for any more. I shall have to throw out a wing soon.

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Nothing, it seems to me, is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life

Monday, July 13th, 2009
old weathered tree trunks

The blossom that flowers in the heart of the young, as in those days when first you met him, so handsome, so kind, you remember?—that too, is beautiful, the love of the young, for the young. It is the beginning of life. But the love of the—forgive me—of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer.

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Love is like the measles; we all have to go through it.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
romantic Japanese garden

Also like the measles, we take it only once. One never need be afraid of catching it a second time. The man who has had it can go into the most dangerous places, and play the most fool-hardy tricks with perfect safety. He can picnic in shady woods, ramble through leafy…

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We are so bound together that no man can labour for himself alone

Monday, June 1st, 2009
barn raising 1907

Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mould the Universe. The stream, in struggling onward, turns the mill-wheel; the coral insect, fashioning its tiny cell, joins continents to one another; and the ambitious man, building a pedestal for himself, leaves a monument to…

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A clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Floris Claesz van Dyck still life

After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, “Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling…”

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There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
bored kitty laying on his back

Idling always has been my strong point. I take no credit to myself in the matter – it is a gift. Few possess it. There are plenty of lazy people and plenty of slow-coaches, but a genuine idler is a rarity. He is not a man who slouches about with his hands in his…

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