When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: either there will be ground to stand on, or you will be given wings to fly.
Melling, O.R. (1999) The Summer King, The Chronicles of Faerie Vol. II
Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious.
They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized.
Then, later, they spring.
Atwood, M. (2000) The Blind Assassin
The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
By Frederick Lewis Donaldson, 1925
I'm sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.
Salinger, J.D. (1961) Franny and Zooey
, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well. love is the best and noblest thing in the human heart, especially when it is tested by life as gold is tested by fire.
happy is he who has loved much, and although he may have wavered and doubted, he has kept that divine spark alive and returned to what was in the beginning and ever shall be.
if only one keeps loving faithfully what is truly worth loving and does not squander one's love on trivial and insignificant and meaningless things then one will gradually obtain more light and grow stronger.
van gogh, v. and de leeuw, r. (1997) the letters of vincent van gogh
Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
, and sorry i could not travel both
and be one traveler, long i stood
and looked down one as far as i could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;
then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim,
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that the passing there
had worn them really about the same,
and both that morning equally lay
in leaves no step had trodden black.
oh, i kept the first for another day!
yet knowing how way leads on to way,
i doubted if i should ever come back.
i shall be telling this with a sigh
somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and i -
i took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
frost, r. (1916) "the road not taken", mountain interval
with what you've got, where you are.
widener, s.b. (1913) theodore roosevelt: an autobiography
in 1920 there were about fifty spinning companies in ulster of which seventeen were in belfast. at the same time there were some 35,000 power looms in about a hundred weaving factories. by the depressed nineteen-thirties, production was less than forty per cent of the pre-war figure. in 1939 only 59,000 were employed out of a total registered workforce of 72,000. this decline was arrested temporarily by the second world conflict. linen again contributed in many ways to the war effort. by 1945 the number in work had declined to 40,000, although this had recovered to about 55,000 by 1950.
the 1950s saw linen and cotton, in the united kingdom, marginalised by the explosion of man-made fibres, cheap cotton imports from the far east and paper products. indeed, the growth of man-made fibre production in ulster itself contributed to the demise of linen.
by the 1970s the labour force had gone down by about half from the 1950 figure. of late there has been somewhat of a renaissance in linen with burgeoning demand from the luxury end of the market, particularly in high fashion.
colins, p. (1994) history of irish linen.