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10 July 2006 @ 01:00 am
 
"Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of."
--Jonathan Swift

 
 
 
Boldar - Weilder of Cannons and Brash Metal Discs.: heartshellboldar on July 10th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
I really like this quote. Thank you for sharing.
just me: Lucy/Narnia/Magucirishrose26 on July 10th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
i love that.
L's Smirking Revengedeadspook on July 10th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Swift is the man. My favorite highlight is when he "modestly" proposed the middle class and the rich eat all the poor people to get rid of poverty. I dig really twisted satire, especially when the author lived in really conservative times.
ronteflon on July 11th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Not to nitpick -- ah, who am I kiddin' -- but the proposal was for the persons of quality and fortune of through the kingdom to be able to purchase the children of the poor for consumption over the market.

After all, persons over 12 were deemed to be of little nutritional value and hence we couldn't just go eating ALL of the poor people. But Swift himself had no children of his own to sell, so his proposition couldn not possibly be tainted by selfishness! ^_^

ronteflon on July 11th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
*little value relative to the cost of getting them to that age, I should say!
L's Smirking Revengedeadspook on July 12th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Ahh..you're right. I should have made the distinction, especially since it's that much more evil to just eat the kids. :D
ronteflon on July 12th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not so certain...y'ever had to sit near one in a plane?
L's Smirking Revengedeadspook on July 12th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
LOL...ya, I can't say cannibalism hasn't crossed my mind at least once in that situation on an 8+ hour flight..
Josie Nutter: undergroundjosienutter on June 3rd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! :)
Prometheus Rampantatlasimpure on August 17th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
And admitting to that strength is our most crippling fear.
Madame de Pompadourmmepompadour on August 22nd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Apparently.<3