Tag Archives: Project Gutenberg

No Matter How Hopeless

The appeal of Don Quixote eludes me. It’s the story of a mentally ill man and his mentally ill enabler who travel the countryside upsetting people and getting the hell beat out of them. I’m not charmed. But without the book we wouldn’t have the musical, and without the musical we wouldn’t have one of …

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Time

Excerpted from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, ©1922: “Did you,” so he asked him at one time, “did you too learn that secret from the river: that there is no time?” Vasudeva’s face was filled with a bright smile. “Yes, Siddhartha,” he spoke. “It is this what you mean, isn’t it: that the river is everywhere …

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Inscrutable

Excerpt from Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley, ©1917: Rolling cloud, volleying wind, and wheeling sun– the blue tabernacle of sky, the circle of the seasons, the sparkling multitude of the stars– all these are surely part on one rhythmic, mystic whole. Everywhere, as we go about our small business, we must discern the fingerprints …

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Laugh, And / Weep, And

I was familiar with the first two lines, but didn’t know that it came from a longer poem: Solitude By Ella Wheeler Wilcox Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own. Sing, and the hills …

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Dash

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died By Emily Dickinson I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – The Stillness in the Room Was like the Stillness in the Air – Between the Heaves of Storm – The Eyes around – had wrung them dry – And Breaths were gathering firm …

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Me, too.

“He held himself to standards that left him discontented with himself.”  ~Leo Rosten, about Michel de Montaigne Michel de Montaigne’s writings are in the public domain, and may be downloaded or read online for free at Project Gutenberg, HERE.

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Furniture and Ornaments and Games

Excerpted from The Emerald City by L. Frank Baum, ©1910: Altogether there were more than half a million people in the Land of Oz– although some of them, as you will soon learn, were not made of flesh and blood as we are– and every inhabitant of that favored country was happy and prosperous. There …

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Subtly Censoring Content

“Let us consider two authors (Edgar Rice Burroughs and L. Frank Baum) whose works were burned in our American society during the past seventy years.  Librarians and teachers did the burning very subtly by not buying.  And not buying is as good as burning.  Yet, the authors survived.”  ~Ray Bradbury All of L. Frank Baum’s …

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The Prophet

I recently discovered The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is in the public domain. You can download a free copy from Project Gutenberg, HERE.  It’s available in plain text, Kindle, and Epub formats, and in HTML for online reading.

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The Gentleman

The first time I read The Gentleman from San Francisco by Ivan Alekseevich Bunin, I was completely unimpressed.  I tossed onto the pile to be donated to charity. A few hours later I wanted to re-read a passage, so I brought it back, read it, then returned it to the pile. The next day there …

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I was a stranger, and

Matthew 25: 34-46: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and …

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Conscience and Remorse

Conscience and Remorse by Paul Laurence Dunbar “Good-bye,” I said to my conscience– “Good-bye for aye and aye,” And I put her hands off harshly, And turned my face away; And conscience smitten sorely Returned not from that day. But a time came when my spirit Grew weary of its pace; And I cried: “Come …

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