Flying Top Hat


The charm of an object to occupy the many vacancies of Harriet’s mind was not to be talked away

- Jane Austen’s Emma

And now that I understand your question, I must pronounce it to be a very unfair one. It is always the lady’s right to decide on the degree of acquaintance. Miss Fairfax must already have given her account.—I shall not commit myself by claiming more than she may chuse to allow.

- Jane Austen’s Emma

If you want a puppy, ask for a horse.

- Slashdot comment

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

But among all our Methods of moving Pity or Terror, there is none so absurd and barbarous, and what more exposes us to the Contempt and Ridicule of our Neighbours, than that dreadful butchering of one another, which is so very frequent upon the English Stage. To delight in seeing Men stabbed, poisoned, racked, or impaled, is certainly the Sign of a cruel Temper: And as this is often practised before the British Audience, several French Criticks, who think these are grateful Spectacles to us, take Occasion from them to represent us a People that delight in Blood.

- Joseph Addison (1672–1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 44 (1711).

Apr 6

It is not for innocent people to justify why the state should not spy on them.


Apr 1

Grades don’t define intelligence and age doesn’t define maturity.

It is not what we say or feel that makes us what we are. It is what we do…or fail to do.

- Marianne, BBC 2007 Production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

- Bertrand Russell


Mar 8

Every finger-stained page, every crease, every folded corner is a reminder of when I read it, how and where it impressed me. These are the honorable scars of a well-loved book.

- Modified quotation of Grantly from Waterloo Road (18m 53s into Episode 23)