Category: Browsing through Bartlett's

Browsing through Bartlett's -- a 'new' edition

Browsing through Bartlett's -- a 'new' edition
When my fellow blogger Marianne Goss published this post on her fine blog, Retired in Chicago, the phrase “editing reference books” caught my eye much better than the word “outdated.” Her edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is two editions younger than my previous 1956 edition, which I inherited from a friend of a friend, so... Read more »

More vision quotations for the year 2020

More vision quotations for the year 2020
“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” states The Holy Bible (Proverbs 29:18). But of course, that was written a long time before the present year descended upon us with its myriad opportunities for jokes about 20/20 vision. So here are some more quotations from Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations to help freshen your Serious conversations —... Read more »

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations on vision -- we'll need them in 2020

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations on vision -- we'll need them in 2020
It’s been a while since I’ve gone “browsing through Bartlett’s” — looking for quotations to enjoy about various things. But with 2020 looming, I’m getting tired already of various vision-related clichés. So here, for two (or maybe three) posts, I present a few of the best, freshest sayings I’ve found on seeing or vision. We’ll... Read more »
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Bartlett's on habits

Bartlett's on habits
Last week was a turbulent one in my life, which was turbulent enough already. I won’t bother you with what went on; in the spirit of “Epistle to a Young Friend” by Robert Burns, I shall keep that to myself. But except for my habit of writing privately in my diary every night, the turbulence... Read more »

In praise of November... and not

In praise of November... and not
Great! It’s November! The month of staying cozy, staying home and reading… well, the cozy part’s new, and the staying home is a bit longer because of my lack of an elevator. But in general, November’s great for writers — as these in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations reminded me. My favorite poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), wasn’t necessarily... Read more »

Google, could you do what Bartlett's did?

Google, could you do what Bartlett's did?
It’s been interesting to run across quotations from Winston Churchill’s speaking and writing when I’ve been browsing through Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. But I got thinking differently when I read a reference to Bartlett’s in Churchill’s book, “My Early Life” (Copyright 1930 by Charles Scribner’s Sons of New York, originally published by Butterworth of London). Churchill... Read more »
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'What is so rare as a day in June?' I'll check Bartlett's

'What is so rare as a day in June?' I'll check Bartlett's
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) asked it in “An Indian-Summer Reverie” in 1846, but we may be asking it now: “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays.” But what IS... Read more »

My cello and 'the wild joy of strumming'

My cello and 'the wild joy of strumming'
“Those who painfully and with bleeding feet have scaled the crags of mastery over musical instruments have yet their loss in this — that the wild joy of strumming has become a vanished sense.” — Kenneth Grahame (1959-1932) in “The Golden Age. A Harvesting” Kenneth Grahame, whose biggest fame still comes from his book “The... Read more »

I miss you, Winston: Churchill quotations in Bartlett's

I miss you, Winston: Churchill quotations in Bartlett's
After reading two large biographies of Winston Churchill — “The Last Lion: Alone, 1932-1940” by William Manchester and “The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965” by William Manchester and Paul Reid, I may recall this summer most as my summer with Winston. He was such a vivid, fascinating speaker that his biographers are spoiled... Read more »
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The serious or the smirk: Charles Dickens in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

The serious or the smirk: Charles Dickens in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Today I return to an old category, Browsing through Bartlett’s. For those who aren’t yet familiar with such posts, let me explain that my 1955 edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is a frequent source of joy when I’m looking for inspiration about words. As I developed the idea for this category, I decided on three... Read more »