Category: Browsing through Bartlett's

Thanksgiving for foods -- some thoughts from Bartlett's

Thanksgiving  for foods -- some thoughts from Bartlett's
Sometimes I think I will scream if I hear or read one more story about Thanksgiving that centers around food. A day to give thanks is not meant to be a day all about food and eating. Not all. But being thankful for food — particular, special food, whether it’s available only at “the holidays”... Read more »

Thoughts from Bartlett's Quotations: Thanksgiving

Thoughts from Bartlett's Quotations: Thanksgiving
The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 250,000 people in the United States alone.  A quarter of a million people are dead. It’s enough to make one think that not only Thanksgiving plans, but perhaps the holiday itself, should be canceled. That thought has crossed my mind — and left it. Looking up quotations... Read more »

Rest and be thankful: Quotations from Bartlett's about thanksgiving

Rest and be thankful: Quotations from Bartlett's about thanksgiving
As Thanksgiving began to mentioned in the broadcast and print media, I immediately started hearing complaints about how it will be a different holiday this year: relatives can’t come, or we can’t go to them; we won’t be able to eat together; we may not be able to get the usual treats to eat. It... Read more »
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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on her fine blog, Retired in Chicago, the phrase “editing reference books” caught my eye much better than the word “outdated.”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 »