I missed last week, so I’m going to
cheat more than usual share an extra teasers this week, drawn from one of the quotations I’ve copied in my journal in recent months.
Oh, Mother of God, she prayed, be with us now. The screams sounded downstairs. Feet thumped on the stairs. Men’s voices shouted in a strange tongue. Be with us now and at the hour of our death for the English had come.
p. 60, The Archer’s Tale. Bernard Cornwell
Sir Francis Bacon, who provided some of the ideas that Johnson put to use, famously gave the advice: ‘Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.’
– p. 21, How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom
We humans can willfully strive to control our emotions. We can decide which objects and situations we allow in our environment and on which objects we lavish time on.