The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.More info →
THOMAS BURKE (1886 – 1945) was a British author. He was born in Eltham, London (back then still part of Kent).
His first successful publication was Limehouse Nights (1916), a collection of stories centred on life in the poverty-stricken Limehouse district of London. Many of Burke's books feature the Chinese character Quong Lee as narrator.
LIMEHOUSE NIGHTS is a 1916 short story collection by the British writer Thomas Burke.
In these times of ours, though concerning the exact year there is no need to be precise, a boat of dirty and disreputable appearance, with two figures in it, floated on the Thames, between Southwark bridge which is of iron, and London Bridge which is of stone, as an autumn evening was closing in.More info →
In 1913, when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically at least, descended upon him. Irony was the final polish of the shoe, the ultimate dab of the clothes-brush, a sort of intellectual "There!"—yet at the brink of this story he has as yet gone no further than the conscious stage. As you first see him he wonders frequently whether he is not without honor and slightly mad, a shameful and obscene thinness glistening on the surface of the world like oil on a clean pond, these occasions being varied, of course, with those in which he thinks himself rather an exceptional young man, thoroughly sophisticated, well ad-justed to his environment, and somewhat more significant than any one else he knows.More info →
"Candide, in this illustrated book", who a young man, and who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply Optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss.
The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds".
Y corriendo, corriendo, azotando las puertas con sus vuelos de seda, desde el tocador al gabinete y desde el armario al espejo, siempre en el retoque de ultima hora; buscando el alfiler o el abanico que perdian su cabecilla de loca, volviendose desde la calle para cenir a su garganta el collar, haciendome entrar todavia por el panolito de encaje olvidado sobre la silla, saliamos al fin todas las noches con hora y media de retraso, aunque con luz del sol empezara ella la archidificil obra de poner a nivel de la belleza de su cara la delicadeza de su adorno.
Emile, is a treatise on the nature of education and on the nature of man written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who considered it to be the “best and most important of all my writings”. Due to a section of the book entitled “Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar,” Emile was banned in Paris and Geneva and was publicly burned in 1762, the year of its first publication.More info →
He contado en el prologo de mi libro En el pais del Arte (Tres meses en Italia) como a mediados de 1895 tuve que huir de Valencia, despues de una manifestacion contra la guerra colonial, que degenero en movimiento sedicioso, dando origen a un choque de los manifestantes con la fuerza publica.More info →
‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!’More info →
Comenzaba a amanecer cuando Gabriel Luna llego ante la catedral. En las estrechas calles toledanas todavia era de noche. La azul claridad del alba, que apenas, lograba deslizarse entre los aleros de los tejados, se esparcia con mayor libertad en la plazuela del Ayuntamiento, sacando de la penumbra la vulgar fachada del palacio del arzobispo y las dos torres encaperuzadas de pizarra negra de la casa municipal, sombria construccion de la epoca de Carlos V.More info →