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Spring Cleaning
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The Bookworm

The Bookworm, Carl Spitzweg

Books are divisible into two classes : the books of the hour and the books of all time.
  John Ruskin
    Sesame and Lilies –
      Of Kings' Treasuries

  Books – John Ruskin

The Neophyte, Gustave Dore


Most of the citations in this webpage either came from, or were verified in, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Second Edition, 1955 (ODQ).  But even then, it's usually necessary to ascertain what exactly comes before and after a relevant line.  'My boat sails freely, both with wind and stream,' (Othello, II iii [66]), [ODQ Page 471 : 8] seems an attractive metaphor, if you aren't aware that it is spoken by Iago.   A better scholar than I would have known that, of course, without requiring a trip through William Shakespeare, The Complete Works, thus depriving him- or herself of a fair amount of idle pleasure. 

A more relevant example is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotation from Definitions, 'I am the owner of the sphere, of the seven stars and the solar year ...' [ODQ 199 : 2], which seems vainglorious boasting until a wider reading (ESSAY I, History, published 1841), suggests that History in all its encyclopaedic complexity is drawing a self-portrait in particularly beautiful and eloquent lines.

For light reading I much enjoy a book intended mainly for young people entitled A New Treasury of Poetry, 1990 (NTP), compiled by Neil Philip and illustrated magnificently by John Lawrence with what appear to be woodcuts strongly reminiscent of the art of Gustave Doré.  Like Doré, each black and white picture is specific to its subject and nothing else.  And lack of indexing means the book is picked up and read at random — not a bad way at all to absorb poetry.

My source for most other verifications was almost always Wikipedia, by way of, English and French.  Am I the only person who believes that unlike Google, which had to wait a year or two to dislodge the competition, Wikipedia was announced and became indispensable at one and the same time?

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Quelques mots pour visiteurs de La Belle Province

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.





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Musée des Beaux-Arts Montréal – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Pavillon Jean-Noel Desmarais
1380 Sherbrooke Street West
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1379 Sherbrooke Street West
    with Jim Dine's Twin 6' Hearts, gift International Friends of the MMFA
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The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse
Waterhouse Collection Exhibition, October 2, 2009 to February 7, 2010
Thumbnail spring cleaning at Redpath Museum   Spring cleaning at the Redpath Museum   Left Column Top
  Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West
also What Building Stones Tell,
McGill's Redpath Museum Fossil Hunt
Thumbnail The Bookworm - Carl Spitzweg The Bookworm, Carl Spitzweg, 1850  Left Column Bottom
  Museum George Schaefer, Schweinfurt, Germany
  Oil on canvas, 49.5 x 26.8 cm (19-1/2 x 10-1/s in)

The Neophyte - Gustave Dore   Gustave Doré, The Neophyte  ca 1866-1868, Page Content
Chrysler Museum of Art, Gallery 205   click 'enlarge image' for otherworldly experience
  Oil on canvas, 57-3/8 x 107-1/2 in, 145.7 x 273.1 cm
  copyright Chrysler Museum of Art


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