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  • Juvenal
    June 29, 2021 Evan Robertson


    Penned in 100 AD, Juneval’s most memorable quotation is a prescient warning about the unchecked power of overlords. Did he wax a little dramatic-slash-paranoid? Fair enough. But this observation feels more relevant than ever.
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  • Virginia Woolf
    May 25, 2021 Evan Robertson

    Virginia Woolf

    From her first short story collection, Monday or Tuesday, which explores the challenge creatives face trying to capture something truthful through artifice, and striving towards the sublime with imperfect tools such as language and memory.  Anyone who's struggled to express a...

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  • Mark Twain
    April 20, 2021 Evan Robertson

    Mark Twain

    Apparently, long before it had become a quaint cultural cliché, the can-can was absolutely shocking. Twain gasped! He protested! He clutched his pearls! But he wasn't fooling anyone. We know it was all in good fun, and that deep down he loved it. Deep down,...

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  • Ernest Hemingway
    March 30, 2021 Evan Robertson

    Ernest Hemingway

    From his poem Chapter Heading. In his earlier work, Hemingway experimented with the lean, muscular writing style he eventually distilled to what he referred to as "iceberg theory." That is, leave your meaning mostly beneath the surface.  We love this...

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  • Charles Dickens
    March 23, 2021 Evan Robertson

    Charles Dickens

    From his novel Nicholas Nickleby.  I’ve thought about this quotation often over the past few months as we collectively endure isolation and grieve gatherings. In his own time, Dickens (and his characters) also contended with a "dread disease," consumption, and...

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  • Voltaire
    March 10, 2021 Evan Robertson


    Italy had the Renaissance, Germany had the Reformation, and France had Voltaire. Ever the proponent of rationalism and tolerance, Voltaire had an extraordinary rhetorical gift, and this quotation from a letter to Prince Frederick in 1770 is no exception.  ...

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