Name: 谋事在人 成事在天 or 有志者事尽成？
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this computer is wrong. I am a member since ~2000. ( not 2005). This is when I first spokengobase.org membership due €50.00 EUR/yr
to read about 'internet gambling'
almost finished reading two wonderful books:
A. Carl Schmitt's HAMLET or HECUBA: the intrusion of the time into the play' translated by David Pan & Jennifer Rust.
B. 'Professional Correctness' by Stanley Fish 1995
Clarendon Lectures delivered at Oxford in the middle two weeks of May, 1993.
This book is dedicated to L. Glenn Black, Christopher and Gillian Butler, Andrew Lockett, Helen Nicolaou, Joseph Raz, Vicki Reeve, Kim Scott Walwyn, and the many others who showed such kindness to two strangers in Oxford.
When Benjamin Franklin was the British postmaster general of the colonies, he had to visit the major cities of all the thirteen Colonies to set up post offices.
A weary Franklin used to arrive at an inn after a long day's horseback ride to find all the chairs by the warming hearth taken.
So one day when he pulled into Hartford at seven in the evening, Franklin announced to the innkeeper, "A bucket of oysters for my horse."
When the host expressed astonishment, Franklin repeated hi instructions, and all the inn's guests vacatged their seats close to the fire to witness this extraordinary equine who ate oysters. Franklin then took a choice seat by the fireplace.
Minutes later, the innkeeper, with a throng of guests, rushed back into the inn.
"Franklin," they exclaimed, "your hrse won't eat the oysters!"
"In that case," replied Franklin from his seat by the fire, "give me the oysters and give my horse some hay!".
And here's 'wife after death'
In 1740s Franklin was among a group boarding a ship from PHiladelphia to New York. To get to the boat, passengers - twelve at a time - would take a canoe. The canoe overturned in the Delaware River. All were picked up safely. When they arrived in New York, Franklin treated his fellow canoe riders to a round of drinks at a New York tavern.
One of his former ferrymates bragged of helping save the life of the famous Franklin. Franklin, who was a superb swimmer, genially let the boast pass unchallenged.
But in the years that followed, the self-annointed savior milked this claim to dun Franklin for some 'loans." Franklin, against his better judgement, would give something , and over the years it mounted to a considerable sum.
The old cadger eventually died. Yet to Franklin's consternation he received a letter from the widow asking for more financial aid.
Franklin explained to his wife, 'He seems to have left me his wife as part of her dowry."
writing an 'Op-Ed' for Good Friday post. Here's the 'Preamble'..
'DON'T they consult the 'Victims,' though?"
I said, "They should, by rights,
Give them a chance - because, you know,
The tastes of people differ so,
Especially in Sprites."
The Phantom shook his head and smiled.
"Consult them? Not a bit!
'Twould be a job to drive one wild,
To satisfy one single child
There'd be no end to it! "
"Of course you can't leave children free,"
Said I, "to pick and choose:
But, in the case of men like me,
I think 'Mine Host' might fairly be
Allowed to state his views."
He said "It really wouldn't pay --
Folk are so full of fancies.
We visit for a single day,
And whether then we go, or stay,
Depends on circumstances.
"And, though we don't consult ' Mine Host'
Before the thing's arranged,
Still, if he often quits his post,
Or is not a well-manner Ghost,
Then you can have him changed.
"But if the host's a man like you --
I mean a man of sense;
And if the house is not too new --"
"Why, what has that ," said I, "to do
With Ghost's convenience ? "
"A new house does not suit, you know --
It's such a job to trim it:
But, after twenty years or so,
The wainscotings begin to go,
So twenty is the limit."
"To trim" was not a phrase I could
Remember having heard:
"perhaps," I said, "you'll be so good
As tell me what is understood
Exactly by that word?"
"It means the loosening all the doors,"
The Ghost replied, and laughed:
"It means the drilling holes by scores
In all the skirting-boards and floors,
To make a thorough draught.
"You'll sometimes find that one or two
Are all you really need
To let the wind come whistling through --
But here there'll be a lot to do!"
I faintly gasped "Indeed!
"If I'd been rather later, I'll
Be bound," I added, trying
(Most unsuccessfully) to smile,
"You'd have been busy all this while,
Trimming and beautifying?"
"Why, no," said he; "perhaps I should
Have stayed another minute --
But still no Ghost, that's any good,
Without an introduction would
Have ventured to begin it.
"The proper thing, as you were late,
Was certainly to go:
But, with the roads in such a state,
I got the Knight-Mayor's leave to wait
For half an hour or so."
"Who's the Knight-Mayor?" I cried. Instead
Of answering my question,
"Well, if you don't know that ," he said,
"Either you never go to bed,
Or you've a grand digestion !
"He goes about and sits on folk
That eat too much at night:
His duties are to pinch, and poke,
And squeeze them till they nearly choke."
( I said "It serves them right! )
"And folk who sup on things like these -- "
He muttered, "eggs and bacon --
Lobster -- and duck -- and toasted cheese --
If they don't get an awful squeeze,
I'm very much mistaken!
"He is immensely fat, and so
Well suits the occupation:
In point of fact, if you must know,
We used to call him years ago,
The Mayor and Corporation!
"The day he was elected Mayor
I know that every Sprite meant
To vote for me, but did not dare --
He was so frantic with despair
And furious with excitement.
"When it was over, for a whim,
He ran to tell the King;
And being the reverse of slim,
A two-mile trot was not for him
A very easy thing.
"So, to reward him for his run
(As it was baking hot,
And he was over twenty stone),
The King proceeded, half in fun,
To knight him on the spot."
"'Twas a great liberty to take! "
( I fired up like a rocket.)
"He did it just for punning's sake:
' The man," says Johnson, 'that would make
A pun, would pick a pocket! '"
"A man," said he, "is not a King."
I argued for a while,
And did my best to prove the thing --
The Phantom merely listening
With a contemptuous smile.
At last, when, breath and patience spent,
I had recourse to smoking --
"Your aim," he said, "is excellent:
But - when you call it argument --
Of course you're only joking?"
Stung by his cold and snaky eye,
I roused myself at length
To say, "At least I do defy
The veriest sceptic to deny
That union is strength!"
"That's true enough," said he, "yet stay --"
I listened in all meekness --
" Union is strength, I'm bound to say;
In fact, the thing's as clear as day;
But onions are a weakness."
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