Featured Book: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less)by John M. Shanahan
You don't have to be a genius to sound like one. Here's a collection of the most profound and provocative wit and wisdom in the English language in two lines or less. Edited by entrepreneur John M. Shanahan, who created the wildly successful Hooked on Phonics program, this wonderful book presents the best that has been thought and said on every imaginable topic.
This line from "Timon of Athens," one of Shakespeare's lesser-known and more difficult works, the character Alcibiades, Captain of a military brigade and close friend of the main character Timon, says these words, embodying his fealty for Timon and his willingness to do as he bids.
This quote is from a poem titled, "In the Orchard," and is full of extremely vivid sensual imagery. Another line from the poem reads, "O my fair lord, I charge you leave me this: Is it not sweeter than a foolish kiss? Nay take it then, my flower, my first in June."
Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78
Sackville-West wrote this letter to Virginia Woolf, with whom she had an affair. Woolf returned her affection in the form of the novel Orlando, which many recognize as a direct outpouring of Woolf's love. The letter also contains the line, "...you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it."
Holland was often exasperated at the people in his life, and frustrated at the lack of respect given to a woman's heart. The sentence following the quote is, "Why some graceful and amiable women whom I know will persist in loving some men whom I also know, is more than I know."