bookweevil

20 September 2007

meta-meta-quotation

Filed under: quotes — bookweevil @ 10:18 am

Ironically, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous quotation on quotations is usually misquoted or quoted out of context. The original is “Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.” (Journals (1822–1855), May 1849 — see for instance wikiquote.) It’s mostly quoted as “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

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13 September 2007

I must go down to the sea again

Filed under: Uncategorized — bookweevil @ 10:58 pm

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky
I left my vest and socks there – I wonder if they’re dry?

— Spike Milligan

sea fever

Filed under: Uncategorized — bookweevil @ 10:53 pm

Sea Fever

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
All I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trip’s over.

— John Masefield

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