Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Quote

from Thomas DeQuincy that I like:

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.


Anonymous DRJ said...

Sort of the reverse of reefer madness. I like it, too.

Sun Jan 24, 04:48:00 AM  
Blogger nk said...

It was certainly true in the case of John Wesley Hardin. After he was released from prison for murder and banditry, he became drunk and dissolute. He died because he was rude to John Selman and after Selman went to get his gun Hardin stopped at the bar for a drink instead of being alert for Selman to come back armed.

Sun Jan 24, 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous DRJ said...

Is it history or literature that fascinates you, or both?

Wed Jan 27, 02:26:00 AM  
Blogger nk said...

Je suis un homme de renaissance.

I like a good story well told, I suppose.

I did not see a television until I was eleven. I started reading independently at about age eight (my father insisted that I could read the newspaper at age four) but what we did all the time when I was growing up was sit around the fireplace and trade stories and jokes.

Have you seen the movie "Sergeant York" with Gary Cooper? That was my life until age eleven.

Wed Jan 27, 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger nk said...

Horses, muzzleloading guns and looms, included.

Wed Jan 27, 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous DRJ said...

I've seen Sgt. York. I haven't lived that life but some moments are familiar. Growing up, my family spent a lot of time together talking, singing, and playing card and word games. And I used to fish and hunt with my Dad at least once a year when we went on vacation.

Sat Jan 30, 03:14:00 AM  

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