14th July 2013

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” 

John Keats, Bright Star: Love letters and poems of John Keats to Fanny Browne.

I thought this was a beautiful quote in a few ways – from the lovely, summery imagery to the meaning behind Keats’ words. Our weather has been gorgeous at the moment and our garden has been full of butterflies and pretty flowers!

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17th February 2013

“Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him till he emerges on the other side of the Atlantic with his Verb in his mouth.”

Mark Twain

I am currently reading, or attempting to read, the strangest book in German for my course and the sentences are pages long!  The most annoying thing about German for me is that you have to read the whole sentence to the end to find your verb, before you can make any sense of it!

14th February 2013- love

“What will survive of us is love.” 

Philip Larkin

It’s Valentine’s day, but instead of writing something hideously soppy, I thought I’d write about the concept of love in general. Recently, it has become apparent to me that the concept and notion of love is truly at the core of everything. I knew this before, but now I know this and have seen it in practice too. Most human action can be fixed around the notion of love, giving love or receiving it. I just think it’s truly amazing that humans have this ability to over complicate things, and we do so much to make our lives more complex but at the end of the day, if we put Ocham’s razor to it, all we want is love and to be loved. Ultimately, that will beat everything.

(also Philip Larkin went to my school, yay!)

Happy Valentine’s.

11th February 2013, for the smiles.

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” 

William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

This post is just in acknowledgement of  all the people who have made me smile and laugh over the past year – my sisters who never fail to reduce me to acting about 7 years old; my family because, you know, they are funny sometimes (joking, you all make me smile); my friends who make me laugh whether it be through a one liner, something inappropriate  or purely through funny conversation and all my housemates, who are named the ‘Blenheim Zoo’ for hilarious reasons that I can’t even begin to explain. It’s the people in your life who give you something worth smiling and laughing about.

7th February 2013

 “Belle Marquise, vos beaux yeux me font mourir d’amour.”

 ” Lovely Marquise, your beautiful eyes make me die of love.”

Molière, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

This is a little quote that came up again in a French class at uni and it reminded me of when I studied some Molière back in sixth form. This particular scene in the film is pretty funny; it made feel pretty nostalgic.

26th November 2012

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence  how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity

Nine whole months: three quarters of a year, up.