04 October 2016

#140 Warning

Mrs Erdleigh issued her final warning.
"Court at your peril those spirits that dabble lasciviously with primaeval matter, horrid substances, sperm of the world, producing monsters and fantastic things, as it is written, so that the toad, this leprous earth, eats up the eagle."

Anthony Powell; Temporary Kings
Contributed by Larry Kart

21 August 2016

#139 Fate

Gwatkin shook my hand too. He smiled in an odd sort of way, as if he dimly perceived it was no good battling against Fate, which, seen in right perspective, almost always provides a certain beauty of design, sometimes even an occasional good laugh.

Anthony Powell; The Valley of Bones
Contributed by Keith Marshall

29 June 2016

#138 Government

'A great illusion is that government is carried on by an infallible, incorruptible machine,' Pennistone said. 'Officials — all officials, of all governments — are just as capable of behaving in an irregular manner as anyone else. In fact they have the additional advantage of being able to assuage their conscience, if they happen to own one, by assuring themselves it's all for the country's good.'

Anthony Powell, The Military Philosophers
Contributed by Peter Kislinger

03 May 2016

#137 Eccentrics

Simple-lifers, utopian socialists, spiritualists, occultists, theosophists, quietists, pacifists, futurists, cubists, zealots of all sorts in their approach to life and art ... were then [1914] thought of by the unenlightened as scarcely distinguishable from one another.

Anthony Powell; The Kindly Ones
Contributed by Pictures in Powell

31 March 2016

#136 Russian Character

Lebedev — the name always reminded one of the character in The Idiot who was good at explaining the Apocalypse, though otherwise unreliable — rarely spoke; nor did he more than usually attend more than very briefly — so our Mission working with the Russians reported — the occasional parties given by their Soviet opposite numbers, where drinking bouts attained classical proportions, it was alleged.

Anthony Powell; The Military Philosophers
Contributed by Peter Kislinger