June 21st, 2016

A thought from John Keats

The British poet (1795-1821) wrote:

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

By the way, I highly recommend the film “Bright Star,” about Keats’ romance with Fanny Brawn. It’s a bit of a chick flick, I suppose—but a deeply moving one, with beautiful cinematography and stupendous acting.

6 Responses to “A thought from John Keats”

  1. Assistant Village Idiot Says:

    CS Lewis noted that if we thought this world an inn, we would think it a poor one; if we think it intended to be a jail, it is an unreasonably free and comfortable one; but if we see it as a school, its comforts and discomforts are about as should be expected.

  2. GRA Says:

    I pretty much adore Jane Campion’s Bright Star. As for Keats, yea, I like him as a poet.

  3. PG Wodehouse Says:

    I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves.
    ‘Good evening, Jeeves,’
    ‘Good morning, sir’
    This surprised me.
    ‘Is it morning?’
    ‘Yes, sir.’
    ‘Are you sure? It seems very dark outside.’
    ‘There is a fog, sir. If you will recollect, we are now in Autumn – season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.’
    ‘Season of what?’
    ‘Mists, sir, and mellow fruitfulness.’

  4. snopercod Says:

    I certainly have been making a lot of mistakes lately. For some reason I don’t feel soulful, though.

  5. Artfldgr Says:

    It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night. Friedrich Nietzsche

  6. OM Says:

    But what to do when you have read all of Wodehouse (and some more than once)?

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