Sunday, September 21, 2014

A little to relish our Condition, from Robinson Crusoe

When you find yourself confronted with any kind of troubling or critical situation that plunges you into a state of despondency, it might help you to consult Robinson Crusoe's method of self-comfort, as he scribbled in his journal shortly after being stranded on the isle, and apply the method to your own private pickle. 

Thus, there is scarce any condition in the world so miserable but there is something negative or something positive to be thankful for it.

from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Monday, September 8, 2014

James Gillray's The King of Brobdingnag and Gulliver.

"My little friend Grildig, you have made a most admirable panegyric upon yourself and Country, but from what I can gather from your own relation & the answers I have with much pains wringed & extorted from you, I cannot but conclude you be one of the most pernicious, little odious-reptiles that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the Earth-"