Monday, June 28, 2010

word of the day :: puissant

[pyoo-uh-suh nt, pyoo-is-uh nt, pwis-uh nt]

–adjective Literary
powerful; mighty; potent
1400–50;  late ME < MF < VL *possent-  (s. of *possēns ), for Lpotent-  (s. of potēns ), prp. of posse  to be able, have power; seepotent-ant

"Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks."
:: John Milton ::

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Friday, June 25, 2010

from William

"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have time to read the reviews."

~ William Faulkner ~

Monday, June 21, 2010

word of the day :: rapprochement

[ap-rohsh-mahn; Fr. ra-prawsh-mahn]

an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations: a rapprochement reached between warring factions.
1800-10; < F , equiv. to rapproche r to bring near, bringtogether ( r e )- re-  + approcher; see approach) + -ment -ment

"The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world."
:: J. William Fulbright ::

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Friday, June 18, 2010

from Emily

"Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all."

~ Emily Dickinson ~

Monday, June 14, 2010

word of the day :: fain


1. gladly; willingly: He fain would accept.

2. content; willing: They were fain to go.
3. Archaic . constrained; obliged: He was fain to obey his Lord.
4. Archaic . glad; pleased.
5. Archaic . desirous; eager.
before 900; ME; OE fæg e n;  c. ON feginn  happy; akin to fair.

"I would fain grow old learning many things."
:: Plato ::

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