A secret ceases to be a secret if it is once confided—it is like a dollar bill, once broken, it is never a dollar again.
Henry Wheeler Shaw – aka – Josh Billings
- Quote of the day: Learning from History
- Quote of the day: Arabia
- Quote of the Day: Joseph Gerrald
- Quote of the Day: Foreign Policy
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana (1863–1952), U.S. philosopher “…Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. This saying comes from the writings of George Santayana, a Spanish-born American author of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries…“
We have been rather lazy to put up new content on this site (sorry for that, but we are preparing for a quite large project in the moment) so now just another short one (much more to come the next weeks):From the prologue of one of the books we are currently reading (Imperial Life in [...]
From a sign in the Sydney Botanical Garden put up close to the place where Joseph Gerrald’s (one of the “Scottish Martyrs”) grave once was:
For myself, my friend, whatever destiny awaits me, I am content. The cause which I have embraced has taken deep root, and must, I feel, ultimately triumph. I have my reward. I see through the cheering vista of future events the overthrow of tyranny, and the permanent establishment of benevolence and peace. It is as silent as the lapse of time, but as certain and inevitable.
Joseph Gerrald, 17 May 1795
Yee-ha Is Not a Foreign Policy… seen on a wall inside the Emerald City, Baghdad, Iraq …is this the end of the yellow brick road…