Profound Paragraphs: WISO

“A rogue does not laugh in the same way that an honest man does; a hypocrite does not shed the tears of a man of good faith. All falsehood is a mask; and however well made the mask may be, with a little attention we may always succeed in distinguishing it from the true face.”

I know I just did a “What I’m Sipping On” but I’ve been managing my time well lately which in turn means, more time for reading!

5174cycw8glThe Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas

Published in 1844

The Three Musketeers is a historical novel by Alexandre Dumas. Set in 1625–1628, it recounts the adventures of a young man named d’Artagnan after he leaves home to travel to Paris, to join the Musketeers of the Guard.

Rated: 4.4 on amazon.com
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This book despite it’s sexism and class/rank subjugation (which was clearly and unfortunately acceptable at the time in which it was written) is still a very well written and entertaining read. Dumas has a knack for adventure that enthralls me. However I also found a few subtle gems of wisdom among the escapades.

“..the merit in all things consists in the difficulty.”

I also find myself laughing quite often when reading this book; the witty banter and subtle humor quite amuses me. Here is just a little example:

“Porthos: He thinks he can challenge the mighty Porthos with a sword…
D’Artagnan: The mighty who?
Porthos: Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of me.
D’Artagnan: The world’s biggest windbag?
Porthos: Little pimple… meet me behind the Luxembourg at 1 o’clock and bring a long wooden box.
D’Artagnan: Bring your own…
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I do love a book full of variety and this one most certainly has it; adventure, comedy, romance, and more! It also reads poetically, it’s almost as though you are reading a Shakespeare play. It’s the perfect lighthearted read for me right now.

Attention e-book readers: This is Free on Kindle click picture
above or HERE for link, AND the audible add-on is only .99!

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Book Bean:
Light Eggnog Latte
So while I’ve been reading this I have been sipping on one of my holiday favorites; a latte cut slightly with eggnog! mmm good 🙂


“Time, dear friend, time brings round opportunity; opportunity is the martingale of man. The more we have ventured the more we gain, when we know how to wait.”
~Alexander Dumas, The Three Musketeers

So, do share, what have you been sipping on?

Check out Mochas and Musketeers for more swashbuckling madness!

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“The test they had agreed upon, however, was utterly unnecessary.
They should never have undertaken it, because they really and truly were each other’s 100% perfect lovers, and it was a miracle that they had ever met. But it was impossible for them to know this, young as they were. The cold, indifferent waves of
fate proceeded to toss them unmercifully

“You have to make an effort to always look at the good side, always think about the good things. Then you’ve got nothing to be afraid of. If something bad comes up,
you do more thinking at that point…”

~ Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes

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“The Elephant Vanishes” is a collection of 17 short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The stories were written between 1980 and 1991, and published in Japan in various magazines, then collections. The contents of this compilation were selected by Gary Fisketjon (Murakami’s editor at Knopf) and first published in English translation in 1993.

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Petrarch : The First Modern Scholar and Man of Letters

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm, but the pen we take up rejoicing and lay down with satisfaction, for it has the power to advantage not only its lord and master, but many others as well, even though they be far away — sometimes, indeed, though they be not born for thousands of years to come.” 


Francesco Petrarca
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Born today  July 20th 1304
An Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy.
387px-Boccaccio_by_Morghen.jpgPetrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero’s letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based predominantly on Petrarch’s works.
He would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch’s sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the “Dark Ages.” This standing back from
his time was possible because he straddled two worlds – the classical and
his own modern day. He died July 19, 1374 – one day short of his
seventieth birthday. (Wikipedia)

“Books have led some to learning and others to madness.”
~Petrach

And the fortunate are led to both! 🙂

 

 

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Today is a 2-For. I have been listening to the audible version of The Fellowship of The Rings, and it has been an absolute delight. Listening to it gives a whole new perspective and feeling to the beautifully written words.

I am ever in awe of the brilliance of J.R.R Tolkien, and forever will be. 

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them?
Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.
For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

This audio rendition is absolutely amazing, the narrator is astounding.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Both of these paragraphs are so wonderfully thought provoking and reflective. I love that Tolkien can take us into the fantasy realm
full of beauty and adventure, yet his words still
strike home in the most relevant ways.

What “Fellowship” quote resonates with you? If you can choose just one 😉

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piglet-pooh (1)“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet,
taking Pooh’s paw.
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”

 

A.A. Milne
The House at Pooh Corner

There are so many profound lines and paragraphs by Milne. Many more that could and probably will make the list.
However, this endearing exchange truly touches my soul.

Share a literary passage that has touched your soul 🙂