André “the Giant” Roussimoff Rides with Samuel Beckett

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“I’ll tell you an interesting story about André, you know that he couldn’t fit on the school bus on the way to school, he told me this. So he had to be driven in a car to school every morning, and his parents couldn’t afford one. But his neighbour had a big car. And his neighbour used to drive him to school every day. And I said: ‘Oh really,’ and he said: ‘Oh yes, he was a very nice man…. Yes, yes, you may have heard of him, I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Really what’s his name?’ he goes, ‘Samuel Beckett.’ Samuel Beckett used to drive him to school! I mean, Waiting for Andre. There’s a play there.”

Cary Elwes DVD Extra, The Princess Bride Diary

Jeremy Taylor’s “Rules and Exercises of Holy Living,” 1650

Jeremy Taylor

Rules for Married Persons, or Matrimonial Chastity:

“In their permissions and licence, they must be sure to observe the order of nature and the ends of God. He is an ill husband that uses his wife as a man treats a harlot, having no other end but pleasure… Married persons must keep such modesty and decency of treating each other that they never force themselves into high and violent lusts with arts and misbecoming devices; always remembering that those mixtures are most innocent which are most simple and most natural, most orderly and most safe… And it is a sad truth that many married persons, thinking that the floodgates of liberty are set wide open, without measures or restraints (so they sail in the channel), have felt the final rewards of intemperance and lust by their unlawful using of lawful permissions. Only let each of them be temperate, and both of them be modest. Socrates was wont to say that those women to whom nature hath not been indulgent in good features and colours should make it up themselves with excellent manners, and those who were beautiful and comely should be careful so that a fair body be not polluted with unhandsome urges. To which Plutarch adds, that a wife, if she be unhandsome, should consider how extremely ugly she should be if she wanted modesty; but if she be handsome, let her think how gracious that beauty would be if she superadds chastity.”

George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism”

Orwell“There is a minority of intellectual pacifists whose real though unadmitted motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration of totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States.”

George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism, May 1945