British monarchs defined by their nicknames

A nickname is “a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name” (Oxford English Dictionary). So what do the nicknames of past kings and queens of Britain say about them? Alfred the Great (reigned 871 to 899), so called for his defence of England … Continue reading British monarchs defined by their nicknames

Quotations on motivation

What is motivation? We all need it in some form to tackle the humdrum of daily life, or to tackle problems and challenges thrown our way. I could say that I need motivation to accept the task of proofreading a 1400-page book on economics or accounting, as I have done in the past. The Oxford … Continue reading Quotations on motivation

“Good” is just mediocre: “Excellence” should be the goal

It is a general assumption that everyone, except perhaps the totally demotivated, will try to do their best in many tasks they tackle in life, whether it be on the domestic front (e.g. home do-it-yourself repairs), in the sporting arena, or challenges in their work life. In doing their best do they strive for excellence? … Continue reading “Good” is just mediocre: “Excellence” should be the goal

Oscar Wilde quotations

Following on from the wit and wisdom of Mark Twain, here are some humorous quotations from another favourite author: Oscar Wilde. Some are surprisingly well known, perhaps more so in Britain than with Mark Twain. From The Importance of Being Earnest: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. I never travel without my diary. … Continue reading Oscar Wilde quotations

Mark Twain quotations

In two of my blogs last year – April and May 2015 on Literary invective – I covered Mark Twain’s thoughts, firstly on Jane Austen as an author, then on various other authors: Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Walter Scott, and James Fennimore Cooper. Here I will quote from Mark Twain’s own humorous writings. He sounds like … Continue reading Mark Twain quotations