I don’t know much about Søren Kierkegaard, except that he was Danish and is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. I learnt those facts many years ago when I did a Masters in French Thought and finished the year only marginally wiser than I was at the beginning. However, I’ve recently discovered that he did say the following, which I consider to be well and truly on the button: Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
UK Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is morally wrong to pay tradesmen such as plumbers and builders in cash in the hope of avoiding tax. He argued the practice came at a big cost to the Treasury and meant other people had to pay more tax. This made me think about all the times many of us pay and accept cash: for cleaners, baby sitters, window cleaners and lodgers, thinking little of it. More than 2000 years ago, the poet Ovid penned these prophetic words: How little you know about the… Read More
‘I have noticed that doing the sensible thing is only a good idea when the decision is quite small. For the life-changing things, you must risk it.’ Jeanette Winterson in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
A reporter, talking on the radio today about the bankers who have been found to have falsified interest rates in order to make even more money, said: ‘These bankers will very probably know the price of a bottle of Bollinger, but they will have no idea of the price of a bottle of milk.’
The last of the Bee Gees There’s only one Bee Gee left now from the original four brothers. Barry Gibb gave the eulogy at his brother Robin’s recent funeral and spoke these heartfelt words: ‘Even right up to the end we found conflict with each other, which now means nothing. It just means nothing. If there’s conflict in your lives – get rid of it.’