Horse-flourish calligraphy from German book: 'Selbstlehrende Canzleymässig dresdnische Schreibe-Schule' 1755 - gallica.bnf.fr - (the book has 30 illustrations, but only a few seem to be online)
The bloke depicted is presumably one from the list of state leaders in 1755.
"There’s a name on every part of the hill. A name in Irish, that a man would know where he was, and if he saw a sheep lost there, or something else like that, he could tell the man that lost it, and him go straight to where it were, and take it with him."
Robert Bernen, ‘Brock’
Blue Vanga. Photo by Dubi Shapiro
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René Magritte, The Pleasure Principle (Portrait of Edward James), 1937, oil on canvas
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At the age of sixteen, while in Aarau, Albert [Einstein] asked himself what a light wave would look like to someone keeping pace with it.
Compared with the other incident, this one seems inconsequential. It appears to be no achievement at all but merely an unanswered question. But this question that Albert asked himself at the age of sixteen haunted him for years. It strikingly reveals his ability to go to the heart of a problem. For the question contains the germ of the theory of relativity, and at the time no one in the world could have given a satisfactory answer. Einstein found an answer himself, but it took him ten years.
Banesh Hoffmann, Einstein (1973)
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Behind the clouds, in the south, a clear patch was growing larger, and pretty soon emptiness would have the sky. That was the way, a dream of days followed by emptiness, the huge water turning over the grains of sand, neither one knowing which was big and which was small. Mr. Cheung was uneasy and sad. He would have to die, and the quiet knife of this fact wasn’t dissuaded by the interplay of milkiness and inkiness in the textures of the Atlantic under these clouds of October, or by his prayers, best wishes, or sorrow. His mood swelled and the action of the wind over the beach seemed full of power.
Denis Johnson, Fiskadoro
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Do you know that when zoos were first opened to the public, the keepers had to protect the animals against attacks by spectators? The spectators felt the animals were there to be insulted and abused, like prisoners in a triumph. We had a war once against the animals, which we called hunting … That war went on for millions of years. We won it definitively only a few hundred years ago, when we invented guns.
J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals
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