memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

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Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Samuel Ullman (1840-1924 author of the poem Youth, written at the age of 78)



The longest room in England

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

Winston Churchill


Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, birth place of Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.

Just look at the size of that place, will you!

The story is that Churchill’s Mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, was at the end of what was then the longest gallery in England when her labour pains began, started to hurry down (the longest room in England), got to about half way and had to pop into one of numerous rooms off (the longest corridor in England) in order to give birth to Winston Churchill.

I would take the views on democracy of a man,

Who was born in a small room

Off the longest gallery in England,

With extreme caution,

If I were you.

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino (one of favourite authors) said:

The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.

I wonder what ghosts live in this house?

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Everything is relative

When you are courting a nice girl

An hour seems like a second.

When you sit on a red-hot cinder

A second seems like an hour.

That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein


Wit of the week

Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds

It is wonderful when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge of any profession.

Dr. Samuel Johnson

Quote of the day

All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Mons. de Voltaire

Old age

A man growing old becomes a child again.



Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

Mark Twain


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