Posts tagged “philosophy”

“I have always lived on waterfronts. If you live on the edge of an enormous mountain or an enormous body of water, it’s harder to think of yourself as being so important. That seems useful to me, spiritually.”
Heather McHugh

“A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.”
B.F. Skinner

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (b) Jan 30, 1882

A human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea.
James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough.
Theodore Roosevelt

A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.
Guy de Maupassant, (b) Aug. 5, 1850

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

I don’t want to make money, I just want to be wonderful.
Norma Jean Mortenson

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.