Category Archives: People

No Change for a Greenback

Snippets 197. John Muir (1838-1914) was a celebrated naturalist known as “John of the Mountains”, a key figure in the push for the establishment of National Parks in the USA. The following quote is taken from his account of A Thousand … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Struck Gold

Quick Quotes 24.  The following quote is from Recollections of Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants, by Lucy Atkinson, published in 1863: Since our arrival here, there has been a number of balls and parties: we were just in time for … Continue reading

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A pony, or some bricks for a church?

Snippets 191.  The following quote is taken from Notes of a Nomad, by Canadian author Lady Harriet Julia Jephson, published just over a hundred years ago in 1918.  For the most part it is a journal of her travels, but it … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Malfunctions

Quick Quotes 22. The following quote is taken from Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden, a biography of a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, famed for his comedy performances. His biography was written by his son Thomas. … Continue reading

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Thanks for visiting, son. Here’s your bill.

Quick Quotes 21.  The following quote is taken from John Bull and His Island, by Max O’Rell, published in 1883: But it is in Scotland above all that one must look for sound business principles. Indeed, those who have never … Continue reading

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A Miserable Winter in Rome

Snippets 188. In 1817 Henry Matthews went on a “tour in pursuit of health”, and wrote about his experiences in Diary of an Invalid, in 1820. His first port of call was Lisbon, and from there he travelled to Italy.  … Continue reading

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Rules for Children, 1904

Quick Quotes 20.  The following quote is taken from On the Healthy Home Life of School Children, by Professor Dr. Leo Burgerstein, published in English in 1904 and translated from the original German text by R.T. Williamson. It is unfortunately … Continue reading

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