Posts Tagged ‘Samuel Taylor Coleridge’

How Farcical!

May 10, 2017

Most people would define “farce” as an absurd event and may even go so far as to use words like  buffoonery or horseplay; events such as these would including crudeness and highly ludicrous or improbable situations.  Here are some of my favorite quotations on the topic of farce . . . (Source:  The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone)

“A genre that’s nearer to tragedy in its essence than comedy is.”  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

“Tragedy with the trousers down.”  (Brian Rix)

Additionally, I found some additional quotations that are equally amusing . . .

“Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.”  (Arthur Rimbaud)

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”  (Karl Marx)

“The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps.”  (Francois Rabelais)

“Farce treats the improbably as probable and the impossible as possible.”  (George Pierce Baker)

“There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.”  (Mark Twain)

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Water, Water Everywhere . . . !

October 12, 2011

Gustave Dore Illustration (Ancient Mariner)

Building on yesterday’s post, here is a perfect quotation for the start of my travels. 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain)

For me, the beginning (as well as the duration, I guess) of any journey is always accompanied by a sense of anticipation coupled with wonder and/or adventure.  This is even more true when the journey involves sailing the high seas on schooners (as has been romanticized greatly through novels and the movies).  Unfortunately, I’m opting to “sail the high seas” aboard a modern cruise ship (which is not really sailing).  However, someday I would love to experience an actual Windjammer Cruise for an ocean sailing.  (I’m thinking the South Pacific would be nice.)  As I reflect back on previous cruise vacations, I’ve always enjoyed the days “at sea.”  ‘Tis a wonderful thing to be surrounded by water.  Restful and relaxing … cruising along in the middle of nowhere … heading to an exotic destination … being in no real hurry to reach the end.  So, I’m not sure why my thoughts tracked to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, but alas, this poem crossed my mind nonetheless.  Hopefully my journey will not be as fraught with hardship and lamentation as was the Ancient Mariner’s.

http://www.archive.org/details/rime_ancient_mariner_librivox