A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.– Washington Irving, c. 1820. Damn straight.
Writing cannot express words fully; words cannot express thoughts fully.– The Book of Changes, c. 350 BC
Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I...– Huh. Good question. Now it’s a movie. “How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big Budget Flick” (Wired)
1733, Japan: Seven Reasons for Divorce
Uh oh. Guess we’ll be seeing you in divorce court. The Seven Reasons for Divorce: (1) A woman shall be divorced for disobedience to her father-in-law or mother-in-law (2) A woman shall be divorced if she fails to bear children, the reason for this rule being that women are sought in marriage for the purpose of giving men posterity. A barren woman should, however, be retained if her...