Stephen Evans

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Stephen is a playwright and author of The Marriage of True Minds and A Transcendental Journey. http://www.amazon.com/Transcendental-Journey-Stephen-Evans-ebook/dp/B00IHPLCB6

Of Truth

"What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer. Certainly there be, that delight in giddiness, and count it a bondage to fix a belief; affecting free-will in thinking, as well as in acting. And though the sects of philosophers of that kind be gone, yet there remain certain discoursing wits, which are of the same veins, though there be not so much blood in them, as was in those of the ancients. But it is not only the difficulty and labor, which men take in finding out of truth, nor again, that when it is found, it imposeth upon men's thoughts, that doth bring lies in favor; but a natural though corrupt love, of the lie itself. One of the later school of the Grecians, examineth the matter, and is at a stand, to think what should be in it, that men should love lies; where neither they make for pleasure, as with poets, nor for advantage, as with the merchant; but for the lie's sake. But I cannot tell; this same truth, is a naked, and open day-light, that doth not show the masks, and mummeries, and triumphs, of the world, half so stately and daintily as candle-lights. Truth may perhaps come to the price of a pearl, that showeth best by day; but it will not rise to the price of a diamond, or carbuncle, that showeth best in varied lights. A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men's minds, vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds, of a number of men, poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?"

Francis Bacon

Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall, 1625 

 

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The Poem I would have Writ

"My life has been the poem I would have writ, 
But I could not both live and utter it."

Henry David Thoreau

Born July 12, 1817

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Rosy Cole
Well, if that's not a cop-out, I don't know what is :-) I sometimes wonder if Thoreau actually expected to be taken as a serious ... Read More
Thursday, 13 July 2017 16:41
Stephen Evans
Maybe it is an excuse though I tend to read is more as frustration with the choice between being in life and standing outside it ... Read More
Friday, 14 July 2017 01:55
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Another Limerick

So when Aeschylus guided his Pen

Or whatever they used way back Then,

All the choir was Aquiver

For the man could Deliver

Which who did which what which way When.

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Rosy Cole
See me after school. There's a chance you'd benefit from an introduction to June Casagrande's Mortal Syntax.
Friday, 30 June 2017 18:05
Stephen Evans
"Old men are always young enough to learn." Aeschylus
Friday, 30 June 2017 20:57
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Something Didn’t Happen

Once upon a time
In a distant land
Something didn’t happen
And everyone was glad.

Once upon a time
Neither here nor there
Something didn’t happen
But nobody knew where.

Once upon a time
Anywhere but here
Something didn’t happen
And someone cried a tear.

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Rosy Cole
The story of modern News media. This just about sums it up http://www.pilgrimrose.com/index.php/33-thoughts-on-the-wing/813-conf... Read More
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:00
Stephen Evans
I wrote it some time ago but it did seem strangely appropriate.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 03:19
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