17th century engravings from a book of love emblems with Latin and German mottoes and French epigrams. Can you figure out the erotic meanings behind the illustrations? You’d better brush up on your German and Latin, because the French epigrams are missing from BibliOdyssey’s post.
Ever look at your desk clutter and think, “This is where my beverages go to die?”
My desk currently looks like a pleasant little purgatory wherein unfinished beverages await Judgment Day. A quarter inch of coffee, a bit of twice steeped tisane, a swig of Coke… How do I accumulate so many drinks? Also, I hope the white mass in the coffee is just the creamer being weird and not some new antibiotic. I should deal with that.
“All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.”—Eugene Field, The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac (via excessivebookshelf)
“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”—Fyodor Dostoevsky (via amnesiac618)
“For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”—Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet