Thursday, 3 January 2019

A way with words


He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animate abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarise it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.

Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment (1866)

He certainly had a way with words did old Fyodor.


Michael said...

'The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones...'

I said that to Mrs O'Blene only a few minutes ago, as I poured her a large January tincture - 11%...

Didn't Fyodor write a travel book as well? Clever guys these Albanians!

A K Haart said...

Scrobs – the Albanian connection is a common misconception. He was in fact the inventor of a cocktail called the Albanian Dive - four parts gin, two parts gin, two parts gin and an Albanian olive on a stick.