Archive for ‘1910s’


no turning back

We are provincials no longer. The tragic events of the thirty months of vital turmoil through which we have just passed have made us citizens of the world. There can be no turning back.

Woodrow Wilson, Second Inaugural Address (1917)


railway termini

Railway termini…are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.

E. M. Forster, Howard’s End (1910)



Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease; / Fold the whole earth in peace.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, “God Bless our Fatherland” (1910?)



Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.

Ambrose Bierce,  The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)


the man in the arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man in the Arena” (1910)


the future

Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)

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