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  INGREDIENTS LISTS: "D" Decorators' Paste Rye Meal                           4 parts Fine Whiting                     2 Casein                               1 Powdered Alum             0.5 Deodorant Pencil Zinc Phenolsulfonate       10 parts Zinc Oleate                      10 Aluminium Palmitate      7.5  Absorption Base              30 Ceresin                             30 Titanium Dioxide             15 Developer for Radiographic Film Metol                                    1.0 gm Sodium Sulfite                    71.7 Potassium Metabisulfite       4.0 Hydrochinon                         7.6 Sodium Carbonate              36.0 Potassium Bromide               4.0 Water to                          1,000.0 cc. Disinfectant for Telephones Oil of Wintergreen                 0.5 gm Oil of Eucalyptus                   0.25 gm Denatured Alcohol                 15 gm Formaldehyde                        25 cc. Water                                    225 cc. Dry Cleaning Fluid

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People actually desire whatever can facilitate communicating with each other; and this seems to be goodness, honour, and serenity, or something else quite similar. For this reason one must never say or do anything that gives the impression that one has little affection or appreciation of others. This is exhibited by the very impolite tendency of many people to fall asleep in the middle of a pleasant group sitting together in conversation. Giovanni Della Casa, Galateo, or, The Rules of Polite Behaviour , 1558

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The discretion and high sense of professional honour which have always distinguished my friend are still at work in the choice of these memoirs, and no confidence will be abused. I deprecate, however, in the strongest way the attempts which have been made lately to get and to destroy these papers. The source of these outrages is known, and if they are repeated I have Mr Holmes's authority for saying that the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant will be given to the public. There is at least one reader who will understand.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 'The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger', The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes , 1927

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'Ah! there lies our problem. There is one rather obvious line of investigation.' He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. 'Dear me!' he said, turning over the pages, 'what a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual! ... Here are the Daily Gazette extracts of the last fortnight. "Lady with a black boa at Prince's Skating Club" - that we may pass. "Surely Jimmy will not break his mother's heart" - that appears to be irrelevant. "If the lady who fainted in the Brixton bus" - she does not interest me. "Every day my heart longs --" Bleat, Watson - unmitigated bleat! Ah! this is a little more possible. Listen to this: "Be patient. Will find some sure means of communication. Meanwhile, this column. - G."' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ' The adventure of the Red Cir

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  Ships of steel for even keel Need tons and tons of corset steel. Army trucks if they're to hurdle Need the rubber of the girdle. The time has come, the gods have written, Women now must bulge for Britain. Anonymous World War II poem

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  Sir -    I believe the inhabitants of London are under the impression that Letters posted for delivery within the metropolitan district commonly reach their destination within, at the outside, three hours of the time of postage. I myself, however, have constantly suffered with irregularities in the delivery of letters, and have now got two instances of neglect which I should really like to have cleared up.    I posted a letter in the Gray's Inn post office on Saturday at half-past 1 o'clock, addressed to a person living close to Westminster Abbey, which was not delivered until 9 o'clock the same evening; and I posted another letter in the same post office, addressed to the same place, which was not delivered till past 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Now, Sir, why is this? If there is any good reason why letters should not be delivered in less than eight hours after their postage, let the state of the case be understood:  but the belief that one can communicate with anothe

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Let not Men think there is no Truth but in the Sciences that they study, or the Books that they read. To prejudge other Mens Notions before we have looked into them, is not to shew their Darkness, but to put out our own Eyes. John Locke, Of the Conduct of the Understanding, 1706

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I say, Parker, I think this co-operative scheme is an uncommonly good one. It's much easier to work on someone else's job than one's own - gives one that delightful feelin' of interferin' and bossin' about, combined with the glorious sensation that another fellow is takin' all one's work off one's hands. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, what?  Dorothy L. Sayer, Whose Body? , 1923

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Do we not every day meet with people who fancy they are ill because they are unshaven, or because someone has thought they have looked poorly, and told them so? Dress has such influence upon men's minds that there are valetudinarians who think themselves in better health than usual when they have on a new coat and well-powdered wig. They deceive the public and themselves by their nicety about dress, until one finds some fine morning they have died in full fig, and their death startles everybody. Xavier de Maistre, A Journey Round My Room , 1794

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The People of the next Age shall know many Things unknown to us: Many are reserv'd for Ages then to come, when we shall be quite forgotten, no Memory of us remaining. The World would be a pitiful small Thing indeed, if it did not contain enough for the Enquiries of the whole World. Seneca, Naturales Quaestiones , circa AD 62 - 64

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Like all weddings it had left the strange feeling of futility, the slight sense of depression that comes to English people who have tried, from their strong sense of tradition, to be festive and sentimental and in high spirits too early in the day. The frame of mind supposed to be appropriate to an afternoon wedding can only be genuinely experienced by an Englishman at two o'clock in the morning. Hence the dreary failure of these exhibitions. Ada Leverson, Love's Shadow, 1908

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Who can begin conventional amiability the first thing in the morning? It is the hour of the savage instincts and natural tendencies; it is the triumph of the Disagreeable and the Cross. I am convinced that the Muses and the Graces never thought of having breakfast anywhere but in bed. Elizabeth von Arnim, Elizabeth and her German Garden, 1898

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We, in the servants' hall, began this happy anniversary, as usual, by offering our little presents to Miss Rachel, with the regular speech delivered annually by me as the chief. I follow the plan adopted by the Queen in opening Parliament - namely, the plan of saying much the same thing regularly every year. Before it is delivered, my speech (like the Queen's) is looked for as eagerly as if nothing of the kind had ever been heard before. When it is delivered, and turns out not to be the novelty anticipated, though they grumble a little, they look forward hopefully to something newer next year. An easy people to govern, in the Parliament and in the Kitchen - that's the moral of it. Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone , 1868

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It was red and yellow and green and brown and scarlet and black and ochre and peach and ruby and olive and violet and faun and lilac and gold and chocolate and mauve  and cream and crimson and silver and rose  and azure and lemon and russet and grey and purple and white and pink and orange and blue. The colours of Joseph's Amazing Technicolour Dream-Coat still haunting since circa 1976

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"Why are you looking like that?" asked Kyril. "I was wondering why people put ferrets in their trousers," said Aunt Irene. " Thanatos, " said Kyril. "An illustration of the death wish." "What I wish," said Aunt Irene, "is that you'd never read Freud. It's had a very leaden effect on your conversation." Alice Thomas Ellis, The 27th Kingdom , 1999

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Diana's breast, the cheeks of Flora, Are charming, friends, I do agree, But somehow what enchant me more are The small feet of Terpsichore. Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin , 1833

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"Everyone is the same in the sight of God," Nora said severely. "That must make things terribly boring for him." "Louise, if you are going to be flippant about something as serious as this, I shall never speak to you again!" "I won't be. I have a great many sides to my nature - it goes with being a serious actress - and you can't expect them all to be acceptable." ~ Teenage Philosophy: On God. And Acting ~ Elizabeth Jane Howard, The Light Years , 1990 

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Just cobwebs, these ideas were; unhappy cobwebs; the stuff that dreams are made on, thought old Mrs. Bott, putting down a card, who knew her Shakespeare even better than her Bible, and in her heart preferred it, because she didn't care about foreigners. Elizabeth von Arnim, Expiation , 1929

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Fully figured with a penchant for forgetting to button the top button of her blouse, you could just tell that if Rosie couldn't romance her way to the top of the Empire State Building, she was prepared to climb it like King Kong. Amor Towles, Rules of Civility , 2011

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  "Men -", said Miss Williams, and stopped.  As a rich property owner says 'Bolsheviks' - as an earnest Communist says 'Capitalists!' - as a good housewife says 'Blackbeetles' - so did Miss Williams say 'Men!' Miss Williams to Monsieur Poirot Agatha Christie, Five Little Pigs,  1942

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INGREDIENTS LISTS: "C" Carbon Paper Crystal or Methyl Violet Base  300 parts Red Oil                                     600 parts Sesame Oil                            3500-4000 parts Carnauba Wax                       3500 parts Chalk, Billiard Calcium Carbonate, Precipitated    115 g. Gypsum, Calcined                            35 g. Pigment Powder (Blue, Green)        50 g. Borax Water                                       2% Crayon, Blackboard Calcium Carbonate, Precipitated     60 lb Kaolin Clay                                     40 lb Saponified Oleic Acid                       5 lb Caustic Soda                                   3/4 lb Corn Remedy Acetone                                 168 oz. Castor Oil                                 3 oz. Venice Turpentine                     6 oz. Celluloid                                  10 oz. Salicylic Acid                          40 oz. Ethylaminobenzoate                10 oz. Oil Soluble Chlorophyl, sufficient until dark g

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They tried to look as if they were listening, but they couldn't keep it up. Sitting silent, talk was collecting inside them. Talk is like love; the more it is suppressed, the more it must come out. It gathers force from hindrance. Dorothy Whipple, "Tea at the Rectory", 1945

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But there was a time - and the Peddars Way belongs to it - when a road, like fire and a roof, was one of the primitive blessings of life; and, more than that, a sign that men could combine in a common task and follow the same track to a journey's end. H. V. Morton, In Search of England, 1927

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There are three things no man but a fool lends, or, having lent, is not in the most hopeless state of mental crassitude if he ever hope to get back again. These three things are - Books, Umbrellas and Money.  Douglas Jerrold

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It may help to recall the bon mot I heard from a Russian physicist: 'Proofs in physics follow the standards of British justice and hold the accused innocent until proved guilty. Proofs in mathematics follow the standards of Stalinist justice and hold the accused guilty until proved innocent.' A footnote from T. W. K├Ârner's The Pleasures of Counting,  1996