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Human Stupidity — Christopher Hitchens (Quote)

When I read of the possible annihilation of the elephant or the whale or the pouring of oven cleaner or cosmetics into the eyes of live kittens or the close confinement of pigs and calves in lightless pens I feel myself confronted by human stupidity which I recognise as an enemy. The connection between stupidity and cruelty is a close one.

Christopher Hitchens

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English translation of Schubert’s Winterreise, poems by W Muller

English translation of Schubert’s Die Winterreise (1821-1822)

Theory of Music

Schubert’s Wanderers consists of English translations of the poems of Franz Schubert’s Die Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin and the German texts as set by Schubert.  The German texts are taken from Series 20 (Leider und Gesänge) of Franz Schubert’s Werke, Kritisch durchgesehene Gesammtausgabe, Brietkopf & Härtel, Leipzig, 1895.

Schubert’s Wanderers includes a Creative Commons Licence which entitles the purchaser of this book to use and adapt the translations and synopses in any context and in any media, commercial or noncommercial.  The German texts are in the public domain.

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About the author

Barry Mitchell was born in Belfast in 1958.  He studied music at Queen’s University Belfast where after completing a first degree he studied for an MA in composition.  He is also a graduate of The Open University. He has taught music for several colleges and universities in the UK including The Open University and…

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The most foolish mistake – Adolph Hitler (Quote)

“The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected peoples to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the underdog is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or police.”

– Adolph Hitler, Edict of March 18, 1938

When Less is More – And When It’s Not (Quote)

Knowing when less is more – and when it is not – is more important for consistent success in participatory outdoor photography than in traditional journalistic or documentary coverage. When an artist is actively involved in an interpretive experience, whether it be climbing Everest or walking through a field, too much equipment interrupts the flow of emotional response that is the human element communicated in the best nature photography. Yes, little things do mean a lot.

Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography (2001), p. 89

Simplify Your Sentences to Write More Pithily 


1. Instead of starting a sentence with “there are” or “there is”, start it with the subject.

In most cases, simply sweep the expletive away and begin with a subject, as in revision of “There are other steps a company can take before an economic downturn to protect against its impact” to “A company can take other steps before an economic downturn to protect against its impact.”


2. Turn adjectival phrases into adverbs

Adjectival phrases are common in business jargon: on a daily basis; in a timely manner.

Replace with daily and promptly. The meaning is the same.
3. Refrain from using adjectives

These often bring no new meaning to the sentence.

 We are currently accepting applications

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we are accepting applications.

These shirts come in seven different colors

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These shirts come in seven colors

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From “3 Easy Ways to Write More Concisely”

By Mark Nichol

httpss://www.dailywritingtips.com/3-easy-ways-to-write-more-concisely/