Saturday, August 04, 2018


How to Be Interesting

Basil L. Gildersleeve (1831-1924), "My Sixty Days in Greece, II: A Spartan School," Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 79, No. 473 (March, 1897) 301-312 (at 305):
The true way to be interesting is to smack of the soil, — to be Spartan, to be Treviran, to be American. Your cosmopolitan is one of your transportable fruits, your transportable wines, your translatable poets.
Gildersleeve, ed., Pindar, The Olympian and Pythian Odes, new rev. ed. (New York: American Book Company, 1890), p. xii:
The man whose love for his country knows no local root, is a man whose love for his country is a poor abstraction...

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