The 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica wrote that Danton stands out as a master of commanding phrase. One of his fierce sayings has become a proverb. Against the Duke of Brunswick and the invaders,

il nous faut de l’audace, et encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace

Georges Jacques Danton, 26 October 1759 – 5 April 1794

We need audacity, and yet more audacity, and always audacity!

Reminds one of Peter’s club,

The All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters

Inner duck shun

I recently learned a bit about Lucretius’ De rerum natura, a nearly 2,100 year-old document that provides summaries of science, philosophy, and other human behaviors. A snip from one web page caught my eye:

Hutchinson points out that Lucretius often juxtaposes the depiction of pleasure with an immediate cold shower of a depiction of regret, frustration, and absurdity.

That is a broadly useful statement. Cheers.