N. 1. The land of everyday, commonplace things; 2. The online compendium of 420 public-domain essays.
(1672–1719) / 6 essays
Wit and humor, as have a tendency to expose vice and folly, furnish useful diversions.
(1561–1626) / 6 essays
There be so many false points of praise, that a man may justly hold it a suspect.
Anna Laetitia Barbauld
(1743–1825) / 1 essays
Is there not A tongue in every star that talks with man, And wooes him to be wise? nor wooes in vain; This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
W. N. P. Barbellion
(1889–1919) / 3 essays
My life [is a] struggle with ill-health and ambition, and I have mastered neither.
(1870–1953) / 8 essays
Time can take only what is ripe, but Death comes always too soon.
(1862–1925) / 3 essays
The worth of experience is not measured by what is called success, but rather resides in a fullness of life
(1831–1904) / 1 essays
I have found a dream of beauty at which one might look all one’s life and sigh.
(1864–1922) / 3 essays
It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.
(1605–1682) / 5 essays
Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
(1752–1840) / 4 essays
What strange ideas are taken from mere book-reading.
(1623–1673) / 5 essays
If tranquility lives in an honest mind the mind dwells in peace.
G. K. Chesterton
(1874–1936) / 3 essays
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
(1656–1710) / 1 essays
The fear of death is the occasional cause of the greatest part of…mean dishonorable actions.
(1575–1638) / 1 essays
The mothers then that refuse to nurse their owne children, doe they not despise God’s providence?
(1780–1832) / 3 essays
We owe almost all of our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed.
Anna Julia Cooper
(1858–1964) / 1 essays
Nothing natural can be wholly unworthy.
Susan Fenimore Cooper
(1813–1894) / 2 essays
Of the infinite variety of fruits which spring from the bosom of the earth, the trees of the wood are the greatest in dignity.
(1579–1614) / 2 essays
It is easier to think well than to do well; and no trial to have handsome dapper conceits run invisibly in a brain.
(1618–1667) / 4 essays
It is a hard and nice subject for a man to write of himself.
(1731–1800) / 4 essays
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.
(1626–1697) / 1 essays
Though [essays] may gather some honey from the best flowers of wit and learning, they have a limitation from none.
Thomas De Quincey
(1785–1859) / 21 essays
All is finite in the present; and even that finite is infinite in its velocity of flight towards death.
(1767–1849) / 0 essays
Some people talk of morality, and some of religion, but give me a little snug property.
T. S. Eliot
(1888–1965) / 1 essays
Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803–1882) / 4 essays
Our being is descending into us from we know not whence.
Sui Sin Far
(1865–1914) / 1 essays
I have no nationality and am not anxious to claim any. Individuality is more than nationality.
(1602–1668) / 2 essays
We begin to be miserable, when we are totally bent on some one temporal object.
(1856–1939) / 1 essays
My main object is to collect everyday material and utilize it scientifically.
(1810–1850) / 1 essays
None can sympathize with thoughts like mine, who are permanently ensnared in the meshes of sect or party.
Katharine Fullerton Gerould
(1879–1944) / 3 essays
Common sense has a deal of caution in it; and do we not, somewhere in the world, need rashness?
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(1860–1935) / 2 essays
There is nothing in maternity, nothing in the natural relation of the sexes which should make the female the servant of the male.
(1735–1774) / 3 essays
From the highest to the lowest, this people seem fond of sights and monsters.
Louise Imogen Guiney
(1861–1920) / 12 essays
It is diverting to study…how many indispensables man can live without.
(1838–1896) / 5 essays
Manhood discovers what childhood can never divine,—that the sorrows of life are superficial, and the happiness…structural.
Jane Ellen Harrison
(1850–1928) / 2 essays
Anyone who cares passionately for abstract discussion, be his hair never so gray,…is in spirit young.
(1693–1756) / 3 essays
To know ourselves, is agreed by all to be the most useful Learning.
(1778–1830) / 30 essays
In art, in taste, in life, in speech, you decide from feeling, and not from reason.
(1594–1666) / 2 essays
Excuse me that I trouble you thus with these rambling meditations.
William Dean Howells
(1837–1920) / 1 essays
The soul… is the supernal criticism of the deeds done in the body.
(1711–1776) / 1 essays
Learning has been as great a Loser by being shut up in Colleges and Cells, and secluded from the World.
(1784–1859) / 16 essays
The test of seeing and hearing… is in the ideas we realize, and the pleasure we derive.
Thomas Henry Huxley
(1825–1895) / 2 essays
A small beginning has led us to a great ending.
(1609–1674) / 1 essays
There is nothing worthier of an honest man than to have contention with nobody.
L. P. Jacks
(1860–1955) / 1 essays
The richest and most significant experiences of man…are the least patient of verbal reproduction.
(1813–1897) / 2 essays
There are wrongs which even the grave does not bury.
Jerome K. Jerome
(1859–1927) / 4 essays
One we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.
(1709–1784) / 5 essays
Every diversity of art or nature…may supply matter to him whose only rule is to avoid uniformity.
(1283–1350) / 1 essays
It is a fine thing when a man who thoroughly understands a subject is unwilling to open his mouth.
(1801–1864) / 2 essays
The wildflowers of Michigan deserve a poet of their own.
(1775–1834) / 25 essays
The mighty future is as nothing, being every thing! The past is every thing, being nothing.
(1764–1847) / 1 essays
In the most meritorious discharges of those duties the highest praise we can aim at is to be accounted the helpmates of man, who, in return for all he does for us, expects, and justly expects, us to do all in our power to soften and sweeten life.
Walter Savage Landor
(1775–1864) / 1 essays
A man’s vanity tells him what is honor, a man’s conscience what is justice.
(1856–1935) / 10 essays
I know few things more odious than the chilly, draughty, emptiness of a place without a history.
(1878–1937) / 1 essays
The best good that you can possibly achieve is not good enough if you have to strain yourself all the time to reach it.
Edward Sanford Martin
(1856–1939) / 1 essays
It does a comfortable sufferer good to get his head out of his conveniences sometimes and complain.
(1802–1876) / 5 essays
My chief object in life shall be the cultivation of my intellectual powers, with a view to the instruction of others.
(1847–1922) / 22 essays
More candid is the author who has no world, but turns that appeal inwards to his own heart.
A. A. Milne
(1882–1956) / 12 essays
There is a crispness about celery that is of the essence of October.
Michel de Montaigne
(1533–1592) / 50 essays
I seek out change indiscriminately and tumultuously. My style and my mind alike go roaming.
(1745–1833) / 7 essays
If all accomplishments could be bought at the price of a single virtue, the purchase would be infinitely dear.
(1890–1957) / 3 essays
The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.
(1870–1964) / 10 essays
Ground your happiness in a nice dove tailing of eager conviction with tolerant in difference, and you are safe for a lifetime.
(1849–1919) / 1 essays
The strength of a student of men is…to study men, their habits…their vices, virtues, and peculiarities.
(1820–?) / 6 essays
The graves before me…are thickly deposited. The marble that speak the names, bid us prepare for Death.
(1855–1950) / 7 essays
It has been wisely said that we cannot really love anybody at whom we never laugh.
Grace Little Rhys
(1865–1929) / 4 essays
Eyes and mind soon become accustomed to a miracle that happens every day and in time notice no more.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4–65) / 4 essays
That which was bitter to bear is pleasant to have borne; it is natural to rejoice at the ending of one’s ills.
(1830–1867) / 15 essays
In my book there is little more life than there is in the market-place on the days when there is no market.
(1672–1729) / 3 essays
When a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.
(1891–1942) / 5 essays
My longing for truth was a single prayer.
Robert Lewis Stevenson
(1850–1894) / 6 essays
A happy man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note.
(1667–1745) / 4 essays
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
(1628–1699) / 4 essays
The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.
H. M. Tomlinson
(1873–1958) / 6 essays
It is better to obey the mysterious direction … when it points to a new road, however strange that road may be.
(1835–1910) / 2 essays
The adoption of cremation would relieve us of a muck of threadbare burial-witticisms.
(1862–1937) / 3 essays
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
(1759–1797) / 5 essays
We must have an object to refer our reflections to, or they will seldom go below the surface.
(1876–1938) / 1 essays
To my innermost consciousness the phenomenal universe is a royal mantle, vibrating with His divine breath.
The Public Domain Review is an online journal, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, showcasing works which have entered the public domain. It was co-founded by Jonathan Gray and Adam Green. It was launched on January 1, 2011 to coincide with Public Domain Day.
The Review aims to raise awareness of the public domain by promoting public domain works from across the web, including from Europeana, the Internet Archive, and Wikimedia Commons. As well as curated collections of public domain images, texts, and films, it features longer essays from contemporary writers, scholars, and public intellectuals. The Guardian reviewed it as "magnificent ... a model of digital curation", an interview in Vice labelled it "beautifully curated", and The A.V. Club described it as "endlessly and deeply absorbing".
It regularly contributes collections to The New Inquiry, and collections are frequently highlighted by diverse publications including The Huffington Post,The Paris Review, and The New York Times.
Contributors of articles have included Julian Barnes,Frank DelaneyJack Zipes,Richard Hamblyn,Philipp Blom, and Arika Okrent. In addition to the thematic essays, a monthly "Curator's Choice" series highlights professional curators' essays about material from their cultural institutions.
The Review published its first print anthology in late 2014, a collection of 34 essays published online during 2011-13. It was reviewed as "an incredible collection of esoterica" by The Paris Review, and featured as one of Wired's best science books of 2014. A second volume in The Public Domain: Selected Essays print series was published in 2015.
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- ^Baddeley, Anna (2013). "The Public Domain Review demonstrates the power of digital curation". The Guardian.
- ^Ricci, Virginia (2013-02-18). "The Public Domain Review Shows You History's Best Out-of-Copyright Art".
- ^Browning, Laura M. (2014-07-26). "A photo book, a documentary about Elaine Stritch, and the public domain". The A.V. Club.
- ^"The Public Domain Review – The New Inquiry". Thenewinquiry.com. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- ^"Jean-Marc Côté's France In The Year 2000 Cigarette Cards (PICTURES)". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- ^"Paris Review – Early Promise, Sadie Stein". Theparisreview.org. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- ^"Today's Scuttlebot: Hacker Jailed and Twitter's Choice - NYTimes.com". Bits.blogs.nytimes.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
- ^Barnes, Julian (2014). "An Unlikely Lunch: When Maupassant met Swinburne". The Public Domain Review.
- ^Delaney, Frank (2014). "The Tale of Beatrix Potter". The Public Domain Review. ; Delaney, Frank (2012). "Seeing Joyce". The Public Domain Review. ; Delaney, Frank (2013). "Time and Place: Eric Ravilious (1903-1942)". The Public Domain Review.
- ^Zipes, Jack (2012). "The Forgotten Tales of the Brothers Grimm". The Public Domain Review. ;
- ^Hamblyn, Richard (2012). "The Krakatoa Sunsets". The Public Domain Review.
- ^Blom, Philipp (2013). "A Dangerous Man in the Pantheon". The Public Domain Review.
- ^Okrent, Arika (2012). "Trüth, Beaüty, and Volapük". The Public Domain Review.
- ^"Announcing a new series: "Curator's Choice"". OKFN Blog. 2013-07-03.
- ^Piepenbring, Dan (2014-11-19). "Lawn Fawn Moon Boon". The Paris Review.
- ^Stockton, Nick (2014-12-15). "The Best Science Books We Read in 2014". Wired.