Pearls of Wisdom. Part Two

Bunny boiler in the making

Minerva is the Roman Goddess of war, wisdom and basket weaving, it actually means fount of knowledge and I’ve always thought that sits uncomfortably with war and basket weaving, a strange combination or a Roman practical joke. I think we never stop gaining wisdom, most of the wisdom we gain comes not from college but from just living your three score years and ten on this 3rd rock from the sun and having it hammered painfully into you until at last the penny drops. I’ve blogged before about how you can get wisdom from unexpected places, like Sex and The City, Carrie et al have come up with some crackers but I watched Under a Tuscan Sun last night and there are some cracking lines in that too

Frances: Do you know the most surprising thing about divorce? It doesn’t actually kill you. Like a bullet to the heart or a head-on car wreck. It should. When someone you’ve promised to cherish till death do you part says “I never loved you,” it should kill you instantly. You shouldn’t have to wake up day after day after that, trying to understand how in the world you didn’t know. The light just never went on, you know. I must have known, of course, but I was too scared to see the truth. Then fear just makes you so stupid.
Martini: No, it’s not stupid, Signora Mayes. L’amore e cieco.
Frances: Oh, love is blind. Yeah, we have that saying too.
Martini: Everybody has that saying because it’s true everywhere.
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Katherine: It’s a nice little villa. Rather run down, but redeemable… Are you going to buy it?
Frances: The way my life is currently going, that would be a terrible idea.
Katherine: Mm, terrible idea… Don’t you just love those?
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Katherine: Listen, when I was a little girl I used to spend hours looking for ladybugs. Finally, I’d just give up and fall asleep in the grass. When I woke up, they were crawling all over me.
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Martini: Signora, between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks even before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew some day, the train would come.
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Katherine: Never lose your childish innocence. It’s the most important thing.
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Frances: [voiceover] What is it about love that makes us so stupid?
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Katherine: Regrets are a waste of time. They’re the past crippling you in the present.
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Frances: Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game. It’s such a surprise.
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