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Horrified and indignant at the calumny, Philip threw himself down at theking's bedside, but Alexander assured him that he had complete confidence in hishonor. After three days the king was well enough to appear again before hisarmy.

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Alexander consulted his friends abouthow he should respond. Alexander asked if hehad anything else to request. A soldier came up to him, knelt down, and offered him a helmet full ofwater. When the soldiershook his head, Alexander poured the water out on the ground. Not longafter the marriage the Ferrarese envoy to the papal court reassured PopeAlexander that all was well with the newlyweds; Alfonso, he reported, made loveto Lucrezia nightly. Alfonso, the envoy added, also made love with equalregularity to other women during the day, but that was unimportant.

At first, as he lay on hisdeathbed, his long-suffering queen, who had turned a blind eye to hisinfidelities and his pursuit of his pleasures in every fashionable resort on theContinent, was stricken with grief. But it was not long before her sense ofhumor reasserted itself. She remarked to Lord Esher, "Now at least I know wherehe is.

The preparationof the tables was very laborious and was based, of course, upon the Ptolemaicscheme of the universe. Alfonso remarked that if God had consulted him duringthe six days of creation, he would have recommended a less complicated design. The woman ofthe house, who had to leave for a short time, asked the fugitive to keep an eyeon some cakes she was baking.

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Alfred, deep in thought, did not notice that thecakes were burning. When his hostess returned, she gave the unrecognized king ahearty scolding for being an idle good-for-nothing. He did possessa highly retentive memory and particularly enjoyed listening to the court bardsreciting poetry. One day his mother, holding a fine manuscript book in her hand,said to Alfred and his elder brothers, "I will give this book to whichever oneof you can learn it most quickly.

Forestalling hisbrothers, he took it to someone who read it through to him. Then he went back tohis mother and repeated the whole thing to her. This talent was the foundationof Alfred's later reputation as scholar, translator, and patron of learning. As he describedit, "I went out there for a thousand a week, and I worked Monday and I got firedWednesday.

The man who hired me was out of town Tuesday.

Born Cassius Clay, heconverted to Islam. I am the masterof disaster. Ali fastenedhis belt. He was seen as more of a clown in the ring than a true fighter. Sportswriters all agreed that he couldn't fight as well as he could talk. Butfight he did, and he repeated his victory in in their second title bout. AsListon lay on the mat, Ali stood over him with his fist clenched, yelling, "Getup and fight, sucker!

Hecould not decide whether to continue his education or go out into the world toseek his fortune. This distracted the other players, and finally baseballcommissioner Bowie Kuhn told the Philadelphia Phillies to put a stop to thispractice. Allen's immediate response was to write three words in the dirt:No, why, and Mom. Why Mom? He took as his text "Many shall strive to enterin, but shall not be able. Any one of you can take mychance.

Having overpowered thesentries, Allen demanded to be taken to the commanding officer's quarters. Heshouted at him to come out immediately or he would kill the entire garrison.

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Thecommander appeared, his breeches still in his hand. Allen ordered the instantsurrender of the fortress. The garrison surrendered. The doctor examined him and said, "General, I fear theangels are waiting for you. A friend was walking with him when a truck bore down on anewsboy in front of them. Allen dashed out and snatched the boy to safety, thensnarled at him, 'What's the matter, kid?

Don't you want to grow up and havetroubles? On their first meeting he stammered, "You are my God!

Finally perhaps out of desperation he began to rail

Allen flippedthrough it impatiently. And American critics were adulatory as well, dubbing him one of thegreat directors of modern times. Allen himself was more sanguine: "I don't wantto achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying! One day, as theseven-year-old Margery was sitting on the floor writing a story in her notebook,the housemaid saw her and said, "Master, missus, and three strangers all sittingin different rooms writing down lies and now YOU starting!

The painter made his congratulatory visit immediately after concluding arather excessive drinking bout. Though still a bit muzzy, he was prudent enoughto exclaim, "What an enchanting baby!

The poet and critic Karl Kraus tells how Altenberg besoughthim again and again to give him a hundred kronen, and on every occasion Krausrefused him. Finally, his patience at an end, Kraus burst out, "Look, Peter, I'dgladly give it to you, but I really, really, don't have the money. A maverick filmmaker, he had made his way with his ownrules.

His movie The Player was an irreverent, sometimes savage look atmodern moviemaking, an in-joke on the whole industry. At a special screeningAltman was delighted to observe that, during a scene showing a snake, studiomogul Barry Diller "jumped a foot out of his chair. Surprised at the size of the largesse,the man protested, "But, my lord, I only took you a mile. The other peer jumped out of hiscoach, rolling up his sleeves and making ready to thrash his negligent servant,but on seeing that he was elderly and abjectly apologetic, contented himselfwith saying significantly, "Your age protects you.

XWX Ambrose, Saint? In this capacity he was called out in to the cathedral,where a riot was threatening between two rival factions of Christians, eachintent on winning its own candidate's nomination to the bishopric. Ambrosequelled the riot but was unable to persuade the warring parties to agree on abishop.

Finally someone suggested Ambrose himself, and the nomination wasenthusiastically greeted on all sides. In vain Ambrose protested that he was noteven christened.

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XWX Ammonius, early Christian monk. In front of them he cut off his own left ear, saying"From now on be assured that it is impossible for me, as the law forbids a manwith his ear cut off to be an ordained priest.

And if you compel me, I will cutout my tongue as well.

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When he heard the news of thesentence he observed, "Nature has long since condemned both them and me. Anxious to save his native city from destruction, Anaximenes soughtan audience with the king. Alexander anticipated his plea: "I swear by the StyxI will not grant your request," he said. A member of the crew ofApollo 8, he circumnavigated the moon in December Tired of being accosted by pressmen, photographers, and theadmiring public, he "escaped" with his wife for a brief vacation in Acapulco.

Afew days after their arrival, however, as they relaxed on the patio of theirholiday villa, a young man called and asked if he could take some photographs.

Groaning, Anders replied, "Okay, come on in. Anders told him, "I think Isaac Newton isdoing most of the driving now. One of Dickens's daughters summed up the guest as "abony bore, and [he] stayed on and on. Late inlife his health declined rapidly; first he developed chronic bronchitis, thenthe more serious, and ultimately fatal, liver cancer. Unable to care forhimself, he moved into the house of some friends near Copenhagen, where he couldsee the ocean from his room.

One morning he quietly finished his tea, and wasfound a few minutes later in his bed, dead. In his hands was a farewell letterwritten forty-five years earlier by the only woman he had ever loved. There was an uncomfortablemoment. It was Mrs. I was sunk and so was Horace.


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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. One of best books like this that I have used. Layout is easy to use and I especially appreciate the short biographies of the sources of some of the anecdotes. Many of the historical figures are relatively obscure and a trip to Wikipedia to find out who they were would be a lot more work than necessary in most cases.

I use this resource primarily for sermon illustrations and I have found many appropriate for that use. I actually find this book to be better than many sermon illustration resources because instead of trying to tell me how to use them by categorizing the anecdotes by topic, this book categorizes them by the source of the anecdote. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified download. I own four copies of this book: A nice hardback for the shelf, a softcover to leave in the guest room, a rather shop-worn softcover to lend, and an ebook for my kindle.

I read lots of other things, of course, but I always come back to this lovely, delightful book. I envy you if you are discovering this for the first time.

This is a pretty interesting book. I have both the paperback and the Kindle version. The only fault I find with the paperback is the use of French phrases in some of the anecdotes with, in a number of cases, no translation to English. As for the Kindle version, the editing is atrocious, but a reader who is actually fluent in the English language should have no trouble deciphering what is meant.