Machiavelli

I have seen a portrait of Machiavelli with his finger crossed over his heart. What is the significance of this? I used to know what it meant years ago but now I've forgotten.

Context of J Austen Quote

I need the context of the quotation attributed to Jane Austen, “I HAVE NO TALENT FOR CERTAINTY.” According to the movie reviewer John Hartl of the Seattle Times, both the director, Patricia Rozema, and the star, Frances O'Connor, of the […]

Lionel Trilling Quote

In Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin writes: "I began to understand Lionel Trilling's remark that culture–learned behavior patterns so deeply engrained they produce unconscious, involuntary reactions–is a prison." Where did Lionel Trilling first make this remark? (I need to […]