Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sir James Lubbock

We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten they are really suffering from worry or anxiety. . . . A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

Sir John Lubbock, the first Baron Avebury, was a Victorian archeologist who invented the terms "Paleolithic" and "Neolithic" to denote the Old and New Stone Ages.  He also was an amateur biologist of some distinction, and wrote books on hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps) and other natural history topics.  He was a supporter of Darwinism and an advocate of English spelling simplification and reform.  Three of his brothers were top-notch cricket players.  Here's another Lubbock quote: "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time."  Amen to that, Sir John. 

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