The Painted Books Of The Maya: Surviving By A Hair

Sometimes the precious things of this world survive by just a hair.  Just a hair.  The difference between victory and defeat, between survival and ruin, between conquest and destruction, between glory and despair:  these are not differences of tremendous magnitude.  They are fine-line distinctions.  And when I say fine-line, I mean very fine.  Fortune loves to play games with us, and when she casts her dice to predict our fate, the outcome often hangs by a hair.  By such threads does the fate of man so perilously hang.

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Edward King: Sacrificing Fortune And Life For Scholarship

Of some scholars, or patrons of the arts, it can be said that they sacrificed everything for their work.  Of others, this cannot be said.  Edward King, Viscount of Kingsborough, belongs to the former category.  His name is almost entirely unknown today, but he occupies a significant place in the pantheon of heroes who helped bring the treasures of Mexican antiquity to the attention of modern scholarship.  The least we can do here is honor his name.

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