Brass Tacks

'Birth, and copulation, and death. That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks; Birth, and copulation, and death.' T.S.Eliot - Sweeney Agonistes: Fragments of an Aristophanic Melodrama (1933) (Read today on an examination script)

Only Connect

'Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.' 'Howard's End' ch. 22.  E.M. Forster (Yes, another quote from my favourite of his novels).