keep calm & carry on.

31 Aug

the history in europe seems much more alive and tangible than in the united states. perhaps it is because the buildings & museums are older, and perhaps because the wars that tore through europe greatly affected central london.

whatever the reason, you can feel history here. it is part of street you walk on.

during the second world war the ministry of defense was tasked by the british government to create morale booting posters. the target: a seriously miserable britain under the threat of impending invasion. three posters were created & released during the first weeks of WWII, all of which were completely lost in the shuffle of history and war until 2000, when a british shop owner uncovered the first of the set below.

the ‘keep calm and carry on’ poster has undoubtedly seen the greatest revival of the series. the design makes me melt. and even more so that its from 1939.

but let’s dig a little deeper…

a few years ago i came across a little book, titled after the poster above, full of inspirational quotes for help through troubled times as delivered by famous politicians, poets, authors, and the like.

here are some of my favorites, on lend for when you might need to borrow one on a rough day.

“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.” – Laurence J Peter

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine” – Lord Byron

“The best way through is always out” – Robert Frost

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory” – Albert Schweitzer

“Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboat” – Voltaire

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ” – George Bernard Shaw

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a cup of tea. ” –  Bernard-Paul Heroux

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.” – Harry S. Truman

6 Responses to “keep calm & carry on.”

  1. Janet Mulloy August 31, 2011 at 10:35 am #


    • Marty August 31, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      Very well done Eileen — I will keep these close at hand

      • leaner by the lake August 31, 2011 at 10:57 am #

        ah! mar! thanks for reading. knew you might like the historical background of the post.

    • leaner by the lake August 31, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      thanks for reading!

  2. Jane Mulloy August 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Eileen, I am really enjoying your blogs. Your history lesson and wonderful quotes are something I want to save and share. Glad to hear you are really enjoying your days in London. What a great experience. Pat and I had three days there before a cruise. I loved riding the double decker buses and seeing the sights. St. James Park was a beauty! The War Rooms were amazing. That the future of freedom for then and now rested upon the shoulders of those who worked in those small areas was incredible. Have you had clotted cream and scones at Harrah’s yet? Remember to look both ways before you cross the street. Love ya, Aunt Jane

    • leaner by the lake August 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

      thanks, aunt jane! i’ve been out and about as much as possible since i got here, thats for sure. i’m posting shortly about a visit to nottinghill and there lots more london themed blogging coming. it’s been very very busy with work so weekdays are pretty much working and exploring a bit to grab dinner and lunch at new places. tonight i’m trying out a stone baked pizza place near my house–thai spicy chicken pizza! i’ll have to try out the clotted cream and scones. haven’t had those yet. miss you guys and thanks for the advice. and thank you for reading the blog! love, eileen

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