Weekend Words: Glass

Sébastien Stoskopff, “Still-Life of Glasses in a Basket” (1644). Oil on canvas, 52 x 63 cm. Musée de l’Oeuvre de Notre Dame, Strasbourg. (Image via Web Gallery of Art).

This week came the announcement that Google has teamed up with the country’s largest vision-care company in a deal that will offer subsidized frames and prescription lenses for Google Glass, a move that may hasten the popularity of cyberwear. “One obstacle that remains,” however, as reported in The Wall Street Journal, “will be convincing consumers the glasses aren’t just a niche product for nerds.”

“Get thee glass eyes, and like a scurvy politician, seem to see the things thou dost not.”

—William Shakespeare, King Lear

“A reformer is a guy who rides through the sewer in a glass bottom boat.”

—Mayor Jimmy Walker

“Like many of the Upper Class
He liked the Sound of Broken Glass.”

—Hilaire Belloc, New Cautionary Tales

“I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.”

—Janeane Garofalo

“Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind reception it meets with in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.”

—Jonathan Swift, The Battle of the Books

“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire.”


“Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.”

—Dorothy Parker

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