Oxford (A Photo Diary)

Dear Reader,

It’s true what the masters say about Oxford. As I cannot put into words as eloquently as the literary greats, I will allow them to do the talking.

“In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one.”

-Oscar Wilde

DSC01944“The world surely has not another place like Oxford; it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it, for it would take a lifetime and more than one to comprehend and enjoy it satisfactorily.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne

DSC01907Oxford Castle and Prison.

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DSC01948DSC01955DSC01958DSC01960“But Venice, like Oxford, had kept the background for romance, and, to the true romantic, background was everything, or almost everything.” -Oscar Wilde

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DSC01972The Ashmolean Museum.

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DSC02022“Oxford lends sweetness to labour and dignity to leisure.” -Henry James

DSC02023“I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.” -William Butler Yeats

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DSC01963“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien DSC02044DSC02048“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C.S. Lewis

DSC02053DSC02037DSC02051DSC02055DSC02059Tolkien’s House.

DSC02057“I was therefore entered at Oxford and have been properly idle ever since.” -Jane Austen

 

Sincerely,

Chelsea

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