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Aristotle at Afternoon Tea participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon. This means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I get a small percentage of its price. That helps support my writing in a small way, so thank you. Happy reading!

© 2014-2018 Yara Zgheib All Rights Reserved


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April 4, 2019

‘Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.’

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Atlantic Monthly, Volume II

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‘Once upon a time, there lived a little prince on a planet b...

February 7, 2019

I once knew a girl who lived in a peach house at number 17, Swann Street. It was not a physical place. It was in her head, but it was still very real. Some would call it mental illness. More specifically, anorexia. Whatever its name, more girls go there than you think,...

December 27, 2018

This was not part of the programme we were handed as children. Bedtime stories did not cover life; just enchantments, heroism, love triumphant. We made our plans accordingly. Those, since, have been often altered, the only constants being change and time itself. And th...

March 22, 2018

You, because you love me,

- Anonymous, Ancient Sumerian poem circa 2000 B.C.

© Mabelle Sawan 2018

The earliest forms of writing discovered are four-thousand-year-old Sumerian tablets. They are comprised of administrative records, and the world’s oldest love poem:


December 21, 2017

‘Live by the foma* that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.’

― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Cat's Cradle

I know a round and jolly old man in a bright red suit and hat, with a snowy white pompom and a snowy white beard, living in a very snowy place. He has always been...

October 19, 2017

‘those who […] shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.’

Alfred Nobel, Final Testament

Alfred Nobel was born almost exactly 184 years ago. In his sixty-three years, he claimed 355 inventions, of which, most notoriously, dynamite.

Dynamite comes from the wor...

June 8, 2017

I have made a long enough descent into the void to speak with certainty. There is nothing but beauty – and beauty has only one perfect expression, Poetry. All the rest is a lie.

— Stéphane Mallarmé

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