Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

~Who proclaimed that photography is to painting as water is to wine?

~Who protested, “They have taken away all our liberties—now they have given us jury trials!”?

Stephen Oresman seeks a source and precise wording for military advice allegedly given by the Duke of Wellington to a young subaltern: “Eat, sleep, and defecate at every available opportunity.”

“mediocre” (March-April). Fred Shapiro, editor of the Yale Book of Quotations (see “Harvard in Epigram,” January-February, page 84), offers two variants: “Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs” (Max Beerbohm, in the Saturday Review [November 5, 1904]) and “Only a mediocre writer is always at his best” (in W. Somerset Maugham’s introduction to The Portable Dorothy Parker [1944]).


Send inquiries and answers to “Chapter and Verse,” Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge 02138, or via e-mail to


You might also like

Historic Humor

University Archives to preserve Harvard Lampoon materials

Academia’s Absence from Homelessness

“The lack of dedicated research funding in this area is a major, major problem.”

The Enterprise Research Campus, Part Two

Tishman Speyer signals readiness to pursue approval for second phase of commercial development.  

Most popular

Harvard Portrait: Martin Puchner

The English professor has already written three books and edited the 6,000-page third edition of the Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Claudine Gay in First Post-Presidency Appearance

At Morning Prayers, speaks of resilience and the unknown

Poise, in Spite of Everything

Nina Skov Jensen ’25, portraitist for collectors and the princess of Denmark. 

More to explore

Exploring Political Tribalism and American Politics

Mina Cikara explores how political tribalism feeds the American bipartisan divide.

Private Equity in Medicine and the Quality of Care

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals are owned by private equity firms—does monetizing medicine affect the quality of care?

Construction on Commercial Enterprise Research Campus in Allston

Construction on Harvard’s commercial enterprise research campus and new theater in Allston