Quote of the day, Oct. 18

October 18, 2017

Teddy Roosevelt, on freedom of speech

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

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Quote of the day, Oct. 17

October 18, 2017

Marshall Crenshaw, from “Something’s Gonna Happen”

With the lights on down low, yeah
Rockin’ music on the radio
It’s just the way it ought to be, and momentarily
I tell you something’s gonna happen …

Quote of the day, Oct. 16

October 17, 2017

Ai Weiwei, on freedom of speech

“Without freedom of speech there is no modern world, just a barbaric one.”

Quote of the day, Oct.15

October 15, 2017

Galileo Galilei, on independent thinking

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 14

October 15, 2017

Lewis Carroll, on writing

“The proper definition of a man is an animal that writes letters.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 13

October 13, 2017

Nelson Mandela, on freedom

“After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 12

October 12, 2017

Ann Cleeves, from Dead Water

“Already the afternoon was drawing into early evening, the colour beginning to drain from the landscape.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 11

October 11, 2017

Martin Scorsese, on film

“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 10

October 10, 2017

Federico Fellini, on film

“I don’t like the idea of ‘understanding’ a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 9

October 9, 2017

Immanuel Kant, on knowledge

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”