Quote of the day, May 26

May 26, 2017

William Butler Yeats, on extremes

“All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.”

Quote of the day, May 25

May 26, 2017

Samuel Butler, on work

“Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”

Quote of the day, May 24

May 24, 2017

Marshall Crenshaw, from “You Should’ve Been There”

You should’ve been there as the sun went down
Colors ran all across the ground
Then a thousand stars were spinning all around
Do you care, you should’ve been there
I saved you a place right by my side
And waited there in the candlelight
But the only friend I had in sight was an empty chair
You should’ve been there …

Quote of the day, May 23

May 24, 2017

Aesop, “The Man and the Lion”

A Lion and a Man chanced to travel in company through the forest. They soon began to quarrel, for each of them boasted that he and his kind were far superior to the other both in strength and mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Quote of the day, May 22

May 22, 2017

Jerry Rice, on what motivated him

“My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.”

Quote of the day, May 21

May 21, 2017

Will Rogers, on humor

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”

Quote of the day, May 20

May 20, 2017

Barry Levinson, on Avalon

“When I began to think about the head of the family, the storyteller, the rise of television which became the new storyteller, the break-up of the American family as an idea and then Avalon came.”

Quote of the day, May 19

May 19, 2017

Mark Twain, on the two most important days of our lives

“The two most important days in your life are when you are born and the day you find out why.”

Quote of the day, May 18

May 18, 2017

H.L. Mencken, on education (from The American Mercury, 1924)

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

Quote of the day, May 17

May 17, 2017

The Jam, from “Standards”

Oh we make the standards and we make the rules
And if you don’t abide by them you must be a fool
We have the power to control the whole land
You never must question our motives or plans –
‘Cause we’ll outlaw your voices, do anything we want
We’ve nothing to fear from the nation
We’ll throw you out of your houses if you get too much
If we have to we’ll destroy your generation …