Archive for May, 2011

Quote of the day, May 31

May 31, 2011

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., on taxation (1904)

“Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.”

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Quote of the day, May 30

May 29, 2011

George Washington, on war

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.”

Quote of the day, May 29

May 28, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, “Johannesburg” (1976)

“What’s the word?
Tell me brother, have you heard (more…)

Quote of the day, May 28

May 28, 2011

Walker Percy, from Love in the Ruins (1971)

“What does a man live for but to have a girl, use his mind, practice his trade, drink a drink, read a book, and watch the martins wing it for the Amazon and the three-fingered sassafras turn red in October?”

Quote of the day, May 27

May 27, 2011

Joseph Conrad, on writing

“My task, which I am trying to achieve, is by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.”

Quote of the day, May 26

May 25, 2011

Wendell Philips, on newspapers (1852)

“We live under a government of men — and morning newspapers.”

Quote of the day, May 25

May 24, 2011

Thomas Paine, on liberty

“Political liberty consists in the power of doing whatever does not injure another.”

Quote of the day, May 24

May 23, 2011

Albert Einstein, on freedom of speech

“So long as they don’t get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me.”

Quote of the day, May 23

May 23, 2011

Abraham Lincoln, on freedom (1859)

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and under a just God, cannot retain it for long.”

Quote of the day, May 22

May 22, 2011

Joseph Conrad, on art

“A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.”