Archive for July, 2011

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2011

Voltaire, on letter writing

“Those who are absent, by its means become present; correspondence is the consolation of life.”

Quote of the day, July 29

July 29, 2011

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on theorizing

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

Quote of the day, July 28

July 28, 2011

Jhumpa Lahiri, on writing

“When I sit down to write, I don’t think about writing about an idea or a given message. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2011

Cato the Elder

“Grasp the subject; the words will follow.”


Quote of the day, July 26

July 26, 2011

Joan Didion, on writers (1977)

“People tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 25

July 25, 2011

Dorothy Parker

“You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”

Quote of the day, July 24

July 24, 2011

Adlai E. Stevenson, on freedom of the press

“The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty.”

Quote of the day, July 23

July 24, 2011

David Ben-Gurion, on democracy

“The test of democracy is freedom of criticism.”

Quote of the day, July 22

July 22, 2011

John S. Ellis, First California Regiment, on the Battle of Bull Run, Aug. 2, 1861

“Through the effects of this battle we have lost much of our prestige, but I think it is a lesson we my profit by. It has wonderfully raised the spirits of the Rebels, and men say they are preparing for an attack on Washington. If they should, and are repulsed, they would find it difficult to recover. We can lose battles and it only makes us mad – they cannot afford reverses.”

Quote of the day, July 21

July 21, 2011

Harper’s Weekly, August 10, 1861, on First Bull Run

“If we are true to ourselves, the disaster of 21st July will prove a benefit rather than an injury. (more…)