Archive for September, 2011

Quote of the day, Oct. 1

September 30, 2011

Nathaniel Hawthorne, on writing

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

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Quote of the day, Sept. 30

September 30, 2011

Dave Barry, on freedom of speech and religion

“People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 29

September 28, 2011

Samuel Johnson, on writing a book

“A man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 28

September 27, 2011

Sylvia Plath, on creativity

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. (more…)

Quote of the day, Sept. 27

September 26, 2011

Mark Twain, on reading

“Be careful about reading health books. (more…)

Quote of the day, Sept. 26

September 24, 2011

Charles W. Eliot, on books (1896)

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 25

September 24, 2011

Harold Evans, on obtaining the truth

“Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 24

September 22, 2011

Gertrude Himmelfarb, on freedom of thought

“As liberty of thought is absolute, so is liberty of speech, which is ‘inseparable’ from the liberty of thought. (more…)

Quote of the day, Sept. 23

September 21, 2011

James Wilson, on freedom of the press (1787)

“What is meant by the liberty of the press is, that there should be no antecedent restraint upon it; but that every author is responsible when he attacks the security or welfare of the government, or the safety, character, and property of the individual.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 20, 2011

Howard Zinn, on freedom of expression

“One certain effect of war is to diminish freedom of expression.”