Archive for March, 2012

Quote of the day, March 31

March 31, 2012

Murong Xuecun, on self-censorship

“Actually, I am a coward. I say only what is safe to say, and I criticize only what is permissable to criticize.”

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Quote of the day, March 30

March 29, 2012

Adrienne Rich, on words

“I … believe that words can help us move or keep us paralyzed, and that our choices of language and verbal tone have something—a great deal—to do with how we live our lives and whom we end up speaking with and hearing; and that we can deflect words, by trivialization, of course, but also by ritualized respect, or we can let them enter our souls and mix with the juices of our minds.”

Quote of the day, March 29

March 28, 2012

Elmer Davis, on liberty 

“This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle–among others–that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error; that in the competition of the marketplace of ideas, the sounder ideas will in the long run win out.”

Quote of the day, March 28

March 27, 2012

Benjamin Franklin, on education

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Quote of the day, March 27

March 27, 2012

Mary Schmich, on reading

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.”

Quote of the day, March 26

March 26, 2012

John Stuart Mill, on liberty

“Over one’s mind and over one’s body the individual is sovereign.”

Quote of the day, March 25

March 24, 2012

Cicero, on history

“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”

Quote of the day, March 24

March 24, 2012

Jiddu Krishnamurti, on freedom

“Without total freedom, every perception, every objective regard, is twisted. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 23

March 22, 2012

Michel de Montaigne, on exchanging ideas

“It is good to rub and polish our brains against that of others.”

Quote of the day, March 22

March 21, 2012

Jacob Bronowski, on education

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”