Archive for February, 2013

Quote of the day, Feb. 28

February 28, 2013

James Baldwin, on writing

“The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.”

Quote of the day, February 27

February 27, 2013

Toni Morrison, on freedom

“Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”


Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2013

Paul Laurence Dunbar

“We wear the mask that grins and lies,
it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes-
this debt we pay to human guile;
with torn and bleeding hearts we smile.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 25

February 25, 2013

Richard Feynman, on truth

“We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2013


“Love truth, but pardon error.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 23

February 22, 2013

Guy de Maupassant, on war

“Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship’s captain has to avoid a shipwreck.”

Quote of the day Feb. 22

February 22, 2013

John Keats, on experience (1819)

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it..”


Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 20, 2013

George Orwell (1945)

“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Feb. 20

February 20, 2013

William H. Seward, on slavery

“Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are, which would establish slavery.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 19

February 18, 2013

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on people

“All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightaway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.”