Archive for August, 2013

Quote of the day, Aug. 31

August 31, 2013

Virgil, from the Georgics (29 B.C.)

“Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.” Translation: “Blessed is he who has been able to win knowledge of the causes of things.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 30

August 30, 2013

Noam Chomsky, on the news media (1989)

“In a three-minute stretch between commercials, or in seven hundred words, it is impossible to present unfamiliar thoughts or surprising conclusions with the argument and evidence required to afford them credibility. Regurgitation of welcome pieties faces no such problem.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2013

Carl L. Becker, on the Declaration of Independence (1922)

“What they needed, in addition to many specific grievances against their particular king, was a fundamental presupposition against kings in general. What they needed was a theory of government that provided a place for rebellion, that made it respectable, and even meritorious under certain circumstances.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Aug. 28, 1963)

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land, and so we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. (more…)

Quote of the day, Aug. 27

August 27, 2013

German proverb

“What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?”

Quote of the day, Aug. 26

August 26, 2013

Anthony Trollope, on reading

“The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 25

August 25, 2013

Charles Williams, on history

“I think in order to move forward into the future, you need to know where you’ve been.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 24

August 24, 2013

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, on style

“In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2013

Samuel Johnson, on research

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2013

Blaise Pascal, on truth

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”