Archive for November, 2013

Quote of the day, Nov. 30

November 30, 2013

Charles Dickens, on being thankful

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”


Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 29, 2013

Terry Gilliam, on Hollywood

“People in Hollywood are not showmen. They’re maintenance men, pandering to what they think their audiences want.”


Quote of the day, Nov. 28

November 28, 2013

Frederick Douglass, on knowledge 

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2013

Doris Lessing, on libraries (1999)

“With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one—but no one at all—can tell you what to read and when and how.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 26, 2013

Dwight Macdonald, on pacifism

“Pacifism, to me, is primarily a way of actively struggling against injustice and inhumanity; My kind of pacifism may be called ‘non-violent resistance.'”

Quote of the day, Nov. 25

November 25, 2013

Rabindranath Tagore, on words (1912)

“When old words die out on the tongue, new melodies break forth from the heart; and where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 24, 2013

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on art

“There is something in painting which cannot be explained, and that something is the essential. You come to nature with your theories, and she knocks them all flat.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 23

November 23, 2013

Niccolò Machiavelli, on war

“Wars begin when you will, but they do not end when you please.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 22

November 22, 2013

Chinese Proverb

“One should always act only after due consideration. A hasty action may involve an improper consideration of important aspects.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 21

November 21, 2013

Joseph Addison, on innovation

“When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.”