Archive for December, 2013

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 31, 2013

Wassily Kandinsky, on the artist

“The artist must train not only his eye, but his soul.”

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Quote of the day, Dec. 30

December 30, 2013

Nathaniel Hawthorne, on words (1848)

“Words—so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 29

December 29, 2013

John Dewey, on democracy (1939)

“Democracy means the belief that humanistic culture should prevail.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 28, 2013

Martin Amis, on writers

“Probably all writers are at some point briefly under the impression that they are in the forefront of disintegration and chaos, that they are among the first to live and work after things fall apart. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2013

Adam Ferguson, on history and the future (1767)

“Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 26, 2013

William Butler Yeats, on quarreling 

“We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 25

December 25, 2013

Frank B. Jewett, on independent thinking (1940)

“So long as you live and in whatever circumstances the kaleidoscope of life may place you, think for yourself and act in accordance with the conclusions of that thinking; avoid so far as possible drifting with the current of the mob or being too easily influenced by the outward manifestation of things. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 24

December 24, 2013

Richard Feynman, on Western civilization (1956)

“Western civilization, it seems to me, stands by two great heritages. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 23

December 23, 2013

Simone Weil, on art

“Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 22

December 22, 2013

William Least Heat-Moon, on wandering (1982)

“Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while. Maybe the only gift is a chance to inquire, to know nothing for certain. An inheritance of wonder and nothing more.”