Archive for August, 2014

Quote of the day, Aug. 30

August 30, 2014

Graham Greene, on writing

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2014

George Herbert, on books

“Woe be to him that reads but one book.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2014

A.E. Housman

“Give me a land of boughs in leaf
A land of trees that stand;
Where trees are fallen there is grief;
I love no leafless land.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 27

August 27, 2014

William Makepeace Thackeray, on writing

“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 26

August 26, 2014

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1902)

“The duty of the words is to say just as much as the music has left unsaid and no more.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 25

August 25, 2014

James T. Valvano, on his father

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 24

August 24, 2014

David Lodge, on universities

“Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn’t have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2014

P.D. James, from The Children of Men (2006)

“Man is diminished if he lives without knowledge of his past; without hope of a future he becomes a beast.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2014

J.K. Rowling, Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”


Quote of the day, Aug. 21

August 21, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on self-sacrifice (1870)

“Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grew.”