Archive for September, 2014

Quote of the day, Sept. 30

September 30, 2014

Nathaniel Hawthorne, on life

“Life is made up of marble and mud.”

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Quote of the day, Sept. 29

September 28, 2014

Joseph Joubert, from the Pensées

“We find little in a book but what we put there. But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 28

September 28, 2014

Walt Whitman, from When I Read the Book (1867)

“When I read the book, the biography famous,
And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man’s life?
And so will some one when I am dead and gone write my life?
(As if any man really knew aught of my life,
Why even I myself I often think know little or nothing of my real life,
Only a few hints, a few diffused faint clews and indirections
I seek for my own use to trace out here.)”

Quote of the day, Sept. 27

September 27, 2014

Immanuel Kant, on ethics (1788)

“Morality is not really the doctrine of how to make ourselves happy but of how we are to be worthy of happiness.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 26

September 26, 2014

George Eliot, from Adam Bede

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 25

September 25, 2014

Confucius, on learning

“When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 24

September 24, 2014

Sonali Deraniyagala, on writing

“Writing is a much better quality of agony than trying to forget.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 23

September 23, 2014

Abraham Lincoln (1862)

“May our children and our children’s children to a thousand generations, continue to enjoy the benefits conferred upon us by a united country, and have cause yet to rejoice under those glorious institutions bequeathed us by Washington and his compeers.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 22, 2014

Leonard Cohen, on his music

“People used to say my music was too difficult or too obscure, and I never set out to be difficult or obscure. I just set out to write what I felt as honestly as I could, and I am delighted when other people feel a part of themselves in the music.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 21

September 21, 2014

Doris Lessing, on knowledge (1969)

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”