Archive for November, 2014

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 29, 2014

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on injustice to Indians in South Africa (1896)

“Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”

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Quote of the day, Nov. 28

November 28, 2014

Marc Chagall, on art

“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers—and never succeeding.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2014

William Cowper Brann, on patriotism

“No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 26, 2014

Pete Townshend, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (1971)

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

Quote of the day, Nov. 25

November 25, 2014

Phyllis McGinley, on compromise

“Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 24, 2014

Beethoven, on music

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 23

November 23, 2014

Bernard de Fontenelle, from Dialogues des morts (1683)

“To be happy one must have a good stomach and a bad heart.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 22

November 22, 2014

John F. Kennedy (1961)

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 21

November 21, 2014

Seneca, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium

“He is most powerful who has power over himself.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 20

November 21, 2014

George Eliot, from Adam Bede

“We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves.”