Archive for February, 2015

Quote of the day, Feb. 28

February 28, 2015

George Bernard Shaw, on democracy

“Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.”

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Quote of the day, Feb. 27

February 27, 2015

Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2015

William Somerset Maugham, on excess

“Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 25

February 25, 2015

Sophocles, from Ajax

“Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 25, 2015

John Ruskin, on the best reward

“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 23

February 23, 2015

Winston Churchill, on the future (1944)

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 22

February 21, 2015

Phillip Larkin, from “High Windows”

“Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:
The sun-comprehending glass,
And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows
Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2015

Icelandic proverb

“Hvar sem fjandinn er þar hefur hann sína.” (Translation: “A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.”)

Quote of the day, Feb. 20

February 20, 2015

Charles Fisher, on dreaming

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane ever night of our lives.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 19

February 19, 2015

Richard E. Byrd, on exploration

“A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion.”