Archive for August, 2015

Quote of the day, Aug. 31

August 31, 2015

African proverb

“Don’t look where you fell, but where you slipped.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 30

August 29, 2015

Henning Mankell, from Italian Shoes (2006)

“I remembered her once saying that life was like your shoes. You couldn’t simply expect or imagine that your shoes would fit perfectly. Shoes that pinched your feet were a fact of life.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2015

Arthur H. Robinson, on maps (1965)

“There are few results of man’s activities that so closely parallel man’s interests and intellectual capabilities as the map.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2015

Ian Rankin, from Knots and Crosses (1987)

“It was the laughter of birthdays, of money found in an old pocket.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 27

August 27, 2015

Louis Untermeyer, on poetry (1950)

“The poet’s dilemma … to create order in the midst of disorder.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 26

August 26, 2015

Richard Long, on walking (1980)

“I am an artist who makes walks. A walk defines the form of the land in space and time beyond the scale of sculpture or the fixed image. (more…)

Quote of the day, Aug. 25

August 25, 2015

Umberto Eco, on fathers (from Foucault’s Pendulum)

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 24

August 24, 2015

Annie Besant, on liberty

“Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2015

Gustav Holst, on composing

“Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2015

Ray Bradbury

“There is more than one way to burn a book.”