Archive for October, 2015

Quote of the day, Oct. 31

October 31, 2015

Nathaniel Hawthorne, from Young Goodman Brown

“The fiend in his own shape is less hideous than when he rages in the breast of man.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 30

October 30, 2015

William Shakespeare, from King Henry V (1598)

“This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d; (more…)

Quote of the day, Oct. 29

October 29, 2015

P.D. James, on novel writing

“The intention of any novelist must surely be to make that straight avenue to the human heart.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 28

October 28, 2015

Russell Baker, from There’s a Country in My Cellar (1990)

“Of all the people insistently expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing headlines to trample him flat.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 27

October 27, 2015

A.A. Milne, from The House at Pooh Corner

“It’s the best way to write poetry, letting things come.”  

Quote of the day, Oct. 26

October 26, 2015

Michael Parenti, from Dirty Truths (1996)

“The mass media are class media.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 25

October 26, 2015

Richard Leakey, from Origins (1977)

“Ever since Darwin tied knots between human beings and the rest of the animal world, many people have frantically attempted to untie them again, declaring that even though our roots are in the animal world we have left them so far behind as to make any comparisons utterly meaningless. To some extent this is true, because the quality that makes us unique in the biological kingdom is the enormous capacity to learn.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 24

October 24, 2015

A.A. Milne, from Winnie-the-Pooh

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 23

October 23, 2015

Norman Maclean, from Young Men and Fire (1992)

“Unless we are willing to escape into sentimentality or fantasy, often the best we can do with catastrophes, even our own, is to find out exactly what happened and restore some of the missing parts.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 22

October 22, 2015

Doris Lessing, on writing novels

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”