Archive for December, 2015

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 31, 2015

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, on truth

“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 30

December 30, 2015

Spanish proverb

Bien predica quien bien vive. (English translation: “Lead by example.”)

Quote of the day, Dec. 29

December 29, 2015

El Greco, on art

“I paint because the spirits whisper madly inside my head.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 29, 2015

Teresa of Avila

“Love turns work into rest.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 29, 2015

Pablo Casals, on music

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 27, 2015

Gavin Francis, on compassion (in the New York Times)

“Our idea of compassion has largely come down to us from the medieval Christian tradition, where the ‘virtue’ of compassion was often opposed to the ‘vice’ of envy. The ancient Greeks focused on justice, courage and temperance, and the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew scriptures elevated instead piety, fidelity and keeping the peace. By contrast, Buddhists have always valued compassion highly: Three out of four ‘divine states’ of mind refer to aspects of fellow-feeling. Hinduism proposes two types of compassion: that which you feel toward someone who has brought suffering on themselves, and a more intense sympathy felt for the blameless.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 25

December 25, 2015

Catalan proverb

“A public hall is never swept.”


Quote of the day, Dec. 24

December 24, 2015

Pablo Picasso

“Variation does not mean evolution. If an artist varies his mode of expression, this only means he has changed his manner of thinking, and in changing, it might be for the better or for the worse.”



Quote of the day, Dec. 23

December 23, 2015

Samuel Gompers, on labor

“What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 22

December 22, 2015

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, on man

“Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.”