Archive for January, 2016

Quote of the day, Jan. 31

January 31, 2016

Aristotle, from Politics

“He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 30

January 30, 2016

John Adams, on liberty

“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 29

January 29, 2016


“Everyone’s quick to blame the alien.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 28

January 28, 2016

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, from Emile (1762)

“Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 27

January 27, 2016

Winston S. Churchill, on tyranny

“Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 26

January 26, 2016

Jeff Tweedy, on music (2004)

“A piece of art is not a loaf of bread. When someone steals a loaf of bread from the store, that’s it. The loaf of bread is gone. When someone downloads a piece of music, it’s just data until the listener puts that music back together with their own ears, their mind, their subjective experience. How they perceive your work changes your work.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 25

January 25, 2016

Gerald Brenan, from Thoughts in a Dry Season (1978)

“Intellectuals are people who believe that ideas are of more importance than values. That is to say, their own ideas and other people’s values.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 24

January 24, 2016

Michael Servetus

“Inherent of human condition is the sickness of believing the rest are impostors and heathen, and not ourselves, because nobody recognizes his own mistakes.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 23

January 23, 2016

Friedrich von Schlegel, on history

“A historian s a prophet in reverse.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 22

January 23, 2016

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1897)

“The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.”