Archive for February, 2016

Quote of the day, Feb. 29

February 29, 2016

Frederick Douglass, on his education

“I have often been asked where I got my education. I have answered, from Massachusetts Abolition University: Mr. [William Lloyd] Garrison, president.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 28

February 28, 2016

Michel de Montaigne, from Essays (1580)

“All the opinions in the world point out that pleasure is our aim.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 27

February 27, 2016

Frank Borman, on flying (2008)

“A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid situations which require the use of his superior skill.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2016

Umberto Eco, on books

“Books are not meant to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what is say, but what it means.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 25

February 25, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock, on television (1965)

“Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.”


Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2016

Mary Lou Wood, after Milan, Ind., won the 1954 state basketball title

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 23

February 23, 2016

Paul Westerberg, “Black Eyed Susan”

Beads of sweat glimmer to the ground
Golden tears shimmer, soft and round
Throwing small shadows
I catch those that fall at my feet
Black eyed Susan dancing in the breeze.

Quote of the day, Feb. 22

February 22, 2016

Mark Twain

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2016

Winston S. Churchill, on self-government

“Any intelligent community will much rather govern itself ill, than be well governed by some other community: and we, whatever our intentions, have not the knowledge of their problems to enable us to give even good government.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 20

February 20, 2016

Umberto Eco, from the postscript to the Name of the Rose

“Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the moutains: you have to learn the rhythm of respiration, acquire the pace; otherwise you stop right away.”