Archive for April, 2016

Quote of the day, April 30

April 30, 2016

Geoffrey Chaucer, on craft

“The life so short, the crafts so long to learn.”

Quote of the day, April 29

April 29, 2016

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“In man, before the brain is an instrument for action, it has to be an instrument of preparation.”

Quote of the day, April 28

April 27, 2016

Joe Jackson, from “Right and Wrong”

They’re not talkin’ ’bout right and left
They’re talkin’ ’bout
Right and wrong, do you know the difference
Right and wrong, do you know the difference
‘Tween the right and the left and the east and the west
What you know and the things that you’ll never see …

Quote of the day, April 27

April 27, 2016

Philip Larkin, from “Letters to Monica”

“I am always trying to ‘preserve’ things by getting other people to read what I have written, and feel what I felt.”

Quote of the day, April 26

April 27, 2016

Alfred Lord Tennyson, on wisdom

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”

Quote of the day, April 25

April 25, 2016

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, from White Nights

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?”


Quote of the day, April 24

April 24, 2016

Christopher Hitchens, on evidence

“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2016

Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

Quote of the day, April 22

April 22, 2016

William Ralph Inge, from Outspoken Essays (1919)

“The whole of nature, as has been said, is a conjugation of the verb to eat, in the active and passive.”

Quote of the day, April 21

April 21, 2016

Stendahl, from The Red and Black

“A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.”