Archive for May, 2016

Quote of the day, May 31

May 31, 2016

John Ruskin

“That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.”

Quote of the day, May 30

May 30, 2016

Roald Amundsen, from The South Pole

“Everything is on a reduced scale here in the Polar regions; we can’t afford to be extravagant.”

Quote of the day, May 29

May 29, 2016

Winston S. Churchill, on prediction

“A hopeful disposition is not the sole qualification to be a prophet.”

Quote of the day, May 28

May 28, 2016

Barbara Tuchman,  from “When Does History Happen?” (1964)

The primary duty of the historian is to stay within the evidence.”

Quote of the day, May 27

May 27, 2016

Barbara Tuchman, on history (1981)

“One of the difficulties in writing history is the problem of how to keep up suspense in a narrative whose outcome is known. I worried about this a good deal at the beginning, but after a while the actual process of writing, as so often happens, produced the solution. I found that if one writes as of the time, without using the benefit of hindsight, resisting always the temptation to refer to events still ahead, the suspense will build itself up naturally.”

Quote of the day, May 26

May 26, 2016

E.H. Carr, on history (from What Is History?, 1961)

“The historian is of his own age, and is bound to it by the conditions of human existence. The very words he uses–like democracy, empire, war, revolution–have current connotations from which he cannot divorce them.”

Quote of the day, May 25

May 25, 2016

E.H. Carr, on history (from What Is History?, 1961)

“History cannot be written unless the historian can achieve some kind of contact with the mind of those about whom he is writing.”

Quote of the day, May 24

May 24, 2016

Mohandas K. Gandhi

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

Quote of the day, May 23

May 23, 2016

Margaret Sullivan, on journalism (from the Washington Post, 2016)

“Dose of reality: Around the country, journalism programs are shrinking, and applications are down. But then again, many of the best journalists have never set foot in a journalism class, relying instead on liberal arts educations and on-the-job training, also known as scrambling on deadline in abject fear. As for whether there’s a sustainable way to pay for the expensive business of news gathering in the long run, no one knows for sure.”

Quote of the day, May 22

May 22, 2016

Jane Kenyon, “Otherwise”

I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.