Archive for July, 2016

Quote of the day, July 31

July 31, 2016

J.K. Rowling, on the imagination

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2016

James Madison, on freedom

“There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Quote of the day, July 29

July 29, 2016

Carl L. Becker, from The United States: An Experiment in Democracy (1920)

“Virginia was in fact a landowning aristocracy, without nobility or merchant class, or any considerable small peasant farming class; and the other Southern colonies, except North Carolina, were on the whole similar to Virginia in these respects.”

Quote of the day, July 28

July 28, 2016

Thomas Wolfe, on writing

“What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the manuscript one hopes to publish.”

Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2016

O. Henry, on writing

“Write what you like; there is no other rule.”

Quote of the day, July 26

July 26, 2016

Ann Radcliffe, from The Mysteries of Udolpho (1764)

“A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness.”

Quote of the day, July 25

July 25, 2016

Bill Mauldin, on humor

“The American public highly overrates its sense of humor. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 24

July 24, 2016

Seamus Heaney, on writing poetry

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.”

Quote of the day, July 23

July 23, 2016

W.J. Cash, from The Mind of the South

“Eventually, of course, must come change. Perhaps, indeed, the beginning of it is already at hand. For, undeniably, there is a stir, a rustling upon the land, a vague, formless, intangible thing which may or may not be the adumbration of coming upheaval. Tomorrow—the day after—eventually— the cotton-mill peon will acquire the labor outlook and explosion will follow. In the long run the mind of the South will be remade. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 22

July 22, 2016

Reynolds Price, on life

“Life is short and often stingy; feast the heart with what it craves, short of cruelty, and let the world wonder.”