Archive for August, 2016

Quote of the day, Aug. 31

August 31, 2016

Peter Hitchens, on memories

“A nation is the sum of its memories, and when those memories are allowed to die, it is less of a nation.”

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Quote of the day, Aug. 30

August 30, 2016

Laurence J. Peter, from The Peter Principle

“Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2016

Annie Besant, on thought

“Thought is just not something objective in our heads. Thought is power—real, objective power. Moreover, the thoughts we create have a life of their own. They have a kind of material reality that affects other people for good or ill—hence our responsibility to chose.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2016

Henning Mankell, on family

“Our real family is endless, even if we don’t know who some of them were when we met them for an extremely brief moment.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 27

August 27, 2016

James M. Barrie, on the printing press

“The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, one sometimes forgets which.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 26

August 26, 2016

Billy Bragg, from “Stetson Kennedy”

I done spent my last three cents
Mailing my letter to the president
I didn’t make a show, I didn’t make a dent
So I’m swinging over to this independent gent
Stetson kennedy
Writing his name in …

Quote of the day, Aug. 25

August 25, 2016

Katharine Graham, from Personal History

“What the president never accepted, or even clearly understood—as most people don’t understand—is the autonomy editors have, and must have, to produce a good newspaper. I used to describe it as liberty, not license.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 24

August 24, 2016

Thomas Carlyle, on the world

“This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 23

August 23, 2016

William Shakespeare, from As You Like It

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2016

William Butler Yeats, from “Easter Sunday”

“Too long a sacrifice/Can make a stone of the heart.”