Archive for December, 2016

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 31, 2016

E.B. White, from One Man’s Meat

“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 30

December 30, 2016

Charles Dickens, from David Copperfield

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 29

December 29, 2016

Aesop, from Fables (The Lion and the Mouse)

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 28, 2016

Carl Sagan, on reading

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2016

J.R.R. Tolkein, on fantasy

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? … If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 26, 2016

Angela Merkel, on freedom

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And its humanly reprehensible, xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here. We are fighting to ensure that they don’t have a place elsewhere either.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 25

December 25, 2016

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on women (from Young India, 4 October 1930)

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 24

December 24, 2016

François Mauriac, on writing

“I write whenever it suits me. During a creative period I write every day; a novel should not be interrupted.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 23

December 23, 2016

Thomas Carlyle, from Sartor Resartus

“That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 22

December 22, 2016

Bob Dylan, on what people do 

“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”