Archive for December, 2016

Quote of the day, Dec. 21

December 21, 2016

Edward Gibbon, from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.”


Quote of the day, Dec. 20

December 20, 2016

Seneca the Younger, from De Ira

“He who injured you was either stronger or weaker. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare yourself.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 19

December 19, 2016

Warren Buffett, on getting ahead

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2016

James Madison, on knowledge

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2016

Bill Gates, on learning

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 16

December 16, 2016

Julia Child, from My Life in France

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”


Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2016

George Orwell, on free speech

“If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 14

December 14, 2016

Pythagoras, on man’s soul

“The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 13

December 13, 2016

Julius Caesar, on war

“In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 12

December 12, 2016

Abigail Adams, on education

“Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”