Archive for January, 2017

Quote of the day, Jan. 31

January 31, 2017

Charles Dickens, from Bleak House

“The cart is shaken all to pieces, and the rugged road is very near its end.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 30

January 30, 2017

Neil Finn, from “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (1986)

In the paper today
tales of war and of waste
but you turn right over to the TV page …

Quote of the day, Jan. 29

January 29, 2017

Anton Chekhov, from “Lights”

“One can prove or refute anything at all with words. Soon people will perfect language technology to such an extent that they’ll be proving with mathematical precision that twice two is seven.”


Quote of the day, Jan. 28

January 27, 2017

Bob Woodward, from The War Within (2008)

“There is an encyclopaedia of lessons for the next president to learn from [President George W.] Bush’s mismanagement of the [Iraq] war. The first might be to trust the public with the truth, in all its pain and uncertainty.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 27

January 26, 2017

William Shakespeare, from Richard II

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

Quote of the day, Jan. 26

January 26, 2017

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1948)

“I want you to take a vow that you will never again listen to the voice of Satan and abandon the way of brotherliness and peace.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 25

January 25, 2017

Andrew Pettegree, from “The Invention of News” (2014)

“Like so much of what had been created during the Roman Empire, the Roman postal service was an achievement of breathtaking imagination and administrative ambition. The Roman road network had been designed to move large bodies of troops around a militarised domain that stretch from Spain to Germany and from Britain to Asia Minor. A high-speed courier service was an essential part of the information and administrative infrastructure that underpinned the system.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 24

January 25, 2017

Pete Townshend, from “Substitute”

Substitute your lies for facts …


Quote of the day, Jan. 23

January 23, 2017

Elvis Costello, from “Brilliant Mistake”

He thought he was the King of America
Where they pour Coca Cola just like vintage wine
Now I try hard not to become hysterical
But I’m not sure if I am laughing or crying
I wish that I could push a button
And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this hurtin’ feeling disappear
Like it was common sense
It was a fine idea at the time
Now it’s a brilliant mistake …

Quote of the day, Jan. 22

January 22, 2017

Umberto Eco, on visual communication

“A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection—not an invitation for hypnosis.”