Archive for February, 2017

Quote of the day, Feb. 28

February 28, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, on war

“Ah, horrible war, amazing medley of the glorious and the squalid, the pitiful and the sublime, if modern men of light and leading saw your face closer, simple folk would see it hardly ever.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 27

February 27, 2017

John Steinbeck, on books

“A book is like a man—clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2017

Andre Breton, from La Clé des Champs  (1953)

“Art today can only be revolutionary, that is, it must aspire at the complete and radical reconstruction of society, even if for no other reason than to emancipate intellectual creation from the chains which obstruct it and to allow all mankind to rise to the heights that only geniuses could reach in the past.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 25

February 25, 2017

John Maynard Keynes, on ideas

“Ideas shape the course of history.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2017

Gustave Flaubert, on critics (1846)

“A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 23

February 23, 2017

Candice Millard, on Teddy Roosevelt (from The River of Doubt)

“‘Of course a man has to take advantage of his opportunities, but the opportunities have to come,’ he [Roosevelt] told an audience in Cambridge, England, in the spring of 1910. ‘If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not the great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in times of peace, no one would know his name now.'”

Quote of the day, Feb. 22

February 22, 2017

Walter Cronkite, on journalism

“Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2017

Guglielmo Marconi, on technology

“Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 20

February 20, 2017

Mary Lou Retton, on doing one’s best

“As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we’ve been given.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 19

February 19, 2017

Charles Dickens, from Nicholas Nickleby

“There once lived in a sequestered part of the county of Devonshire, one Mr. Godfrey Nickleby, a worthy gentleman, who taking it into his head rather late in life that he must get married, and not being young enough or rich enough to aspire to the hand of a lady of fortune, had wedded an old flame out of mere attachment, who in her turn had taken him for the same reason: thus two people who cannot afford to play cards for money, sometimes sit down to a quiet game for love.”