Archive for May, 2017

Quote of the day, May 31

May 31, 2017

Plato, on government

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”

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Quote of the day, May 30

May 31, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer, on writing

“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”

Quote of the day, May 29

May 31, 2017

Bob Dylan, from “Highway 61 Revisited”

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
God say, “No.” Abe say, “What ?”
God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”
Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done ?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61.” …

Quote of the day, May 28

May 31, 2017

Bruce Springsteen, from “Hungry Heart”

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don’t know where it’s flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going …

Quote of the day, May 27

May 31, 2017

Langston Hughes, “A Dream Deferred”

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore–
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Quote of the day, May 26

May 26, 2017

William Butler Yeats, on extremes

“All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.”

Quote of the day, May 25

May 26, 2017

Samuel Butler, on work

“Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.”

Quote of the day, May 24

May 24, 2017

Marshall Crenshaw, from “You Should’ve Been There”

You should’ve been there as the sun went down
Colors ran all across the ground
Then a thousand stars were spinning all around
Do you care, you should’ve been there
I saved you a place right by my side
And waited there in the candlelight
But the only friend I had in sight was an empty chair
You should’ve been there …

Quote of the day, May 23

May 24, 2017

Aesop, “The Man and the Lion”

A Lion and a Man chanced to travel in company through the forest. They soon began to quarrel, for each of them boasted that he and his kind were far superior to the other both in strength and mind. (more…)

Quote of the day, May 22

May 22, 2017

Jerry Rice, on what motivated him

“My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn’t want to let them down.”