Archive for May, 2017

Quote of the day, May 21

May 21, 2017

Will Rogers, on humor

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”

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Quote of the day, May 20

May 20, 2017

Barry Levinson, on Avalon

“When I began to think about the head of the family, the storyteller, the rise of television which became the new storyteller, the break-up of the American family as an idea and then Avalon came.”

Quote of the day, May 19

May 19, 2017

Mark Twain, on the two most important days of our lives

“The two most important days in your life are when you are born and the day you find out why.”

Quote of the day, May 18

May 18, 2017

H.L. Mencken, on education (from The American Mercury, 1924)

“The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”

Quote of the day, May 17

May 17, 2017

The Jam, from “Standards”

Oh we make the standards and we make the rules
And if you don’t abide by them you must be a fool
We have the power to control the whole land
You never must question our motives or plans –
‘Cause we’ll outlaw your voices, do anything we want
We’ve nothing to fear from the nation
We’ll throw you out of your houses if you get too much
If we have to we’ll destroy your generation …

Quote of the day, May 16

May 17, 2017

Billy Bragg, from “It Says Here”

If this does not reflect your view you should understand
That those who own the papers also own this land
And they’d rather you believe
In Coronation Street capers
In the war of circulation, it sells newspapers
Could it be an infringement
Of the freedom of the press
To print pictures of women in states of undress …

Quote of the day, May 15

May 15, 2017

Groucho Marx, on books

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Quote of the day, May 14

May 15, 2017

William Shakespeare, on language

“Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.”

Quote of the day, May 13

May 13, 2017

George Bernard Shaw, on life

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Quote of the day, May 12

May 12, 2017

Michel de Montaigne, from Essays

“It is a rare life that remains orderly even in private.”