Archive for July, 2017

Quote of the day, July 31

July 31, 2017

Mark Twain, on the truth

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2017

Michel de Montaigne, from Essays

“Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.”

Quote of the day, July 29

July 29, 2017

John Wooden, on living well daily

“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books—especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”

Quote of the day, July 28

July 28, 2017

Douglas Adams, from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”


Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2017

Pete Seeger, on education

“Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.”

Quote of the day, July 26

July 26, 2017

Rick Riordan, on the sea

“The sea does not like to be restrained. ”

Quote of the day, July 25

July 25, 2017

Salman Rushdie, on the fundamentals of an open society

“Two things form the bedrock of any open society—freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.”

Quote of the day, July 24

July 24, 2017

William Shakespeare, from As You Like It

“Find tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

Quote of the day, July 23

July 23, 2017

Dorothy L. Sayers, on education

“Has it ever struck you as odd, or unfortunate, that today, when the proportion of literacy is higher than it has ever been, people should have become susceptible to the influence of advertisement and mass propaganda to an extent hitherto unheard of and unimagined? … Have you ever, in listening to a debate among adult and presumably responsible people, been fretted by the extraordinary inability of the average debater to speak to the question, or to meet and refute the arguments of speakers on the other side? … And when you think of this, and think that most of our public affairs are settled by debates and committees, have you ever felt a certain sinking of the heart? … Is not the great defect of our education today—a defect traceable through all the disquieting symptoms of trouble that I have mentioned—that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils ‘subjects,’ we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning.”

Quote of the day, July 22

July 22, 2017

Walter de la Mare, from The Return

“An hour’s terror is better than a lifetime of timidity.