Archive for August, 2017

Quote of the day, Aug. 21

August 21, 2017

Stephen Hawking, on science, work, and love

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 20

August 20, 2017

James Baldwin, on education

“It is very nearly impossible to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 19

August 19, 2017

Flannery O’Connor, on writing (from Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose)

“There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 18

August 18, 2017

Leo Tolstoy, on change

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 17

August 17, 2017

Plato, on war

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 16

August 17, 2017

Oscar Wilde, on books

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 15

August 15, 2017

John D. Stevens, on freedom of expression (1971)

“Modern freedom, spawned out of the mutual need for toleration enforced by urban living, is a much more positive freedom than old one which was based on elbow room. It is easy to be tolerant of a neighbor is his farm was 15 miles away and over a mountain; it is not so easy to be tolerant of him if the eaves of your house almost touch, if his dog howls at night and keeps you awake, of is his children tromp down your flower beds.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 14

August 14, 2017

Thomas Jefferson, on the press (letter to John Norvell, 1807)

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by it’s abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live & die in the belief, that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables. General facts may indeed be collected from them, such as that Europe is now at war, that Bonaparte has been a successful warrior, that he has subjected a great portion of Europe to his will, etc …; but no details can be relied on. I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 13

August 13, 2017

Plato, on falsehood

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 12

August 12, 2017

Robert McCormick, on the role of the press

“The newspaper is an institution developed my modern civilization to present the news of the day to foster commerce and industry, to inform and led public opinion, and to furnish that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide.”