Archive for September, 2017

Quote of the day, Sept. 30

September 30, 2017

John F. Kennedy, on books (1960)

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

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Quote of the day, Sept. 29

September 29, 2017

Langston Hughes, on censorship

“We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 28

September 28, 2017

 Isaac Asimov, on censorship

“Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 27

September 27, 2017

Tommy Smothers, on censorship

“The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 26

September 26, 2017

Potter Stewart, on censorship

“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. “

Quote of the day, Sept. 25

September 25, 2017

Judy Blume, on freedom

“Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 24

September 24, 2017

Mother Teresa, on the world’s problems

“The biggest problem in the world today is not poverty or disease but the lack of love and charity and the feeling of being unwanted.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 23

September 24, 2017

V.S.Naipaul, from A Bend in the River

“Like many isolated people, they were wrapped in themselves and not too interested in the outside world.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 22, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer, from Essays and Aphorisms

“Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence. So that all newspaper writers are, for the sake of their trade, alarmists: this is their way of making themselves interesting. What they really do, however, is resemble little dogs who, as soon as anything whatever moves, start up a loud barking. It is necessary, therefore, not to pay too much attention to their alarms, and to realize in general that the newspaper is a magnifying glass, and this only at best: for very often it is no more than a shadow-play on the wall.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 21

September 21, 2017

Brooks Atkinson, on photography

“The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives to him to keep on looking.”