Archive for October, 2017

Quote of the day, Oct. 31

October 31, 2017

Stephen King, from Bag of Bones

“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 30

October 31, 2017

Charles Dickens, on ideas

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 29

October 29, 2017

Charles Williams, from Descent into Hell

“It may be a movement towards becoming like little children to admit that we are generally nothing else.”


Quote of the day, Oct. 28

October 29, 2017

Cotton Mather, on monsters

“Ye monsters of the bubbling deep,
Your Maker’s praises spout;
Up from the sands ye codlings peep,
And wag your tails about.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 27

October 29, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on action

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 26

October 26, 2017

Salman Rushdie, on freedom of speech (1991)

“[H]as it really been so long since religions persecuted people, burning them as heretics, drowning them as witches, that you can’t recognize religious persecution when you see it?”

Quote of the day, Oct. 25

October 25, 2017

George Washington, on freedom of speech (March 15, 1783, at Newburgh, N.Y.)

“There might, Gentlemen, be an impropriety in my taking notice, in this Address to you, of an anonymous production, but the manner in which that performance has been introduced to the army, the effect it was intended to have, together with some other circumstances, will amply justify my observations on the tendency of that Writing. With respect to the advice given by the Author, to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance, I spurn it, as every Man, who regards liberty, and reveres that justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must; for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 24

October 24, 2017

James Madison, on knowledge

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 23

October 23, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt, on action

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 22

October 23, 2017

Albert Camus, from Notebooks 1935-1942

“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”