Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Quote of the day, July 21

July 21, 2017

Henry David Thoreau, on books

“In books, that which is most generally interesting is what comes home to the most cherished private experience of the greatest number. It is not the book of him who has travelled the farthest over the surface of the globe, but of him who has lived the deepest and been the most at home.”

Quote of the day, July 20

July 20, 2017

Stephen King, on books (from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft)

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

Quote of the day, June 25

June 25, 2017

John Gardner, on writing book reviews

“Writing a review isn’t really analytical; it’s for the most part quick reactions—joys and rages. I certainly never write a book review about I don’t think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it’s an enormously bad book.”

Quote of the day, June 13

June 16, 2017

William Ellery Channing, on books

“It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.”

Quote of the day, June 2

June 2, 2017

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, from Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

Quote of the day, April 2

April 2, 2017

John Kenneth Galbraith, from The Great Crash 1929

“There is … the slightly more subtle conviction that economic life is governed by an inevitable rhythm. After a certain time prosperity destroys itself and depression corrects itself. In 1929 prosperity, in accordance with the dictates of the business cycle, had run its course.”


Quote of the day, April 1

March 31, 2017

John Stuart Mill, from On Liberty (1859)

“The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

Quote of the day, March 21

March 21, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, on writing

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 27

February 27, 2017

John Steinbeck, on books

“A book is like a man—clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 23

February 23, 2017

Candice Millard, on Teddy Roosevelt (from The River of Doubt)

“‘Of course a man has to take advantage of his opportunities, but the opportunities have to come,’ he [Roosevelt] told an audience in Cambridge, England, in the spring of 1910. ‘If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not the great occasion, you don’t get the great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in times of peace, no one would know his name now.'”