Archive for the ‘culture’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2016

Bill Gates, on learning

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 8

December 8, 2016

Bill Bryson, from A Short History of Nearly Everything

“It is easy to overlook this thought that life just is. As humans we are inclined to feel that life must have a point. We have plans and aspirations and desires. We want to take constant advantage of the intoxicating existence we’ve been endowed with. But what’s life to a lichen? Yet its impulse to exist, to be , is every bit as strong as ours-arguably even stronger. If I were told that I had to spend decades being a furry growth on a rock in the woods, I believe I would lose the will to go on. Lichens don’t. Like virtually all living things, they will suffer any hardship, endure any insult, for a moment’s additions existence. Life, in short just wants to be.”

 

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 26, 2016

Paulo Freire, on the oppressed (from Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968)

“The oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 14

September 14, 2016

Babe Ruth, on fear

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2016

Thomas Paine, from The American Crisis

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2016

Mary Lou Wood, after Milan, Ind., won the 1954 state basketball title

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2015

George Bancroft, on change (1876)

“Institutions may crumble and governments fall, but it is only that they may renew a better youth, and mount upwards like the eagle.”

Quote of the day, April 9

April 9, 2015

Ely S. Parker to Robert E. Lee, at Appomattox, Virginia, on 9 April 1865

“Sir, we are all Americans.”

(Lee had said to Parker, a Native American: “It is good to have one real American here.”)

Quote of the day, March 5

March 6, 2015

Bill Russell, on basketball

“To me, one of the most beautiful things to see is a group of men coordinating their efforts toward a common goal, alternately subordinating and asserting themselves to achieve real teamwork in action. I tried to do that, we all tried to do that, on the Celtics. I think we succeeded.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 31

January 31, 2015

Bill Mauldin, from Back Home (1947)

“Certainly none of the advances made in civilisation has been due to counterrevolutionaries and advocates of the status quo.”