Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 12

December 12, 2017

Christopher Hitchens, on freedom of expression

“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time.”

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Quote of the day, Dec. 11

December 11, 2017

Nelson Mandela, from Long Walk to Freedom

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 10

December 11, 2017

Pliny the Younger, on speeches (from The Letters of the Younger Pliny)

“So we must work at our profession and not make anybody else’s idleness an excuse for our own. There is no lack of readers and listeners; it is for us to produce something worth being written and heard.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 6

December 6, 2017

Edward Said, on culture

“Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 1

December 1, 2017

Aesop, on illusions

“Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 30

December 1, 2017

Voltaire, on freedom

“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 28

November 29, 2017

Midnight Oil, from “Beds Are Burning”

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back …

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2017

Lord Chesterfield, from Letters to His Son (1774)

“An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 25

November 27, 2017

James Otway, from Venice Preserved

“Justice is lame as well as blond, amongst us.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 24, 2017

J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”