Archive for the ‘language’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 27

January 26, 2017

William Shakespeare, from Richard II

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

Quote of the day, Nov. 10

November 10, 2016

Gabriel García Márquez, on being born

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 29

September 29, 2016

Samuel Johnson, on writers (1755)

“Though not to write, when a man can write so well, is an offence sufficiently heinous …”

Quote of the day, Feb. 11

February 11, 2016

Abraham Lincoln

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

Quote of the day, Sept. 2

September 2, 2015

Tamil proverb

“Would a woman who came to attend a funeral throw away her Thali?”

Quote of the day, Aug. 18

August 18, 2015

Wilhelm von Humboldt, on enjoyment (1908)

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

Quote of the day, July 21

July 21, 2015

City of Oxford motto

“Fortis est Veritas.”

Quote of the day, June 30

June 30, 2015

Lewis Carroll, on language

“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.”