Archive for the ‘Litearture’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 5

December 5, 2017

P.J. O’Rourke, on books

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2017

Gustave Flaubert, on critics (1846)

“A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 27, 2016

J.R.R. Tolkein, on fantasy

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? … If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

Quote of the day, Dec. 24

December 24, 2016

François Mauriac, on writing

“I write whenever it suits me. During a creative period I write every day; a novel should not be interrupted.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 23

December 23, 2016

Thomas Carlyle, from Sartor Resartus

“That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 22

November 22, 2016

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from “The Sign of Four”

Holmes: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”

Quote of the day, Aug. 21

August 21, 2016

Soren Kierkegaard, from Fear and Trembling

“The true knight of faith is a witness, never a teacher, and therein lies his deep humanity, which is worth a good deal more than this silly participation in others’ weal and woe which is honored by the name of sympathy, whereas in fact it is nothing but vanity.”

Quote of the day, April 26

April 27, 2016

Alfred Lord Tennyson, on wisdom

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 22

December 22, 2015

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, on man

“Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2015

Italian proverb

“Chi ha bisogno, domandi.” (Lose nothing for want of asking.)