Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

Quote of the day, May 14

May 15, 2017

William Shakespeare, on language

“Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.”

Quote of the day, May 13

May 13, 2017

George Bernard Shaw, on life

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Quote of the day, May 12

May 12, 2017

Michel de Montaigne, from Essays

“It is a rare life that remains orderly even in private.”

Quote of the day, May 10

May 9, 2017

Walker Percy, on the U.S. Civil War (from “The American War”)

“The truth is, I think, that the whole country, South included, is just beginning to see the Civil War whole and entire for the first time. The thing was too big and too bloody, too full of suffering and hatred, too closely knit into the fabric of our meaning as a people, to be held off and looked at—until now. It is like a man walking away from a mountain. The bigger it is, the farther he’s got to go before he can see it. Then one day he looks back and there it is, this colossal thing lying across his past.”

Quote of the day, May 5

May 6, 2017

William Butler Yeats, on poetry

“We make our of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.”

Quote of the day, April 29

April 29, 2017

E.B. White, on luck (from One Man’s Meat)

“Luck is not something you can mention in the presence self-made men.”

Quote of the day, April 23

April 23, 2017

Franz Kakfa, from The Trial

“It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free.”

Quote of the day, April 22

April 23, 2017

Samuel Butler, from Note-Books

“Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.”

Quote of the day, April 21

April 21, 2017

William Faulkner, from Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

Quote of the day, April 19

April 19, 2017

Catullus, on living and loving

“Let us live and love, nor give a damn what sour old men say.
The sun that sets may rise again, but when our light has sunk into the earth it is gone forever.”