Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

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.”

Quote of the day, April 10

April 11, 2017

Rabindranath Tagore

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

Quote of the day, April 8

April 8, 2017

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on living

“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”

Quote of the day, April 5

April 5, 2017

Graham Greene, from The End of the Affair

“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

Quote of the day, March 29

March 28, 2017

Thomas Campbell, from “Men of England”

Men of England! who inherit
Rights that cost your sires their blood!
Men whose undegenerate spirit
Has been proved on field and flood …

Quote of the day, March 25

March 25, 2017

Charles Dickens, from Our Mutual Friend

“He could not be a lighterman or river-carrier; there was no clue to what he looked for, but he looked for something with a most intent and searching gaze.”

Quote of the day, March 20

March 20, 2017

Kurt Vonnegut, on eloquence

“Your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.”