Quote of the day, Jan. 15

January 15, 2018

C.T. Vivian, on leadership

“Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you … You are made by the struggles you choose.”


Quote of the day, Jan. 14

January 15, 2018

Christopher Hitchens, on race

“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my ‘race,’ unless I was permitted to put ‘human.’ The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put ‘white,’ which is not even a color let alone a ‘race,’ and I sternly declined to put ‘Caucasian,’ which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of [Dr. Martin Luther] King’s campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you ‘black.'”

Quote of the day, Jan. 13

January 13, 2018

Winston S. Churchill, on history

“Facts are better than dreams.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 12

January 12, 2018

Eric Hoffer, on memory

“We can remember minutely and precisely only the things which never really happened to us.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 11

January 12, 2018

Charles Dickens, from A Tale of Two Cities

“The sea did what it liked, and what it liked was destruction. It thundered at the town, and thundered at the cliffs, and brought the coast down, madly.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 10

January 12, 2018

H.H. Asquith, on the Titanic (1912)

“Perhaps the House will allow me to add this: that I am afraid we must brace ourselves to confront one of those terrible events in the order of Providence which baffle foresight, which appall the imagination and make us realise the inadequacy of words to do justice to what we feel. We cannot say more at this moment than to give a necessarily imperfect impression of our sense of admiration that the best traditions of the sea seem to have been observed and that willing sacrifices were offered to give the first chance for safety to those who were least able to help themselves, and of the heartfelt sympathy of the whole nation to those who find themselves suddenly bereaved of their nearest and dearest.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 9

January 9, 2018

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on life

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 8

January 9, 2018

Carl Sagan, on books

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 7

January 7, 2018

Jacques Derrida, on writing

“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 6

January 7, 2018

Dwight D. Eisenhower, on reading

“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book.”