Quote of the day, May 16

May 17, 2017

Billy Bragg, from “It Says Here”

If this does not reflect your view you should understand
That those who own the papers also own this land
And they’d rather you believe
In Coronation Street capers
In the war of circulation, it sells newspapers
Could it be an infringement
Of the freedom of the press
To print pictures of women in states of undress …

Quote of the day, May 15

May 15, 2017

Groucho Marx, on books

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

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 11

May 12, 2017

Rainier Marie Rilke, from “Letters to a Young Poet”

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.”

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 9

May 9, 2017

R.E.M., from “World Leader Pretend”

I sit at my table and wage war on myself
It seems like it’s all, it’s all for nothing
I know the barricades
And I know the mortar in the wall breaks
I recognise the weapons, I’ve used them well

This is my mistake
Let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down

I’ve a rich understanding of my finest defences
I proclaim that claims are left unstated
I demand a rematch

I decree a stalemate
I divine my deeper motives
I recognise the weapons
I’ve practised them well
I fitted them myself

It’s amazing what devices you can sympathize
Empathise
This is my mistake, let me make it good
I raised the wall
And I will be the one to knock it down ….

Quote of the day, May 8

May 8, 2017

William Wordsworth

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

Quote of the day, May 7

May 7, 2017

Francis Bacon, from Essays

“Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.”