Quote of the day, July 14

July 15, 2017

J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Quote of the day, July 13

July 14, 2017

Ann Cleeves, from Harbour Street

“Was it only possible truly to enjoy something if you knew there was a danger that it might be taken away?”

Quote of the day, July 12

July 13, 2017

Richard Thompson, from “King of Bohemia”

Did your dreams die young
Were they too hard won
Did you reach too high and fall
And there is no rest
For the ones God blessed
And he blessed you best of all
Your eyes seem from a different face
They’ve seen that much that soon …

Quote of the day, July 11

July 12, 2017

Martin Buber, on journeys

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Quote of the day, July 10

July 10, 2017

David Brinkley, on success

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.”

Quote of the day, July 9

July 9, 2017

Doug Marlette, on life

“Ease up on yourselves. Have some compassion for yourself as well as for others. There’s no such thing as perfection, and life is not a race.”

Quote of the day, July 8

July 9, 2017

Fred Chappell, on reading

“Perhaps I had missed a great deal, reading so continually and seeing the world through the windowpanes of books. But then, maybe not. If books had made up a large part of the experience of my youth, it only meant that what I’d missed in immediacy of experience, I’d gained in variety, looking so widely into the thought…s and dreams of others, of travelers and sages, of soldiers and scholars and all the mighty dead.”

Quote of the day, July 7

July 7, 2017

Louis D. Rubin Jr., on Southern literature

“Only in the Confederate South was the industrialization of America arrested, by the military and economic defeat of the War, and communities like Mark Twain’s Hannibal allowed to exist for another half-century. Not until the 20th century did the South feel importantly the effects of the industrialization that was changing the face of American life. Then it too produced distinguished writers whose art mirrored the transition of one kind of life to another.”

Quote of the day, July 6

July 6, 2017

Barbara J. Fields, on class

“In America, straightforward talk about class inequality is all but impossible, indeed taboo. Political appeals to the economic self-interest of ordinary voters, as distinct from their wealthy compatriots, court instant branding and disfigurement in the press as divisive ‘economic populism’ or even ‘class warfare.'”

Quote of the day, July 5

July 6, 2017

Pat Conroy, on storytelling

“The most powerful words in English are, ‘Tell me a story.'”