Quotes of the day: James Baldwin
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Published Saturday, August 01, 2015 @ 11:25 AM EDT
Aug 01 2015

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck- but, most of all, endurance.

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be.

I imagine that one of the reasons that people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with the pain.

I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

I'm optimistic about the future, but not about the future of this civilization. I'm optimistic about the civilization which will replace this one.

If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.

It is a terrible, an inexorable, law that one cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing one's own: in the face of one's victim, one sees oneself.

Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

One can only accept in others what one can accept in oneself.

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.

People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.

The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did- which was to hide.

Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.


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Quotes of the day: Herman Melville
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Published Friday, July 31, 2015 @ 10:23 AM EDT
Jul 31 2015

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, writer of short stories, and poet from the American Renaissance period. Most of his writings were published between 1846 and 1857. Best known for his sea adventure Typee (1846) and his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851), he was almost forgotten during the last thirty years of his life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

A smile is the chosen vehicle for all ambiguities.

All Profound things, and emotions of things are preceded and attended by Silence.

An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver, but less daring.

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.

Genius all over the world stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round.

He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.

Heaven have mercy on us all- Presbyterians and Pagans alike- for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.

Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Life is a voyage that's homeward-bound!

Many sensible things banished from high life find an asylum among the mob.

Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance.

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.

Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.

The island was on no map. No true place ever is.

There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.

There are some persons in this world, who, unable to give better proof of being wise, take a strange delight in showing what they think they have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.

There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.

They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

To scale great heights, we must come out of the lowest depths. The way to heaven is through hell.

Truth is in things, and not in words.

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(August 1 is also the birthday of Jerry Garcia.)


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Quotes of the day: Primo Levi
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Published Thursday, July 30, 2015 @ 12:49 PM EDT
Jul 30 2015

Primo Michele Levi (July 31, 1919 – April 11, 1987) was an Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor. He was the author of several books, novels, collections of short stories, essays, and poems. His best-known works include If This Is a Man (1947) (U.S.: Survival in Auschwitz), his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland; and his unique work, The Periodic Table (1975), linked to qualities of the elements, which the Royal Institution of Great Britain named the best science book ever written. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A country is considered the more civilised the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful.

An enemy who sees the error of his ways ceases to be an enemy.

Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.

Auschwitz is outside of us, but it is all around us, in the air. The plague has died away, but the infection still lingers and it would be foolish to deny it.

For he who loses all often easily loses himself.

Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.

I live in my house as I live inside my skin: I know more beautiful, more ample, more sturdy and more picturesque skins: but it would seem to me unnatural to exchange them for mine.

I think that if for no other reason than that an Auschwitz existed, no one in our age should speak of Providence.

It is neither easy nor agreeable to dredge this abyss of viciousness, and yet I think it must be done, because what could be perpetrated yesterday could be attempted again tomorrow, could overwhelm us and our children.

It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end.

Logic and morality made it impossible to accept an illogical and immoral reality; they engendered a rejection of reality which as a rule led the cultivated man rapidly to despair.

Man is a centaur, a tangle of flesh and mind, divine inspiration and dust.

Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

Our ignorance allowed us to live, as you are in the mountains, and your rope is frayed and about to break, but you don't know it and feel safe.

Perfection belongs to narrated events, not to those we live.

Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite.

The aims of life are the best defense against death.

The sea of grief has no shores, no bottom; no one can sound its depths.

There are people who wring their hands and call it an abyss, but do nothing to fill it; there are also those who work to widen it, as if the scientist and literary man belong to two different human subspecies, reciprocally incomprehensible, fated to ignore each other and not apt to engage in cross-fertilization.

Those who deny Auschwitz would be ready to remake it.

To destroy a man is difficult, almost as difficult as to create one.

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(July 31 is also the birthday of Milton Friedman.)


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Quotes of the day: Thorstein Veblen
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Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 1:31 PM EDT
Jul 29 2015

Thorstein Bunde Veblen (born Torsten Bunde Veblen; July 30, 1857 - August 3, 1929) was an American economist and sociologist, and leader of the institutional economics movement. Veblen is credited for the main technical principle used by institutional economists, known as the Veblenian dichotomy. It is a distinction between what Veblen called "institutions" and "technology". Besides his technical work, Veblen was a popular and witty critic of capitalism, as illustrated by his best-known book The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to judicious use of sabotage.

Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.

In modern civilized communities... the members of each stratum accept as their ideal of decency the scheme of life in vogue in the next higher stratum.

In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth.

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.

In the modern industrial communities... the apparatus of living has grown so elaborate and cumbrous... that the consumers of these things cannot make way with them in the required manner without help.

In the rare cases where it occurs, a failure to increase one's visible consumption when the means for an increase are at hand is felt in popular apprehension to call for explanation, and unworthy motives of miserliness are imputed.

Invention is the mother of necessity.

It frequently happens that an element of the standard of living which set out with being primarily wasteful, ends with becoming, in the apprehension of the consumer, a necessary of life.

It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community.

No one traveling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive.

The chief use of servants is the evidence they afford of the master's ability to pay.

The dog commends himself to our favor by affording play to our propensity for mastery.

The domestic life of most classes is relatively shabby, as compared with the éclat of that overt portion of their life that is carried on before the eyes of observers.

The institution of a leisure class has emerged gradually during the transition from primitive savagery to barbarism; or more precisely, during the transition from a peaceable to a consistently warlike habit of life.

The need of conspicuous waste... stands ready to absorb any increase in the community's industrial efficiency or output of goods.

The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions grow where only one grew before.

The possession of wealth confers honor; it is an invidious distinction.

The superior gratification derived from the use and contemplation of costly and supposedly beautiful products is, commonly, in great measure a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty.

The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law.

While the proximate ground of discrimination may be of another kind, still the pervading principle and abiding test of good breeding is the requirement of a substantial and patent waste of time.

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(July 30 is also the birthday of Casey Stengel and Henry Ford.)


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Quotes of the day: Booth Tarkington
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Published Tuesday, July 28, 2015 @ 5:51 PM EDT
Jul 28 2015

Newton Booth Tarkington (July 29, 1869 – May 19, 1946) was an American novelist and dramatist. A Pulitzer Prize-winner and one of the most popular novelists of his time, he wrote The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He briefly attended Purdue University and went on to study at Princeton. In the early 1900s, he served in the Indiana House of Representatives. His best-known work, Alice Adams- the tale of a lower-middle-class woman's struggle to find a suitable husband- won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was a distant relative of Chicago Mayor James Hutchinson Woodworth. He was the third writer, after William Faulkner and John Updike, to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.

At twenty-one or twenty-two so many things appear solid and permanent and terrible which forty sees are nothing but disappearing miasma. Forty can't tell twenty about this; that's the pity of it! Twenty can find out only by getting to be forty.

Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

Destiny has a constant passion for the incongruous.

Gossip is never fatal until it is denied.

I mean the things that we have and that we think are so solid- they're like smoke, and time is like the sky that the smoke disappears into. You know how wreath of smoke goes up from a chimney, and seems all thick and black and busy against the sky, as if it were going to do such important things and last forever, and you see it getting thinner and thinner-and then, in such a little while, it isn't there at all; nothing is left but the sky, and the sky keeps on being just the same forever.

I suppose about the only good in pretending is the fun we get out of fooling ourselves that we fool somebody.

I've lived long enough to know that circumstances can beat the best of us.

In the days before deathly contrivances hustled them through their lives, and when they had no telephones- another ancient vacancy profoundly responsible for leisure- they had time for everything: time to think, to talk, time to read, time to wait for a lady!

It is love in old age, no longer blind, that is true love. For the love's highest intensity doesn't necessarily mean it's highest quality.

Nobody has a good name in a bad mouth. Nobody has a good name in a silly mouth either.

One of the hardest conditions of boyhood is the almost continuous strain put upon the powers of invention by the constant and harassing necessity for explanations of every natural act.

Some day the laws of glamour must be discovered, because they are so important that the world would be wiser now if Sir Isaac Newton had been hit on the head, not by an apple, but by a young lady.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously.

There aren't any old times. When times are gone they're not old, they're dead! There aren't any times but new times!

There is a fertile stretch of flat lands in Indiana where unagarian Eastern travelers, glancing from car windows, shudder and return their eyes to interior upholstery, preferring even the swaying comparisons of a Pullman to the monotony without.

They lacked style, but also lacked pretentiousness, and whatever does not pretend at all has style enough.

Thirteen is embarrassed by the beginnings of a new colthood; the child becomes a youth. But twelve is the very top of boyhood.

Youth cannot imagine romance apart from youth. That is why the roles of the heroes and heroines of plays are given by the managers to the most youthful actors they can find among the competent.

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(July 29 is also the birthday of Alexis de Tocqueville, Don Marquis, and Wil Wheaton.)


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Quotes of the day: Jim Davis
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Published Monday, July 27, 2015 @ 12:50 PM EDT
Jul 27 2015

James Robert "Jim" Davis (b. July 28, 1945) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strips Garfield and U.S. Acres (aka Orson's Farm), the former of which has been published since 1978 and has since become the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Davis's other comics work includes Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat and a strip about Mr. Potato Head. Davis has written (or in some cases co-written) all of the Emmy Award- winning or nominated Garfield TV specials and was one of the producers behind the Garfield & Friends TV show which aired on CBS from 1988 to 1994. Davis is the writer and executive producer of a trilogy of CGI-direct-to-video feature films about Garfield, as well as one of the executive producers and the creator for the new CGI- animated TV series The Garfield Show. He continues to work on the strip. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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An imagination is a powerful tool. It can tint memories of the past, shade perceptions of the present, or paint a future so vivid that it can entice... or terrify, all depending upon how we conduct ourselves today.

Clasping your hands together means you are serious. Clasping them around someone else's throat means you are very serious.

Cute rots the intellect.

Don't eat fruits or nuts. You are what you eat.

Good times are ahead! Or behind. Because they sure aren’t here.

He who fills His pockets with the Rocks of Misdeeds shall surely sink in the River of Good Fortune.

I have a fear of letting my mind wander. I'm afraid it might not come back.

I'll rise, but I won’t shine.

If you are patient... and wait long enough... Nothing will happen.

In order to be 'in charge,' you need someone to be in charge of.

It's amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn't know what one can't do.

Life is a food chain, and it's better to be the diner than the dinner.

Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it, but the longer you stay, the more wrinkled you get.

People who have simple pleasures should be admired... and then executed.

The meek shall inherit squat.

There is never a need to outrun anything you can outwit.

Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.

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(July 28 is also the birthday of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.)


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Quotes of the day: Leo Durocher
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Published Sunday, July 26, 2015 @ 1:15 PM EDT
Jul 26 2015

Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 – October 7, 1991), nicknamed Leo the Lip, was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as an infielder. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth all-time among managers with 2,009 career victories, second only to John McGraw in National League history. Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager. A controversial and outspoken character, Durocher had a stormy career dogged by clashes with authority, umpires (his 95 career ejections as a manager trailed only McGraw when he retired, and still rank fourth on the all-time list), and the press. Durocher was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it.

Baseball is like church. Many attend. Few understand.

God watches over drunks and third baseman.

How you play the game is for college ball. When you're playing for money, winning is the only thing that matters.

I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?

I've never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes.

If you don't win, you're going to be fired. If you do win, you've only put off the day you're going to be fired.

Nice guys finish last.

Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot.

Show me a good sportsman and I'll show you a player I'm looking to trade.

Today a pitcher gets fined if the umpire thinks he threw at a batter. In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you.

What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third.

Win any way you can as long as you can get away with it.

You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it.

You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.

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(July 27 is also the birthday of Hilaire Belloc.)


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Quotes of the day: William Jennings Bryan
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Published Saturday, July 25, 2015 @ 1:06 PM EDT
Jul 25 2015

William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 - July 26, 1925) was an American orator and politician, and a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as the Party's candidate for President of the United States (1896, 1900 and 1908). He served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska and was United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson (1913–1915), resigning because of his pacifist position on World War I. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a strong advocate of popular democracy, and an enemy of the banks and their gold standard. He demanded "Free Silver" because it reduced power attributed to money and put more money in the hands of the people. He was a peace advocate, a supporter of Prohibition, and an opponent of Darwinism on religious and humanitarian grounds. With his deep, commanding voice and wide travels, he was one of the best-known orators and lecturers of the era. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A man unwilling to bear his share of the burden of the government is unworthy to enjoy its blessings.

And who can suffer injury by just taxation, impartial laws and the application of the Jeffersonian doctrine of equal rights to all and special privileges to none? Only those whose accumulations are stained with dishonesty and whose immoral methods have given them a distorted view of business, society and government. Accumulating by conscious frauds more money than they can use upon themselves, wisely distribute or safely leave to their children, these denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw a light upon their crimes.

Appearance too often takes the place of reality- the stamp of the coin is there, and the glitter of the gold, but, after all, it is but a worthless wash.

Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments- a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared.

Character is the entity, the individuality of the person, shining from every window of the soul, either as a beam of purity, or as a clouded ray that betrays the impurity within.

Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.

If we delight in gossip, and are not content unless each neighbor is laid upon the dissecting table, we form a character unenviable indeed, and must be willing to bear the contempt of all the truly good, while we roll our bit of scandal as a sweet morsel under the tongue.

In this, our land, we are called upon to give but little in return for the advantages which we receive. Shall we give that little grudgingly?

Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.

Next to the ministry I know of no more noble profession than the law. The object aimed at is justice, equal and exact, and if it does not reach that end at once it is because the stream is diverted by selfishness or checked by ignorance. Its principles ennoble and its practice elevates.

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.

None so little enjoy themselves, and are such burdens to themselves, as those who have nothing to do. Only the active have the true relish of life.

Our definition of patriotism is often too narrow. Shall the lover of his country measure his loyalty only by his service as a soldier?

Patriotism calls for the faithful and conscientious performance of all of the duties of citizenship, in small matters as well as great, at home as well as upon the tented field.

Plutocracy is abhorrent to a republic; it is more despotic than monarchy, more heartless than aristocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It preys upon the nation in time of peace and conspires against it in the hour of its calamity.

Sham is carried into every department of life, and we are being corrupted by show and surface. We are too apt to judge people by what they have, rather than by what they are; we have too few Hamlets who are bold enough to proclaim, 'I know not seem!'

Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.

The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.

The poor man who takes property by force is called a thief, but the creditor who can by legislation make a debtor pay a dollar twice as large as he borrowed is lauded as the friend of a sound currency. The man who wants the people to destroy the Government is an anarchist, but the man who wants the Government to destroy the people is a patriot.

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.

There are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests up on them.

Two people in a conversation amount to four people talking. The four are what one person says, what he really wanted to say, what his listener heard, and what he thought he heard.

You cannot judge a man's life by the success of a moment, by the victory of an hour, or even by the results of a year. You must view his life as a whole.

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(July 26 is also the birthday of Kenneth Tynan, Stanley Kubrick, and Carl Jung.)


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Quotes of the day: Elias Canetti
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Published Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 4:47 PM EDT
Jul 24 2015

Elias Canetti (July 25, 1905 – August 14, 1994) was a German language author, born in Bulgaria, and later a British citizen. He was a modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981, "for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power" (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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A mind, lean in its own language. In others, it gets fat.

Ambition is the death of thought.

Everything you rejected and pushed aside- take it up again.

Happiness is that ridiculous life goal of illiterates.

I hate judgments that only crush and don't transform.

I repulse death with all my strength. If I accepted it, I would be a murderer.

Ideally, you should use only words which you have filled with new meaning.

If one has lived long enough, there is danger of succumbing to the word 'God' merely because it was always there.

It amazes me how a person to whom literature means anything can take it up as an object of study.

Life experience does not amount to very much and could be learned from novels alone, e.g., from Balzac, without any help from life.

One needs time to free oneself of wrong convictions. If it happens too suddenly, they go on festering.

One should tell oneself how fruitful misunderstandings are. One shouldn't despise them. One of the wisest people was a collector of misunderstandings.

One who obeys himself suffocates as surely as one who obeys others.

One who, alone, would be unconquerable. But he weakens himself with allegiances.

Relearn astonishment, stop grasping for knowledge, lose the habit of the past.

Say the most personal thing, say it, nothing else matters, don't be ashamed, the generalities can be found in the newspaper.

The story of your youth must not turn into a catalog of what became important in your later life. It must also contain the dissipation, the failure, and the waste.

There is something impure in the laments about the dangers of our time, as if they could serve to excuse our personal failure.

You don't have to know a philosopher's every syllable to know why he rubs you the wrong way. You may know it best after a few of his sentences, and less and less well after that. The important thing is to see his web and move away before you tear it.

You keep taking note of whatever confirms your ideas- better to write down what refutes and weakens them!

You need the rhetoric of others, the aversion it inspires, in order to find the way out of your own.

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(July 25 is also the birthday of Arthur Balfour and Eric Hoffer.)


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Quotes of the day: Amelia Earhart
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Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 12:31 PM EDT
Jul 23 2015

Amelia Mary Earhart (July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra, Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. Fascination with her life, career and disappearance continues to this day. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization.

Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.

Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.

I want to do it because I want to do it.

In my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble.

It is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.

Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn't any good reason to refer to it.

Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.

Preparation, I have often said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture.

The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.

There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.

Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.

Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.

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(July 24 is also the birthday of Alexandre Dumas and Zelda Fitzgerald.)


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