Quotes of the day: Jerry Garcia

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 8:59 PM EDT
Jul 31 2014

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era. Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think.

And as far as I'm concerned, it's like I say, drugs are not the problem. Other stuff is the problem.

Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

Death comes at you no matter what you do in this life, and to equate drugs with death is a facile comparison.

For me, the lame part of the Sixties was the political part, the social part. The real part was the spiritual part.

I mean, whatever kills you kills you, and your death is authentic no matter how you die.

I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.

I'm basically going out there hoping my guitar is in tune.

If the thunder don't get ya then the lightning will.

If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously.

It's pretty clear now that what looked like it might have been some kind of counterculture is, in reality, just the plain old chaos of undifferentiated weirdness.

Nothing left to do but smile.

Our audience is like people who like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.

Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it's been.

Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills, One man gathers what another man spills.

There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone.

You need music, I don't know why. It's probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.

Truth is something you stumble into when you think you're going someplace else.

We've been trying to sell out for years. Nobody's buying!

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Quotes of the day: Milton Friedman

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 11:42 PM EDT
Jul 30 2014

Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist, statistician, and writer who taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades. He was a recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, and is known for his research on consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and the complexity of stabilization policy. As a leader of the Chicago school of economics, he profoundly influenced the research agenda of the economics profession. A survey of economists ranked Friedman as the second most popular economist of the twentieth century after John Maynard Keynes, and The Economist described him as "the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century ... possibly of all of it."

After Friedman's death in 2006, Keynesian Nobel laureate Paul Krugman praised him as a "great economist and a great man," and acknowledged his many widely accepted contributions to empirical economics. Nonetheless, Krugman criticized Friedman, writing that "he slipped all too easily into claiming both that markets always work and that only markets work. It's extremely hard to find cases in which Friedman acknowledged the possibility that markets could go wrong, or that government intervention could serve a useful purpose. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Governments never learn. Only people learn.

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.

History suggests that capitalism is a necessary condition for political freedom. Clearly, it is not a sufficient condition.

I say thank God for government waste. If government is doing bad things, it's only the waste that prevents the harm from being greater.

I think the government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem and very often makes the problem worse.

I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.

In a bureaucratic system, useless work drives out useful work.

Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.

It's a moral problem that the government is making into criminals people, who may be doing something you and I don't approve of, but who are doing something that hurts nobody else.

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.

Only a crisis- actual or perceived- produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.

Society doesn't have values. People have values.

The existence of a free market does not of course eliminate the need for government. On the contrary, government is essential both as a forum for determining the 'rule of the game' and as an umpire to interpret and enforce the rules decided on.

The problem in this world is to avoid concentration of power- we must have a dispersion of power.

The proper role of government is exactly what John Stuart Mill said in the middle of the 19th century in On Liberty. The proper role of government is to prevent other people from harming an individual. Government, he said, never has any right to interfere with an individual for that individual's own good.

The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.

The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing.

There are severe limits to the good that the government can do for the economy, but there are almost no limits to the harm it can do.

There is no place for government to prohibit consumers from buying products the effect of which will be to harm themselves.

To the free man, the country is the collection of individuals who compose it, not something over and above them

With some notable exceptions, businessmen favor free enterprise in general but are opposed to it when it comes to themselves.

You must distinguish sharply between being pro free enterprise and being pro business.


The Bank [of Canada] gave it a college try, it really did. It just doesn't work that way.
-John Crow, former governor of the Bank of Canada, on implementing Friedman's theories

I don't give a good goddamn what Milton Friedman says. He's not running for re-election!
-Richard Nixon

There is as an unearthly, mystical element in Friedman's thought. The mere existence of a stock of money somehow promotes expenditure. But insofar as he offers an intelligible theory, it is made up of elements borrowed from Keynes.
-Joan Robinson

Today we see how utterly mistaken was the Milton Friedman notion that a market system can regulate itself... Everyone understands now, on the contrary, that there can be no solution without government. The Keynesian idea is once again accepted that fiscal policy and deficit spending has a major role to play in guiding a market economy. I wish Friedman were still alive so he could witness how his extremism led to the defeat of his own ideas.
-Paul Samuelson

Everybody loves to argue with Milton, particularly when he isn't there.
-George Shultz

Everything reminds Milton of the money supply. Well, everything reminds me of sex, but I keep it out of the paper.
-Robert Solow

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Quotes of the day: Casey Stengel

Published Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 9:50 PM EDT
Jul 29 2014

Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (July 30, 1890 – September 29, 1975), nicknamed "The Old Perfessor", was an American Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.

All right, everybody line up alphabetically according to your height.

Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.

Don't cut my throat. I may want to do that later myself.

Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.

I feel greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I've been thrown out of so many.

Lefthanders have more enthusiasm for life. They sleep on the wrong side of the bed and their head gets more stagnant on that side.

Managing is getting paid for home runs someone else hits.

Most ball games are lost, not won.

Now there's three things that can happen in a ball game: you can win, you can lose, or it can rain.

Oldtimers, weekends, and airplane landings are alike. If you can walk away from them, they're successful.

Son, we'd like to keep you around this season but we're going to try and win a pennant.

The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.

The trick is growing up without growing old.

There comes a time in every man's life and I've had plenty of them.

They say you can't do it, but remember they aren't always right.

Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em.

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.

Without losers, where would the winners be?

You can't get into the Hall of Fame unless you limp.

You gotta learn that if you don't get it by midnight, chances are you ain't gonna get it, and if you do, it ain't worth it.

You have to go broke three times to learn how to make a living.

You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, 'Can't anybody here play this game?'


(Today is also the birthday of Henry Ford.)

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Quotes of the day: Wil Wheaton

Published Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 12:31 AM EDT
Jul 29 2014

(Wheaton currently hosts The Wil Wheaton Project Tuesdays at 10 pm on the Syfy Network.)

Richard William "Wil" Wheaton III (b. July 29, 1972) is an American actor, blogger and writer, known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie Lachance in the film Stand by Me, Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers, and for his recurring role as a fictionalized version of himself on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Don’t let the fear of not pleasing someone stop you from being creative.

Either you have a sense of humor about (being a former child star), or you're in rehab. There's not a lot of gray area.

If the world were a bar, America would currently be the angry drunk waving around a loaded gun. Yeah, the other people in the bar may be afraid of him, but they sure as hell don't respect him.

No matter what I do with my life, or how successful I am, I will always be a socially awkward penguin inside.

Some days, you're just going to be Sideshow Bob, and the world is going to be a dozen rakes.

When you say a 'former child star,' you may as well say 'failed child star.'

When I was a little boy, I was called a nerd all the time because I didn't like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science, I thought school was really cool, and... it hurt. A lot. Because it's never ok when a person makes fun of you for something like you didn't choose... we don't choose to be nerds. We can't help it that we like these things, and we shouldn't apologize for liking these things.

I wish that I could tell you that there is a really easy way to just... not care. But the truth is it hurts. But here's the thing that you might be able to understand- as a matter of fact, I'm confident you'll be able to understand this, because you asked this question.

When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you... it has nothing to do with you. It's not about what you said, it's not about what you did, it's not about what you love. It's about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad. They don't get positive attention from their parents. They don't feel as smart as you. They don't understand the things that you understand.

Maybe one of their parents is really pushing them to be a cheerleader, or a baseball player, or an engineer, or something that they just don't want to do. So they take that out on you, because they can't go and be mean to the person who's actually hurting them.

So, when a person's cruel to you like that- I know that this is hard- but honestly, the kind and best reaction is to pity them. And don't let them make you feel bad because you love a thing. Maybe find out what they love, and talk about it- how they love it. I bet you'll find out that a person who loves tetherball loves tetherball exactly the same way you love Doctor Who. But you just love different things.

And I will tell you this: it absolutely gets better as you get older. I know it's really hard when you're in school and you're surrounded by the same 400 people a day that pick on you and make you feel bad about yourself. But there's fifty thousand people here this weekend who went through the exact same thing- and we're all doing really well.

Don't you ever let persons make you feel bad because you love something they decided is only for nerds. You're loving a thing that's for you.
-Wil Wheaton, responding to a question from a young girl at the 2013 Denver Comic Con.

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Quotes of the day: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Published Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 10:40 PM EDT
Jul 27 2014

Jacqueline Lee (Bouvier) Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929 - May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975.

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A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world.

Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death.

For a while I thought history was something that bitter old men wrote.

I don't think there are any men who are faithful to their wives.

I never even kept a journal. I thought, 'I want to live my life, not record it.'

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.

If you cut people off from what nourishes them spiritually, something in them dies.

If you produce one book you will have done something wonderful in your life.

Once you can express yourself, you can tell the world what you want from it... All the changes in the world, for good or evil, were first brought about by words.

One man can make a difference and every man should try.

One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.

Our culture will become like it was during the medieval times when there truly was a cultural elite. The rest of the people will just watch television, which will be their only frame of reference.

The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.

The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all.

There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.

We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them

What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they to do when the children were grown- watch raindrops coming down the windowpane?

You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.

(Today is also the birthday of Earl Tupper, the inventor of Tupperware.)

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85 observations on "progress"

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 10:20 PM EDT
Jul 26 2014

A lot of what appears to be progress is just so much technological rococo.
-Bill Gray

A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat: that is progress.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel

Advocates of progress often have too low an opinion of what already exists.
-Bertolt Brecht

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

All progress is based on a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
-Samuel Butler

Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize the oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all... It is plain that anonymity has sometimes been assumed for the most constructive purposes.
-Hugo Black

At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved- if it can be achieved at all- within the next few hundred years.
-Arthur C. Clarke

Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life.
-W.E.B. DuBois

Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress.
-James H. Boren

But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest.
-John Adams

But by far the greatest obstacle to the progress of science and to the undertaking of new tasks and provinces therein is found in this- that men despair and think things impossible.
-Francis Bacon

Celebrate any progress. Don't wait to get perfect.
-Ann McGee Cooper

Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Change is not progress.
-H.L. Mencken

Conservatives- or better, pro-corporate apologists- hijacked the vocabulary of Jeffersonian liberalism and turned words like 'progress,' 'opportunity,' and 'individualism' into tools for making the plunder of America sound like divine right.
-Bill Moyers

Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.
-Alfred Adler

Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing.
-Ben Hecht

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
-Oscar Wilde

Even those who fancy themselves the most progressive will fight against other kinds of progress, for each of us is convinced that our way is the best way.
-Louis L'Amour

Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules- and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Every step in human progress, from the first feeble stirrings in the abyss of time, has been opposed by the great majority of men.
-H.L. Mencken

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
-Harold Wilson

Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration.
-H.L. Mencken

I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.
-Albert Einstein

I think it is time we learned the lesson of our century: that the progress of the human spirit must keep pace with technological and scientific progress, or that spirit will die. It is incumbent on our educators to remember this; and music is at the top of the spiritual must list.
-Leonard Bernstein

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.
-Marie Curie

I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.
-John Steinbeck

If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress?'
-Paul Harvey

If necessity is the mother of invention, discontent is the father of progress.
-David Rockefeller

If there is no struggle there is no progress.
-Frederick Douglass

In general, scientific progress calls for no more than the absorption and elaboration of new ideas- and this is a call most scientists are happy to heed.
-Werner Heisenberg

Is it progress if a cannibal uses a knife and fork?
-Stanislaw J. Lec

It appears that my worst fears have been realized: we have made progress in everything yet nothing has changed.
-Derrick Bell

Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
-Samuel Johnson

Man's 'progress' is but a gradual discovery that his questions have no meaning.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Many people are busy trying to find better ways of doing things that should not have to be done at all. There is no progress in merely finding a better way to do a useless thing.
-Henry Ford

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism.
-Earl Warren

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
-Harry S. Truman

Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
-Susan B. Anthony

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on 'I am not too sure.'
-H.L. Mencken

My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
-George Eliot

One thing we know for sure is that change is certain. Progress is not. Progress depends on the choices we make today for tomorrow and on whether we meet our challenges and protect our values.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
-Nicholas Murray Butler

Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal.
-Albert Einstein

People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress.
-Norman Vincent Peale

pity this busy monster, manunkind,
not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)
plays with the bigness of his littleness.
-E.E. Cummings

Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.
-Charles F. Kettering

Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
-Thor Heyerdahl

Progress is not created by contented people.
-Frank Tyger

Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
-Kahlil Gibran

Progress might have been all right once, but it's gone on too long.
-Ogden Nash

Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
-Walter Bagehot

Progress? There's no such thing as progress. There's only change. You dig a hole in the ground, you build up a city, and you fight a war, and you call it progress?
-Charles Manson

Progressive men employ progressive methods.
-Thomas J. Watson

Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
-Frank Herbert

Restlessness is discontent- and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man- and I will show you a failure.
-Thomas A. Edison

Risk is the price of progress. Step up to risk.
-Gene Kranz

Social movements are at once the symptoms and the instruments of progress. Ignore them and statesmanship is irrelevant; fail to use them and it is weak.
-Walter Lippmann

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
-Aldous Huxley

The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
-Joseph Joubert

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
-Alfred North Whitehead

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
-Don Marquis

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.
-Frank Herbert

The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress.
-Robert F. Kennedy

The direction of the mind is more important than its progress.
-Joseph Joubert

The moral progress of mankind is due to the aged. The old grow wiser and better.
-Leo Tolstoy

The most closely organized groups and movements in the world are those which have been the least friendly to the people's progress and liberty.
-Henry Ford

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
-Thomas Jefferson

The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
-Elbert Hubbard

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-George Bernard Shaw

The remains of the old must be decently laid away; the path of the new prepared. That is the difference between Revolution and Progress.
-Henry Ford

The road to Hell is paved with works in progress.
-Philip Roth

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
-G.C. Lichtenberg

They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.
-George Santayana

Today, the notion of progress in a single line without goal or limit seems perhaps the most parochial notion of a very parochial century.
-Lewis Mumford

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
-H.L. Mencken

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
-Russell Baker

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
-C.S. Lewis

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
-Sigmund Freud

What we call 'Progress' is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
-Havelock Ellis

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
-Thomas J. Watson

Without deviation, progress is not possible.
-Frank Zappa

(Today is the birthday of Hilaire Belloc.)

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Quotes of the day: Kenneth Tynan

Published Friday, July 25, 2014 @ 11:14 PM EDT
Jul 25 2014

Kenneth Peacock Tynan (April 2, 1927 - July 26, 1980) was an English theatre critic and writer. Making his initial impact as a critic at The Observer (1954–58, 1960–63), he praised Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956), and encouraged the emerging wave of British theatrical talent. In 1963, Tynan was appointed as the new National Theatre Company's literary manager. Later in his life, he settled in California where he resumed his writing career. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

Kenneth Tynan: the deathbed interview.
(From The Guardian, September 21, 2001.


A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.

A good many inconveniences attend playgoing in any large city, but the greatest of them is usually the play itself.

A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping.

A villain who shares one's guilt is inevitably more attractive than a hero convinced of one's innocence.

All writing is an antisocial act, since the writer is a man who can speak freely only when alone; to be himself he must lock himself up, to communicate he must cut himself off from all communication; and in this there is something always a little mad.

Any country that has sexual censorship will eventually have political censorship.

Everyone is vulnerable who is at once gifted and gregarious.

How far should one accept the rules of the society in which one lives? To put it another way: at what point does conformity become corruption? Only by answering such questions does the conscience truly define itself.

I hope I never need to believe in God. It would be an awful confession of failure.

The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.

The man who reacts to the universe with a cry of impotent anguish is acceptable as an artist only if he can persuade us that he has sanely considered the other possible reactions and found them inadequate.

Until everyone is fed, clothed, housed and taught, until human beings have equal leisure to contemplate the overwhelming fact of mortality, we should not... indulge in the luxury of 'privileged despair.'

We carry with us both the life that we have chosen and all the other lives we might have led.

We shall be judged by what we do, not by how we felt while we were doing it.

What, when drunk, one sees in other women, one sees in (Greta) Garbo sober.

When a society has doubts about its future, it tends to produce spokesmen whose main appeal is to the emotions, who argue from intuitions, and whose claim to be truth-bearers rests solely on intense personal feeling.

When you've seen all of Ionesco's plays, I felt at the end, you've seen one of them.


(Today is also the birthday of Carl Jung and Stanley Kubrick.)

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Quotes of the day: Arthur Balfour

Published Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 10:28 PM EDT
Jul 24 2014

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC, DL (July 25, 1848 - March 19, 1930) was a British Conservative politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

But science is the great instrument of social change, all the greater because its object is not change but knowledge, and its silent appropriation of this dominant function, amid the din of political and religious strife, is the most vital of all the revolutions which have marked the development of modern civilization.

Enthusiasm moves the world.

Every human soul is of infinite value, eternal, free; no human being, therefore, is so placed as not to have within his reach, in himself and others, objects adequate to infinite endeavor.

He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.

I never forgive, but I always forget.

I would rather be an opportunist and float, than go to the bottom with my principles around my neck.

It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary to tell the whole truth.

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be entrusted to speak the truth.

No country can allow its safety to be wholly dependent on faithful observance by other states of rules to which they are obliged

Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.

Science preceded the theory of science, and is independent of it. Science preceded naturalism, and will survive it.

Society, dead or alive, can have no charm without intimacy and no intimacy without an interest in trifles.

The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological 'atmosphere' or 'climate' favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others.

There are plenty of cases of war being begun before it is declared.

Today is also the birthday of Eric Hoffer.

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Quotes of the day: Zelda Fitzgerald

Published Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Jul 24 2014

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948), born Zelda Sayre in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband 'the first American Flapper.' After the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), the Fitzgeralds became celebrities. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All I want to be is very young always and very irresponsible and to feel that my life is my own- to live and be happy and die in my own way to please myself.

By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.

Death is the only real elegance.

I am only really myself when I'm somebody else whom I have endowed with these wonderful qualities from my imagination.

I don't want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.

I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled 'the past,' and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.

I suppose all we can really share with people is a taste for the same kinds of weather.

I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.

It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves.

Looking for love is like asking for a new point of departure... another chance in life.

Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the human heart can hold.

Oh, the secret life of man and woman- dreaming how much better we would be than we are if we were somebody else or even ourselves, and feeling that our estate has been unexploited to its fullest.

People are like almanacs... you never can find the information you're looking for, but the casual reading is well worth the trouble.

She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.

The trouble with emergencies is... that I always put on my finest underwear and then nothing happens.

We get something to do and as soon as we've got it, it gets us.

We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.

Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?

Women sometimes seem to share a quiet, unalterable dogma of persecution that endows even the most sophisticated of them with the inarticulate poignancy of the peasant.

Women, despite the fact that nine out of ten of them go through life with a death-bed air either of snatching-the-last-moment or with martyr-resignation, do not die tomorrow- or the next day. They have to live on to any one of many bitter ends.

Youth doesn't need friends- it only needs crowds.

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Quotes of the day: Anthony Kennedy

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 @ 10:42 PM EDT
Jul 22 2014

Anthony McLeod Kennedy (b. July 23, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Kennedy has often been the swing vote on many of the Court's 5–4 decisions. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.

The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight- out lie, the simple truth.

The Constitution doesn't belong to a bunch of judges and lawyers. It belongs to you.

As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom.

First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.

Our system presumes that there are certain principles that are more important than the temper of the times. And you must have a judge who is detached, who is independent, who is fair, who is committed only to those principles, and not public pressures of other sort.

We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be.

At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life...

Sometimes you don't know if you're Caesar about to cross the Rubicon or Captain Queeg cutting your own tow line.

One can conclude that certain essential, or fundamental, rights should exist in any just society. It does not follow that each of those essential rights is one that we as judges can enforce under the written Constitution

You have plaintiffs attorneys, you have defense attorneys. So there is no unified bar that will protect a particular judge who has made a courageous decision that's unpopular.

The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation. The work of freedom is never done.

Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.

We think it's important that America understand the strength it has in the arts as well as the sciences. We have to show the rest of the world that this is a civilization of great attainments and great accomplishments.

When Congress alters the federal balance, it must carefully consider the consequences of doing so.

In seeking rational explanations for irrational acts, an explanation becomes the excuse.

There's a time for debate and a time for consensus. There's a time for advocacy and time for first principles.

It's interesting that the more technologically advanced we become the more vulnerable our freedoms are. I just don't know quite what to do about that.

Why should world opinion care that the American Administration wants to bring freedom to oppressed peoples? Is that not because there’s some underlying common mutual interest, some underlying common shared idea, some underlying common shared aspiration, underlying unified concept of what human dignity means?

An activist court is a court that makes a decision you don't like.

Lawyers and judges have come to believe the basic principles of human rights are common to the peoples of world.

(Today is also the birthday of Raymond Chandler.)

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