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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.

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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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Quotes of the day: Albert Brooks

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 @ 12:18 AM EDT
Jul 22 2014

Albert Lawrence Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein; July 22, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo, and recurring guest voices for the animated television series The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie. He has written, directed and starred in several comedy films (Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), and Defending Your Life (1991)) and is the author of the satire 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America (2011). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Art and resistance are great together. That's what art's made for. Look at Vincent van Gogh: He didn't cut off his ear because he was selling well.

Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.

Being a screenwriter in Hollywood is like being a eunuch at an orgy. Worse, actually, at least the eunuch is allowed to watch.

Even the earthquakes in L.A. are shallow.

Ever try and be funny to a guy on meth?

Had an unexplained burst of happiness today. Doctor said not to worry it will go away.

I don't want to be the one to break it to you, but the future ain't that funny.

I had a very wise person tell me that he thinks marriage, when you're younger, you keep thinking you can fix things. That's what people do. And you can't really fix anything. It shouldn't be a massive difficult thing every day. Life's difficult enough.

I think I envy my dog, because my dog is 16 and she's limping and she's still living, but she doesn't look at me like she knows. She's not thinking what I'm thinking. It's a cruel trick, that we all know the ending.

If anything happens to me tell every woman I've ever gone out with I was talking about her at the end. That way they'll have to reevaluate me.

If we had three million exhibitionists and only one voyeur, nobody could make any money.

In the beginning of any career, in every job, people are always forcing you to the middle.

Just saw a story where Subway's foot longs are only measuring 11 inches. Subway's response: It was cold.

Kids have the opposite of Alzheimer's: They remember too much.

Most entertainment is trying to get you. It's tested, like toothpaste.

My email was hacked but the guy was funnier so I left it alone.

Relaxation is the absence of worry.

The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable.

There are so many people on Twitter now that are offended by everything so to save time, f**k you.

There's nothing funny about flying to Houston.

Twitter is the Devil's playground... It's a horrible waste of time for the writer of it, the reader of it. We will lose the war to China because of Twitter.

When I die, if the word 'thong' appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up.

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Quotes of the day: Marshall McLuhan

Published Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 21 2014

Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 - December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions "the medium is the message" and "the global village," and for predicting the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence began to wane in the early 1970s. In the years after his death, he continued to be a controversial figure in academic circles. With the arrival of the internet, however, interest in his work and perspective has renewed. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perception and arbitrary values.

All words, in every language, are metaphors.

Any loss of identity prompts people to seek reassurance and rediscovery of themselves by testing, and even by violence. Today, the electric revolution, the wired planet, and the information environment involve everybody in everybody to the point of individual extinction. (1975)

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.

Art is whatever you can get away with.

At the very high speed of living, everybody needs a new career and a new job and a totally new personality every ten years. (1973)

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.

Computers can do better than ever what needn't be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.

Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative.

Great ages of innovation are the ages in which entire cultures are junked or scrapped.

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.

I've always been careful never to predict anything that had not already happened.

In television, images are projected at you. You are the screen. The images wrap around you. You are the vanishing point.

Instead of scurrying into a corner and wailing about what media are doing to us, one should charge straight ahead and kick them in the electrodes

Language is a form of organized stutter.

Man in the electronic age has no possible environment except the globe and no possible occupation except information-gathering

Man works when he is partially involved. When he is totally involved he is at play or leisure.

Money is a poor man's credit card.

Mysticism is just tomorrow's science dreamed today.

New media are new archetypes, at first disguised as degradations of older media.

Omnipresence has become an ordinary human dimension.

One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more than you can cope with.

Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity.

Only the vanquished remember history.

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.

Poetry and the arts can't exist in America. Mere exposure to the arts does nothing for a mentality which is incorrigibly dialectical.

School is the advertising agency which makes you believe you need the society as it is.

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America- not on the battlefields of Vietnam.

The bible belt is oral territory and therefore despised by the literati.

The global village is a place of very arduous interfaces and very abrasive situations.

The inner trip is not the sole prerogative of the LSD traveler; it's the universal experience of TV watchers.

The media have substituted themselves for the older world.

The more data banks record about us, the less we exist.

The more you make people alike, the more competition you have. Competition is based on the principle of conformity.

The most human thing about us is our technology.

The mother tongue is propaganda.

The percept takes priority of the concept.

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

There is a real, living unity in our time, as in any other, but it lies submerged under a superficial hubbub of sensation.

We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.

We have become like the most primitive Palaeolithic man, once more global wanderers, but information gatherers rather than food gatherers. From now on the source of food, wealth and life itself will be information.

What disqualifies war from being a true game is probably what also disqualifies the stock market and business- the rules are not fully known nor accepted by all the players.

When new technologies impose themselves on societies long habituated to older technologies, anxieties of all kinds result.

World War III is a guerrilla information war, with no division between military and civilian participation.

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Published Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 8:50 AM EDT
Jul 18 2014

Forgot to mention- today is also the birthday of Hunter S. Thompson and Nelson Mandela.

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Quotes of the day: Jane Austen

Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 7:43 PM EDT
Jul 17 2014

Jane Austen (December 16, 1775 – July 18, 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others.

A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.

But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.

Handsome is as handsome does; he is therefore a very ill-looking man.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit.

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them.

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor, which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

We do not look in great cities for our best morality.

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?

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Quotes of the day: Walter Cronkite

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 8:52 PM EDT
Jul 16 2014

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchor of the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). He was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including World War II; the Nuremberg trials; the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran hostage crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lack of good news? What do they want us to do? Cover all the cats that didn't get stuck in trees today?

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.

And that's the way it is.

For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling 'civilized?' And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.

Freedom is a package deal- with it comes responsibilities and consequences

I regret that, in our attempt to establish some standards, we didn't make them stick. We couldn't find a way to pass them on to another generation, really.

I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it's a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.

I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great, important men have quit to spend time with their families who spent any more time with their family.

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.

It is not the reporter's job to be a patriot or to presume to determine where patriotism lies. His job is to relate the facts.

Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there.

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine

Television... is not a substitute for print.

The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.

The first priority of humankind in this era is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace with justice among the peoples of the world.

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.

Those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.

We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace.

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Quotes of the day: John P. Marquand

Published Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @ 10:06 PM EDT
Jul 15 2014

John Phillips Marquand (November 10, 1893 – July 16, 1960) was an American writer. Originally best known for his Mr. Moto spy stories, he achieved popular success and critical respect for his satirical novels, winning a Pulitzer Prize for The Late George Apley in 1938. One of his abiding themes was the confining nature of life in America's upper class and among those who aspired to join it. Marquand treated those whose lives were bound by these unwritten codes with a characteristic mix of respect and satire. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Distrust the book which reads too easily because such writing appeals more to the senses than to the intellect. Hard reading exercises the mind

I guess God made Boston on a wet Sunday.

I know a fellow who's as broke as the Ten Commandments.

If you have one strong idea, you can't help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one novel and then be put in a gas chamber.

It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard-working ancestry.

Nothing which is worth while is easy, nor in my experience is the actual doing of it particularly pleasant. The pleasure arises from completion and from the knowledge that one has done the right thing and has stood by one's convictions

Some day you will know that there is a beauty of the soul that is more important than worldly beauty. Remember this when you see worldly beauty.

The best thing about Unitarianism was that there was no compulsion about attending its services.

There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct proportion with the years.

When everything is totalled up we have evolved a fine variety of flushing toilets but not a very good world.

When you are dead, you are very dead, intellectually and artistically.

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Quotes of the day: Iris Murdoch

Published Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 9:14 PM EDT
Jul 14 2014

Dame Iris Murdoch DBE (July 15, 1919 - February 8, 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English- language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All art is the struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.

Almost anything that consoles us is a fake.

Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.

Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.

Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.

Emotions really exist at the bottom of the personality or at the top. In the middle they are acted. This is why all the world is a stage.

Every artist is an unhappy lover. And unhappy lovers want to tell their story.

Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.

Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.

Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.

Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.

I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.

I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same.

In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.

Jealousy is the most dreadfully involuntary of all sins.

Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.

No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

Only lies and evil come from letting people off.

Our actions are like ships which we may watch set out to sea, and not know when or with what cargo they will return to port.

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.

Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wave- length of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!

Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.

The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.

The chief requirement of the good life... is to live without any image of oneself.

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.

The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.

The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick or a self-destroying or even murderous obsession.

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.

Time, like the sea, unties all knots.

We can only learn to love by loving.

We defend ourselves with descriptions and tame the world by generalizing.

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.

We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.

Youth is a marvelous garment.

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Quotes of the day: Jerry Rubin

Published Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 10:13 PM EDT
Jul 13 2014

Jerry Rubin (July 14, 1938 – November 28, 1994) was an American social activist, anti-war leader, and counterculture icon during the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s, he became a successful businessman.

On November 14, 1994, Rubin jaywalked on Wilshire Boulevard, in front of his penthouse apartment in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, California. It was a Monday evening and weekday traffic was heavy, with three lanes moving in each direction. A car swerved to miss Rubin but a second car, immediately behind the first, was unable to avoid him. He was taken to the UCLA Medical Center, where he died of a heart attack two weeks later. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A life without surrender is a life without commitment.

Don't trust anyone over thirty.

Every person on the streets of New York is a type. The city is one big theater where everyone is on display.

I am a child of America. If ever I'm sent to Death Row for my revolutionary 'crimes,' I'll order as my last meal: a hamburger, french fries, and a coke.

I didn't get my ideas from Mao, Lenin, or Ho. I got my ideas from the Lone Ranger.

I'm famous. That's my job.

Most men act so tough and strong on the outside because on the inside, we are scared, weak, and fragile. Men, not women, are the weaker sex.

Nothing is more American than revolution.

Our message: Don't grow up. Growing up means giving up your dreams.

Politics is how you live your life, not whom you vote for.

Smoking pot makes you a criminal and a revolutionary. As soon as you take you first puff, you are an enemy of society.

Some of the greatest social reformers of our time were wealthy.

The back seat produced the sexual revolution.

The individual who signs the check has the ultimate power.

The power to define the situation is the ultimate power.

The problem with fame is that you get frozen in one frame and nothing you can do can alter the nature.

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Quotes of the day: Harvey Pekar

Published Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 7:39 PM EDT
Jul 11 2014

Harvey Lawrence Pekar (October 8, 1939 - July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Although a security guard is ostensibly there to provide security, his actual role is to give the illusion of safety to suburban women.

Every day is a brand new deal, right? Just keep on working and something's bound to turn up.

Everybody's like everybody else, and everybody's different from everybody else.

Happy workers are much more productive workers and hence contribute to profit, but no organization is formed for the idea of pleasing its employees.

I think that the so-called average person often exhibits a great deal of heroism in getting through an ordinary day, and yet the reading public takes this heroism for granted.

I think you can find all the elements that you can find in great literature in mundane experiences.

I try and write the way things happen. I don't try and fulfill people's wishes.

I'm from Cleveland. We don't drink sparkling water in Cleveland.

It makes you feel good to know that there's other people afflicted like you.

Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't.

Misery loves company. There's a lot to that.

Money is a terrible barometer of a person's worth.

Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.

Superman doesn't get upset at the people who shoot bullets at him. I get why, now. (On his relationship with his mother and grandparents)

The most influential things that happen to virtually all of us are the things that happen on a daily basis. Not the traumas.

There’s not too many people you see who are reading James Joyce’s stuff, just for kicks.

You do not pursue potential conflict unless you hold power over your foe.

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Quotes of the day: John Quincy Adams

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

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.

All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.

(America) goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

And say not thou 'My country right or wrong,' nor shed thy blood for an unhallowed cause.

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

Death fixes forever the relation existing between the departed spirit and the survivors upon earth.

I inhabit a week, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in on by the storms, and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair. (on his advanced age)

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.

If your action inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.

Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.

It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?

The great problem of legislation is, so to organize the civil government of a community... that in the operation of human institutions upon social action, self-love and social may be made the same.

The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.

This is the last of Earth! I am content. (last words)

To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence

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Quotes of the day: Jean Kerr

Published Wednesday, July 09, 2014 @ 9:17 PM EDT
Jul 09 2014

Jean Kerr (July 10, 1922 - January 5, 2003) was an Irish-American author and playwright born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and best known for her humorous bestseller, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, and the plays King of Hearts and Mary, Mary. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier's office.

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table.

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.

Do you know how helpless you feel if you have a full cup of coffee in your hand and you start to sneeze?

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has ever found a way to drink for a living.

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.

I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me they are wonderful things for other people to go on.

I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.

I think success has no rules, but you can learn a great deal from failure.

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want- an adorable pancreas?

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.

It was hard to communicate with you. You were always communicating with yourself. The line was busy.

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.

Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.

Now the thing about having a baby- and I can't be the first person to have noticed this- is that thereafter you have it.

Partying is such sweet sorrow.

Some people have such a talent for making the best of a bad situation that they go around creating bad situations so they can make the best of them.

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.

The only reason that they say, 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats.

The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can.

The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself- like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.

You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.

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Quotes of the day: Dean Koontz

Published Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 8:18 PM EDT
Jul 08 2014

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, with 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks reaching the number one position. Koontz wrote under a number of pen names earlier in his career, including "David Axton", "Leigh Nichols" and "Brian Coffey". He has sold over 450 million copies as reported on his official site. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. The disappointments of life, the injustices, the battering events that are beyond our control, and the betrayals we endure, from those we befriended and loved, can make us cynical and turn our hearts into flint– on which only the matches of anger and bitterness can be struck into flame. By their delight in being with us, the reliable sunniness of their disposition, the joy they bring to playtime, the curiosity with which they embrace each new experience, dogs can melt cynicism, and sweeten the bitter heart.

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish- consciously or unconsciously- that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.

Dogs' lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.

When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.
-from "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog"


A fanatic is a nut who has something to believe in.

Blizzards, floods, volcanos, hurricanes, earthquakes: They fascinate because they nakedly reveal that Mother Nature, afflicted with bipolar disorder, is as likely to snuff us as she is to succor us.

Fate cannot be sidestepped or outrun.

Hatred and anger are only scars upon a beach, while love is the rolling surf that ceaselessly smooths the sand.

Human beings can always be relied upon to assert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.

If dogs talked, one of them would be president by now. Everybody likes dogs.

Ignorance isn't bliss, but sometimes ignorance makes it possible for us to sleep at night.

In a crunch a man's reputation never counts for as much as it ought to.

In a world that daily disconnects further from truth, more and more people accept the virtual in place of the real, and all things virtual are also malleable.

Loneliness comes in two basic varieties. When it results from a desire for solitude, loneliness is a door we close against the world. When the world instead rejects us, loneliness is an open door, unused.

Love isn't enough. Your parents have to know how to relate to you, and to each other. They have to want to be with you more than with anyone else.

One of the greatest sorrows of human existence is that some people aren't happy merely to be alive but find their happiness only in the misery of others.

Pain is a gift. Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity. Without fear, there could be no humility, and every man would be a monster. The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption

Recognizing the structure of your psychology doesn't mean that you can easily rebuild it.

The sane understand that human beings are incapable of sustaining conspiracies on a grand scale, because some of our most defining qualities as a species are inattention to detail, a tendency to panic, and an inability to keep our mouths shut.

There's lots of law these days, but not much justice.

When we don't allow ourselves to hope, we don't allow ourselves to have purpose. Without purpose, without meaning, life is dark. We've no light within, and we're just living to die.

Where there's cake, there's hope. And there's always cake.

Your sense of responsibility to others can never be excessive.

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Quotes of the day: Anna Quindlen

Published Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 8:15 PM EDT
Jul 07 2014

Anna Marie Quindlen (b July 8, 1952) is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for the New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)


A finished person is a boring person.

Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and yes, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world.

And sometimes you do everything right and something bad just happens. It's as simple, and as scary, as that.

But never fear, gentlemen; castration was really not the point of feminism, and we women are too busy eviscerating one another to take you on.

Catastrophe is numerical. Loss is singular, one beloved at a time.

Control is a nice concept, little more.

[Dr. Seuss] is remembered for the murder of Dick and Jane, which was a mercy killing of the highest order.

For the young the days go fast and the years go slow; for the old the days go slow and the years go fast.

Guilt is what separates humans from animals.

Have you ever noticed that what passes as a terrific man would only be an adequate woman?

Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.

I conveniently forgot to remember that people only have two hands, or, as another parent once said of having a third child, it's time for a zone defense instead of man-to-man.

I have a cat, the pet that ranks just above a throw pillow in terms of required responsibility.

I know from experience that those least capable of truly assessing any marriage are the children who come out of it. We style them as we need them, to excuse our faults, to insulate ourselves from our own expendability or indispensability.

I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.

It's only before realities set in that we can treasure our delusions.

Maybe crazy is just the word we use for feelings that will not be contained.

New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage, which makes sense to me, since, as I've discovered, a good bit of being a woman consists of picking up garbage.

One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity.

Our lives, so settled, so specific, are built on happenstance.

People who wish to salute the free and independent side of their evolutionary character acquire cats. People who wish to pay homage to their servile and salivating roots own dogs.

The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed.

The voices of conformity speak so loudly. Don't listen to them. No one does the right thing out of fear.

There's something undeniable about the posture of a person trying not to acknowledge your existance.

This is how I learn most of what I know about my children and their friends: by sitting in the driver's seat and keeping quiet.

We're part of a mixed marriage: he's male, I'm female.

What I expect from my male friends is that they are polite and clean. What I expect from my female friends is unconditional love, the ability to finish my sentences for me when I am sobbing, a complete and total willingness to pour their hearts out to me, and the ability to tell me why the meat thermometer isn't supposed to touch the bone.

What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

When you really want to say no, say no. You can't do everything- or at least not well.

You can tell a really wonderful quote by the fact that it's attributed to a whole raft of wits.

You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They're its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.

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Quotes of the day: Robert Heinlein

Published Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM EDT
Jul 06 2014

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 - May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the "dean of science fiction writers," he was one of the most influential and controversial authors of the genre in his time. He set a standard for scientific and engineering plausibility, and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A committee is the only known form of life with a hundred bellies and no brain.

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!

A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain, then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

A reverence for life does not require one to respect nature's obvious mistakes.

A zygote is a gamete's way of producing more gametes. This may be the purpose of the universe.

Age does not bring wisdom. Often it merely changes simple stupidity into arrogant conceit.

Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.

All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children.

Almost everything about a human creature is ridiculous, except its ability to suffer bravely and die gallantly for whatever it loves and believes in.

Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.

Always tell her she's beautiful, especially if she isn't.

An armed society is a polite society.

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.

Aside from a cold appreciation of my own genius I felt that I was a modest man.

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.

Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.

Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

Belief gets in the way of learning.

Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil.

Cats have no sense of humor, they have terribly inflated egos, and they are very touchy.

Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.

Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keep her from drowning them at birth.

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.

Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to virgins.

Early rising may not be a vice... but it is certainly no virtue. The old saw about the early bird just goes to show that the worm should have stayed in bed.

Easy times for individuals are bad times for the race. Adversity is a strainer which refuses to pass the ill equipped.

Every law that was ever written opened up a new way to graft.

Everybody lies about sex.

Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

Evolution is a process that never stops. Baboons who fail to exhibit moral behavior do not survive; they wind up as meat for leopards.

Free will is a golden thread running through the frozen matrix of fixed events.

Fulfillment in life is loving a good woman and killing a bad man.

Getting up early does not get more work done... any more than you can make a piece of string longer by cutting off one end and tying it onto the other.

Government is an inescapable disease of human beings.

History has the relation to truth that theology has to religion- i.e., none to speak of.

How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.

I believe in the honest craft of workmen. Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones.

I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he is picking my pocket.

I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day.

If a country can't save itself through the volunteer service of its own free people, then I say: Let the damned thing go down the drain!

If you don't like yourself, you can't like other people.

If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat.

In a society in which it is a moral offense to be different from your neighbor your only escape is to never let them find out.

In all matters of government the correct answer is usually: Do nothing.

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

Intangibles are the most honest merchandise anyone can sell. They are always worth whatever you are willing to pay for them and they never wear out.

It is better to copulate than never.

It never does any good to warn a man about his wife.

It's amazing how much mature wisdom resembles being too tired.

Life is short, but the years are long.

Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse.

Logic is a way of saying that anything that didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow.

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Love your country, but never trust its government.

Man can be chained but he cannot be domesticated, and eventually he always breaks his chains.

Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal.

Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.

Morals- all correct moral laws- derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level.

Most women are damn fools and children. But they've got more range than we've got. The brave ones are braver, the good ones are better- and the vile ones are viler, for that matter.

Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

Never appeal to a man's better nature. He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.

Never frighten a little man. He'll kill you.

Never try to outstubborn a cat.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and annoys the pig.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.

No matter where or what, there are makers, takers, and fakers.

Nobody ever wins a lawsuit but the lawyers.

Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.

Old age is not an accomplishment; it is just something that happens to you despite yourself, like falling downstairs.

One man's religion is another man's belly laugh.

People don’t really want change, any change at all- and xenophobia is very deep-rooted. But we progress, as we must- if we are to go out to the stars.

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

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.

Revolutions are not won by enlisting the masses. Revolution is a science only a few are competent to practice. It depends on correct organization and, above all, on communications.

Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny.

Self-awareness is not just a bunch of amino acids bumping together.

Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys; it's more sanitary.

Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.

Sin lies only in hurting other people unnecessarily. All other sins are invented nonsense.

Specialization is for insects.

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation.

Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.

Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong- but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.

Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.

Television leaves no external scars.

The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed.

The death rate is the same for us as for anybody... one person, one death, sooner or later.

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship.

The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.

The less respect an older person deserves the more certain he is to demand it from anyone younger.

The nice thing about citing god as an authority is that you can prove anything you set out to prove.

The three-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with these three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots.

The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.

The United States has become a place where entertainers and professional athletes are mistaken for people of importance.

The whole principle is wrong (censorship); it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak.

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.

There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?

There is no such thing as luck; there is only adequate or inadequate preparation to cope with a statistical universe.

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

There is nothing wrong with writing, so long as you do it in private and wash your hands afterward.

Was there ever a time when the majority was right?

We lived like that 'Happy Family' you sometimes see in traveling zoos: a lion caged with a lamb. It is a startling exhibit but the lamb has to be replaced frequently.

What are the marks of a sick culture? It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn't the whole population.

Widows are far better than brides. They don't tell, they won't yell, they don't swell, they rarely smell, and they're grateful as hell.

Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs had better get used to it.

Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.

You don't pay back, you pay forward.

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.

You're in bad shape when your emotions force you into acts which you know are foolish.

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Quotes of the day: George W. Bush

Published Saturday, July 05, 2014 @ 8:13 PM EDT
Jul 05 2014

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University in 1968 and Harvard Business School in 1975, Bush worked in oil businesses. He married Laura Welch in 1977 and ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives shortly thereafter. He later co-owned the Texas Rangers baseball team before defeating Ann Richards in the 1994 Texas gubernatorial election. Bush was elected president in 2000 after a close and controversial election, becoming the fourth president to be elected while receiving fewer popular votes nationwide than his opponent. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Make The Pie Higher
by George W. Bush

I think we all agree
The past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen
And uncertainty
And potential mental losses.
Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet
Become more few?
How many hands
Have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pant leg
Of opportunity.
I know that the human being
And the fish
Can coexist.
Families is where our nation
Finds hope
Where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize Society!
Make the pie higher!
Make the pie higher!
Major league.

(Actual GWB quotations, aesthetically arranged by Washington Post writer Richard Thompson in observance of National Poetry Month.)


A surplus means there'll be money left over. Otherwise, it wouldn't be called a surplus.

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.

A vampire is a- a- cell deal you can plug in the wall to charge your cell phone.

An equal society begins with an equally excellent schools.

Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better.

But I also made it clear to (Vladimir Putin) that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe.

Do as I say and not as I did.
(When governor of Texas, Dubya proposed a $9 million initiative to persuade young Texans to hold off on sex until marriage. This was Dubya's answer when asked whether he had abstained from pre-marital sex.)

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.

For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it.

How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?

I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.

I come from a different generation from my Dad.

I do know I'm ready for the job (the presidency). And if not, that's just the way it goes.

I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation.
(on 60 Minutes)

I don't think we need to be subliminable (sic) about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.

I don't want nations feeling like that they can bully ourselves and our allies. I want to have a ballistic defense system so that we can make the world more peaceful, and at the same time I want to reduce our own nuclear capacities to the level commiserate with keeping the peace.

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe- I believe what I believe is right.

I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here.

I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating.

I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.

I want the folks to see me sitting in the same kind of seat they sit in, eating the same popcorn, peeing in the same urinal.

I was raised in the West. The west of Texas. It's pretty close to California. In more ways than Washington, D.C., is close to California.

I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy.

I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war.

I've got a record, a record that is conservative and a record that is compassionated.

If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it.

If elected president I'll make sure that dyslexics will have an emergency 119 number.

If I answer questions every time you ask one, expectations would be high. And as you know, I like to keep expectations low.

If people could judge me by the company I keep, they would judge me for keeping really good company.

If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything.

If you're sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign.

In the corporate world, sometimes things aren't exactly black and white when it comes to accounting practices.

It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.

It is white. (Response to a London child who asked him to describe the White House.)

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.

It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.

It's negative to think about blowing each other up. That's not a positive thought. That's a Cold War thought. That's a thought when people were enemies with each other.

It's very important for folks to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

Our nation must come together to unite.

Our priorities is our faith.

Over the long term, the most effective way to conserve energy is by using energy more efficiently.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Reading is the basics for all learning.

Sometimes when I sleep at night I think of 'Hop on Pop'.

States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and restrictions particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live.

The benefits of helping somebody is beneficial.

The California crunch really is the result of not enough power- generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants.

The good news is I'm leading in the polls. The bad news is the election isn't tomorrow.

Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling.

There is a lot of speculation and I guess there is going to continue to be a lot of speculation until the speculation ends.

There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There needs to be town-hall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge country.

There ought to be limits to freedom.

There's an old saying in Tennessee- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee- that says, fool me once, shame on- shame on you. Fool me- you can't get fooled again.

They have miscalculated me as a leader.

They misunderestimated me.

They said, 'You know, this issue doesn't seem to resignate with the people.' And I said, you know something? Whether it resignates or not doesn't matter to me, because I stand for doing what's the right thing, and what the right thing is hearing the voices of people who work.

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get head.

This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.

This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mential losses.

We cannot let terriers and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.

We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.

We must have the attitude that every child in America- regardless of where they're raised or how they're born- can learn.

We ought to make the pie higher.

We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.

We want our teachers to be trained so they can meet the obligations, their obligations as teachers. We want them to know how to teach the science of reading. In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal- federal cufflink.

We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers.

Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

You know I could run for governor but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office.
(In 1989)

You teach a child to read and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

You're the kind of guy I like to have in a foxhole with me.
(Interesting comment made to Russian President Putin, White House, Nov. 13, 2001)

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Quotes of the day: P.T. Barnum

Published Friday, July 04, 2014 @ 7:58 PM EDT
Jul 04 2014

Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, 'I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me,' and his personal aims were 'to put money in his own coffers.' Barnum is widely, but erroneously, credited with coining the phrase 'There's a sucker born every minute.' (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Ask Bailey what the box office was at the Garden last night. (reported last words)

But however mysterious is nature, however ignorant the doctor, however imperfect the present state of physical science, the patronage and the success of quacks and quackeries are infinitely more wonderful than those of honest and laborious men of science and their careful experiments.

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

Every crowd has a silver lining.

I am a showman by profession... and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.

Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.

Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.

Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.

The best kind of charity is to help those who are willing to help themselves.

The common man, no matter how sharp and tough, actually enjoys having the wool pulled over his eyes, and makes it easier for the puller.

The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.

The plan of 'counting the chickens before they are hatched' is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age.

The public is a very strange animal, and although a good knowledge of human nature will generally lead a caterer of amusement to hit the people right, they are fickle and ofttimes perverse.

The public is wiser than many imagine.

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.


"There's a sucker born every minute."
Commonly attributed to Barnum, there is much testimony of contemporaries that he never actually said this, and in P.T. Barnum Never Did Say 'There's a Sucker Born Every Minute,' R.J. Brown asserts that it actually originated with a banker named David Hannum, in regard to one of Barnum's hoaxes: a replica of the Cardiff Giant.

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Quotes of the day: Marie Curie

Published Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 8:01 PM EDT
Jul 03 2014

Marie Sklodowska-Curie (November 7, 1867 - July 4, 1934) was a Polish and naturalized French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.

All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Humanity needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit.

I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.

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

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.

We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.

We cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.


It was my good fortune to be linked with Mme. Curie through twenty years of sublime and unclouded friendship. I came to admire her human grandeur to an ever growing degree. Her strength, her purity of will, her austerity toward herself, her objectivity, her incorruptible judgement- all these were of a kind seldom found joined in a single individual... The greatest scientific deed of her life— proving the existence of radioactive elements and isolating them— owes its accomplishment not merely to bold intuition but to a devotion and tenacity in execution under the most extreme hardships imaginable, such as the history of experimental science has not often witnessed.

Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.
-Albert Einstein

Pierre Curie, a brilliant scientist, happened to marry a still more brilliant one- Marie, the famous Madame Curie- and is the only great scientist in history who is consistently identified as the husband of someone else.
-Isaac Asimov

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Quotes of the day: Dave Barry

Published Thursday, July 03, 2014 @ 12:01 AM EDT
Jul 03 2014

David McAlister "Dave" Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.

By today's beauty standards, Marilyn Monroe was an oil tanker.

Everybody- by which I mean not you- is getting rich off the Internet.

Florida's number three industry, behind tourism and skin cancer, is voter fraud.

Gradually, without noticing it, you turn into a Republican and judge everything on the basis of whether or not it will increase your taxes.

I bet that if you actually read the entire vastness of the U.S. Tax Code, you'd find at least one sex scene.

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball or saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.

If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He will not use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.

If you asked me to name the three scariest threats facing the human race, I'd give the same answer that most people would: nuclear war, global warming and Windows.

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not and never will achieve its full potential, that word would be: 'meetings.'

If you have a big enough dictionary, just about everything is a word.

If you should open up a baby's head- and I am not for a moment suggesting that you should-you would find nothing but an enormous drool gland.

If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.

In a democracy, you say what you like and do what you're told.

In fact, when you get right down to it, almost every explanation Man came up with for anything until about 1926 was stupid.

Internet investors have the brains of grapefruit. If you started a company called Set Fire to Piles of Money.com, they'd be beating down your door.

It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers.

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

People who feel the need to tell you that they have an excellent sense of humor are telling you that they have no sense of humor.

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

Probably the question asked most often is: Do one-celled animals have orgasms? The answer is yes, they have orgasms almost constantly, which is why they don't mind living in pools of warm slime.

Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.

The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.

The high rate of teen-age suicide might be due to those seeing all those Old Milwaukee ads with the rednecks in the pick-up truck saying, 'It doesn't get any better than this!'

The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

The metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet.

The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.

The problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people, and then they come after you with machetes.

The word aerobics comes from two Greek words: aero, meaning 'ability to,' and bics, meaning 'withstand tremendous boredom.'

There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.'

They can hold all the peace talks they want, but there will never be peace in the Middle East. Billions of years from now, when Earth is hurtling toward the Sun and there is nothing left alive on the planet except a few microorganisms, the microorganisms living in the Middle East will be bitter enemies.

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.

We don't know where the digital revolution is taking us, only that when we get there we will not have enough RAM.

We have an old saying in journalism: If you don't understand something, it must be important.

What happens if an asteroid hits the Earth? Judging from realistic simulations involving a sledge hammer and a common laboratory frog, we can assume it will be pretty bad.

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

Williamsburg is an authentic colonial restored place in Virginia where people in authentic uncomfortable clothing demonstrate how horrible it was to live in historical colonial times.

Without software, a computer is just a lump of plastic- whereas with software, it's a lump of plastic that can permanently destroy critical data.

You have to be a real stud hombre cybermuffin to handle Windows.

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.


(Today is also the birthday of Tom Stoppard and Franz Kafka.)

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Quotes of the day: Thurgood Marshall

Published Wednesday, July 02, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 02 2014

Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a decision that desegregated public schools. He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy and then served as the Solicitor General after being appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court in 1967. (Click for full Wikipedia article)


A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi... has the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.

Even if all parties approach the court's mandate with the best of conscious intentions... that mandate requires them to confront and overcome their own racism on all levels- a challenge I doubt all of them can meet.

History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.

I have a lifetime appointment and I intend to serve it. I expect to die at 110, shot by a jealous husband.

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust... We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.

I'm the world's original gradualist. I just think ninety-odd years is gradual enough.

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.

Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody- a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony, or a few nuns- bent down and helped us pick up our boots.

Nothing can be more notorious than the calumnies and invectives with which the wisest measures and most virtuous characters of The United States have been pursued and traduced (by American newspapers).

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds.

Some may more quietly commemorate the suffering, struggle, and sacrifice that has triumphed over much of what was wrong with the original document, and observe the anniversary with hopes not realized and promises not fulfilled. I plan to celebrate the bicentennial of the Constitution as a living document, including the Bill of Rights and the other amendments protecting individual freedoms and human rights.

Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.

Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.

The government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and major social transformations to attain the system of constitutional government and its respect for the freedoms and individual rights, we hold as fundamental today.

The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis.

The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.

Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other blacks cherish.

We can always stick together when we are losing, but tend to find means of breaking up when we're winning.

What is the quality of your intent? Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through.


(Today is also the birthday of Hermann Hesse.)

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Quotes of the day: George Sand

Published Tuesday, July 01, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 01 2014

Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (July 1, 1804 – June 8, 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a French novelist and memoirist. She is equally well known for her much publicized romantic affairs with a number of celebrities including Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence. Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good- that is the creed I seek.

Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof.

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.

It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.

Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views.

Life is a long ache which rarely sleeps and can never be cured.

Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.

Masterpieces are only lucky attempts.

My profession is to be free.

One is happy once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes... is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

The capacity for passion is both cruel and divine.

The truth is too simple: one must always get there by a complicated route.

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

We cannot tear a single page from our life, but we can throw the whole book into the fire.

Which of us has not some sorrow to dull, or some yoke to cast off?

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.

You must treat your heart as aging libertines treat their bodies- hide it beneath the disguise of paint and subterfuge.

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Quotes of the day: Lena Horne

Published Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 30 2014

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


After I got over the terrible pain of having something of mine taken from me, I began to think how bad everybody else must be feeling. It wasn't a nice time.

Always be smarter than the people who hire you.

Don't be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it's just death.

Every color I can think of and nationality, we were all touched by Dr. King because he made us like each other and respect each other.

I made a promise to myself to be kinder to other people.

I really do hate to sing.

I was lucky, as many of my generation was, in having a man like Dr. King in our lives. He came at a time that we needed to take a long look at each other and see how similar we were.

I'm still learning, you know. At 80, I feel there is a lot I don't know.

It's ill-becoming for an old broad to sing about how bad she wants it. But occasionally we do.

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

It's so nice to get flowers while you can still smell the fragrance.

Nobody black or white who really believes in democracy can stand aside now; everybody's got to stand up and be counted.

You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way.

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