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Quotes of the day: Goodness

Published Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 2:46 PM EDT
Jun 30 2015

A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
-John Updike

Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
-Arthur Schopenhauer

Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
-Anthony Burgess

Every other knowledge is harmful to him who does not have knowledge of goodness.
-Michel de Montaigne

Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness.
-Blaise Pascal

Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.
-Saul Bellow

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
-Henry David Thoreau

Goodness... You got to make it out of badness... Because there isn't anything else to make it out of.
-Robert Penn Warren

I believe in the basic goodness of my species, because that appears to be a positive tactic and quality that leads to better chances of survival- and in spite of our foolishness, we seem to have survived.
-James Randi

I find that the best goodness I have has some tincture of vice.
-Michel de Montaigne

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
-Leo Tolstoy

Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets headlines.
-Eugene H. Peterson

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
-Bertolt Brecht

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
-Thomas Carlyle

Only those few people who practice it believe in goodness.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
-John Jay Chapman

Our surest protection against assault from abroad has been not all our guards, gates and guns, or even our two oceans, but our essential goodness as a people. Our richest asset has been not our material wealth but our values.
-Theodore (Ted) Sorensen

People always try to find base motives behind every good action. We are afraid of pure goodness and of pure evil.
-Eugene Ionesco

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed.
-William Saroyan

She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
-Virginia Woolf

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
-Leo Tolstoy

We live in an age which is so possessed by demons, that soon we shall only be able to do goodness and justice in the deepest secrecy, as if it were a crime.
-Franz Kafka

We too often forget that not only is there 'a soul of goodness in things evil,' but very generally also, a soul of truth in things erroneous.
-Herbert Spencer

When good men die their goodness does not perish,
But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,
All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.


(July 1 is also the birthday of G.C. Lichtenberg and George Sand.)

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Quotes of the day: Gary Busey

Published Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 10:59 PM EDT
Jun 28 2015

William Gary Busey (b. June 29, 1944) is an American actor. He has appeared the films Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Gumball Rally (1976), The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Big Wednesday (1978), Silver Bullet (1985), Eye of the Tiger (1986), Lethal Weapon (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Point Break (1991), Under Siege (1992), The Firm (1993), Rookie of the Year (1994), Surviving the Game (1994), Drop Zone (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Soldier (1998), and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He made guest appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, and Entourage. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in The Buddy Holly Story. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Five parts of my brain contain alien power, whatever I do or say cannot be denied on the intergalactic highway of existence.

Fun stands for 'Finally Understanding Nothing'. And that's what's fun about fun, you don't have to get it.

Great things... only happen for the first time once.

Have a mind that's open to everything, get attached to nothing.

I don't know where I come from but I'm here now so deal with it.

I've been told by doctors and surgeons that I have the energy of ten men who have normal jobs.

If you take shortcuts, you get cut short.

It's a very strange silence that I'm living in right now. It's a silence that has a lot of activity and noise in it from a zone that I don't live in on this earth.

It's good for everyone to understand that they are to love their enemies, simply because your enemies show you things about yourself you need to change. So in actuality enemies are friends in reverse.

Men are failed women at birth.

Never dip lower than you can dip.

Nothing changes like changes, because nothing changes but the changes.

There has got to be more to life than being a really, really, ridiculously good actor.

When you don't know, you know. When you know, you don't know but you don't know it. When you don't know you know, so you really don't know you don't know, which means you really know if it is authentic.

Winners do what losers don't want to do.

You have to remember to chase and catch your dreams, because if you don't, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that's nowhere land.


(June 29 is also the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Oriana Fallaci.)

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Quotes of the day: John Wesley

Published Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 6:32 PM EDT
Jun 27 2015

John Wesley (June 28, 1703 - March 2, 1791) was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


As to matters of dress, I would recommend one never to be first in the fashion nor the last out of it.

Be not so positive; especially with regard to things which are neither easy nor necessary to be determined.

Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast. Do not imagine that God has called you... to destroy men’s lives, and not to save them.

Beware, lastly, of imagining you shall obtain the end without using the means conducive to it. God can give the end without any means at all; but you have no reason to think He will.

Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then give all you can.

I am always in haste, but never in a hurry.

In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church.

Let it be observed, that slovenliness is no part of religion; that neither this, nor any text of Scripture, condemns neatness of apparel. Certainly this is a duty, not a sin. Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.

Lord, let me not live to be useless!

Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.

The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!

Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own.

Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.

Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.

Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

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Quotes of the day: Grace Lee Boggs

Published Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 9:42 PM EDT
Jun 26 2015

Grace Lee Boggs (b. June 27, 1915) is an American author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist. She is known for her years of political collaboration with C.L.R. James and Raya Dunayevskaya in the 1940s and 1950s. She eventually went off in her own political direction in the 1960s with her husband of some forty years, James Boggs, until his death in 1993. By 1998, she had written four books, including an autobiography. In 2011, still active at the age of 95, she wrote a fifth book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, co-written by Scott Kurashige and published by the University of California Press. Her life is the subject of the documentary film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs released in 2013, produced and directed by the American filmmaker Grace Lee. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Activism can be the journey rather than the arrival.

Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.

Don't get stuck in old ideas. Keep recognizing that reality is changing and that your ideas have to change.

History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories- triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialectally- has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.

I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.

Love isn't about what we did yesterday; it's about what we do today and tomorrow and the day after.

Our challenge, as we enter the new millennium, is to deepen the commonalities and the bonds between these tens of millions, while at the same time continuing to address the issues within our local communities by two-sided struggles that not only say "No" to the existing power structure but also empower our constituencies to embrace the power within each of us to crease the world anew.

People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.

Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.

Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas.

The main reason why Western civilization lacks Spirituality, or an awareness of our interconnectedness with one another and the universe, according to Gandhi, is that it has given priority to economic and technological development over human and community development.

The struggle we're dealing with these days, which, I think, is part of what the 60s represented, is how do we define our humanity?

We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.

We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other. We urgently need to bring the neighbor back into our hoods, not only in our inner cities but also in our suburbs, our gated communities, on Main Street and Wall Street, and on Ivy League campuses.

What time is it on the clock of the world?

When you read Marx (or Jesus) this way, you come to see that real wealth is not material wealth and real poverty is not just the lack of food, shelter, and clothing. Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things. Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings.

You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.

You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. And you do choose how you think.


(June 27 is also the birthday of Emma Goldman, H. Ross Perot, and Helen Keller.)

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Quotes of the day: Bernard Berenson

Published Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:38 PM EDT
Jun 25 2015

Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in pioneering art attribution and therefore establishing the market for paintings by the "Old Masters". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.

Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second.

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.

Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

International affairs will be placed on a better footing when it is understood that there is no way of punishing a people for the crimes of its rulers.

Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated but for our qualities.

Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.

Taste begins when appetite is satisfied.

The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.

You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.


(June 26 is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck.)

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Quotes of the day: Sonia Sotomayor

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015 @ 9:50 PM EDT
Jun 24 2015

Sonia Maria Sotomayor (b. June 25, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its first justice of Hispanic heritage, its third female justice, and its twelfth Roman Catholic justice. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


I am a New Yorker, and 7 am is a civilized hour to finish the day, not to start it.

I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn't able to succeed at those institutions.

I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.

I came to accept during my freshman year that many of the gaps in my knowledge and understanding were simply limits of class and cultural background, not lack of aptitude or application as I'd feared.

I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences.

I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences.

I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it.

I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth.

I firmly believe in the rule of law as the foundation for all of our basic rights.

I had no need to apologize that the look-wider, search-more affirmative action that Princeton and Yale practiced had opened doors for me. That was its purpose: to create the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race many were unaware was even being run.

I think it's important to move people beyond just dreaming into doing. They have to be able to see that you are just like them, and you made it.

I think that the day a justice forgets that each decision comes at a cost to someone, then I think you start losing your humanity.

If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what's important to them.

It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.

Much of the uncertainty of law is not an unfortunate accident: it is of immense social value.

Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in Heaven. To succeed in this world you have to be known to people.

There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested. Whether it's serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.

Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.

We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.

Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.


(June 25 is also the birthday of George Orwell and Ricky Gervais.)

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Quotes of the day: Norman Cousins

Published Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 8:21 PM EDT
Jun 23 2015

Norman Cousins (June 24, 1915 – November 30, 1990) was an American political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.

Cynicism is intellectual treason.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies within us while we live.

Death is not the ultimate tragedy in life. The ultimate tragedy is to die without discovering the possibilities of full growth.

Governments are not built to perceive large truths. Only people can perceive great truths. Governments specialize in small and intermediate truths. They have to be instructed by their people in great truths.

He who keeps his cool best wins.

Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.

History is a vast early-warning system.

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.

If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.

Inevitably, an individual is measured by his or her largest concerns.

It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.

Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.

Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

The biggest and most pertinent lesson in history-at least for democracies-is that they cannot take their existence for granted.

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.

The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.

The message from the moon which we have flashed to the far corners of this planet is that no problem need any longer be considered insoluble.

The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives- the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.

There is a tendency to mistake data for wisdom, just as there has always been a tendency to confuse logic with values, intelligence with insight.

War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.

We will not have peace by afterthought.

What a man really says when he says that someone else can be persuaded by force, is that he himself is incapable of more rational means of communication.

What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.


(June 24 is also the birthday of Ambrose Bierce and Henry Ward Beecher.)

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Quotes of the day: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Published Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 7:55 PM EDT
Jun 21 2015

Anne Spencer Lindbergh (née Morrow; June 22, 1906 – February 7, 2001) was an American author, aviator, and the wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh. She was an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to non-fiction, touching upon topics as diverse as youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment, as well as the role of women in the 20th century. Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea is a popular inspirational book, reflecting on the lives of American women. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day- like writing a poem or saying a prayer.

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.

Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone. Women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves; that firm strand which will be the indispensable center of a whole web of human relationships.

Don't wish me happiness- I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor- I will need them all.

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.

How hard it is to have the beautiful interdependence of marriage and yet be strong in oneself alone.

How one hates to think of oneself as alone. How one avoids it. It seems to imply rejection or unpopularity.

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

I feel we are all islands- in a common sea.

I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.

It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core.

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.

Life is a gift, given in trust- like a child.

Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.

Only when a tree has fallen can you take a measure of it. It is the same with a man.

Perhaps middle-age is, or should be, a period of shedding shells; the shell of ambition, the shell of material accumulations and possessions, the shell of the ego.

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.

The punctuation of anniversaries is terrible, like the closing of doors, one after another between you and what you want to hold on to.

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.

There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.

To be deeply in love is, of course, a great liberating force.

To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.

Travelers are always discoverers, especially those who travel by air. There are no signposts in the sky to show a man has passed that way before. There are no channels marked. The flier breaks each second into new uncharted seas.

What a circus act we women perform every day of our lives. Look at us. We run a tightrope daily, balancing a pile of books on the head. Baby-carriage, parasol, kitchen chair, still under control. Steady now! This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of.

When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race.

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Quotes of the day: Berkeley Breathed

Published Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 10:28 PM EDT
Jun 20 2015

Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (b. June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.

And irony, oh the goddamed irony, that courses through the popular culture like a cancer. If nothing is serious anymore, then there's nothing to satirize.

Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.

Despite what they tell you, there are simply no moral absolutes in a complex world.

I happen to think nearly everybody- especially those one might find in the odd issue of 'People' magazine, including me- is frightfully boring, Especially me. And Tom Cruise. Tom and I are alike in only this way.

I ignore Hallmark Holidays. And this comes from a guy who has sold a million Opus greeting cards.

I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn't exist.

I'd be a Libertarian, if they weren't all a bunch of tax-dodging professional whiners.

I'll confess right here that I secretly wish I'd have drawn a strip about a little boy with a fake tiger, going for adventures throughout the universe in spaceships of his imagination.

If I could have drawn a cat yelling for lasagna every day for 15 years and have them pay me $30 million to do so, I would have.

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

Negative humor is forgotten immediately. It's the stuff that makes us feel better about our lives that lives long. Much more satisfying. Enter children's books.

Some of us find our lives abridged even before the paperback comes out.

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

Whatever we are waiting for- peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance- it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.


(June 21 is also the birthday of Jean Paul Sartre and Mary McCarthy.)

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Quotes of the day: Fathers

Published Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 7:13 PM EDT
Jun 19 2015

A father is a thing that is forced to endure childbirth, without an anesthetic.
-Paul Harvey

A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.

A good father lives so he is a credit to his children.
-Arnold H. Glasow

A realist is a man who insists on making the same mistakes his grandfather did.
-Benjamin Disraeli

All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.
-Martin Atwood

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
-Laurence J. Peter

Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess was why several of us died of tuberculosis.
-Jack Handey

Diogenes struck the father when the son swore, because he taught him no better.
-Robert Burton

Every father says the same thing: 'Where's your mother?'
-Bill Cosby

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
-Lewis Mumford

Father's Day is like Mother's Day, except the gift is cheaper.
- Gerald F. Lieberman

Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.
-Jon Stewart

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
-Margaret Mead

Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.
-George W. Bush

For years I thought my father was a hunchback. Turns out he didn't know suspenders were adjustable.
-Bill Kelly

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?
-Dick Clark

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
-Umberto Eco

I come from a different generation from my Dad.
-George W. Bush

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
-Mario Cuomo

I tell the truth, and it has gotten me into a lot of trouble. My dad used to say to me, 'If you tell the truth all day long, you will end up in jail.'
-Elaine Stritch

I've always followed my father's advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.
-John Wayne

If a child looks like his father, that's heredity. If he looks like a neighbor, that's environment.

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
-Anne Sexton

It is almost nicer being a godfather than a father, like having white mice but making your nanny feed them for you.
-Theodore H. White

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
-Jean de la Fontaine

Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones.
-Willa Cather

My father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic.
- Spike Milligan

My father was frightened of his father, I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
-King George V

My wife is so analytical with raising kids, and I am not. My feeling is if they turn out good, then that means I was a good daddy and put a lot of effort into it. If they turn out bad, it means they took after her side of the family.
-Jeff Foxworthy

No man is responsible for his father. That is entirely his mother's affair.
-Margaret Turnbull

Noble fathers have noble children.

Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and of the best man winning than the man who inherited his father's store or farm.
-C. Wright Mills

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
-George Herbert

Rich men's sons are seldom rich men's fathers.
-Herbert Kaufmann

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
-Bertrand Russell

The moral code which was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for our children.
-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
-E.B. White

The wisest man may be a blind father.
-Jules Verne

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
-Austin O'Malley

Wise children always choose a mother who was a shocking flirt in her maiden days, and so had several offers before she accepted their fortunate papa.
-J.M. Barrie

You know when you're young, you think your dad's Superman. Then you grow up and you realize he's just a regular guy who wears a cape.
-Dave Atell

(June 20 is also the birthday of Lillian Hellman.)

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Quotes of the day: Salman Rushdie

Published Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 9:45 PM EDT
Jun 18 2015

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (b. June 19, 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He is said to combine magical realism with historical fiction; his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the center of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwa calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989, and as a result he was put under police protection by the British government. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Children are the vessels into which adults pour their poison.

How to defeat terrorism? Don't be terrorized. Don't let fear rule your life. Even if you are scared.

I do not envy people who think they have a complete explanation of the world, for the simple reason that they are obviously wrong.

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.

It matters, it always matters, to name rubbish as rubbish... to do otherwise is to legitimize it.

It may be argued that the past is a country from which we have all emigrated, that its loss is part of our common humanity.

Meaning is a shaky edifice we build out of scraps, dogmas, childhood injuries, newspaper articles, chance remarks, old films, small victories, people hated, people loved; perhaps it is because of our sense of what is the case is constructed from such inadequate materials that we defend it so fiercely, even to the death.

Nothing really improves us. Whatever improves one person will disimprove another.

Religion, a medieval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms.

The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas- uncertainty, progress, change- into crimes.

The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step outside the frame.

The world, somebody wrote, is the place we prove real by dying in it.

There is no right in the world not to be offended. That right simply doesn't exist. In a free society, an open society, people have strong opinions, and these opinions very often clash. In a democracy, we have to learn to deal with this.

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

What kind of God is it who's upset by a cartoon in Danish?


(June 19 is also the birthday of Blaise Pascal, Elbert Hubbard, and Pauline Kael.)

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Quotes of the day: John Cheever

Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015 @ 1:12 PM EDT
Jun 17 2015

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John William Cheever (May 27, 1912 - June 18, 1982) was an American novelist and short story writer. He is sometimes called "the Chekhov of the suburbs". His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Westchester suburbs, old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, where he was born, and Italy, especially Rome. He is "now recognized as one of the most important short fiction writers of the 20th century." While Cheever is perhaps best remembered for his short stories (including "The Enormous Radio", "Goodbye, My Brother", "The Five- Forty-Eight", "The Country Husband", and "The Swimmer"), he also wrote four novels, comprising The Wapshot Chronicle (National Book Award, 1958), The Wapshot Scandal (William Dean Howells Medal, 1965), Bullet Park (1969), Falconer (1977) and a novella, Oh What a Paradise It Seems (1982). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.

Admire the world. Relish the love of a gentle woman. Trust in the lord.

Art is the triumph over chaos.

Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.

For lovers, touch is metamorphosis. All the parts of their bodies seem to change, and they seem to become something different and better.

For me, a page of good prose is where one hears the rain and the noise of battle. It has the power to give grief or universality that lends it a youthful beauty.

Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.

I do not understand the capricious lewdness of the sleeping mind.

I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be.

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.

People named John and Mary never divorce. For better or for worse, in madness and in saneness, they seem bound together for eternity by their rudimentary nomenclature. They may loathe and despise one another, quarrel, weep, and commit mayhem, but they are not free to divorce. Tom, Dick, and Harry can go to Reno on a whim, but nothing short of death can separate John and Mary.

The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.

The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.

The organizations of men, like men themselves, seem subject to deafness, nearsightedness, lameness, and involuntary cruelty. We seem tragically unable to help one another, to understand one another.

The secret of keeping young is to read children's books. You read the books they write for little children and you'll keep young. You read novels, philosophy, stuff like that and it makes you feel old.

The task of an American writer is not to describe the misgivings of a woman taken in adultery as she looks out of a window at the rain but to describe four hundred people under the lights reaching for a foul ball. This is ceremony.

There is a terrible sameness to the euphoria of alcohol and the euphoria of metaphor.

We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.

When I remember my family, I always remember their backs. They were always indignantly leaving places. That's the way I remember them, heading for an exit.

When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.


(June 18 is also the birthday of Carolyn Wells.)

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Quotes of the day: Rain

Published Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @ 10:53 PM EDT
Jun 16 2015


Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
-Dwight Whitney Morrow

Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.
-Vladimir Nabokov

Don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain.
-Leo Durocher

Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.
-Billie Holiday

For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Human knowledge has been changing from the word go and people in certain respects behave more rationally than they did when they didn't have it. They spend less time doing rain dances and more time seeding clouds.
-Herbert Simon

If you pray for rain long enough, it eventually does fall. If you pray for floodwaters to abate, they eventually do. The same happens in the absence of prayers.
-Steve Allen

Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called rain.
-Michael McClary

My wife told me 'I need you like the desert needs the rain. Once, maybe twice a year, for no more than twenty minutes.'
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)

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

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
-John Updike

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
-Bob Marley

The drowning man is not troubled by rain.

The rain fell alike upon the just and upon the unjust, and for nothing was there a why and a wherefore.
-W. Somerset Maugham

The struggle with evil by means of violence is the same as an attempt to stop a cloud, in order that there may be no rain.
-Leo Tolstoy

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
-Dolly Parton

There is little chance that meteorologists can solve the mysteries of weather until they gain an understanding of the mutual attraction of rain and weekends.
-Arnot Sheppard

There is nothing more alone than being in a car at night in the rain.
-Robert Penn Warren

We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket.
-George Carlin


(June 17 is also the birthday of James Weldon Johnson.)

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Quotes of the day: Joyce Carol Oates

Published Monday, June 15, 2015 @ 9:46 PM EDT
Jun 15 2015

Joyce Carol Oates (b. June 16, 1937) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for her novel them (1969), two O. Henry Awards, and the National Humanities Medal. Her novels Black Water (1992), What I Lived For (1994), Blonde (2000), and short story collections The Wheel of Love and Other Stories (1970) and Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories (2014) were each nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Oates has taught at Princeton University since 1978 and is currently the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor in the Humanities with the Program in Creative Writing. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any kind of creative activity is likely to be stressful. The more anxiety, the more you feel that you are headed in the right direction. Easiness, relaxation, comfort - these are not conditions that usually accompany serious work.

Any number of definitions help to determine who we are. It doesn't hurt to be a woman writer, an American woman writer, American woman writer of the 21st century. I think all these descriptions of us- and they're descriptions and adjectives that pertain to you- none of them diminish you, really. I think that maybe there's a kind of deepening or expansion the more identifications you have.

At a time when politics deals in distortions and half truths, truth is to be found in the liberal arts.

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.

Boxing is about being hit rather more than it is about hitting, just as it is about feeling pain, if not devastating psychological paralysis, more than it is about winning.

Critics sometimes appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing.

Early failure, as long as it's not prolonged, is probably a good idea.

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions.

I can entertain the proposition that life is a metaphor for boxing- for one of those bouts that go on and on, round following round, jabs, missed punches, clinches, nothing determined, again the bell and again and you and your opponent so evenly matched it's impossible not to see that your opponent is you... Life is like boxing in many unsettling respects. But boxing is only like boxing.

I should say, one of the things about being a widow or a widower, you really, really need a sense of humor, because everything's going to fall apart.

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?

If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework- you can still be writing, because you have that space.

If you're living with a scientist, you see the world differently than you do with a humanist. It's in some ways very subtle, the differences in perceiving reality.

In love there are two things- bodies and words.

Love commingled with hate is more powerful than love. Or hate.

Love is an indescribable sensation- perhaps a conviction, a sense of certitude.

Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light.

'No offense' always means yes, offense intended.

Nothing is accidental in the universe- this is one of my Laws of Physics- except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.

Old women snore violently. They are like bodies into which bizarre animals have crept at night; the animals are vicious, bawdy, noisy. How they snore! There is no shame to their snoring. Old women turn into old men.

Our enemy is by tradition our savior, in preventing us from superficiality.

Our house is made of glass... and our lives are made of glass; and there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves.

Pain, in the proper context, is something other than pain.

Prose- it might be speculated- is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of "communication"; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider's delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds.

The only people who claim that money is not important are people who have enough money so that they are relieved of the ugly burden of thinking about it.

The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way.

The television screen, so unlike the movie screen, sharply reduced human beings, revealed them as small, trivial, flat, in two banal dimensions, drained of color. Wasn't there something reassuring about it!- that human beings were in fact merely images of a kind registered in one another's eyes and brains, phenomena composed of microscopic flickering dots like atoms. They were atoms- nothing more. A quick switch of the dial and they disappeared and who could lament the loss?

The use of language is all we have to pit against death and silence.

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.

The written word, obviously, is very inward, and when we're reading, we're thinking. It's a sort of spiritual, meditative activity. When we're looking at visual objects, I think our eyes are obviously directed outward, so there's not as much reflective time. And it's the reflectiveness and the spiritual inwardness about reading that appeals to me.

There is the expectation that a younger generation has the opportunity to redeem the crimes and failings of their elders and would have the strength and idealism to do so.

Think, next time you are 'deeply offended' by something, that it may be your own problem and deal with it accordingly.

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.

When people say there is too much violence (in my books), what they are saying is there is too much reality in life.

When poets- write about food it is usually celebratory. Food as the thing-in-itself, but also the thoughtful preparation of meals, the serving of meals, meals communally shared: a sense of the sacred in the profane.

When you're fifty you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity- but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.

Where once poets were the voices of moral indignation, insight, prophecy, judgment- now it is stand-up comedians. But only just a few.

Why is picking someone's brain less reprehensible than picking someone's pocket?


(June 16 is also the birthday of Katharine Graham.)

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Quotes of the day: Herbert Simon

Published Sunday, June 14, 2015 @ 8:18 PM EDT
Jun 14 2015

Herbert Alexander Simon (June 15, 1916 - February 9, 2001), a Nobel laureate, was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, computer scientist, and Richard King Mellon Professor- most notably at Carnegie Mellon University- whose research ranged across the fields of cognitive psychology, cognitive science, computer science, public administration, economics, management, philosophy of science, sociology, and political science, unified by studies of decision-making. With almost a thousand highly cited publications, he was one of the most influential social scientists of the twentieth century. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Anything that gives us new knowledge gives us an opportunity to be more rational.

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent- not with how things are but with how they might be- in short, with design.

Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.

Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.

Human knowledge has been changing from the word go and people in certain respects behave more rationally than they did when they didn't have it. They spend less time doing rain dances and more time seeding clouds.

I don't care how big and fast computers are, they're not as big and fast as the world.

If there were no limits to human rationality administrative theory would be barren. It would consist of the single precept: Always select that alternative, among those available, which will lead to the most complete achievement of your goals.

In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program; all else is prophecy.

Learning is any change in a system that produces a more or less permanent change in its capacity for adapting to its environment.

Maybe we ought to have a world in which things are divided between people kind of fairly.

Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature.

One finds limits by pushing them.

One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it.

Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves.

The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be- how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function.

The proper study of mankind is the science of design.

The social sciences, I thought, needed the same kind of rigor and the same mathematical underpinnings that had made the 'hard' sciences so brilliantly successful.

The techniques of the practitioner are usually called 'synthetic'. He designs by organizing known principles and devices into larger systems.

The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring- but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it.

The world you perceive is a drastically simplified model of the real world.

There are no morals about technology at all. Technology expands our ways of thinking about things, expands our ways of doing things. If we're bad people we use technology for bad purposes and if we're good people we use it for good purposes.

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.


(June 15 is also the birthday of Mario Cuomo.)

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Quotes of the day: Jorge Luis Borges

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 9:54 AM EDT
Jun 13 2015

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges KBE (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986), was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment- the moment when a man knows forever more who he is.

Being conservative is a way of being skeptic.

Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.

Doubt is one of the names of intelligence.

Every man should be capable of all ideas and I understand that in the future this will be the case.

Heaven and hell seem out of proportion to me: the actions of men do not deserve so much.

How else can one threaten, other than with death? The interesting, the original thing, would be to threaten someone with immortality.

I have committed the worst sin that can be committed. I have not been happy.

I have sometimes suspected that the only thing that holds no mystery is happiness, because it is its own justification.

Let heaven exist, though my own place may be in hell. Let me be tortured and battered and annihilated, but let there be one instant, one creature, wherein thy enormous Library may find its justification.

Life itself is a quotation.

May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell.

Mirrors and copulation are obscene, for they increase the numbers of mankind.

Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.

Reality is not always probable, or likely.

The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it.

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.

The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps.

The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy.

The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.

There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.

There is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.

There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.

There is nothing very remarkable about being immortal; with the exception of mankind, all creatures are immortal, for they know nothing of death.

There's no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one.

Time can't be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different.

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

What you really value is what you miss, not what you have.

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Quotes of the day: Dorothy L. Sayers

Published Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 8:23 AM EDT
Jun 12 2015

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (June 13, 1893 - December 17, 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, that remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism and essays. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A human being must have occupation, if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world.

Books... are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.

Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him.

I always have a quotation for everything- it saves original thinking.

I always said the professional advocate was the most amoral person on the face of the earth.

My old mother always used to say, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you stare them in the face hard enough, they generally run away.

Somehow or other, and with the best of intentions, we have shown the world the typical Christian in the likeness of a crashing and rather ill-natured bore—and this in the name of one who assuredly never bored a soul in those thirty-three years during which he passed through the world like a flame.

The first thing a principle does is kill somebody.

The worst sin- perhaps the only sin- passion can commit, is to be joyless.

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.

Trouble shared is trouble halved.

What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person.

The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.

Paradoxical as it may seem, to believe in youth is to look backward; to look forward we must believe in age.

Very dangerous things, theories.

While time lasts there will always be a future, and that future will hold both good and evil, since the world is made to that mingled pattern.

As I grow older and older, And totter toward the tomb, I find that I care less and less, Who goes to bed with whom.

There's nothing you can't prove if your outlook is only sufficiently limited.


(June 13 is also the birthday of W.B. Yeats.)

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Quotes of the day: Leo Buscaglia

Published Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 9:19 AM EDT
Jun 11 2015

Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia PhD (March 31, 1924 – June 12, 1998), also known as "Dr. Love," was an American author and motivational speaker, and a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A Buddhist teacher once said to me, 'Why do you keep moving? You are already there.'

A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers.

A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love.

After all, the wrong is done. It is past and cannot be changed. We have only the present and the future upon which to move forward.

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.

Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet.

I don't believe in unconditional love. In fact, I think it's unwise. My love has had a condition that if ever my love keeps you from you, from your growing, and realizing your personal potential, then I must step aside. No one has the right to stand in the way of another's joy, development, or unique perceptions.

I have learned that love is the most powerful force available to us. When we have real love we have the strength to perform miracles.

If I don't have wisdom, I can teach you only ignorance.

In the end you have only you.

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.

It's the simple things which have the greatest effect. We must never underestimate the strength of a smile or act of kindness.

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

Love is not a thing, it is not lost when given. You can offer your love completely to hundreds of people and still retain the same love you had originally.

One does not fall 'in' or 'out' of love. One grows in love.

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

People are not here to meet your expectations.

Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The easiest thing in the world is to be what you are, what you feel. The hardest thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.

The hardest battle you're ever going to fight is the battle to be just you.

Those who think they know it all have no way of finding out they don't.

Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.

To love is to risk living fully.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

We created time, and now we have become the slave of time.

What's the good of all our learning, knowing how to read and write and spell if no one ever teaches us the value of life, of our uniqueness, and personal dignity?

When we cling to pain, we end up punishing ourselves.


(June 12 is also the birthday of Anne Frank.)

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Quotes of the day: William Styron

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 9:18 AM EDT
Jun 10 2015

William Clark Styron, Jr. (June 11, 1925 - November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work. For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, Lie Down in Darkness (1951), his acclaimed first novel, published at age 26; The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967), narrated by Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 Virginian slave revolt; Sophie's Choice (1979), a story "told through the eyes of a young aspiring writer from the South, about a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz and her brilliant but troubled Jewish lover in postwar Brooklyn." In 1985, he suffered his most serious bout with depression. Out of this grave and menacing experience, he was later able to write the memoir Darkness Visible (1990), the work Styron became best known for during the last two decades of his life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.

Depression is a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self- to the mediating intellect- as to verge close to being beyond description.

I thought there's something to be said for honor in this world where there doesn't seem to be any honor left. I thought that maybe happiness wasn't really anything more than the knowledge of a life well spent, in spite of whatever immediate discomfort you had to undergo, and that if a life well spent meant compromises and conciliations and reconciliations, and suffering at the hands of the person you love, well then better that than live without honor.

It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.

Mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from natural experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain.

Reading- the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads.

The madness of depression is, generally speaking, the antithesis of violence. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.

The most futile thing a man can do is to ponder the alternatives, to stew and fret over the life that might have been lived if circumstances had not pointed his future in a certain direction.

The writer's duty is to keep on writing.

There are friends one makes at a youthful age in whom one simply rejoices, for whom one possesses a love and loyalty mysteriously lacking in the friendships made in after-years, no matter how genuine.

We each devise our means of escape from the intolerable.

We would have to settle for the elegant goal of becoming ourselves.

The pain is unrelenting; one does not abandon, even briefly, one's bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes.

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Quotes of the day: Bernard Williams

Published Tuesday, June 09, 2015 @ 2:26 PM EDT
Jun 09 2015

Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, FBA (September 21, 1929 – June 10, 2003) was an English moral philosopher, described by The Times as the "most brilliant and most important British moral philosopher of his time." His publications include Problems of the Self (1973), Moral Luck (1981), Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (1985), and Truth and Truthfulness (2002). He was knighted in 1999. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.

A half-truth is usually less than half of that.

Americans are optimists. They hope they'll be wealthy someday- and they're positive they can get one more brushful of paint out of an empty can.

An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.

Books had instant replay long before televised sports.

Few things are as democratic as a snowstorm.

Few things move as quietly as the future.

I like the word 'indolence'. It makes my laziness seem classy.

Ideas are like wandering sons. They show up when you least expect them.

If we try and fail, we have temporary disappointments. But if we do not try at all, we have permanent regrets.

Laziness has many disguises. Soon 'winter doldrums' will become 'spring fever.'

Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys. The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming Grand Canyons.

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.

No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.

People who say, 'Let the chips fall where they may,' usually figure they will not be hit by a chip.

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.

The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a Pirate.

The most primitive experiences of shame are connected with sight and being seen, but it has been interestingly suggested that guilt is rooted in hearing, the sound in oneself of the voice of judgment; it is the moral sentiment of the word.

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.

We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness.

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.

What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.

Women have a favorite room, men a favorite chair.


(June 10 is also the birthday of F. Lee Bailey.)

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Quotes of the day: Robert McNamara

Published Monday, June 08, 2015 @ 9:55 AM EDT
Jun 08 2015

Robert Strange McNamara (June 9, 1916 – July 6, 2009) was an American business executive and the eighth Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, during which time he played a large role in escalating the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Following that, he served as President of the World Bank from 1968 to 1981. McNamara was responsible for the institution of systems analysis in public policy, which developed into the discipline known today as policy analysis. McNamara consolidated intelligence and logistics functions of the Pentagon into two centralized agencies: the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Defense Supply Agency. Prior to public service, McNamara was one of the "Whiz Kids" who helped rebuild Ford Motor Company after World War II, and briefly served as Ford's President before becoming Secretary of Defense. A group of advisors he brought to the Pentagon inherited the "Whiz Kids" moniker. McNamara remains the longest serving Secretary of Defense at over seven years. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.

Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.

Belief and seeing are both often wrong.

Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.

Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.

Elimination of nuclear weapons, so naive, so simplistic, and so idealistic as to be quixotic? Some may think so. But as human beings, citizens of nations with power to influence events in the world, can we be at peace with ourselves if we strive for less? I think not.

I would rather have a wrong decision made than no decision at all.

If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we better examine our reasoning.

In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.

It isn't that we aren't rational. We are rational. But reason has limits.

Management is the gate through which social and economic and political change, indeed change in every direction, is diffused through society.

Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests, that the United States is, or should or could be the global gendarme.

Never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked of you.

One cannot fashion a credible deterrent out of an incredible action.

Poor planning or poor execution of plans is simply to let some force other than reason shape reality.

Rationality will not save us.

Short of nuclear war itself, population growth is the gravest issue the world faces. If we do not act, the problem will be solved by famine, riots, insurrection and war.

The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will lead to the destruction of nations.

We see what we want to believe.

What 'the fog of war' means is: war is so complex it's beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend all the variables. Our judgment, our understanding, are not adequate. And we kill people unnecessarily.

What makes us omniscient? Have we a record of omniscience? We are the strongest nation in the world today. I do not believe that we should ever apply that economic, political, and military power unilaterally

You can never substitute emotion for reason. I still would allow a place for intuition in this process, but not emotion.

You can't substitute emotion for reason.

What makes it immoral if you lose and not immoral if you win?

That's one of the major lessons: no president should ever take this nation to war without full public debate in the Congress and/or in the public.

To this day we seem to act in the world as though we know what's right for everybody.

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Quotes of the day: Joan Rivers

Published Sunday, June 07, 2015 @ 2:53 PM EDT
Jun 07 2015

Joan Alexandra Molinsky (June 8, 1933 - September 4, 2014), known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona— where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but a woman makes 19 or 20 mistakes, she's a tramp.

After we made love he took a piece of chalk and made an outline of my body.

At my age an affair of the heart is a bypass.

Don't cook. Don't clean. No man will ever make love to a woman because she waxed the linoleum- 'My God, the floor's immaculate. Lie down, you hot bitch.'

Don't expect praise without envy, until you're dead.

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

Grandchildren can be so annoying. How many times can you go, ‘And the cow goes moo and the pig goes oink’? It’s like talking to a supermodel.

Half of all marriages end in divorce- and then there are the really unhappy ones.

I spit on education. No man is ever going to put his hand up your dress looking for a library card.

I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.

In California, handicapped parking is for women who are frigid.

Life is tough, darling. Life is hard. And we better laugh at everything; otherwise, we're going down the tube.

Love may be a many-splendored thing, but hate makes the world go round.

My love life is like a piece of Swiss cheese; most of it’s missing, and what’s there stinks.

Never floss with a stranger.

People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.

She's so pure, Moses couldn't even part her knees.

The first time I see a jogger smiling, I'll consider it.

The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.

Trust your husband, adore your husband, and get as much as you can in your own name.

We all mourn in our own way. I mourn with a great steak.

Whoever signs your paycheck is the boss- no matter what they tell you.

Why should a woman cook? So her husband can say 'My wife makes a delicious cake' to some hooker?

With plastic surgery, the general anesthetic is like a black-velvety sleep, and that's what death is- without waking up to someone clapping and going, 'Joan, wake up, it's all over and you're looking pretty'.

Yeah, I read history. But it doesn't make you nice. Hitler read history, too.

You know you’re getting old when you buy a sexy sheer nightgown and don’t know anyone who can see through it.

You make the beds, you do the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.


(June 8 is also the birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright.)

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Quotes of the day: Harry Crews

Published Saturday, June 06, 2015 @ 8:22 AM EDT
Jun 06 2015

Harry Crews (June 7, 1935 – March 28, 2012) was a prolific novelist whose often freakish characters populate a strange, violent, and darkly humorous South. He was also the author of a widely lauded memoir, A Childhood: The Biography of a Place, about growing up poor in rural south Georgia. Crews focused much of his work on the poor white South, influencing a growing number of younger writers to do the same, including Larry Brown and Tim McLaurin. (Click here for full New Georgia Encyclopedia article)


Doubt makes a man decent.

Men to whom God is dead worship one another.

So far as I can see, nothing good in the world has ever been done by well-rounded people. The good work is done by people with jagged, broken edges, because those edges cut things and leave an imprint, a design.

Speaks well of a man to need a little something in this world. I wouldn't trust a man who could git through it cold sober.

Survival is triumph enough.

Teaching, real teaching, is- or ought to be- a messy business.

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.

There ought to be a law against the sun rising and setting for you in somebody else.

What the artist owes the world is his work; not a model for living.

Yeah, everything breaking down now. But that's all right. It's supposed to break down.

You have to go to considerable trouble to live differently from the way the world wants you to live.

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Quotes of the day: William Ralph Inge

Published Friday, June 05, 2015 @ 8:55 AM EDT
Jun 05 2015

William Ralph Inge KCVO (June 6, 1860 – February 26, 1954) was an English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, which provided the appellation by which he was widely known, Dean Inge. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours.

Civilization is a disease which is almost invariably fatal.

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. This is what makes the trade of historian so attractive.

Experience is a good teacher, but her fees are very high.

I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.

It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.

Originality is undetected plagiarism.

Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.

Perhaps the most lasting pleasure in life is that of not going to church.

Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man.

So the pendulum swings, now violently, now slowly; and every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.

The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values.

The church is only a secular institution in which the half-educated speak to the half-converted.

The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

The fruit of the tree of knowledge, always drives man from some paradise or other.

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.

Theater is, of course, a reflection of life. Maybe we have to improve life before we can hope to improve theater.

There are no rewards or punishments- only consequences.

There are two kinds of fools: one says, 'This is old, therefore it is good'; the other says, 'This is new, therefore it is better.'

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.

True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values.

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.


(June 6 is also the birthday of Mignon McLaughlin and Thomas Mann.)

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Quotes of the day: Adam Smith

Published Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 9:00 AM EDT
Jun 04 2015

Adam Smith (June 5, 1723 - July 17, 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure. Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. Smith is cited as the "father of modern economics" and is still among the most influential thinkers in the field of economics today. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man must always live by his work, and his wages must at least be sufficient to maintain him. They must even upon most occasions be somewhat more, otherwise it would be impossible for him to bring up a family, and the race of such workmen could not last beyond the first generation.

A merchant, it has been said very properly, is not necessarily the citizen of any particular country.

All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.

All registers which, it is acknowledged, ought to be kept secret, ought certainly never to exist.

As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce.

As to love our neighbour as we love ourselves is the great law of Christianity, so it is the great precept of nature to love ourselves only as we love our neighbour, or what comes to the same thing, as our neighbour is capable of loving us.

But bounty and hospitality very seldom lead to extravagance; though vanity almost always does.

By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter, as a mastiff is from a greyhound.

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.

Corn is a necessary, silver is only a superfluity.

Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to take care of himself than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so.

Every tax, however, is to the person who pays it a badge, not of slavery but of liberty. It denotes that he is a subject to government, indeed, but that, as he has some property, he cannot himself be the property of a master.

Fear is in almost all cases a wretched instrument of government, and ought in particular never to be employed against any order of men who have the smallest pretensions to independency.

For a very small expence the public can facilitate, can encourage, and can even impose upon almost the whole body of the people, the necessity of acquiring those most essential parts of education.

Goods can serve many other purposes besides purchasing money, but money can serve no other purpose besides purchasing goods.

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it.

In ease of body and peace of mind, all the different ranks of life are nearly upon a level, and the beggar, who suns himself by the side of the highway, possesses that security which kings are fighting for.

In public, as well as in private expences, great wealth may, perhaps, frequently be admitted as an apology for great folly.

In the languor of disease and the weariness of old age, the pleasures of the vain and empty distinctions of greatness disappear.

In the long-run the workman may be as necessary to his master as his master is to him, but the necessity is not so immediate.

It is not for its own sake that men desire money, but for the sake of what they can purchase with it.

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.

It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expence, either by sumptuary laws, or by prohibiting the importation of foreign luxuries. They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expence, and they may safely trust private people with theirs. If their own extravagance does not ruin the state, that of their subjects never will.

It is unjust that the whole of society should contribute towards an expence of which the benefit is confined to a part of the society.

Justice, however, never was in reality administered gratis in any country. Lawyers and attornies, at least, must always be paid by the parties; and, if they were not, they would perform their duty still worse than they actually perform it.

Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.

Monopoly of one kind or another, indeed, seems to be the sole engine of the mercantile system.

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the greater part of the members are poor and miserable.

Nothing but the most exemplary morals can give dignity to a man of small fortune.

Our merchants and master-manufacturers complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price, and thereby lessening the sale of their goods both at home and abroad. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, on in some contrivance to raise prices.

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.

The education of the common people requires, perhaps, in a civilized and commercial society, the attention of the public more than that of people of some rank and fortune.

The government of an exclusive company of merchants is, perhaps, the worst of all governments for any country whatever.

The great affair, we always find, is to get money.

The great secret of education is to direct vanity to proper objects.

The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. A tax upon house-rents, therefore, would in general fall heaviest upon the rich; and in this sort of inequality there would not, perhaps, be anything very unreasonable. It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.

The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities, that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state.

The tolls for the maintenance of a high road, cannot with any safety be made the property of private persons.

The trade of insurance gives great security to the fortunes of private people, and by dividing among a great many that loss which would ruin an individual, makes it fall light and easy upon the whole society.

The value of money is in proportion to the quantity of the necessaries of life which it will purchase.

The violence and injustice of the rulers of mankind is an ancient evil, for which, I am afraid, the nature of human affairs can scarce admit a remedy.

The virtue of frugality lies in a middle between avarice and profusion, of which the one consists in an excess, the other in a defect of the proper attention to the objects of self–interest.

The world neither ever saw, nor ever will see, a perfectly fair lottery.

There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.

They who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed, and lodged.

This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and powerful, and to despise or, at least, neglect persons of poor and mean conditions, though necessary both to establish and to maintain the distinction of ranks and the order of society, is, at the same time, the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.

Though the principles of the banking trade may appear somewhat abstruse, the practice is capable of being reduced to strict rules. To depart upon any occasion from these rules, in consequence of some flattering speculation of extraordinary gain, is almost always extremely dangerous, and frequently fatal to the banking company which attempts it.

Upstart greatness is everywhere less respected than ancient greatness.

Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.

We may often fulfill all the rules of justice by sitting still and doing nothing.

When the profits of trade happen to be greater than ordinary, over- trading becomes a general error both among great and small dealers.

Whenever the legislature attempts to regulate the differences between masters and their workmen, its counsellors are always the masters. When the regulation, therefore, is in favor of the workmen, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favor of the masters.

Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality.


(June 5 is also the birthday of John Maynard Keynes and Bill Moyers.)

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