Quotes of the day: John O'Hara

Published Friday, January 30, 2015 @ 4:09 PM EST
Jan 30 2015

John Henry O'Hara (January 31, 1905 - April 11, 1970) was an Irish American writer. He earned a reputation first for short stories and became a best-selling novelist by the age of thirty with Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8. O'Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences, and wrote frequently about the socially ambitious. O'Hara had a reputation for personal irascibility and for cataloging social ephemera, both of which sometimes overshadowed his gifts as a storyteller. Writer Fran Lebowitz called him "the real F. Scott Fitzgerald." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


America has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization.

An artist is his own fault.

George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937, but I don't have to believe it if I don't want to.

Hot lead can be almost as effective coming from a linotype as from a firearm.

If Yale had given me a degree, I could have joined the Yale Club, where the food is pretty good, the library is ample and restful, the location convenient, and I could go there when I felt like it without sponging off friends. They also have a nice-looking necktie.

It is the trouble with all metaphors where human behavior is concerned. People are not ships, chess men, flowers, race horses, oil paintings, bottles of champagne, excrement, musical instruments or anything else but people.

Little old ladies of both sexes. Why do I let them bother me?

Much as I like owning a Rolls-Royce, I could do without it. What I could not do without is a typewriter, a supply of yellow second sheets and the time to put them to good use.

So who's perfect? Washington had false teeth. Franklin was nearsighted. Mussolini had syphilis. Unpleasant things have been said about Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde. Tchaikovsky had his problems, too. And Lincoln was constipated.

The trouble is people leave too much to luck. They get married and then trust to luck. They should be sure in the first place.

There comes a time in a man's life, if he is unlucky and leads a full life, when he has a secret so dirty that he knows he never will get rid of it.

They say great themes make great novels, but what these young writers don't understand is that there is no greater theme than men and women.


(January 31 is also the birthday of Tallulah Bankhead and Thomas Merton.)

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Quotes of the day: Lloyd Alexander

Published Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 10:42 PM EST
Jan 29 2015

Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007) was a widely influential American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults. His most famous work is The Chronicles of Prydain, a series of five high fantasy novels whose conclusion, The High King, was awarded the 1969 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature. He won U.S. National Book Awards in 1971 and 1982. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A crown is a pitiless master, harsher than the staff of a pig- keeper; while a staff bears up, a crown weighs down, beyond the strength of any man to wear it lightly.

Craftsmanship isn't like water in an earthen pot, to be taken out by the dipperful until it's empty. No, the more drawn out the more remains.

Even in a fantasy realm, growing up is accomplished not without cost.

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.

For each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.

I have learned there is greater honor in a field well plowed than in a field steeped in blood.

If I do find pride, I'll not find it in what I was or what I am, but what I may become. Not in my birth, but in myself.

If I fret over tomorrow, I'll have little joy today.

If life is a loom, the pattern you weave is not so easily unraveled.

If you want truth, you should begin by giving it.

In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

Is there not glory enough in living the days given to us? You should know there is adventure in simply being among those we love and the things we love, and beauty, too.

Is there worse evil than that which goes in the mask of good?

It is easy to judge evil unmixed. But, alas, in most of us good and bad are closely woven as the threads on a loom; greater wisdom than mine is needed for the judging.

It is not the trappings that make the prince, nor, indeed, the sword that makes the warrior.

Laws assure animals of protection- formally, officially, set down in black and white. But in the long run, the best protection is the human heart.

Many have pursued honor, and in the pursuit lost more of it than ever they could gain.

Neither refuse to give help when it is needed nor refuse to accept it when it is offered.

Once you have courage to look upon evil, seeing it for what it is and naming it by its true name, it is powerless against you, and you can destroy it.

Story, finally, is humanity's autobiography.

The deeds of a man, not the words of a prophecy, are what shape his destiny.

The destinies of men are woven one with the other, and you can turn aside from them no more than you can turn aside from your own.

The more we find to love, the more we add to the measure of our hearts.

The task counts more than the one who does it.

There is truth in all things, if you understand them well.

We hold each other's lives in our open hands, not in clenched fists.

We're neither good nor evil. We're simply interested in things as they are.

Well, that is one of the three foundations of learning: see much, study much, suffer much.

When I was a child I dreamed of adventure, glory, honor in feats of arms. I think now that these things are shadows.


(January 30 is also the birthday of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.)

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Quotes of the day: Paddy Chayefsky

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 7:05 PM EST
Jan 28 2015

Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 - August 1, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay for Marty, The Hospital, and Network. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Artists don't talk about art. Artists talk about work. If I have anything to say to young writers, it's stop thinking of writing as art. Think of it as work.

God save us all from people who do the morally right thing. It's always the rest of us who get broken in half.

I'm a man without a corporation.

I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.

I'm not sentimental about war. I see nothing noble in widows.

I'm not sure she's capable of any real feelings. She's the television generation. She learned life from Bugs Bunny.
(from Network)

It's always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a hell it is. And it's always the war widows who lead the Memorial Day parades.

It's the world that's gone nuts, not me. It's the world that's turned into a satire.

Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn't come out of this tube! This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation; this tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers; this tube is the most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people.
(spoken by Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network)

Television is democracy at its ugliest.

Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement park.

The final truth of all things is that there is no final Truth. Truth is what's transitory. It's human life that is real.

The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business.

There's lots of things I'd die for ... my home, my family, my country. But that's love, not principle.

This is not a psychotic episode. This is a cleansing moment of clarity.

Wars are always fought for the best of reasons, for liberation or manifest destiny, always against tyranny and always in the best interests of humanity.

We are a gutted generation, born in the depression and obsessed with prosperity.

You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero.


(January 29 is also the birthday of Thomas Paine and Anton Chekov)

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In the end...

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ 8:07 PM EST
Jan 27 2015

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

Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.
-Nelson Mandela

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.
-Henry Miller

Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.
-Neil Gaiman

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
-Margaret Thatcher

I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

I know everything will work out in the end, but just once, couldn't something work out in the beginning?
-Rose Auerbach

If you don't change, reality in the end forces that change upon you.
-Stuart Wilde

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
-C.S. Lewis

In the end you can't always choose what to keep. You can only choose how you let it go.
-Ally Condie

In the end you have only you.
-Leo Buscaglia

In the end, no matter how much you love your work, your work will not love you back.
-Anne-Marie Slaughter

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.
-John C. Sawhill

In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don't know any better.
-Michael Crichton

In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.
-Drew Barrymore

In the end, today is forever, yesterday is still today, and tomorrow is already today.
-William Saroyan

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the end, your beautiful idea will not be executed by angels, or even by you. It will executed by bureaucrats.
-Perry Metzger

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
-Ursula K. LeGuin

Keep the circus going inside you. Keep it going. Don't take anything too seriously. It'll all work out in the end.
-David Niven

The buzzard has only to wait. In the end, we all come to him or his like.
-Louis L'Amour

The fact is, it seems, that the most you can hope is to be a little less, in the end, the creature you were in the beginning, and the middle.
-Samuel Beckett

The shah always falls in the end, Saddam always turns on you, and the Saudis always betray you. If we support evil, the long-term price is almost always too high.
-Ralph Peters, Lt. Col. (Ret)

The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.
-Winston Churchill

The truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end leads to liberation and dignity.
-Ricky Gervais

The world will, in the end, follow only those who have despised as well as served it.
-Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)

They say that in the end truth will triumph, but it's a lie.
-Anton Chekhov

We all, in the end, have the freedom to die in a ditch. It's the only inalienable right we have.
-Brian J. Goggin

Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.
-Heinrich Heine

Whatever terrific events may inform our lives, it always comes to that in the end; we just want to lie down.
-Brian Aldiss


(January 28 is also the birthday of Colette and Alan Alda.)

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Quotes of the day: Hyman G. Rickover

Published Monday, January 26, 2015 @ 6:53 PM EST
Jan 26 2015

Hyman George Rickover (January 27, 1900 - July 8, 1986) was a United States Navy admiral who directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades as director of Naval Reactors. In addition, he oversaw the development of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the world's first commercial pressurized water reactor used for generating electricity. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Above all, we should bear in mind that our liberty is not an end in itself; it is a means to win respect for human dignity for all classes of our society.

Administration is, or ought to be, a necessary overhead to aid production, and should at all times be kept as low as possible.

Any one detail, followed through to its source, will usually reveal the general state of readiness of the whole organization.

Attempts to limit war have always failed. The lesson of history is when a war starts every nation will ultimately use whatever weapon it has available.

Be technically self-sufficient.

Develop the capacity to learn from experience.

Do not regard loyalty as a personal matter. A greater loyalty is one to the Navy or to the Country. When you know you are absolutely right, and when you are unable to do anything about it, complete military subordination to rules becomes a form of cowardice.

Everything new endangers something old. A new machine replaces human hands; a new source of power threatens old businesses; a new trade route wipes out the supremacy of old ports and brings prosperity to new ones. This is the price that must be paid for progress and it is worth it.

Face facts.

Free discussion requires an atmosphere unembarrassed by any suggestion of authority or even respect. If a subordinate always agrees with his superior he is a useless part of the organization.

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.

Human experience shows that people, not organizations or management systems, get things done.

I believe it is the duty of each of us to act as if the fate of the world depended on him. Admittedly, one man by himself cannot do the job. However, one man can make a difference...

If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong, then you have never had anyone really responsible.

If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.

In greek mythology, Antaeus was a giant who was strong as long as he had contact with the earth. When he was lifted from the earth he lost strength. So it is with engineers. They must not become isolated from the real world...

It is a human inclination to hope things will work out, despite evidence or doubt to the contrary. A successful manager must resist this temptation.

It is a human inclination to hope things will work out, despite evidence or doubt to the contrary. A successful manager must resist this temptation...

It is incumbent on those in high places to make wise decisions and it is reasonable and important that the public be correctly informed.

It is said that a wise man who stands firm is a statesman, and a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.

Nature is not as forgiving as Christ.

Nothing so sharpens the thought process as writing down one's arguments. Weaknesses overlooked in oral discussion become painfully obvious on the written page.

One must create the ability in his staff to generate clear, forceful arguments for opposing viewpoints as well as for their own. Open discussions and disagreements must be encouraged, so that all sides of an issue are fully explored.

Optimism and stupidity are nearly synonymous.

Require rising standards of adequacy.

Respect even small amounts of radiation.

Responsibility is a unique concept... You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished.

Rules are the lowest common denominator of human behavior. They are a substitute for rational thought.

Sit down before fact with an open mind. Be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you learn nothing. Don't push out figures when facts are going in the opposite direction.

Success teaches us nothing; only failure teaches.

The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation.

The man in charge must concern himself with details. If he does not consider them important, neither will his subordinates.

The tools of the academic designer are a piece of paper and a pencil with an eraser. If a mistake is made, it can always be erased and changed. If the practical-reactor designer errs, he wears the mistake around his neck; it cannot be erased. Everyone sees it.

To doubt one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Don't defend past actions; what is right today may be wrong tomorrow. Don't be consistent; consistency is the refuge of fools.


(January 27 is also the birthday of Lewis Carroll and Samuel Gompers.)

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Quotes of the day: Paul Newman

Published Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 9:24 PM EST
Jan 25 2015

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist, and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing. Newman married actress Joanne Woodward in 1958, and they remained married for 50 years, until his death. He was a co-founder of Newman's Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of 2014, these donations exceeded US$400 million. He was also a co-founder of Safe Water Network, a nonprofit that develops sustainable drinking water solutions for those in need. In 1988, Paul founded the SeriousFun Children's Network, a global family of camps and programs for children with serious illness which has served 290,076 children since its inception. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man with no enemies is a man with no character.

Acting is like letting your pants down; you're exposed.

Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?

Building weapons that we don't need, don't work, and aren't necessary, and have no mission- that's not bad politics, that's robbery.

I am confounded at the stinginess of some institutions and some people. I'm bewildered by it. You can only put away so much stuff in your closet.

I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.

I wasn't driven to acting by an inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.

I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.

Just when things look darkest, they go black.

Men experience many passions in a lifetime. One passion drives away the one before it.

Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.

Once you've seen your face on a bottle of salad dressing, it's hard to take yourself seriously.

People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.

Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.

The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.

You can't be as old as I am without waking up with a surprised look on your face every morning: 'Holy Christ, whaddya know- I'm still around!' It's absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.


(January 26 is also the birthday of Douglas MacArthur.)

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Higher education...

Published Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 25 2015

A college is a place where pebbles are polished and diamonds dimmed.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
-George Bernard Shaw

A man who never graduated from school might steal from a freight car. But a man who attends college and graduates as a lawyer might steal the whole railroad.
-Theodore Roosevelt

A man's college and university degrees mean nothing to me until I see what he is able to do with them.
-Henry Ford

A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.
-Robert M. Hutchins

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. The library is the university.
-Shelby Foote

A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
-Benjamin Disraeli

A University without students is like an ointment without a fly.
-Ed Nather

After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of the these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.
-David Sedaris

Alas, higher education is not necessarily a guarantee of higher virtue, or higher political wisdom.
-Aldous Huxley

American college students are like American colleges; each has half-dulled faculties.
-James Thurber

As the only class distinction available in a democracy, the college degree has created a caste society as rigid as ancient India's.
-Florence King

College ain't so much where you been as how you talk when you get back.
-Ossie Davis

College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?
-David Wood

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
-Helen Keller

College: two hundred people reading the same book. An obvious mistake. Two hundred people can read two hundred books.
-John Cage

Colleges are like old-age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges.
-Bob Dylan

Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
-Garry Trudeau

Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth. The intellectual kings of the earth have seldom been college-bred.
-Elbert Hubbard

Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it's in Hamburger Technology.
-Clive James

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
-Flannery O'Connor

Higher education in America flourished chiefly as a qualification for entrance into a moneymaking profession, and not as a thing in itself.
-Stephen Leacock

I can't imagine a genuinely intelligent boy getting much out of college, even out of a good college, save it be a cynical habit of mind.
-H.L. Mencken

I can't understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
-Philip Larkin

I learned more about economics from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years at college.
-Hubert H. Humphrey

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
-Woody Allen

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.
-William F. Buckley, Jr.

If a young person has any idealism at all, it's strongest about the time he finishes college.
-Sargent Shriver

If cigarette packs are required to have pictures of diseased lungs, college brochures should be required to have pictures of graduates working at Starbucks.
-Daniel Lin

If I were founding a university I would begin with a smoking room; next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn't use, I would hire a professor and get some text books.
-Stephen Leacock

If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.
-Margaret Mead

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to a library.
-Frank Zappa

Imagine my surprise when it turned out the main thing that I was qualified for was to get another degree and teach Political Science to other people, who would, in turn, teach it to other people! This wasn't higher education, this was Amway with a football team!
-Richard Jeni

In one century we went from teaching Latin and Greek in high school to offering remedial English in college.
-Joseph Sobran

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer

Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.
-Dr. A. Lawrence Lowell

Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony.
-John Perry Barlow

Semi-colons only prove that the author has been to college.
-E.B. White

Smoking crack is a way for people who couldn't afford college to study the works of Charles Darwin.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and higher education positively fortifies it.
-Stephen Vizinczey

The art of handling university students is to make oneself appear, and this almost ostentatiously, to be treating them as adults...
-Arnold J. Toynbee

The boy of lively mind isn't hurt by college. If he encounters mainly jackasses, he learns the useful lesson that this is a jackass world.
-H.L. Mencken

The chief value of going to college is that it's the only way to learn it really doesn't matter.
-George Edwin Howes

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
-Robert M. Hutchins

Universities hire professors the way some men choose wives- they want the ones the others will admire.
-Morris Kline

When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, 'You mean they forget?'
-Howard Ikemoto

You graduated college ten years ago, so how come there are no damn books in your house? Why are you living on the intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese?
-Stephen King


(January 25 is also the birthday of W. Somerset Maugham and Virginia Woolf.)

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Quotes of the day: William Congreve

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM EST
Jan 24 2015

William Congreve (January 24, 1670 - January 19, 1729) was an English playwright and poet who wrote some of the most popular English plays of the Restoration period of the late 17th century. Unfortunately, his career ended almost as soon as it began. After writing five plays from his first in 1693 until 1700, he produced no more as public tastes turned against the sort of high-brow sexual comedy of manners in which he specialized. He withdrew from the theater and lived on the residuals of his early work. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A little disdain is not amiss; a little scorn is alluring.

Beauty is the lover's gift.

Courtship is to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play.

Defer not till tomorrow to be wise,
Tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned.

I confess freely to you I could never look long upon a monkey, without very mortifying reflections.

I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull.

I know that's a secret, for it's whispered every where.

If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.

Let us be very strange and well-bred:
Let us be as strange as if we had been married a great while;
And as wellbred as if we were not married at all.

Married in haste, we repent at leisure.

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

O, she is the antidote to desire.

Say what you will, tis better to be left than never to have been loved.

There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.

Though marriage makes man and wife one flesh, it leaves 'em still two fools.

Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure;
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure.

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.

Wit must be foiled by wit: cut a diamond with a diamond.

Women are like tricks by sleight of hand,
Which, to admire, we should not understand.


(January 24 is also the birthday of Edith Wharton.)

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Quotes of the day: Édouard Manet

Published Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 1:35 AM EST
Jan 23 2015

Édouard Manet (January 23, 1832 - April 30, 1883) was a French painter, one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A good painting is true to itself.

A painter can say all he wants to with fruit or flowers or even clouds.

Anything containing the spark of humanity, containing the spirit of the age, is interesting.

Black is not a color.

Conciseness in art is essential and a refinement. The concise man makes one think; the verbose bores. Always work towards conciseness.

I am influenced by everbody. But every time I put my hands in my pockets I find someone else's fingers there.

I need to work to feel well.

It is not enough to know your craft - you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.

No one can be a painter unless he cares for painting above all else.

One must be of one's time and paint what one sees.

The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there.

The only amateurs are the people who do bad paintings.

There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another.

There's no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other. There's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth.

You must always remain master of the situation and do what you please.


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Quotes of the day: Lord Byron

Published Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 4:06 AM EST
Jan 22 2015

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (January 22, 1788 - April 19, 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric She Walks in Beauty.

Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read and influential. He travelled through Europe, spent seven years in Italy and then joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died one year later at age 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi in Greece. Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in life for his aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs with more than one gender, rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile.

Byron also fathered, among others, the Countess Ada Lovelace, whose work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine is considered one of the foundations of computer science. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A great poet belongs to no country; his works are public property, and his Memoirs the inheritance of the public.

A man must serve his time to every trade
Save censure- critics are ready-made.

All farewells should be sudden.

And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but
The truth in masquerade.

Eat, drink, and love; the rest's not worth a fillip.

Folly loves the martyrdom of fame.

Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.

For most men (till by losing rendered sager)
Will back their own opinions by a wager.

Friendship is Love without his wings.

Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.

I am the very slave of circumstance
And impulse- borne away with every breath!

I awoke one morning and found myself famous.

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.

Knowledge is not happiness, and science
But an exchange of ignorance for that
Which is another kind of ignorance.

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda water the day after.

Mark! where his carnage and his conquests cease!
He makes a solitude, and calls it- peace!

Near this spot
Are deposited the Remains of one
Who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
And all the virtues of Man, without his Vices.
This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
If inscribed over human ashes,
Is but a just tribute to the Memory of
(Inscription on the monument of a Newfoundland dog)

No words suffice the secret soul to show,
For truth denies all eloquence to woe.

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
Men love in haste, but they destest at leisure.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Society is now one polish'd horde,
Form'd of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.

The 'good old times'- all times when old are good- Are gone.

The best of prophets of the future is the past.

The dust we tread upon was once alive.

There 's not a joy the world can give like that it takes away.

They never fail who die
In a great cause.

What's drinking?
A mere pause from thinking!

When we think we lead, we are most led.

With just enough of learning to misquote.


(January 22 is also the birthday of Francis Bacon.)

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