Quotes of the day: Ani DiFranco

Published Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 3:57 AM EDT
Sep 23 2016

Ani DiFranco (b. Angela Maria DiFranco; September :23, 1970) is an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, songwriter and businesswoman. She has released more than 20 albums and is widely considered a feminist icon. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Actually I don't know if honesty is a strength or some kind of weakness.

And you can't really place blame, 'cuz blame is much too messy. Some is bound to get on you while you're placing it on me.

Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.

Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.

I have earned my disillusionment.

If you don't ask the right question, every answer seems wrong.

If you want to challenge the system, don't go to bed with it.

Life is a sleezy stranger who looks vaguely familiar, flirting with a bimbo named disaster at the end of the bar.

Love makes me feel so dumb.

The fundamental imbalance that is behind all of the other social diseases is patriarchy.

There's a paradox in every paradigm.

Those who call the shots are never in the line of fire.

We barely have time to react in this world, let alone rehearse.

You've decided to love me for eternity and I'm still deciding who I want to be today.

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Quotes of the day: Fay Weldon

Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 7:55 PM EDT
Sep 22 2016

Fay Weldon CBE FRSL (b. September 22, 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright, whose work has been associated with feminism. In her fiction, Weldon typically portrays contemporary women who find themselves trapped in oppressive situations caused by the patriarchal structure of British society. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A 'weakness,' I now realize, is nothing but a strength not properly developed.

A woman's body works as if it knew something she didn't, and does not have her best interests at heart.

Agree with your accusers, loudly and clearly. They will shut up sooner.

Ambition will, and should, always outstrip achievement.

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.

Because one cause is bad does not make the opposing cause good.

By and large, nothing is as bad as you fear, or as good as you hope.

Every time you open your wardrobe, you look at your clothes and you wonder what you are going to wear. What you are really saying is 'Who am I going to be today?'

Food is the supremest of pleasures.

Guilt to motherhood is like grapes to wine.

Hell is not other people. Hell is no other people.

I am an ordinary person, but carried to extremes.

I am not cynical. I am just old. I know what is going to happen next.

If infinity is as they describe it, all things are not just possible but in the end certain.

If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.

If you put a woman in a man's position, she will be more efficient, but no more kind.

Instinct' usually just means our conditioning to believe this or believe that, without thinking to investigate.

Marriage is what happens when one at least of the partners doesn't want the other to get away.

Memory is so selective; wishful thinking presses it into service all the time.

Men are irrelevant. Women are happy or unhappy, fulfilled or unfulfilled, and it has nothing to do with men.

Moaning men are no fun.

Much sheer effort goes into avoiding the truth; left to itself, it sweeps in like the tide.

Of course you have to believe in destiny; that everything is sheer chance is an intolerable notion.

People fail you, children disappoint you, thieves break in, moths corrupt, but an Order of the British Empire goes on for ever.

People give us credit only for what we ourselves believe.

Preserve your peace of mind. There is not much time; all things end in death. Do not lament the past too much, or fear the future too acutely, ot waste too much energy on other peoples' woes, in case the present dissolves altogether.

Pride is what you can afford or think you can afford.

Prudence says one thing, desire says another, and I'd rather go with desire any time.

The prophets of doom, in my experience, are generally ignored and usually right.

There seems to be a general overall pattern in most lives, that nothing happens, and nothing happens, and then all of a sudden everything happens.

There was no such thing as defeat if you didn't accept it.

What makes women happy? Nothing, for more than ten minutes at a time, so stop worrying.

Words are not simple things: they take unto themselves, as they have through time, power and meaning.

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Quotes of the day: Barbara Brown Taylor

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 4:42 AM EDT
Sep 21 2016

Barbara Brown Taylor (b. September 21, 1951) is an American Episcopal priest, professor, author and theologian and is one of the United States' best known preachers. In 2014, Time magazine placed her in its annual Time 100 list of most influential people in the world. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Baptism and narcissism cancel each other out.

Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it is a wonder we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.

Every human interaction offers you the chance to make things better or to make things worse.

Every major spiritual tradition in world has something significant to say about importance of paying attention.

Every one of us will change the world, whether we mean to or not.

Human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God.

Humanity can be pretty stinky.

I have found things while I was lost that I might never have discovered if I had stayed on the path.

I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light.

I have learned to prize holy ignorance more highly than religious certainty and to seek companions who have arrived at the same place.

I think we'd like life to be like a train, but it turns out to be a sailboat.

If outer darkness is the cloud where we store our inner fears, how much will the real world suffer from our collective fear of the dark? How much will we pay to fuel the engines that keep our world lit, rather than doing what is necessary to feel safer inside ourselves?

It does seem to me that at least some of us have made an idol of exhaustion. The only time we know we have done enough is when we are running on empty and when the ones we love most are the ones we see the least.

Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix.

Most of us spend so much time thinking about where we have been or where we are supposed to be going that we have a hard time recognizing where we actually are.

No one longs for what he or she already has, and yet the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason so many of us cannot see the red X that marks the spot is because we are standing on it.

Once I gave up the hunt for villains, I had little recourse but to take responsibility for my choices.

Salvation happens every time someone with a key uses it to open a door he could lock instead.

The best way to grow empathy for those who are lost is to know what it means to be lost yourself.

The deep reason we need one another is to save us from believing in our own self sufficiency.

The great wisdom traditions of the world all recognize that the main impediment to living a life of meaning is being self- absorbed.

The problem is, many of the people in need of saving are in churches, and at least part of what they need saving from is the idea that God sees the world the same way they do.

There is a light that shines in the darkness, which is only visible there.

There will always be people who run from every kind of pain and suffering, just as there will always be religions that promise to put them to sleep.

To become fully human means learning to turn my gratitude for being alive into some concrete common good.

To lie flat on the ground with the breath knocked out of you is to find a solid resting place.

We are all so busy constructing zones of safety that keep breaking down, that we hardly notice where all the suffering is coming from.

We are never more in danger of stumbling than when we think we know where we are going.

When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, 'Here, I guess, since this is where I am.'

Wisdom is not gained by knowing what is right. Wisdom is gained by practicing what is right, and noticing what happens when that practice succeeds and when it fails.

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Quotes of the day: Annie Besant

Published Tuesday, September 20, 2016 @ 12:25 AM EDT
Sep 20 2016

Annie Besant (October 1, 1847 - September 20, 1933) was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.

A people can prosper under a very bad government and suffer under a very good one, if in the first case the local administration is effective and in the second it is inefficient.

An accurate knowledge of the past of a country is necessary for everyone who would understand its present, and who desires to judge of its future.

Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.

Celibacy is not natural to men or to women; all bodily needs require their legitimate satisfaction, and celibacy is a disregard of natural law.

Every person, every race, every nation, has its own particular keynote which it brings to the general chord of life and of humanity.

Everything which is of strife makes the vision of the truth more difficult; everything which tends to controversy makes the grasping of the truth harder.

Evil is only imperfection, that which is not complete, which is becoming, but has not yet found its end.

'God' is always the equivalent of 'I do not know.'

It is not monogamy when there is one legal wife, and mistresses out of sight.

It matters enormously what you think. If you think falsely, you will act mistakenly; if you think basely, your conduct will suit your thinking.

Knowledge is essential to conquest; only according to our ignorance are we helpless. Thought creates character. Character can dominate conditions. Will creates circumstances and environment.

Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class.

Men are at every stage of evolution, from the most barbarous to the most developed; men are found of lofty intelligence, but also of the most unevolved mentality; in one place there is a highly developed and complex civilization, in another a crude and simple polity.

Morality is the science of harmonious relations between intelligent beings.

Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.

No circumstances can ever make or mar the unfolding of the spiritual life. Spirituality does not depend upon the environment; it depends upon one's attitude towards life.

No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground.

No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.

No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save.

Not out of right practice comes right thinking, but out of right thinking comes right practice.

Quick condemnation of all that is not ours, of views with which we disagree, of ideas that do not attract us, is the sign of a narrow mind, of an uncultivated intelligence.

Refusal to believe unless proof is given is a rational position, denial of all outside our own limited experience is absurd.

Someone ought to do it, but why should I? Someone ought to do it, so why not I? Between these two sentences lie whole centuries of moral evolution.

Strange indeed would it be if all the space around us be empty, mere waste void, and the inhabitants of Earth the only forms in which intelligence could clothe itself.

The birth of science rang the death-knell of an arbitrary and constantly interposing Supreme Power.

The man of meditation is the man who wastes no time, scatters no energy, misses no opportunity.

The misery we inflict on sentient beings slackens our human evolution.

There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand.

There is no birthright in the white skin that it shall say that wherever it goes, to any nation, amongst any people, there the people of the country shall give way before it, and those to whom the land belongs shall bow down and become its servants.

There is no life without consciousness; there is no consciousness without life.

This coarse and insulting way of regarding woman, as though they existed merely to be the safety-valves of men's passions, and that the best men were above the temptation of loving them, has been the source of unnumbered evils.

Thought creates character.

When a man, a woman, see their little daily tasks as integral portions of the one great work, they are no longer drudges but co- workers with God.

Where love rules, laws are not needed.

You should always take a religion at its best and not at its worst, from its highest teachings and not from the lowest practices of some of its adherents.

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Quotes of the day: Bergen Evans

Published Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 2:20 AM EDT
Sep 19 2016

Bergen Baldwin Evans (September 19, 1904 – February 4, 1978) was a Northwestern University professor of English, and a television host. He received a George Foster Peabody Award in 1957 for excellence in broadcasting for his CBS TV series The Last Word. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man who won't lie to a woman has very little consideration for her feelings.

An honorable man will not be bullied by a hypothesis.

For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front; they do but marshal us the way that we are going.

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think.

Leadership is more likely to be assumed by the aggressive than by the able, and those who scramble to the top are more often motivated by their own inner torments.

Legislators who are of even average intelligence stand out among their colleagues.

Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.

Most civilized lives are measured out with coffee spoons.

Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom.

The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical.... Any man who for one moment abandons or suspends the questioning spirit has for that moment betrayed humanity.

The mere abhorrence of vice is not a virtue at all.

There is no necessary connection between the desire to lead and the ability to lead, and even less the ability to lead somewhere that will be to the advantage of the led.

We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.

We see what we want to see, and observation conforms to hypothesis.

Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.

Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have of our words, the more successful our adjustment will be.

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Quotes of the day: Chris Hedges

Published Sunday, September 18, 2016 @ 10:41 PM EDT
Sep 18 2016

Christopher Lynn "Chris" "The Hedge" Hedges (b. September 18, 1956) is an American journalist, activist, author, and Presbyterian minister. Hedges is also known as the best-selling author of several books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002)— a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction— Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), Death of the Liberal Class (2010), the New York Times best seller, written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), and his most recent Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A democracy survives when its citizens have access to trustworthy and impartial sources of information, when it can discern lies from truth. Take this away and a democracy dies.

A society without the means to detect lies and theft soon squanders its liberty and freedom.

Battling evil, cruelty, and injustice allows us to retain our identity, a sense of meaning, and ultimately our freedom.

Economics dominates politics- and with that domination comes different forms of ruthlessness.

It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.

It is one of the great ironies of corporate control that the corporate state needs the abilities of intellectuals to maintain power, yet outside of this role it refuses to permit intellectuals to think or function independently.

No real journalist makes $5 million a year... Those in power fear and dislike real journalists.

One needs solitude and quiet to think. The cacophony of modern culture is designed to make that impossible.

Patriotic duty and the disease of nationalism lure us to deny our common humanity.

The arts often realize human truths well before other branches of human endeavor.

The charade of politics is to make voters think that the personal narrative of the candidate affects the operation of the corporate state. It doesn't really matter on the fundamental issues whether the President is Republican or Democratic.

The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment.

The greatest danger that besets us does not come from believers or atheists; it comes from those who, under the guise of religion, science or reason, imagine that we can free ourselves from the limitations of human nature and perfect the human species.

The moral certitude of the state in wartime is a kind of fundamentalism.

The moral nihilism of celebrity culture is played out on reality television shows, most of which encourage a dark voyeurism into other people's humiliation, pain, weakness, and betrayal.

The press, or at least most of it, has lost the passion, the outrage, and the sense of mission that once drove reporters to defy authority and tell the truth.

The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug.

The split in America, rather than simply economic, is between those who embrace reason, who function in the real world of cause and effect, and those who, numbed by isolation and despair, now seek meaning in a mythical world of intuition, a world that is no longer reality-based, a world of magic.

The vanquished know war. They see through the empty jingoism of those who use the abstract words of glory, honor, and patriotism to mask the cries of the wounded, the senseless killing, war profiteering, and chest-pounding grief.

There are always people willing to commit unspeakable human atrocity in exchange for a little power and privilege.

There are two sets of principles. They are the principles of power and privilege and the principles of truth and justice. If you pursue truth and justice it will always mean a diminution of power and privilege. If you pursue power and privilege, it will always be at the expense of truth and justice.

Unfettered capitalism is a revolutionary force that consumes greater and greater numbers of human lives until it finally consumes itself.

Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause.

War is addictive. Indeed, it is the most potent narcotic unleashed by mankind.

War is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics, and of troops by politicians.

War is not about flag-waving and patriotism. War is about killing and death.

We live in imaginary, virtual worlds created by corporations that profit from our deception.

We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers.

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Quotes of the day: Karl Popper

Published Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 4:06 PM EDT
Sep 17 2016

Sir Karl Raimund Popper CH FBA FRS (July 28, 1902 – September 17, 1994) was an Austrian-British philosopher and professor. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A rationalist, as I use the word, is a man who attempts to reach decisions by argument and perhaps, in certain cases, by compromise, rather than by violence.

All things living are in search of a better world.

Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.

But I hold that he who teaches that not reason but love should rule opens up the way for those who rule by hate.

By reluctance to criticize some of it, we may help to destroy it all.

Do not allow your dreams of a beautiful world to lure you away from the claims of men who suffer here and now. Our fellow men have a claim to our help; no generation must be sacrificed for the sake of future generations, for the sake of an ideal of happiness that may never be realized.

Freedom is not a supplier who delivers goods to our door. Democracy does not ensure that anything is accomplished- certainly not an economic miracle.

I see now more clearly than ever before that even our greatest troubles spring from something that is as admirable and sound as it is dangerous- from our impatience to better the lot of our fellows.

If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one.

If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories.

It is our duty to help those who need help; but it cannot be our duty to make others happy...

It is wrong to think that belief in freedom always leads to victory; we must always be prepared for it to lead to defeat. If we choose freedom, then we must be prepared to perish along with it.

It seems to me certain that more people are killed out of righteous stupidity than out of wickedness.

No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.

Our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship.

Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification- the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit.

Science must begin with myths, and with the criticism of myths.

The open society is one in which men have learned to be to some extent critical of taboos, and to base decisions on the authority of their own intelligence.

The true Enlightenment thinker, the true rationalist, never wants to talk anyone into anything. No, he does not even want to convince; all the time he is aware that he may be wrong.

Theories are nets cast to catch what we call 'the world': to rationalize, to explain, and to master it. We endeavor to make the mesh ever finer and finer.

There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions.

There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life.

Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.

True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.

We are social creatures to the inmost center of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.

We do not choose political freedom because it promises us this or that. We choose it because it makes possible the only dignified form of human coexistence, the only form in which we can be fully responsible for ourselves. Whether we realize its possibilities depends on all kinds of things- and above all on ourselves.

We may become the makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its prophets.

We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than that only freedom can make security secure.

When I speak of reason or rationalism, all I mean is the conviction that we can learn through criticism of our mistakes and errors, especially through criticism by others, and eventually also through self-criticism.

Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.

You can choose whatever name you like for the two types of government. I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence 'democracy', and the other 'tyranny.'.

You cannot have a rational discussion with a man who prefers shooting you to being convinced by you.

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Quotes of the day: Robert H. Schuller

Published Friday, September 16, 2016 @ 3:42 PM EDT
Sep 16 2016

Robert Harold Schuller (September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015) was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

Every problem has a limited life span.

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.

Faith is reacting positively to a negative situation.

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.

It's impossible to fail completely and it's impossible to succeed perfectly.

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.

Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.

Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.

Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.

Some people are at the top of the ladder, some are in the middle, still more are at the bottom, and a whole lot more don't even know there is a ladder.

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

The good news is that the bad news can be turned into good news when you change your attitude.

The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

What appears to be the end of the road may simply be a bend in the road.

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?

When you can't solve the problem, manage it.

You will never win if you never begin.

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Quotes of the day: William Howard Taft

Published Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 12:04 AM EDT
Sep 15 2016

William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 - March 8, 1930) served as the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft chief justice, a position in which he served until a month before his death. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A government is for the benefit of all the people.

A man never knows exactly how the child of his brain will strike other people.

A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.

Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.

Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority.

Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents- but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.

Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.

Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.

Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.

It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.

One cannot always be sure of the truth of what one hears if he happens to be President of the United States.

Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.

Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken with out developing new evils requiring new remedies.

The cheerful loser is a sort of winner.

The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.

The world is not going to be saved by legislation.

Too many people don't care what happens so long as it doesn't happen to them.

Unless education promotes character making, unless it helps men to be more moral, more just to their fellows, more law abiding, more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the trouble taken to furnish it.

We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.

We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.

We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.

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Quotes of the day: Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 4:29 AM EDT
Sep 14 2016

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (September 14, 1934 = April 24, 2002) was born in Queens, New York City. Her parents were first-generation Americans; her grandparents were immigrants from Calabria in Southern Italy. The turmoil of her childhood would have a strong influence on her writing. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

All is waiting and all is work; all is change and all is permanence.

All our loves are contained in all our other loves.

Belief in the absence of illusions is itself an illusion.

Belief sometimes precedes understanding; faith sometimes precedes scientific evidence.

Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people.

Children hold us hostage; they represent our commitment to the future.

Desire creates its own object.

Facts mean nothing to wounded feelings.

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

Food is my drug of choice.

For the unfashionably bulgy, life is a series of small humiliations.

Great unhappiness is incompatible with the belief that it will ever end.

I made the mistake of thinking that if you add up the past, you sum up the future; I forgot how frequently life astonishes us.

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna-fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.

If I wanted a new belief system, I'd choose to believe in God- He's been in business longer than Werner, and He has better music. (on Werner Erhard, founder of est)

Illness is regarded as a crime, and crime is regarded as illness.

In the face of evil, detachment is a dubious virtue.

Insanity is a lack of proportion.

It's perfectly possible to hate one's fat and to love one's body at the same time.

It's the perpetually unfinished quality of housework that makes it oppressive- it never ends, like bad psychoanalysis, or a dream interrupted. It is paradoxically true that it is exactly this daily re-creation of the world that lends housekeeping its nobility and romance.

Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: There are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.

Love is the only game that is not called on account of darkness.

Nothing is more democratic, less judgmental, than water. Water doesn't care whether flesh is withered or fresh; it caresses aged flesh and firm flesh with equal love.

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

Porches are America's lost rooms.

Silence is the garment of light.

The gardens of our childhood are all beautiful.

The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil, but between the good and the lesser good.

The past can be tamed and controlled.

The past is a sorry country.

There are no inanimate objects.

There are no original ideas. There are only original people.

There are places one comes home to that one has never been to.

There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.

To live exhilaratingly in and for the moment is deadly serious work, fun of the most exhausting sort.

To sleep is an act of faith.

Unhappiness makes beggars or accountants of us all.

Violence is its own anesthetist. The numbness it induces feels very much like calm.

Weather creates character.

What you desire you call into being.

Categories: Barbara Grizzuti Harrison; Quotes of the day

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