Monday, July 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-25


"God is a hypothesis constructed by man to help him understand what existence is all about."

Julian Huxley (1887-1975) "Religion Without God," The Observer (March 31, 1963)

The Ancient of Days, frontispiece to Europe a Prophecy by William Blake (1794)
The Ancient of Days, frontispiece to Europe a Prophecy by William Blake (1794)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-24


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

Anthony Kennedy (1936-    ) Observing protesters before the announcement of the decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (June 29, 1992) Quoted by Terry Carter in California Lawyer (August 1992)

Lyndon Johnson listens to a tape sent to him by his son-in-law, Captain Charles Robb, from Vietnam. (July 31, 1968) Photograph by Jack Kightlinger
Lyndon Johnson listens to a tape sent to him by his son-in-law, Captain Charles Robb, from Vietnam (July 31, 1968) Photograph by Jack Kightlinger

Friday, July 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-22


"All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments."

Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) The Medium is the Massage, page 26 (1967)

Pages 4 and 5 from the book, graphic design by Quentin Fiore
Pages 4 and 5 from the book, graphic design by Quentin Fiore

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-20


"Hitherto the nude has always been represented in poses which presuppose an audience; but these women of mine are honest, simple folk, unconcerned by any other interests than those involved in their physical condition. Here is another; she is washing her feet. It is as if you looked through a key-hole."

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Quoted by George Moore in "Degas: The Painter of Modern Life," The Magazine of Art (October 1890)

Woman Having Her Hair Combed by Edgar Degas (circa 1885)
Woman Having Her Hair Combed by Edgar Degas (circa 1885)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-19


"A wise man does not desire the abundance but rather the sufficiency of things, for former often being harmful, the latter always beneficial."

Petrarch (1304-1374) De Remediis Utriusque Fortunae, dialogue 43 (circa 1373)

A panel from the Mansfield Place Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, depicting The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins by Phoebe Traquair (1895)
A panel from the Mansfield Place Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, depicting The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins by Phoebe Traquair (1895)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-18


"Unreason and anti-intellectualism abominate thought. Thinking implies disagreement; and disagreement implies nonconformity; and nonconformity implies heresy; and heresy implies disloyalty—so, obviously, thinking must be stopped. But shouting is not a substitute for thinking and reason is not the subversion but the salvation of freedom."

Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965) Call to Greatness (1954)

Michele Bachmann speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2011) Photograph by Alex Brandon
Michele Bachmann speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2011) Photograph by Alex Brandon

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-16


"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."

Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859) "A Second Paper on Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts," Blackwood's Magazine (November 1839)

"Terrorist Fist Jab" cover by Barry Blitt for The New Yorker (July 28, 2008)
The Politics of Fear cover by Barry Blitt for The New Yorker (July 21, 2008)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-13


"Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers."

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) Quoted by E.J. Applewhite in Synergetics Dictionary: The Mind of Buckminster Fuller (1986)

Wellesley College student government president, Hillary Rodham (1969) Photograph by Lee Balterman
Wellesley College student government president, Hillary Rodham (1969) Photograph by Lee Balterman

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-12


"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."

E.B. White (1899-1985) "Coon Tree," The New Yorker (June 14, 1956)

Relief from the Ara Pacis (9 BCE) depicting Tellus Mater (Mother Earth)
Relief from the Ara Pacis (9 BCE) depicting the goddess Tellus Mater (Mother Earth) flanked by the Aurae (Peaceful Breezes) of sea and land

Monday, July 11, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-11


"The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs."

Cicero (106-43 BCE) Orator, chapter 34 (46 BCE)

The first view of Earth from the Moon, taken by Lunar Orbiter 1 (August 23, 1966)
The first view of Earth from the Moon, taken by Lunar Orbiter 1 (August 23, 1966) two years before the Earthrise photograph

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-10


"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves."

Carl Jung (1875-1961) The Integration of the Personality (1939)

Banksy piece on a Bridge Farm Primary School building in Bristol that the children named after him (June 2016)
Banksy piece on a Bridge Farm Primary School building in Bristol, that the children named after him (June 2016)

Friday, July 08, 2016

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-07


"Take, O boatman, thrice thy fee,— / Take, I give it willingly; / For, invisible to thee, / Spirits twain have crossed with me."

Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862) "The Passage," The Poems of Ludwig Uhland (1831) Translated by Sarah Austin

Charon Ferrying the Shades by Pierre Subleyras (circa 1735-1744)
Charon Ferrying the Shades by Pierre Subleyras (circa 1735-1744)

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-06


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

P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) "Preserve Your Integrity," The Art of Money Getting (1880)

Romans during the Decadence by Thomas Couture (1847)
Romans during the Decadence by Thomas Couture (1847)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

quote of the Day for 2016-07-05


"I may not here omit those two main plagues, and common dotages of human kind, wine and women, which have infatuated and besotted myriads of people: they go commonly together."

Robert Burton (1577-1640) The Anatomy of Melancholy, part 1, section 2, member 3. subsection 13 (1621)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Lovis Corinth (1897)
The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Lovis Corinth (1897)

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-03


"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) Demian, chapter 6 (1919)

The Nuremberg trial of high profile Nazi war criminals (November 22, 1945) Front row, left to right: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Wilhelm Keitel; Back row, left to right: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, and Fritz Sauckel
The Nuremberg trial of high profile Nazi war criminals (November 22, 1945) Front row, left to right: Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Wilhelm Keitel; Back row, left to right: Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, and Fritz Sauckel

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-02


"Immodest creature, you do not want a woman who will accept your faults, you want the one who pretends you are faultless—one who will caress the hand that strikes her and kiss the lips that lie to her."

George Sand (1804-1876) Letter (June 13, 1837)

Mug shot of O.J. Simpson after his arrest (June 17, 1994)
Mug shot of O.J. Simpson after his arrest (June 17, 1994)

Friday, July 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-01


"No man ever understands quite his own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge."

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) "Lord Jim: A Sketch," chapter 7, Blackwood's Magazine (December 1899)

Jacket cover for BUSH by Jean Edward Smith (2016)
Jacket cover for BUSH by Jean Edward Smith (2016)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-29


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

John Wesley (1703-1791) "A Caution Against Bigotry," Sermons on Several Occasions (1771)

Poster advertising a counter protest, which devolved into a melle in Sacramento, California (June 26, 2016)
Poster advertising a counter protest, which devolved into a melee in Sacramento, California (June 26, 2016)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-28


"Authoritarianism and secrecy breed incompetence; the two feed on each other. It's a vicious cycle. Governments with authoritarian tendencies point to what is in fact their own incompetence as the rationale for giving them yet more power."

Josh Marshall (1969-    ) "I Was Finally Able," Talking Points Memo (January 17, 2006)

Interior of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, after housing refugees of Hurricane Katrina "in lawless squalor" (September 2, 2005) Photograph by James Nielsen
Interior of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, after housing refugees of Hurricane Katrina "in lawless squalor" (September 2, 2005) Photograph by James Nielsen

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-26


"Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people that you never met."

Doug Stanhope (1967-    ) No Refunds, recorded at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City (March 12, 2007)

Donald Trump holding a bible while speaking at a Faith and Freedom Coalition forum in Des Moines, Iowa (September 19, 2015) Photograph by Brian C. Frank
Donald Trump holding a bible while speaking at a Faith and Freedom Coalition forum in Des Moines, Iowa (September 19, 2015) Photograph by Brian C. Frank

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-25


"Virginity, virginity, when you leave me, where do you go? / I am gone and never come back to you. / I never return."

Sappho (circa 630-570 BCE) Fragment

The Vestal Virgin Tuccia by Giovanni Battista Moroni (circa 1555)
The Vestal Virgin Tuccia by Giovanni Battista Moroni (circa 1555)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-22


"What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellow; this is the whole law. All the rest is a commentary to this law."

Hillel the Elder (circa 110-10 BCE) Quoted in the Talmud, "Tractate Shabbat," chapter 2

La justice by Bernard d’Agesci
La Justice by Bernard d'Agesci

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-20


"Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?"

Roger Ebert (1942-2013) Review of Talk Radio in the Chicago Sun-Times (December 21, 1988)

Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) getting his mouth taped by trainer Angelo Dundee during the weigh-in before his fight with Doug Jones (March 1963) Photograph by George Silk
Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) getting his mouth taped by trainer Angelo Dundee during the weigh-in before his boxing match with Doug Jones (March 1963) Photograph by George Silk

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-17


"I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul."

James Joyce (1882-1941) "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," a lecture at Università Popolare, Trieste, Austria-Hungary (April 27, 1907)

An unidentified Magdalene Laundry in Ireland (circa 1900)
An unidentified Magdalene Laundry in Ireland (circa 1900)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-15


"People don't ever seem to realise that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune."

William McFee (1881-1966) Casuals of the Sea, book 2, chapter 6 (1916)

The crew of Black Hawk helicopter Super 6-4 a month before the Battle of Mogadishu; from left: Winn Mahuron, Tommy Field, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Mike Durant (September 1993) Photograph by Army Ranger Phil Lepre
The crew of Black Hawk helicopter Super 6-4 a month before the Battle of Mogadishu; from left: Winn Mahuron, Tommy Field, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Mike Durant (September 1993) Photograph by Army Ranger Phil Lepre

Monday, June 13, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-13


"For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl."

Anne Frank (1929-1944) The Diary of a Young Girl, June 20, 1942 (1947)

Bronze sculpture of Anne Frank by Sara Pons Arnal (2001) near the corner of Travessia de Sant Antoni and Plaça d'Anna Frank in Barcelona
Bronze sculpture of Anne Frank by Sara Pons Arnal (2001) near the corner of Travessia de Sant Antoni and Plaça d'Anna Frank in Barcelona (Photograph by Enfo)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-11


"He who inflicts a vile and unjust harm by using the power and the force with which he is invested, does not conquer; the true victory is to have on one's side Right naked and entire."

Luís de Camões (1524-1580) Os Lusíadas, canto 10, stanza 58 (1572)

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An unknown protester facing down a column of tanks on Chang'an Avenue near the Beijing Hotel, during the Tiananmen Square Protests (June 5, 1989) Photograph by Jeff Widener

Friday, June 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-10


"As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself."

Larry Flynt (1942-    ) "Don't Execute the Man Who Paralyzed Me," The Hollywood Reporter (October 17, 2013)

Electric Chair at Sing Sing by William van der Weyde (circa 1900)
Electric Chair at Sing Sing by William van der Weyde (circa 1900)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-09


"The way society is organized at the moment, we have no choice but to blame men for bad behavior. If we allowed men to act like unrestrained horny animals, all hell would break loose. All I'm saying is that society has evolved to keep males in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness."

Scott Adams (1957-    ) "Pegs and Holes," Scott Adams' Blog (June 15, 2011)

John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the "Mark it Zero" scene from The Big Lebowski (1998)
John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the "Mark it Zero" scene from The Big Lebowski (1998)