Sunday, November 29, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-29

"How long halt ye between two opinions?"

The Book of Kings, book 1, chapter 18, paragraph 21

The Triumph of Elijah Over the Prophets of Baal by Domenico Fetti (circa 1622)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-28

"No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing."

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) "Harvard: The Future," The Atlantic Monthly, September 1936

Get To Work Demotivational Poster

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-22

"It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others."

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) A Room of One's Own, chapter 3

The Temptation of St. Anthony by Joos van Craesbeeck (circa 1650)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-19

"When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest."

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) "On The Spirit of Controversy," London Weekly Review, January 1830

Joseph Barham and Ariel Owens walk arm-in-arm after getting married at the San Francisco City Hall (April 2015) (Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-16

"Although we talk so much about coincidence we do not really believe in it. In our heart of hearts we think better of the universe, we are secretly convinced that it is not such a slipshod, haphazard affair, that everything in it has meaning."

J.B. Priestley (1894-1984) "A Coincidence"

The so-called unsinkable Titanic, docked in the port of Southhampton prior to its fateful maiden voyage (April 1912)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-13

"Parsons always seem to be specially horrified about things like sunbathing and naked bodies. They don't mind poverty and misery and cruelty to animals nearly so much."

Susan Ertz (1894-1985) The Story of Julian

Starbucks 2015 holiday cups, which some Christian conservatives allege is part of the so-called "War on Christmas." (Photograph courtesy of Starbucks)

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-08

"If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city."

C.C. Colton (1780-1832) Lacon: or, Many Things in Few Words, Reflection #334

Illustration for Aesop's fable, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Arthur Rackham (1912)

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-07

"All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish."

Clive James (1939-    ) "Postcard from L.A.," The Observer, June 10, 1979

Impressive pyrotechnics from the movie Bedazzled (2000)

Friday, November 06, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-06

"He, who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own Sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Aids to Reflection, "Moral and Religious Aphorisms," Aphorism 25

Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker during a PTL broadcast (circa 1986)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-04

"'Charm'—which means the power to effect work without employing brute force—is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm."

Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) The Task of Social Hygiene, chapter 3

John-Paul Goude photograph of Grace Jones for the Nightclubbing album cover (1981)

Monday, November 02, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-02

"Fame is something which must be won; honor is something which must not be lost."

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) The Wisdom of Life

Cover of The Observer on October 14, 2012, after Lance Armstrong was stripped of his cycling titles.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-01

"It is always thus, impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions."

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) Remembrance of Things Past, "Within a Budding Grove"

Screenshot of President George W. Bush announcing the start of the Iraq War on national television (March 19, 2003)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-30

"The measure of a man's real character, it has been said, is what he would do if he knew it would never be found out."

Thomas Tapper (1864-1958) The Music Life and How to Succeed in It

Thomas Babington Macaulay (April 1856) to whom this quote of often mis-attributed.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-26

"The defect of equality is that we only desire it with our superiors."

Henri Becque (1837-1899) Conferenes, Notes, Poems, Letters

Mildred and Richard Loving in Washington, D.C. on January 9, 1965, before their case, Loving vs. Virginia, had reached the Supreme Court. (Photograph: Bettmann/CORBIS)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-22

"No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile."

Sir William Rootes (1894-1964) Quoted on the BBC-TV show Who Said That?January 14, 1958

Illustration by Michał Dziekan

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-21

"The best careers advice given to the young ... is 'Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.'"

Katharine Whitehorn (1926-    ) "The Ten-Hour Week is Here to Stay," The Observer, January 19, 1975

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, the co-founders of Apple (circa 1976)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-20

"A man's idee in a card game is war—crool, devastatin', an' pitiless. A lady's idee iv it is a combynation iv larceny, embezzlement, an' burglary."

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) "On the Game of Cards," Mr. Dooley on Making a Will

Judy Holliday and Broderick Crawford in the gin/rummy scene from Born Yesterday (1950).

Monday, October 19, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-19

"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are all embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate."

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) "Freedom in Society," Harper's Monthly Magazine, March 1926

Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher wave to photographers after their arrival in Camp David on December, 22 1984. (UPI/AFP/GettyImages)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-18

"If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers."

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) Les Guêpes, volume 6, January 1849

Mug shot of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted of murdering his three daughters by arson, and executed at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville on February 17, 2004. Subsequent investigations concluded his trial and rejected appeals were a gross miscarriage of justice.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-16

"The working of great administrations is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self-interest, carelessness and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought."

Giorgio de Santillana (1902-1974) The Crime of Galileo

Political cartoon by John Cameron, mocking President Lincoln and his cabinet. Published by Currier and Ives. (c. 1864)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-15

"What right have the Americans to be forecasting our weather?"

— John B. Harris, letter to The Times of London in response to news of weather satellites launched by the United States. July 18, 1963, page 11

Robert Fitzroy, British naval officer and father of modern weather forecasting.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-13

"Destroy him as you will, the bourgeois always bounces up. Execute him, expropriate him, starve him out en masse, and he reappears in your children."

Cyril Connolly (1903-1974) Quoted in The Observer, March 7, 1937

Banksy piece in the South Bronx, October 21, 2013

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-11

"Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it."

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) The Conquest of Happiness

Glenn Close as Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-10-10

"If you wou'd not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738

Ernest Hemingway writing at a desk while on safari in Africa,1953. (Photo courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library.)