Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-10


"In a political context of the utmost significance, ['freedom from fear'] recognizes a human right which, in a broad sense, may be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights."

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) Speech at the 180th anniversary of The Virginia Declaration of Rights in Williamsburg, Virginia, May 16, 1956

Freedom from Fear by Norman Rockwell (1943)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-09


"Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."

Abigail Adams (1744-1818) Letter to John Adams, March 31, 1776

The Women's Strike for Equality march down Fifth Ave. in New York City (August 26, 1970) Photo by Bob Adelman

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-04


"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Quoted by Bettina von Arnim in a letter to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, May 28, 1810

No. 2 in a series of Beethoven engravings (1931-1938) by Michel Katzaroff (1891-1953), sold not just as prints, but also as postcards.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-02


"Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don't make sense."

John Leonard (1939-2008) "Books of the Times," The New York Times, September 23, 1982

Sarah Palin endorses Donald Trump at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (Jan 19, 2016) Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein

Monday, February 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-01


"The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready is he to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause."

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) The True Believer, part 1, section 9

Ku Klux Klan rally near Washington D.C., National Photo Company (circa 1921)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-30


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

Mark Twain (1835-1910) The Innocents Abroad, volume 2, "Conclusion"

American Gothic by Grant Wood (1930)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-29


"Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed. She is said to lie at the bottom of a well, for the very reason, perhaps, that whoever looks down in search of her sees his own image at the bottom, and is persuaded not only that he has seen the goddess, but that she is far better looking than he had imagined."

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) Inaugural address on assuming the presidency of The Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham, England, October 6, 1884

The Truth, by Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1870)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-28


"1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. 3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things."

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) "LIFE," The Salmon of Doubt

The Leader of the Luddites, hand colored etching by an anonymous artist (1812)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-27


"I am a Tory Anarchist. I should like every one to go about doing just as he pleased—short of altering any of the things to which I have grown accustomed."

Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) "Servants," And Even Now

Banksy's memorial to fellow graffiti artist, Bradley "Ozone" Chapman, who was hit by a train on January 12, 2007. It was painted on a London Underground building on Old Street near the roundabout with City Road.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-25


"The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand."

George Moore (1852-1933) "Balzac," Impressions and Opinions

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, dismissed by most critics when it was first released (1975). On the screen, Nell Campbell, Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry, and Richard O'Brien. On the stage at the Art Theater in Long Beach California, Mandi Wallingford, Jessika Turner, Diego Sanson and Paco Erskine (November 2012)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-23


"I am proud that I'm a politician. A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years."

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) Impromptu remarks before the Reciprocity Club, Washington, D.C., April 11, 1958. Quoted in the New York World-Telegram and Sun, April 12, 1958

Richard Nixon boards a helicopter on the White House grounds after resigning as president (August 9, 1974)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-22


"It is absurd to think that the only way to tell if a poem is lasting is to wait and see if it lasts. The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound—that he will never get over it."

Robert Frost (1875-1963) "The Poetry of Amy Lowell," Christian Science Monitor, May 16, 1925

Erato, Muse of Poetry by Edward Poynter (1870)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-19


"Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition—in having to put forth the best within you."

Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967) "How to Capture Life's Greatest Values," Reader's Digest, January 1950

Banksy's Molotov Bouquet, on a building wall along the main road in the town of Beit Sahour (December 5, 2007) Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images

Monday, January 18, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-18


"I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety."

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) My Several Worlds

Illustration of the Earth as an inverse toroid that is both flat and conforms to the observations of modern science (1893)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-17


"The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'"

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Said to Marie Bonaparte and quoted by Ernest Jones in The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, volume 2

Portrait of Mona Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci (circa 1503-06)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-14


"To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, / To a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock, / Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock, / From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!"

W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) The Mikado, act 1

Finale of act 1, at the Savoy Theater (1908)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-13


"The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations."

David D. Friedman (1945-    ) The Machinery of Freedom, chapter 1

American tank destroyed south of Baghdad, where U.S. forces met stiff resistance while fighting their way to the airport. (April 6, 2003) Photo by Carolyn Cole for the Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-12


"The fact that every part of this ship was built by the low bidder."

Alan Shepard (1923-1998) When asked by a reporter what he thought about while inside the capsule atop the Redstone rocket. Quoted by Gene Kranz in Failure is Not an Option

Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) launch, carrying Alan Shepard (May 5, 1961)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-11


"So, we'll go no more a roving / So late into the night, / Though the heart be still as loving, / And the moon be still as bright."

Lord Byron (1788-1824) "So, We'll Go No More A Roving," Letter to Thomas Moore, February 28, 1817

Two Manhattans by Nigel Van Wieck (1989)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-10


"Why is it that in all the novels and motion picture plays the vampires and adventuresses have dark hair and black eyes, while the innocent, persecuted angels are all blondes—whereas in real life it is always the other way 'round."

Helen Rowland (1875-1950) "Blondes," A Guide to Men

Mary Pickford as Tessibel Skinner and Jean Hersholt as Ben Letts in Tess of the Storm Country (1922)

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-09


"Any woman who through the use of false hair, Spanish hair pads, make-up, false hips, steel busks, panniers, high heeled shoes, or other devices leads a subject of Her Majesty into marriage, shall be punished with the penalties of witchcraft."

Elizabeth I (1533-1603) Edict

Lady Elizabeth Howard (circa 1600)

Friday, January 08, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-08


"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."

Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990) Peter's Quotations, "Originality" (page 362)

It's Only Stealing if You Get Caught by Eddie Colla (2013), after Walmart started selling unauthorized prints of his and Banksy's work.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-07


"Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."

George Santayana (1863-1952) The Life of Reason, volume 1, Introduction

Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, and leader of the militias that occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, speaking to the media. (January 4, 2016) Photo by Rob Kerr

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-06


"No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) "Notes on Journalism," Chicago Tribune, September 19, 1926

Donald Trump greets supporters at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL (August 21, 2015) Photo by Mark Wallheiser

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-05


"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'"

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Attributed

Master Isaac Newton in His Garden at Woolsthorpe, in the Autumn of 1665 (circa 1856) by Robert Hannah (1812-1909)

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-03


"The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos."

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Quoted by Stephen Jay Gould in "Jove's Thunderbolts," Natural History magazine, October 1994

Map of the world, with Jerusalem at its center. Created by Gervase of Ebstorf (circa 1234)

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-01-01


"I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past."

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) The End of Laissez-Faire, chapter 1

The Execution of Torrijos and his Companions on the Beach in Málaga by Antonio Gisbert (1888)

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-12-31


"Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power."

Joan Didion (1934-     ) "7000 Romaine, Los Angeles 38," Slouching Towards Bethlehem, "The Howard Hughes Underground," The Saturday Evening Post, August 23, 1967

Howard Hughes, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and Grover Whalen in a ticker tape parade, celebrating Mr. Hughes' record-breaking flight around the world in 3 days, 19 hours, 14 minutes, and 10 seconds (July 15, 1938)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Quote of the day for 2015-12-27


"The full potentialities of human fury cannot be reached until a friend of both parties tactfully intervenes."

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) "The Skeptic as a Critic," The Forum, February 1929

Political cartoon by Henri Meyer, which depicts, among other things, the tensions between Great Britain and Germany while carving up China. Published in Le Petit Journal Sunday supplement (January 16, 1898)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-12-26


"Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them."

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) Speech at the Southern Commercial Congress in Mobile, Alabama, October 27, 1913

People on line around a spontaneous memorial of snow covered flowers and candles in front of the French embassy in Moscow, waiting to sign books of condolences to the French people (November 15, 2015 — Photograph by Stolbovsky)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-12-25


"Who is the father of the Babe, fair maid? No, no, thou needst not answer, an Angel came to thee in a dream; it is enough, say no more. To thee and thy love child bring gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh, to thee and thy Babe we bend the knee."

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) "A Word About Job," The Philistine, April 1897

William-Adolphe Bouguereau's Song of the Angels on the Subway by Alexey Kondakov (2015)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-12-23


"This intelligence-testing business reminds me of the way they used to weigh hogs in Texas. They would get a long plank, put it over a cross-bar, and somehow tie the hog on one end of the plank. They'd search all around till they found a stone that would balance the weight of the hog and they'd put that on the other end of the plank. Then they'd guess the weight of the stone."

John Dewey (1859-1952) Quoted by Dorothy Canfield Fisher in Vermont Tradition

Carrie Buck and her mother Emma at the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. Photograph taken by A.H. Estabrook the day before the Buck v. Bell trial began in Virginia. (November 17, 1924)