Friday, April 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-29


"Most armies are in fact run by their sergeants—the officers are there just to give things a bit of tone and prevent warfare from becoming a mere lower-class brawl."

Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) The Carpet People, chapter 16 (1971)

British soldiers marching into Colesberg, South Africa during the Second Boer War (December 31, 1901)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-28


"The current opinion that science and poetry are opposed is a delusion."

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) "Lectures on Education" delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain (1855) "What Knowledge is of Most Worth," The Westminster Review (July 1859)

Frontispiece by F. Curtus Bon for Almagestum Novum by Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1651)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-26


"The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue."

Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) Speech during the Protestant Council of the City of New York banquet at the Astor Hotel after accepting its Family of Man award (October 28, 1964)

Screenshot from the season 25 episode of The Simpsons, Four Regrettings and a Funeral (November 3, 2013)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-24


"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."

Epistle of James, chapter 1, verses 19-20

While Captain America mourns Sharon Carter, the Hulk has other plans (November 11, 2013) PVP by Scott R. Kurtz

Friday, April 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-22


"Constant and frequent questioning is the first key to wisdom. … For through doubting we are led to inquire, and by inquiry we perceive the truth."

Peter Abelard (1079-1142) Sic et Non, Prologue (1120)

Abelard and his Pupil Heloise by Edmund Leighton (1882)
Abelard and his Pupil Heloise by Edmund Leighton (1882)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-20


"The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself."

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) "In Praise of Dissent," The New York Times Book Review (December 16, 1956)

Mug shot of Ezra Pound after his surrender to the U.S. Military in northwestern Italy (May 26, 1945)
Mug shot of Ezra Pound after his surrender to the U.S. Military in northwestern Italy (May 26, 1945)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-19


"That worst evil of long dictatorships: the loss of all political experience."

James Cameron (1911-1985) "Spain Under Franco," News Chronicle, March 3, 1954

A Moscow woman rests her bag on a discarded symbol of Communism (November 1, 1990) Photograph by Alexander Nemenov
A Moscow woman rests her bag on a discarded symbol of Communism (Nov 1, 1990) Photo by Alexander Nemenov

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-16


"The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known."

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Notebooks, "Morals"


The HAL-9000 being interviewed in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The HAL-9000 computer being interviewed in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-12


"Through [Pennsylvania Station] one entered the city like a god. Perhaps it was really too much. One scuttles in now like a rat."

Vincent Scully (1920-    ) American Architecture and Urbanism (1969)

Pennsylvania Station concourse from the southeast (April 24, 1962, 1:43 PM) Photograph by Cervin Robinson

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-10


"It's people like [Alma Mahler] who make you realize how little you've accomplished. It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years."

Tom Lehrer (1928-    ) Introduction to "Alma," That Was the Year That Was (1965)

Alma Mahler, Vienna (1909)

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-08


"Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through."

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) "A Tritical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind" (1707)

Dick Cheney listening to another speaker during the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, DC (June 2, 2008) Photograph by Saul Loeb

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-06


"I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Up from Slavery, chapter 11 (1901)

Elsheba Khan, at the grave of her son in Arlington National Cemetery (Section 60, grave 8441) Photograph by Platon for The New Yorker (September 29, 2008)

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-05


"False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil."

Plato (c. 428-348 BCE) Phaedo, chapter 115 (c. 348 BCE)

CEOs of the seven largest tobacco companies being sworn in at a congressional hearing on the regulation of tobacco products (April 14, 1994) Minutes after this photograph was taken, each of them would lie under oath that nicotine was not addictive. Left to right, Donald Johnston (American Tobacco), Thomas Sandefur (Brown and Williamson), Edward Horrigan (Liggett Group), Andrew Tisch (Lorillard), Joseph Taddeo (US Tobacco), James Johnston (RJ Reynolds), and William Campbell (Philip Morris)

Friday, April 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-01


"But that poetry should be as pervious as oratory, and plainness her special ornament, were the plain way to barbarism."

George Chapman (1559-1634) Ovid's Banquet of Sense, preface (1595)

Troilus and Criseyde, Liber II (c. 1385), page 501 from The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer by William Morris, illustration by Edward Burne-Jones (1896)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-29


"We cannot judge either of the feelings or of the characters of men with perfect accuracy from their actions or their appearance in public; it is from their careless conversations, their half-finished sentences, that we may hope with the greatest probability of success to discover their real characters."

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) Castle Rackrent, preface (1800)

Portrait of Humphrey Davy by Thomas Lawrence (c. 1821)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-28


"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."

Marie Curie (1867-1934) Quoted in Maria Skłodowska-Curie: Centenary Lectures (1967)

Soviet students studying for exams in the late 1960's

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-27 Easter Sunday


"Many Christians don't want to hear this, but the reality is that there are lots of other explanations for what happened to Jesus that are more probable than the explanation that he was raised from the dead. None of these explanations is very probable, but they are more probable, just looking at the matter historically, than the explanation of the resurrection."

Bart D. Ehrman (1955-    ) Jesus, Interrupted, chapter 5 (2009)

Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection by Alexander Ivanov (1835)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-25


"Even today—in blithe disregard of his actual philosophy—Smith is generally regarded as a conservative economist, whereas in fact, he was more avowedly hostile to the motives of businessmen than most New Deal economists."

Robert Heilbroner (1919-2005) The Worldly Philosophers, chapter 3

The Author of the Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith) by John Kay (1790)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-24


"There are many facets of science that are almost exactly opposite of dramatic narrative. It's slow, tedious, inconclusive, it's hard to tell good guys from bad guys—it's everything that a normal hour of Star Trek is not."

Kim Stanley Robinson (1952-    ) Interview in Locus magazine, September 1997

Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in the Star Trek episode: The City on the Edge of Forever (April 6, 1967) Trapped on Earth in the 1930's, they're constructing "a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins" aka vacuum tubes

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-22


"Never Write an Advertisement Which You Wouldn't Want Your Own Family To Read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine. Do as you would be done by."

David Ogilvy (1911-1999) Confessions of an Advertising Man, chapter 5

Print advertisement for Listerine, continuing a long tradition of deceptive claims (1958)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-20


"Like any thinking person, I should like to think there was—I don't care whose or which—some God. Not out of fear: death is a lark; it's life that stings. But if there were some God, then I'd exist in his imagination, like Antigone in Sophocles'. I'd have no complications, no confusions, no waste parts or misplaced elements and then, oh, Henry, then I'd make some sense. I'd be a queen in Arcady and not an animal in chaos. How, from where we started, did we ever reach this Christmas?"

James Goldman (1927-1998) The Lion in Winter, act 2, scene 1

Theater poster by Wiesław Grzegorczyk for a production of Antigone at the People's Theater in Krakow, Poland (1998)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-19


"That people who pay greater respect to a wealthy villain than to an honest, upright man in poverty, almost deserve to be enslaved; they plainly show that wealth, however it may be acquired, is, in their esteem, to be preferred to virtue."

John Hancock (1737-1793) Speech in Boston on the fourth anniversary of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1774

Four panels from "Point the Finger" by Robert Crumb, HUP Comics #3 (1989) Satyricon

Friday, March 18, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-18


"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) "Notes on the Next War," Esquire magazine, September 1935

Benito Mussolini delivering a speech in Rome (1935) His war with Ethiopia started the same year

Monday, March 14, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-14


"Whereas 'false stories' can be told anywhere and at any time, myths must not be recited except during a period of sacred time (usually in autum or winter, and only at night)."

Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) Myth and Reality

Meadow Elves by Nils Blommér (1850)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-03-13


"I cannot think the disputes and jealousies of Heaven are tried and settled by the swords of earth."

James Anthony Froude (1818-1894) The Nemesis of Faith, "Letter II"

The Battle Between the Israelites and Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-13) Illustration from Figures de la Bible, by Gerard Hoet (1728)

Saturday, March 12, 2016