Thursday, August 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-25


"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable."

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) "Terrorism Over Tripoli," Failure to Quit (1993)

Shoes from the La Belle discothèque bombing in West Berlin (April 7, 1986) Photograph by Paul Langrock
Shoes from the La Belle discothèque bombing in West Berlin (April 7, 1986) Photograph by Paul Langrock

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-24


"It matters not how strait the gate, / How charged with punishments the scroll, / I am the master of my fate: / I am the captain of my soul."

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) "Invictus," Book of Verses (1888)

A CIA employee helps U.S. evacuees up a ladder onto an Air America Bell 204B helicopter, on the apartment building roof at 22 Gia Long Street, Saigon, shortly before the city's fall (April 29, 1975) Photo by Hubert van Es
A CIA employee helps U.S. evacuees up a ladder onto an Air America Bell 204B helicopter, on the apartment building roof at 22 Gia Long Street, Saigon, shortly before the city's fall (April 29, 1975) Photo by Hubert van Es

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-23


"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) "Bradbury Still Believes in Heat of 'Fahrenheit 451'," interview by Misha Berson, The Seattle Times (March 12, 1993)

Stock photo of young adults using smart phones by ViewApart.
Stock photo of young adults using smart phones by ViewApart

Monday, August 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-22


"When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of Hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay."

Brian Aldiss (1925-    ) "Brian Aldiss, in 2015, looks back on today," The Guardian (August 18, 1971)

Albert Einstein refusing to smile for photographer Arthur Sasse on the famous physicist's 72nd birthday (March 14, 1951)
Albert Einstein refusing to smile for photographer Arthur Sasse on the famous physicist's 72nd birthday (March 14, 1951)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-21


"Maybe all poetry, insofar as it moves us and connects with us, is a revealing of something that the writer doesn't actually want to say but desperately needs to communicate, to be delivered of. Perhaps it's the need to keep it hidden that makes it poetic—makes it poetry."

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) "Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71," The Paris Review (Spring 1995)

In Bed The Kiss by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1892)
In Bed The Kiss by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1892)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-19


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry."

W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) "Anima Hominis" from Per Amica Silentia Lunae (1917)

Sigmund Freud's couch in his home at Berggasse 19, Vienna, Austria (1938) Photograph by Edmund Engelman
Sigmund Freud's couch in his home at Berggasse 19, Vienna, Austria (1938) Photograph by Edmund Engelman

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-18


"My kisses are as light as fairy midges / That on calm evenings skim the crystal lake. / Those of your man would plough such ruts and ridges / As lumbering carts or tearing coulters make."

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) "Femmes Damnées" from Les Fleurs du Mal (1857) Translated by Roy Campbell in Poems of Baudelaire (1952)

Le Sommeil by Gustave Courbet (1866)
Le Sommeil by Gustave Courbet (1866)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-17


"It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it was by the indulgence of one class of the people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that those who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

George Washington (1732-1799) Letter to Moses Seixas and the "Hebrew Congregation" in Newport, Rhode Island (August 17, 1790)

Two young women in a May Day parade in New York City, carrying American flags and wearing "Abolish Child Slavery" banners in Yiddish and English (May 1, 1909)
Two young women in a May Day parade in New York City, carrying American flags and wearing "Abolish Child Slavery" banners in Yiddish and English (May 1, 1909)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-16


"Theories of what is true have their day. They come and go, leave their deposit in the common stock of knowledge, and are supplanted by other more convincing theories."

Felix Adler (1851-1933) The Religion of Duty, chapter 10 (1905)

Alchemical illustration from Opus Medico-Chymicum, in the "Basilica Philosophica" section, by Johann Daniel Mylius (1618)
Alchemical illustration from Opus Medico-Chymicum, in the "Basilica Philosophica" section, by Johann Daniel Mylius (1618)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-14


"The liberty of man is not safe in the hands of any church. Wherever the Bible and sword are in partnership, man is a slave."

Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899) Some Mistakes of Moses, chapter 3 (1879)

"Moment of Joy" cover by Jack Hunter for The New Yorker (July 8 & 15, 2013) after the Supreme Court ruled against DOMA and Proposition 8 (June 26, 2013)
"Moment of Joy" cover by Jack Hunter for The New Yorker (July 8 & 15, 2013) after the Supreme Court ruled against DOMA and Proposition 8 (June 26, 2013)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-13


"First silence. Then denial. Then support of the insupportable. Then vilification of the dissenters. The pattern is as old as time."

Andrew Sullivan (1963-    ) "Torture and Conservatism," The Daily Dish blog at The Atlantic (July 11, 2006)

David Garrick as Richard III by William Hogarth (1745)
David Garrick as Richard III by William Hogarth (1745)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-11


"I guess I'm just an old mad scientist at bottom. Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom-smashers, and a beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation's laws."

S.J. Perelman (1904-1979) "Captain Future, Block That Kick!," The New Yorker (January 20, 1940)

Ernest Thesiger (as Doctor Pretorius) and Colin Clive (as Henry Frankenstein) in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Ernest Thesiger (as Doctor Pretorius) and Colin Clive (as Henry Frankenstein) in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-10


"Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth, but so far all we've gotten is Minnesota and North Dakota."

Garrison Keillor (1942-    ) "When I'm 64," Salon.com (August 9, 2006)

Saying Grace by Norman Rockwell (November 24, 1951)
Saying Grace by Norman Rockwell (November 24, 1951)

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-08


"Walk with me world, upon my right hand walk, / speak to me Babel, that I may strive to assemble / of all these syllables a single word / before the purpose of speech is gone."

Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) "This Image or Another," The Nation (December 28, 1932)


The Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1563)
The Tower of Babel by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1563)

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-07


"That same Man that renneth awaie, Maie again fight, an other daie."

Demosthenes (384–322 BCE) Quoted by Plutarch in Moralia (cira 100 CE), which was translated into Latin by Erasmus in Apophthegmatum (1539), which in turn was partially translated into English by Nicholas Udall in Apophthegmes (1542)

"The Tale of Sir Robin" title card from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
"The Tale of Sir Robin" title card from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-06


"Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument, which shall endure until the sun grows cold."

Georg Fabricius (1516-1571) in praise of Georgius Agricola in De Re Metallica (1566) as translated by Herbert and Lou Hoover (1912)

Marilyn Monroe (circa 1950) Photograph by L. J. Willinger
Marilyn Monroe (circa 1950) Photograph by L. J. Willinger

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-02


"Instinct and study; love and hate; / Audacity—reverence. These must mate, / And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart, / To wrestle with the angel—Art."

Herman Melville (1819-1891) "Art," Timoleon, Etc. (1891)

Jacob Wrestling With the Angel by Alexandre-Louis Leloir (1865)
Jacob Wrestling With the Angel by Alexandre-Louis Leloir (1865)

Monday, August 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-08-01


"We do not know the truth. But sometimes we get a glimpse of the shadow of the truth. And where there is a shadow, somewhere there must be light."

Eric Mervyn Lindsay (1907-1974) Quoted in The Irish Astronomical Journal (1975)

Hubble Space Telescope image of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula (January 7, 2015)
Hubble Space Telescope image of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula (January 7, 2015)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-31


"But every time it rains / You're here in my head / Like the sun coming out / Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen / And I don't know when / But just saying it could even make it happen"

Kate Bush (1958-    ) "Cloudbusting," Hounds of Love (1985)

"The Observatory" at Orgonon in Rangeley, Maine (completed 1948)
"The Observatory" at Orgonon in Rangeley, Maine (completed 1950)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-30


"All art, which strove to make the sensations of a moment soul-satisfying, was dimly felt to be irreligious. For art performed what religion only promised."

James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) The Cream of the Jest, chapter 26 (1917)

Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses by John William Waterhouse (1891)
Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses by John William Waterhouse (1891)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-29


"At night, before we'd go to sleep, Jack liked to play some records; and the song he loved most came at the very end of this record. The lines he loved to hear were: 'Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.' … There'll never be another Camelot again."

Jacqueline Kennedy (1929-1994) Quoted by Theodore H. White in "For President Kennedy An Epilogue," Life magazine (December 6, 1963)

Kennedy family leaving the Capitol building after John F. Kennedy's funeral. Left to right: Peter Lawford, Patricia Kennedy Lawford (hidden), Robert F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Caroline Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, Jr. (November 25, 1963) Photograph by Abbie Rowe
Kennedy family leaving the Capitol building after John F. Kennedy's funeral. Left to right: Peter Lawford, Patricia Kennedy Lawford (hidden), Robert F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith, Caroline Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, Jr. (November 25, 1963) Photograph by Abbie Rowe

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-28


"Here richly, with ridiculous display, / The Politician's corpse was laid away. / While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged / I wept : for I had longed to see him hanged."

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) "Epitaph on the Politician Himself," The London Mercury (November 1922)

Caricature of Whig politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan by William Dent (June 4, 1788)
Caricature of Whig politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan by William Dent (June 4, 1788)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-27


"In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits which the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils which it engenders."

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) Democracy in America, volume 1, chapter 3 (1835)

Front page of The New York Post after Hilary Clinton admonished Senator Ron Johnson during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attack (January 24, 2013)
Front page of the New York Post after Hillary Clinton admonished Senator Ron Johnson during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attack (January 24, 2013)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-07-26


"Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership. There can be no mass movement without some deliberate misrepresentation of facts."

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) The True Believer, part 3, section 91 (1951)

Donald Trump accepting the nomination of the Republican Party at their national convention in Cleveland, Ohio (July 21, 2016) Photograph by Brian Snyder
Donald Trump accepting the nomination of the Republican Party at their national convention in Cleveland, Ohio (July 21, 2016) Photograph by Brian Snyder

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