Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-30


"With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another."

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) Miscellaneous Writings, Notebook L, number 81

"Beginner's Bible Coloring Book" by Derek Chatwood
Beginner's Bible Coloring Book by Derek Chatwood

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-29


"The flow'rs anew, returning seasons bring; / But beauty faded has no second spring."

Ambrose Philips (1674-1749) "Lobbin," Pastorals (first set)

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks canoeing on the pool at their Pickfair estate (circa 1920s).

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-26


"'Come, come,' said Tom's father, 'at your time of life, / There's no longer excuse for thus playing the rake— / It is time you should think, boy, of taking a wife.' / 'Why, so it is father—whose wife shall I take?'"

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) "A Joke Versified," Fables for the Holy Alliance

Illustration and title page of The Country Wife by William Wycherley.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-24


"Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war—for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more."

John Lennon (1940-1980) Quoted in The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

John Lennon as Pvt. Gripweed in How I Won the War (1967)
John Lennon as Pvt. Gripweed in How I Won the War (1967)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-21


"There is a great deal to be said for the Arts. For one thing they offer the only career in which commercial failure is not necessarily discreditable."

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) "The Way to Fame"

Andy Warhol, Self-Portraits in Drag, 1980-1982 Polaroid. (In collaboration with Christopher Makos)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-20


"But what experience and historians teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on the principles deduced from it."

Georg Hegel (1770-1831) Lectures on the Philosophy of History, "Introduction"

George W. Bush and his inner circle, photographed in the Cabinet Room of the White House in December 2001. From left: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vice President Dick Cheney, the president, National-Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, White House chief of staff Andrew Card, C.I.A. director George Tenet (seated), and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld., Photograph by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-17


"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Speech at the Royal Academy of Arts banquet, April 30, 1953

“Her Last Supper” from the series “Her” by Marjorie Salvaterra (2014) Is a photographic reinterpretation of the "Last Supper" with woman in similar poses are the men in that painting. Their, makeup, and costumes are very flamboyant and the image was set inside a mausoleum, with a large door pull providing a halo around the head of the central figure.
Her Last Supper from the series Her by Marjorie Salvaterra (2014)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-16


"Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own."

Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) "Purely Personal Prejudices," Strictly Personal

A cartoon of Hippasus under water after being thrown overboard by the disciples of Pythagoras for arguing that irrational numbers exist -OR- by the gods as punishment for disseminating the knowledge of said numbers. As he drowns, he is contemplating the hypotenuse of a shark's triangular fin, which would be the square root of two, an irrational number.
Hippasus after being thrown overboard by the disciples of Pythagoras for arguing that irrational numbers exist -OR- by the gods as punishment for disseminating the knowledge of said numbers.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-15


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) The "Chance for Peace" address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953

Camels against the blackened sky of Gulf War oil fires in Kuwait.
"Camels search for untainted shrubs and water in the burning oil fields of" Al Ahmadi, Kuwait after the Gulf War. Photograph taken by Steve McCurry and published in National Geographic, August 1991.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-13


"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."

John, Lord Morley (1838-1923) On Compromise

Martin Luther King, Jr., arrested for "loitering" at the Montgomery, Alabama court house awaiting a hearing for Ralph Abernathy, September 3, 1958. An anxious Coretta Scott King looks on at right. (Photograph by Charles Moore/Black Star)

Friday, September 11, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-11


"They named it Ovation from the Latin Ovis, [a sheep]."

Plutarch (46-120) Parallel Lives, "Marcellus," section 22

Festa di Pales, o L'Estate by Joseph-Benoît Suvée (1783). After an Ovation the subject would sacrifice a sheep, as opposed to a triumph where the animal was an ox.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-10


"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Quoted in Reader's Digest, December 1954

British prime minister Neville Chamberlain displaying the Anglo-German Declaration to the crowd at the Heston Aerodrome on September 30, 1938. Later that day, in front of 10 Downing Street, he would declare "I believe it is peace for our time." Within a year Britain would be engulfed in World War II.
British prime minister Neville Chamberlain displaying the Anglo-German Declaration to a crowd at
the Heston Aerodrome on September 30, 1938. Later that day, in front of 10 Downing Street, he would
declare "I believe it is peace for our time." Within a year Britain would be engulfed in World War II.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-09


"To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves."

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) The Doors of Perception, Page 13

Members of Anonymous with Guy Fawkes masks at the Baldwin Research Institute
(Church of Scientology) in Los Angeles, CA. (Photograph by Vincent Diamante)

Monday, September 07, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-07


"This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) "The Hollow Men," Poems: 1909-1925


The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and the Taking of Guy Fawkes by Henry Perronet Briggs (circa 1823)

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-06


"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy of human beings."

Helen Keller (1880-1968) My Religion, chapter 6

The decomposed body of a German soldier, killed near the village of Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, 1916.
The decomposed body of a German soldier, killed near the village of Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, November 1, 1916.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-05


"I've never met a healthy person who worried much about his health, or a good person who worried much about his soul."

J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) Attributed

Life Simplified by Matthieu Barrère
Life Simplified by Matthieu Barrère

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-03


"A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements in that sentence are connected by an and and not by a but."

John Berger (1926-    ) About Looking

Swimming pigs of Big Major Cay in Exuma, Bahamas (Photograph by Christopher Dorobek)

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-09-02


"Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future."

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "War Situation," speech in the House of Commons, June 18, 1940. After the fall of France.

Aftermath of the Dieppe Raid, August 19, 1942.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015