Monday, November 30, 2015

Quote of the Day for 2015-11-30


"It's the man who dares to take, who is independent, not he who gives."

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) Letter to John Middleton Murry, November 27, 1913

Maru's version of If it Fits I Sits (March 2010)

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)

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)