Monday, February 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-29


"The thing I fear most is fear."

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) "On Fear," Essays

Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address (March 4, 1933)

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-28


"Men willingly believe what they wish."

Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE) Commentarii de Bello Gallico, book III, chapter XVIII

Ted Cruz at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. (October 2011) Photograph by Jeff Malet

Friday, February 26, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-25


"The spirit which excludes some men today because they are of a certain color, may exclude others tomorrow because they are of a certain poverty or a certain church or a certain birthplace. There is no safety, no guarantee, no security in a prejudice."

George William Curtis (1824-1892) "The Good Fight," Orations and Addresses

Nixon Southern Strategy by John Fischetti (October 30, 1969) Mourning the loss of "all deliberate speed," from Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in the Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education decision by the US Supreme Court

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-24


"One cannot play chess if one becomes aware of the pieces as living souls and of the fact that the Whites and the Blacks have more in common with each other than with the players. Suddenly one loses all interest in who will be champion."

Anatol Rapoport (1911-2007) Strategy and Conscience

East German border guards carrying the body of Peter Fechter after he'd been wounded and left to die at the Berlin Wall (August 17, 1962)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-22


"My soul is a canvas stretched across four wooden corners and tacked with copper nails that sink into the edges of timber like teeth."

Keariene Muizz (1977-    ) "Standing the Test of Time," NY Arts magazine, December 2008

The Offering, part of the Sacred Stones series by Keariene Muizz (2008)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-21


"No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices."

Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) Statement to his staff before the See It Now broadcast on Senator Joseph McCarthy (March 9, 1954)

Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, during an interview with Hamid Mir (April 1998)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-02-17


"Women have a hard time of it in this world. They are oppressed by man-made laws, man-made social customs, masculine egoism, the delusion of masculine superiority. Their one comfort is the assurance that, even though it may be impossible to prevail against man, it is always possible to enslave and torture a man."

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) "Duty Before Security," The Smart Set, June 1919

Lobby card for The Lion in Winter (1968) Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Peter O'Toole as Henry II

Friday, February 12, 2016

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)