Friday, September 30, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-30


"Faith which does not doubt is dead faith."

Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) The Agony of Christianity (1931)

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878)
Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-29


"The grief that does not speak, Whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Macbeth, act 4, scene 3 (1606)

Paul McCartney leaving the AIR Oxford Street studio shortly after the murder of John Lennon (December 9, 1980) Photograph by Paul Fievez
Paul McCartney leaving the AIR Oxford Street studio shortly after the murder of John Lennon (December 9, 1980) Photograph by Paul Fievez

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-28


"The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) The One-Straw Revolution (1975) translated by Larry Korn, Chris Pearce, and Tsune Kurosawa (1978)

Satellite image of the effluent pond at Coronado Feeders, Dalhart, Texas (2013) Photo enhancements by Mishka Henner
Satellite image of the effluent pond at Coronado Feeders, Dalhart, Texas (2013) Photo enhancements by Mishka Henner

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-27


"Nothing does Reason more Right, than the Coolness of those that offer it: for Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than from the arguments of its opposers."

William Penn (1644-1718) Some Fruits of Solitude in Reflections and Maxims, part 1 (1682)

Martin Luther King, Jr. during an SCLC meeting at B.B. Beamon's Restaurant in Atlanta (January 23, 1963) photograph by Flip Schulke
Martin Luther King, Jr. during an SCLC meeting at B.B. Beamon's Restaurant in Atlanta (January 23, 1963) Photograph by Flip Schulke

Friday, September 23, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-22


"Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own stories."

George R.R. Martin (1948-    ) Interview with Christina Radish in Collider.com (April 17, 2011)

Mugshot of Al Capone after being arrested in Philadelphia on a concealed weapons charge (May 16, 1929)
Mugshot of Al Capone after being arrested in Philadelphia on a concealed weapons charge (May 16, 1929)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-20


"[I] am inclined to believe that few attacks either of ridicule or invective make much noise, but by the help of those that they provoke."

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Letter to Hester Thrale (July 5, 1783)

Donna Rice and Gary Hart sitting on a dock in Bimini (1987)
Donna Rice and Gary Hart sitting on a dock in Bimini (1987)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-19


"But look, you are hiding a lance under your clothes, surely."

Aristophanes (circa 446-386 BCE) Lysistrata, scene 6 (411 BCE) translation was done anonymously, but is presumed to have been Oscar Wilde

Mae West as Catherine II, from her play Catherine Was Great (1944)
Mae West as Catherine II, from her play Catherine Was Great (1944)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-18


"I talk about going to [George W. Bush's] Inauguration and crying when he took the oath, 'cause I was so afraid he was going to wreck the economy and muck up the drinking water. The failure of my pessimistic imagination at that moment boggles my mind now."

Sarah Vowell (1969-    ) Interview with John Stewart on The Daily Show (February 21, 2006)

Train crash scene from The Lone Ranger (2013)
Train crash scene from The Lone Ranger (2013)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-16


"Prejudice is the cause of most of the mistakes of bodies of men. It influences our conduct and warps our judgment, in politics, religion, habits, tastes and opinions."

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) "On Prejudice," The American Democrat (1838)

Lynching of Laura and Lawrence Nelson (May 25, 1911) Postcard by George Henry Farnum
Lynching of Laura and Lawrence Nelson (May 25, 1911) Postcard by George Henry Farnum

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-15


"The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war."

Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) "Purely Personal Prejudices," Strictly Personal (1953)

Nazi parade, probably during the Nuremberg Rally of 1934, from Triumph of the Will by Leni Reifenstahl (1935)
Nazi parade, probably during the Nuremberg Rally of 1934, from Triumph of the Will by Leni Reifenstahl (1935)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-10


"The strongest of all warriors are these two—Time and Patience."

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) War and Peace, volume 2, chapter 41 (1869) translated by Constance Garnett

The Viet Minh and the OSS Deer team (August 1945) Standing left to right: Unidentified, Lieutenant Rene Defoumeaux, Ho Chi Minh, Major Allison K. Thomas, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Pfc Henry Prunier, Unidentified, Unidentified, and Pfc Paul Hoagland. Kneeling left to right: Lawrence Vogt, Sergeant Aaron Squires, and Unidentified.
The Viet Minh and the OSS Deer team (August 1945) Standing left to right: Unidentified, Lieutenant Rene Defoumeaux, Ho Chi Minh, Major Allison K. Thomas, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Pfc Henry Prunier, Unidentified, Unidentified, and Pfc Paul Hoagland. Kneeling left to right: Lawrence Vogt, Sergeant Aaron Squires, and Unidentified.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-08


"An opinion, right or wrong, can never constitute a moral offense, nor be in itself a moral obligation. It may be mistaken; it may involve an absurdity, or a contradiction. It is a truth; or it is an error: it can never be a crime or a virtue."

Frances Wright (1795-1852) A Few Days in Athens, volume 2, chapter 14 (1822)

"Why not go the limit?" by Harry Grant Dart in Puck (March 18, 1908)
"Why not go the limit?" by Harry Grant Dart in Puck magazine (March 18, 1908)

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-07


"And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God."

The Book of Leviticus, chapter 19, verses 33-34. Translation from the King James Version (1611)

Palestinian man overlooking the refugee camp outside Jaramana, Syria (1948)
Palestinian man overlooking the refugee camp outside Jaramana, Syria (1948)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-06


"If economists wished to study the horse, they wouldn't go and look at horses. They'd sit in their studies and say to themselves, 'what would I do if I were a horse?'"

Ely Devons (1913-1967) Quoted by Ronald Coase in a speech before the International Society of New Institutional Economics in Washington, D.C. (September 17, 1999)

Cover illustration of Jugend Magazine by Heinrich Kley (January 29, 1910)
Cover illustration of Jugend magazine by Heinrich Kley (January 29, 1910)

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-04


"And so shall your garden grow; from the rich soil of the humanities it will rise up and unfold in beauty in the pure air of the spirit."

Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) Kindergarten Chats, chapter 4 (1918)

Academy by Lamplight by Joseph Wright of Derby (1770)
Academy by Lamplight by Joseph Wright of Derby (1770)

Friday, September 02, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-02


"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Julius Caesar, act 2, scene 4 (1599)

Death and the Gravedigger by Carlos Schwabe (1895)
Death and the Gravedigger by Carlos Schwabe (1895)

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-09-01


"I am not estranged from God, although I am a disbeliever in everything about God excepting God indefinable, inaccessible, inside all and careless of all."

William Saroyan (1908-1981) Here Comes There Goes You Know Who (1961)

Lemminkäinen's Mother by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1897)
Lemminkäinen's Mother by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1897)