Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence ... too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.
- Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain

Monday, January 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
- Harry S. Truman

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
***
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll
I am master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William E. Henley, «Invictus»

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

They will come again, the leaf and the flower, to arise
From squalor of rottenness into the old splendour,
And magical scents to a wondering memory bring:
The same glory, to shine upon different eyes.
Earth cares for her own ruins, naught for ours.
Nothing is certain, only the certain spring.
- Laurence Binyon, "The Burning of Leaves"

Friday, January 13, 2017

Quote of the Day

Is it so small a thing
To have enjoyed the sun
To have lived light in the spring
To have loved, to have thought, to have done?
- Matthew Arnold

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life!
- Alfred Tennyson, from "Ulysses"

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Quote of the Day

Shut me not alive away
From the light of every day
Hang me rather by the neck to die
Against a morning sky.

Oh shut me not behind a prison wall
I have a horror of this sort of place
Where I may sit and count the hours pass
And never see a smiling human face

Here is all straight and narrow as a tomb
Oh shut me not within a little room.
- Stevie Smith, "The Commuted Sentence"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

A man said to the Universe,
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the Universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
- Stephen Crane

Monday, January 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.
- H. W. Longfellow

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Quote of the Day

The churches have no confidence in each other. Why? Because they are acquainted with each other.
- Robert G. Ingersoll

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Quote of the Day

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Friday, January 6, 2017

Quote of the Day

I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out.
- Dolly Parton

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Quote of the Day

The years ahead will be great ones for our country, for the cause of freedom and the spread of civilization. The West will not contain Communism, it will transcend Communism. We will not bother to denounce it, we'll dismiss it as a sad, bizarre chapter in human history whose last pages are even now being written.
- Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quote of the Day

Veni, vidi, vici
[I came, I saw, I conquered]
- Julius Caesar

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Quote of the Day

Take me or leave me - or, as is usually the case, both.
- Dorothy Parker

Monday, January 2, 2017

Quote of the Day

Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Quote of the Day

"...and this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought."
- Alfred Tennyson, from "Ulysses"

Friday, December 30, 2016

Quote of the Day

I have a dream... that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

All tragedies are finished by death; all comedies are ended by a marriage.
- Lord Byron

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.
- Albert Camus

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

One should never put on one's best trousers to go out to battle for freedom and truth.
- Henrik Ibsen

Monday, December 26, 2016

Quote of the Day

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
- John F. Kennedy

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows.
- Robert G. Ingersoll

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends.
- Larry Wilde

Friday, December 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
- Alexander Hamilton

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

I know not which lives more unnatural lives, obeying husbands, or commanding wives.
- Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
- Harlan Ellison

Monday, December 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

Democracy is government by the uneducated.
- G.K. Chesterton