January 31, 2001
Pessimism is as American as apple pie—frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.
January 30, 2001
Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost
If you let
other people do it for you, they will do it to you.
January 28, 2001
The most glorious exploits do not always furnish us with the clearest discoveries
of virtue or vice in men.
in scorn all burning hot, / In rage and anger high, / “You ignominious idiot, / Those wings are made to fly!”
January 26, 2001
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! / It
is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on.
January 25, 2001
The alleged power to charm down insanity, or ferocity in beasts, is a power behind
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
though it be a cross / That raiseth me, / Still all my song shall be, / Nearer, my God, to Thee!
January 23, 2001
Surgery is the red flower that blooms among the leaves and
thorns that are the rest of medicine.
—Dr. Richard Selzer
January 22, 2001
Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
January 21, 2001
One administration will be more pink, another more yellow.
January 20, 2001
The age of Lincoln and Jefferson memorials is over. It will
be presidential libraries from now on.
—Ada Louise Huxtable
January 19, 2001
Inequality of knowledge is the key to a sale.
—Deil O. Gustafson
January 18, 2001
Who hath not proved how feebly words essay / To fix one spark of beauty’s
When a man
points a finger at someone else, he should remember that four of his fingers are pointing at himself.
January 16, 2001
Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
January 15, 2001
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.
Luther King, Jr
January 14, 2001
Let not him that girdeth on his harness
boast himself as he that putteth it off.
—1 Kings xx. 11
January 13, 2001
Waitresses who are tipped don’t spill.
January 12, 2001
Who drives fat oxen should himself be fat.
January 11, 2001
My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my
brain. My hand on a pen does.
January 10, 2001
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
January 9, 2001
Life is tons of discipline. Your first discipline is your vocabulary;
then your grammar and your punctuation. Then you add rhyme and meter. And your delight is in that power.
January 8, 2001
Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
January 7, 2001
Who does not love wine, women, and song / Remains a fool his
whole life long.
are wise men’s counters,—they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools.
January 5, 2001
It may well wait a century for a reader, as God has waited
six thousand years for an observer.
January 4, 2001
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space,
is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.
January 2, 2001
Again the shadow moveth o’er / The dial-plate of time.
January 1, 2001
A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday
when it is past, and as a watch in the night.