August 31, 2001
Work is a sovereign remedy for all ills, and a man who loves to work
will never be unhappy.
—Ellen H. Richards
August 30, 2001
The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes
of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
All men are liable to error;
and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.
Man knows only when he is
satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what
to seek and what to avoid.
—J. W. von Goethe
August 27, 2001
For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and
the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.
August 26, 2001
is a conspiracy.… Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
August 25, 2001
I hold it is not decent for a scientific gent / To say another is an ass—at least, to all intent; / Nor should the individual
who happens to be meant / Reply by heaving rocks at him to any great extent.
—Francis Bret Harte
August 24, 2001
can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.
August 23, 2001
Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood
one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.
Arthur Conan Doyle
August 22, 2001
Drink, and dance and laugh and lie, / Love the reeling midnight through, / For tomorrow we shall die! / (But,
alas, we never do.)
August 21, 2001
In the present age, alas! our pens are ravished by unlettered authors
and unmannered critics, that make a havoc rather than a building, a wilderness rather than a garden.
August 20, 2001
and under what conditions is the black man to have a free ballot? When is he in fact to have those full civil rights which
have so long been his in law?
August 19, 2001
Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek
common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
August 18, 2001
Literature is where I go to explore the
highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth
of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
August 17, 2001
You show people what you’re willing
to fight for when you fight your friends.
—Hillary Rodham Clinton
August 16, 2001
There are only two ways of getting on
in the world: by one’s own industry, or by the stupidity of others.
—Jean de La Bruyère
Oh what a tangled web we
weave, / When first we practise to deceive!
—Sir Walter Scott
August 14, 2001
When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing—deprived
himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.
August 13, 2001
education, in marriage, in religion, in everything, disappointment is the lot of woman. It shall be the business of my life
to deepen this disappointment in every woman’s heart until she bows down to it no longer.
August 12, 2001
beautiful for heroes proved / In liberating strife, / Who more than self their country loved, / And mercy more than life!
August 11, 2001
development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything
that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
August 10, 2001
an engineer I could devise improvements for that swimming hole. But I doubt if the decrease in mother’s grief at the
homecoming of muddy boys would compensate the inherent joys of getting muddy.
August 9, 2001
are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
Big machines are the awe-inspiring
cathedrals of the 20th century.
August 7, 2001
As a natural process, of the same character as the development of a
tree from its seed, or of a fowl from its egg, evolution excludes creation and all other kinds of supernatural intervention.
August 6, 2001
truth within thy mind rehearse, / That in a boundless universe / Is boundless better, boundless worse.
August 5, 2001
really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific
friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
To burn always with this
hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.
Cities, like cats, will reveal
themselves at night.
August 2, 2001
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised
when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
August 1, 2001
was my Yale College and my Harvard.