December 31, 2001
Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine, but against
hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit
the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.
December 30, 2001
unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
December 29, 2001
Indians knew that life was equated with the earth and its resources, that America was a paradise, and they could not comprehend
why the intruders from the East were determined to destroy all that was Indian as well as America itself.
December 28, 2001
are times when words seem empty and only actions seem great. Such a time has come, and in the Providence of God America will
once more have an opportunity to show the world that she was born to save mankind.
December 27, 2001
confused the free with the free and easy.
—Adlai E. Stevenson
December 26, 2001
Bit by bit … she had claimed herself.
Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
The wind bit hard at Valley
Forge one Christmas. / Soldiers tied rags on their feet. / Red footprints wrote on the snow.
December 24, 2001
song, comforting / as the comfort of Christ / When he spake tenderly / to his sorrowful flock.
December 23, 2001
war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters—not to talk
in armies and nations and numbers—but to track it home.
We cannot know how much
we learn / From those who never will return, / Until a flash of unforeseen / Remembrance falls on what has been.
December 21, 2001
There has never been a period in history when there have been necessary killings which has not been instantly
followed by a period when there have been unnecessary killings.
—Dame Rebecca West
Where does discontent start?
You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in
new fields. And to prod all these there’s time, the Bastard Time.
It is as true in morals
as in physics that all force is imperishable; therefore the consequences of a human action never cease.
December 18, 2001
am I born to die? / To lay this body down? / And must my trembling spirit fly / Into a world unknown?
December 17, 2001
Night is Mother of the Day, / The Winter of the Spring, / And ever upon old Decay / The greenest mosses cling.
December 16, 2001
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Freedom derives from a multiplicity
of sects, which pervade America, and which is the best and only security for religious liberty in any society.
December 14, 2001
people keep telling you that you can’t do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
December 13, 2001
comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms
December 12, 2001
Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the
abuses of power.
December 11, 2001
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained
by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
He ate and drank the precious
Words, / His Spirit grew robust; / He knew no more that he was poor, / Nor that his frame was Dust.
December 9, 2001
Man’s first disobedience, and the fruit / Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste / Brought death into the world,
and all our woe.
December 8, 2001
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity.
I fear all we have done is
to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
I sort of realize what we’re
fighting for now, and I never did before. It’s for women like that and their kids.
Fear not, the people may
be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.
December 4, 2001
How does the poet speak to men with power,
but by being still more a man than they?
December 3, 2001
It is not Justice the servant of men, but accident,
hazard, Fortune—the ally of patient Time—that holds an even and scrupulous balance.
December 2, 2001
have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe.… They are
nations of eternal war.
December 1, 2001
Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world—the image
of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism.