January 31, 2002
You know, it’s not the world
that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough,
you begin to do to yourself.
January 30, 2002
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until
he has struck to crush him.
—Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 29, 2002
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier
and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves
the love and thanks of man and woman.
January 28, 2002
I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut,
but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity
to fulfill my early fantasies.
January 27, 2002
You evidently do not suffer from “quotation-hunger”
as I do! I get all the dictionaries of quotations I can meet with, as I always want to know where a quotation comes from.
January 26, 2002
child who enters life comes not with knowledge or intent, / So those who enter death must go as little children sent. / Nothing
is known. But I believe that God is overhead; / And as life is to the living, so death is to the dead.
January 25, 2002
eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
January 24, 2002
There’s no such thing
as old age, there is only sorrow.
January 23, 2002
A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical
—Richard Brinsley Sheridan
January 22, 2002
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some
few to be chewed and digested.
January 21, 2002
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weaponŠ. which cuts without
wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
—Martin Luther King, Jr
January 20, 2002
the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.
What can be
more soothing, at once to a man’s Pride, and to his Conscience, than the conviction that, in taking vengeance on his
enemies for injustice done him, he has simply to do them justice in return?
—Edgar Allan Poe
year, decay pursues decay, / Still drops some joy from with’ring life away; / New forms arise, and diff’rent views
January 17, 2002
Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
January 16, 2002
shall drown the raucous shout; / And, though these shelt’ring walls are thin, / May they be strong to keep hate out
/ And hold love in.
January 15, 2002
Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe
is clearly visible.
January 14, 2002
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the
January 13, 2002
Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay, / Gone are
my friends from the cotton fields away, / Gone from the earth to a better land I know, / I hear their gentle voices calling
“Old Black Joe.”
January 12, 2002
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men
to do nothing.
January 11, 2002
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making
proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
January 10, 2002
why do you cry, my dear, why do you cry? / It is all in the whirling circles of time. / If millions are born millions must
January 9, 2002
The belief that we are defending the highest good of the mothers of our race and the
ultimate welfare of society makes every sacrifice seem trivial, every duty a pleasure.
January 8, 2002
I first heard Elvis’s voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody and nobody was gonna be my boss.
Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.
January 7, 2002
Bats have no bankers and
they do not drink / and cannot be arrested and pay no tax / and, in general, bats have it made.
January 6, 2002
all students are faced by the tragedies, the contradictions and the stark questions of life, they cannot understand the need
for redemption or God’s redemptive action.
January 5, 2002
Exploration belongs to the Renaissance,
travel to the bourgeois age, tourism to our proletarian moment.
I have depended
on books not only for pleasure and for the wisdom they bring to all who read, but also for that knowledge which comes to others
through their eyes and their ears.
January 3, 2002
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
January 2, 2002
first thy little being came: / If nothing once, you nothing lose, / For when you die you are the same; / The space between,
is but an hour, / The frail duration of a flower.
January 1, 2002
New eyes each year / Find old
books here, / And new books, too, / Old eyes renew.