April 30, 2002
God have mercy on the sinner / Who
must write with no dinner, / No gravy and no grub, / No pewter and no pub. / No belly and no bowels, / Only consonants and
—John Crowe Ransom
April 29, 2002
A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked
and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.
April 28, 2002
let the other fellow set the agenda.
April 27, 2002
Taught from their infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre,
the mind shapes itself to the body, and, roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
April 26, 2002
have two lives—the one we learn with and the life we live after that.
accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from
—William J. Brennan
April 24, 2002
Let there be no steps backward. A thought as to the manliness
of persevering, of the want of manliness in yielding to depression, came to his rescue.
the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; / Suffer them now, and they’ll outgrow the garden, / And choke the herbs for
want of husbandry.
April 22, 2002
Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are
April 21, 2002
The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and
intellectualization and, above all, by the “disenchantment of the world.”
April 20, 2002
great mass of people … will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.
April 19, 2002
great object in life is Sensation—to feel that we exist, even though in pain; it is this “craving void”
which drives us to gaming, to battle, to travel, to intemperate but keenly felt pursuits of every description whose principal
attraction is the agitation inseparable from their accomplishment.
It is better
to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
April 17, 2002
When God loves a creature
he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery.… He wants him to know all that being alive
can bring. That is his best gift.… There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.
April 16, 2002
knew the stars, the flowers, and the birds, / The gray and wintry sides of many glens, / And did but half remember human words,
/ In converse with the mountains, moors, and fens.
April 15, 2002
I go for all sharing the privileges
of the government, who assist in bearing its burthens.
April 14, 2002
People seldom see the halting
and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
—Anne Sullivan Macy
If there be
one principle more deeply rooted than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with
April 12, 2002
A doubtful choice, of these three which to crave, / A kingdom,
or a cottage, or a grave.
—Edward de Vere
April 11, 2002
The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important
than the thing that must be endured.
April 10, 2002
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is
who we are and why we are the way we are.
—David C. McCullough
April 9, 2002
The biggest lesson I learned from
Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on [them].
April 8, 2002
have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.… The world has achieved brilliance without
wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
All good poetry
is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.
April 6, 2002
was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.
—Jean Jacques Rousseau
April 5, 2002
Geez, if I could get through
to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction,
see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.
April 4, 2002
love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick
April 3, 2002
The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every
other wound we seek to heal—every other affliction to forget: but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open—this
affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
April 2, 2002
Discourses on humility are
a source of pride in the vain and of humility in the humble. So those on scepticism cause believers to affirm. Few men speak
humbly of humility, chastely of chastity, few doubtingly of scepticism.
No matter how much we scorn it, kitsch is an integral part of the human condition.