June 30, 2002
I never could believe that Providence
had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.
June 29, 2002
does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.
June 28, 2002
of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things
that go on in the heart.
June 27, 2002
The experience of every-day life fully proves that the armed individual
is invariably anxious to try his strength. The same is historically true of governments.
June 26, 2002
any war a victory means another war, and yet another, until some day inevitably the tides turn, and the victor is the vanquished,
and the circle reverses itself, but remains nevertheless a circle.
—Pearl S. Buck
is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying,
since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas—a place where history
comes to life.
June 23, 2002
Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to
comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance.
June 22, 2002
means of guerrilla bands—is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign
yoke … It is invincible, indestructible.
June 21, 2002
So that is what hell is.
I would never have believed it. You remember: the fire and brimstone, the torture. Ah! the farce. There is no need for torture:
hell is the Other.
June 20, 2002
The world is out of shape … when there are hungry men.
June 19, 2002
highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work.
June 18, 2002
the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.
June 17, 2002
man—Young man—Your arm’s too short to box with God.
—James Weldon Johnson
The worst cynicism:
a belief in luck.
—Joyce Carol Oates
June 15, 2002
The questions as to who is bigger and who can do or not do this
or that, and to whom—these questions fill the adult’s inner life far beyond the necessities and the desirabilities
which he understands and for which he plans.
June 14, 2002
America will come into the full
light of the day when all shall know that she puts human rights above all other rights, and that her flag is the flag not
only of America but of humanity.
June 13, 2002
Say to the seceded States, “Wayward sisters, depart in peace.”
June 12, 2002
want a kinder, gentler nation.
June 11, 2002
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
June 10, 2002
give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
June 9, 2002
In the end, you’re
measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
June 7, 2002
shall create! If not a note, a hole. / If not an overture, a desecration.”
I only regret
that I have but one life to lose for my country.
June 5, 2002
Words ought to be a little wild
for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
—John Maynard Keynes
laissez passer! (Let it be. Let it pass.)
—Gournay & Quesnay
June 3, 2002
I saw you, Walt Whitman, childless,
lonely old grubber, poking / among the meats in the refrigerator and eyeing the grocery boys.
June 2, 2002
value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are
late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
June 1, 2002
I must down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky, / And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.