July 31, 2002
The bond between a man and his profession
is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood
completely only when it is broken.
July 30, 2002
An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.
July 29, 2002
me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic.
July 28, 2002
do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure—that is all that agnosticism means.
July 27, 2002
you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible,
and nothing is your fault.
July 26, 2002
Kings are not born: they are made by universal hallucination.
July 25, 2002
hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind.
July 24, 2002
The more one does and sees
and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home,
and love, and understanding companionship.
July 23, 2002
When I split an infinitive, God
damn it, I split it so it will stay split.
July 22, 2002
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates
shall stand / A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame / Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name / Mother of Exiles.
July 21, 2002
you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you,
for Paris is a moveable feast.
July 20, 2002
And I live on, but in grief and self-contempt, / Left here without
the light I loved so much, / In a great tempest and with shrouds unkempt.
enterprise was from the beginning not altogether a blessing. As the liberty to work or to starve, it spelled toil, insecurity,
and fear for the vast majority of the population.
July 18, 2002
After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.… I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities,
and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.
July 16, 2002
Whatever materializes worship hinders
man’s spiritual growth and keeps him from demonstrating his power over error.
—Mary Baker Eddy
July 15, 2002
best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best
and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
When I was a boy
I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.
July 13, 2002
not mystic, not detached, but resignation open- eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for
which it is impossible to become a sham.
July 12, 2002
There are various tough problems yet to solve, and we must shift
to live, betwixt spirit and matter, such a human life as we can.
—Henry David Thoreau
Do not seek
to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.
love you because / when you’re hard up you pawn your / intelligence to buy a drink
July 9, 2002
wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody
has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
July 7, 2002
There is no such thing as
a free lunch.
July 6, 2002
Through much of the last century, America’s faith in freedom and democracy was
a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations.
—George W. Bush
July 5, 2002
a Barnum and Bailey world, / Just as phony as it can be.
July 4, 2002
Intellectually I know that
America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
July 3, 2002
all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose
a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.
—Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The most essential
gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have
July 1, 2002
Aim at heaven and you will
get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.