August 31, 2002
Good people are good because they’ve
come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
August 30, 2002
Life is obstinate and clings
closest where it is most hated.
—Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
August 29, 2002
The end of law is not to abolish
or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of laws, where there is
no law, there is no freedom.
August 28, 2002
Tolerance should really be only a temporary attitude; it must
lead to recognition. To tolerate means to offend.
—J.W. von Goethe
August 27, 2002
Exercise and application
produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.
August 26, 2002
far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better,
in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
terrible is that there’s nothing terrible, that the very essence of life is petty, uninteresting, and degradingly trite.
August 24, 2002
fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
—Jorge Luis Borges
sons and daughters, / Life is too strong for you— / It takes life to love Life.
—Edgar Lee Masters
August 22, 2002
quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are.
August 21, 2002
who love to be feared fear to be loved, and they themselves are more afraid than anyone, for whereas other men fear only them,
they fear everyone.
—Saint Francis de Sales
August 20, 2002
We have met the enemy, and they are ours.
August 19, 2002
need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our
destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American.
If we are to keep
our democracy, there must be one commandment: Thou shalt not ration justice.
You do not
know what the black man is capable of; you do not know what he is thinking and therefore you do not know what the oppressed
and suppressed Negro, by virtue of his condition and circumstance, may give to the world as a surprise.
August 16, 2002
rock ’n’ roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music … an obscene looting
of a cultural expression.
August 15, 2002
This death’s livery which walled its bearers from ordinary
life was sign that they have sold their wills and bodies to the State: and contracted themselves into a service not the less
abject for that its beginning was voluntary.
August 14, 2002
Religion was nearly dead because
there was no longer real belief in future life; but something was struggling to take its place—service—social
service—the ants’ creed, the bees’ creed.
He who first
shortened the labor of Copyists by device of Movable Types was disbanding hired Armies and cashiering most Kings and
Senates and creating a whole new Democratic world: he had invented the Art of printing.
for heroes proved / In liberating strife, / Who more than self their country loved, / And mercy more than life!
August 11, 2002
hermitage in the forest is the refuge of the narrow-minded misanthrope; a hammock on the ocean is the asylum for the generous
August 10, 2002
Art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.
August 9, 2002
company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
August 8, 2002
Piles of gold are not as
good as stores of grain.
August 7, 2002
Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or
it is the explosive that blows it apart.
August 6, 2002
Intelligence will seize the immediate meaning in a situation and
evaluate it. Intellect evaluates evaluations, and looks for the meanings of situations as a whole.
August 5, 2002
is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
August 4, 2002
think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any
which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley
And I shall
find some girl perhaps, / And a better one than you, / With eyes as wise, but kindlier, / And lips as soft, but true, / And
I daresay she will do.
August 2, 2002
We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and
perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
There is all of the
difference in the world between paying and being paid.