December 31, 2002
Then sing, young hearts that are
full of cheer, / With never a thought of sorrow; / The old goes out, but the glad young year / Comes merrily in tomorrow.
December 30, 2002
wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
December 29, 2002
am perhaps the oldest musician in the world. I am an old man but in many senses a very young man. And this is what I want
you to be, young, young all your life, and to say things to the world that are true.
We cannot play
innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
December 27, 2002
Poor America, of what avail
is all her wealth, if the individuals comprising the nation are wretchedly poor? If they live in squalor, in filth, in crime,
with hope and joy gone, a homeless, soilless army of human prey.
Call a truce,
then, to our labours—let us feast with friends and neighbours, / And be merry as the custom of our caste; / For if “faint
and forced the laughter,” and if sadness follow after, / We are richer by one mocking Christmas past.
December 25, 2002
is the month, and this the happy morn, / Wherein the Son of heav’n’s eternal King, / Of wedded Maid and Virgin
Mother born, / Our great redemption from above did bring.
Calm Soul of all
things! make it mine / To feel, amid the city’s jar, / That there abides a place of thine, / Man did not make, and can
December 23, 2002
Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his
old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.
Great men are
rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.
—Thomas Wentworth Higginson
God gave us
memory so that we might have roses in December.
December 20, 2002
There is no real teacher
who in practise does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
December 19, 2002
Excellence is the best deterrent
to racism or sexism.
December 18, 2002
If you elect a matinee idol mayor, you’re going to have
a musical comedy administration.
December 17, 2002
I think we have a need to know what we do not need to know.
December 16, 2002
and amber and red lights shine in his sad eyes, and the track stretches before him, two silver strips converging in the distance,
an art-school lesson in perspective.
December 15, 2002
Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.
December 14, 2002
is significant deformity.
December 13, 2002
A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is
December 12, 2002
So Orpheus did for his owne bride, / So I unto my selfe alone
will sing, / The woods shall to me answer and my Eccho ring.
Winter is the
time for study, you know, and the colder it is the more studious we are.
—Henry David Thoreau
December 10, 2002
passes, and we stay: / A quality of loss / Affecting our content, / As trade had suddenly encroached / Upon a sacrament.
December 9, 2002
cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary,
but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
December 8, 2002
you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.
are omitted which can not with propriety be read aloud in the family.
where I reckon Santa Claus comes in / To be our parents’ pseudonymity / In Christmas giving, so they can escape / The
thanks and let him catch it as a scapegoat.
December 5, 2002
Take the serious side of Disney,
the Confucian side of Disney. It’s in having taken an ethos … where you have the values of courage and tenderness
asserted in a way that everybody can understand. You have got an absolute genius there.
Just as the
creative artist is not allowed to choose, neither is he permitted to turn his back on anything: a single refusal, and he is
cast out of the state of grace and becomes sinful all the way through.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
are liquid TVs for the end of the twentieth century. A whole micro-circuitry of desire, ideology and expenditure for processed
bodies drifting through the cyber-space of ultracapitalism.
When you do
say Yes, say it quickly. But always take a half hour to say No, so you can understand the other fellow’s side.
December 1, 2002
Fear and ignorance about AIDS can so weaken people’s senses as to make them susceptible to an equally
virulent threat: bigotry.
—New York Times