Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Albert Camus

We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile.
And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thomas Jefferson

The greatest service which can be rendered any country
is to add a useful plant to its culture.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wallace Stevens

After the final no there comes a yes and on that yes the future
of the world hangs.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Marina Tsvetaeva

A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lacelles Abercrombie

An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays,
adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous

Friday, June 25, 2010


How shall a man escape from that which is written; How shall
he flee from his destiny?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ted Hughes

The Bush administration didn't particularly like public participation.
It made them look bad.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Samuel Tayler Coleridge

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a nation;
but no nation will devote itself to death and destruction to
save mankind.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

George Herbert

A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Karel Kapek

Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative
occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else
to which a man gives his heart.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above
the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs
on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pheobe Cary

Death comes not to the living soul, nor age to the loving heart.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing
in his heart and speaks another.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


The difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the
morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the
same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of
ten years to a man's life.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Irving Layton

Idealist: a cynic in the making.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Walt Whitman

After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality,
and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently
wear - what remains? Nature remains

Sunday, June 13, 2010

T.S, Eliot

If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hilaire Belloc

I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference
between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but
we travel for fulfillment.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Malcom Lowery

Good God, if our civilization were to sober up for a couple of days
it'd die of remorse on the third.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Octavio Paz

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bishop Henjo

Let the wind in the sky
Blow shut the cloudy passage
So that I may keep
The forms of heavenly maidens
Before me a while longer

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good rain, like the bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.

Monday, June 7, 2010


But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best,
and keep aloof from sharp contentions.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Charles Baudelaire

Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness
is always the product of some art.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bliss Carman

I often wish... that I could rid the world of the tyranny of facts.
What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where
we have agreed to let investigation cease.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pundit Acharya

"Only those who know how to breathe will survive."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

African Proverb

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always
glorify the hunters.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Algonquin, Song of the Stars

We are the stars which sing,
We sing with our light;
We are the birds of fire,
We fly over the sky.
Our light is a voice:
We make a road
For the spirit to pass over.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, And thrusts the
thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in it.