Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thomas a Kempis

Keep thyself first in peace, and then
thou wilt be able to bring others to

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Glenda Jackson

I have never believed you make your case
stronger by bad-mouthing your opposition.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cesar Chavez

If you really want to make a friend, go
to someone's house and eat with him...
the people who give you their food
give you their heart.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Henry David Thoreau

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder
for a moment, while I was hoeing
in a village garden, and I felt that I was
more distinguished by that circumstance
that I should have been by any epaulet
I could have worn.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Barnabe Barnes

A mass of dust, world's momentary slave, Is man,
in state of our old Adam made, Soon born to die,
soon flourishing to fade.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Martin Amis

Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be
uninvented. But they can be taken out of
the gun.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stanislaw Lec

Don't trust the heart, it wants your blood.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


After moon viewing
my companionable
walked along with me.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joanna Baillie

A willing heart adds feather to the heel.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Bertolt Brecht

Do not fear death so much but rather the
inadequate life.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Anna Akhmatova

Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs
of our children's children, pure on their
tongues, and free.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Alan Watts

And although our bodies are bounded with
skin, and we can differentiate between
outside and inside, they cannot exist
except in a certain kind of natural

Friday, September 17, 2010

David Sylvian

Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief
isn't necessary.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

A man is known by the company his mind keeps.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


A toothache, or a violent passion, is not
necessarily diminished by our knowledge of
its causes, its character, its importance
or insignificance.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Alexander Pope

Why has not man a microscopic eye?
For this plain reason: man is not a fly.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Gwendolyn Brooks

A writer should get as much education as
possible, but just going to school is
not enough; if it were, all owners of
doctorates would be inspired writers.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

John Berryman

The artist is extremely lucky who is
presented with the worst possible
ordeal which will not actually kill
him. At that point, he's in business

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bummei Tsuchiya

The past three mornings,
morning after morning
the water-lily flower—
this morning it has not opened.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Samuel Butler

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
but a little want of knowledge is also
a dangerous thing.

Wednesday, September 8, 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

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hilaire Belloc

Every major question in history is a
religious question. It has more effect
in molding life than nationalism
or a common language

Monday, September 6, 2010

Alighieri Dante

"All your renown is like the summer flower
that blooms and dies; because the sunny
glow which brings it forth,
soon slays with parching power."

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Amiri Baraka

God has been replaced, as he has all over
the West, with respectability and
air conditioning.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Proverb From The Congo

When the bee comes to your house, let
her have beer; you may want to visit
the bee's house some day.

Friday, September 3, 2010

W. H. Auden

All sins tend to be addictive, and the
terminal point of addiction is

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Russell Baker

Usually, terrible things that are done with
the excuse that progress requires them are
not really progress at all, but just
terrible things.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alexander Pope

A person who is too nice an observer of the
business of the crowd, like one who is
too curious in observing the labor of
bees, will often be stung for his