Saturday, July 31, 2010

Robert Bly

By the time a man is 35 he knows that the images of the right
man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high
school do not work in life.

Friday, July 30, 2010

John Lahr

Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vita Sackville West

It isn't that I don't like sweet disorder,
but it has to be judiciously arranged.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Robert Burns

Dare to be honest and fear no labor.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thomas A Edison

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits

Monday, July 26, 2010


Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become
just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts,
brave by doing brave acts.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yo-Yo Ma

I've been traveling all over the world for 25 years, performing,
talking to people, studying their cultures and musical instruments,
and I always come away with more questions in my head than can be

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Agatha Christie

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will,
your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul
is revealed by your actions.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Louis L'Amour

No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories,
a dozen trails that each have their own associations.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

William Collins

When a writer becomes a reader of his or her own work, a lot
can go wrong. It's like do-it-yourself dentistry.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Robert Bly

The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Anna Akhmatova

I should be proud to have my memory graced, but only
if the monument be placed... here, where I endured
three hundred hours in line before the implacable
iron bars.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Robert Creeley

Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and
newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading
this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it's
so grimly brutal!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bertrand Russell

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is
only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

Saturday, July 17, 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, July 16, 2010

Thomas K. Hervey, 1799-1859, The Devil's Progress

"He stood beside a cottage lone
And listened to a lute,
One summer's eve, when the breeze was gone,
And the nightingale was mute."

Thursday, July 15, 2010

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it
tolls for thee.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Robert Burns

Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead
of dying, he sings.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chinese Proverb

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred
days of sorrow.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lao Tzu

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving
someone deeply gives you courage.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

St. Augustine

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

Friday, July 9, 2010


Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Edward Bulwer Lytton

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on
another man's observation, not overturning it.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A.R. Ammons

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

William Faulkner

"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure
to do the impossible."

Monday, July 5, 2010

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"For him in vain the envious seasons roll
Who bears eternal summer in his soul."

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Eliza Cook

Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis good works make the man.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

W.H. Auden

A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ronald Reagan

Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons
released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting
and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ralph Johnson Bunche (1904-1971)

Peace, to have meaning for many who have only known suffering in
both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice,
shelter, health and education, as well as freedom and
human dignity.