QUOTEoftheDay

Saturday
Jul142018

Baltasar Gracián

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.

The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Two kinds of people are good at foreseeing danger: those who have learned at their own expense, and the clever people who learn a great deal at the expense of others.

For the advice in a joke is sometimes more useful than the most serious teaching.



Tuesday
Jul102018

Margaret Drabble

Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it.

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.

What really annoys me are the ones who write to say, I am doing your book for my final examinations and could you please tell me what the meaning of it is. I find it just so staggering--that you're supposed to explain the meaning of your book to some total stranger! If I knew what the meanings of my books were, I wouldn't have bothered to write them.”

Novels, since the birth of the genre, have been full of rejected, seduced, and abandoned maidens, whose proper fate is to die...

I need words and print... I need print like an addict. I could live without it, perhaps. But I hope I never have to try.

I'd rather be at the end of a dying tradition, which I admire, than at the beginning of a tradition which I deplore.

There would be more genuine rejoicing at the discovery of a complete new novel by Jane Austen than any other literary discovery, short of a new major play by Shakespeare.


Monday
Jul092018

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.

A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.

Be equal to your talent, not your age. At times let the gap between them be embarrassing.

In any man who dies there dies with him, his first snow and kiss and fight. Not people die but worlds die in them.

How can the confessor teach/ those who are lost and sick at heart,/ when he himself, among the sinners,/ is worst, and most forsaken?/ It is only a game we play/ with other people's sins./ Besides, everyone knows/ that everyone lies confessing.

All values in this world are more or less questionable, but the most important thing in life is human kindness.


Sunday
Jul082018

Jessamyn West

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking

A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.

Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment hereafter.

Knowledge of what you love somehow comes to you; you don’t have to read nor analyze nor study. If you love a thing enough, knowledge of it seeps into you, with particulars more real than any chart can furnish.


Saturday
Jul072018

Roland Merullo

Some people use their own hurt as an excuse for hurting others.

I felt I was drawing close to that age, that place in life, where you realize one day what you'd told yourself was a Zen detachment turns out to be naked fear. You'd had one serious love relationship in your life and it had ended in tragedy, and the tragedy had broken something inside you. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. You hurt no one. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be.

If Christ's message could be distilled down to one line, that line would have to do with kindness and inclusiveness, not rules and divisiveness.

Families are like countries. They have their own language and jokes and secrets and assumptions about the right and wrong ways of doing things, and some of that always shows in the children, the way something of 
Germany or Australia always shows in a German or an Australian, no matter where they go. Outsiders like it or they don't, they feel at home there or they don't. It's like the taste of cilantro.

Friday
Jul062018

Theodore Roosevelt II

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

Thursday
Jul052018

John Adams

  1. The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.
  2. I read my eyes out and can't read half enough...the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.
  3. Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
  4. Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
  5. A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
  6. The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know...Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.

 

Wednesday
Jul042018

Cherise Sinclair

  1. It's hard for an educated woman to turn her head off. That's part of the joy of being a submissive. None of the decisions are yours. When you can't refuse anything and can't even move, those voices in your head go silent. All you can do, and all you are permitted to do, is feel.
  2. Gabi to Marcus "I can't believe out of one hundred thousand sperm, you were the fastest!
  3. Coffee and chocolate—the inventor of mocha should be sainted.
  4. W hat you need and what you want aren't the same thing.
  5. Right on the edge of fear was where trust could grow.
  6. Feelings are feelings. They don't have dumb or smart labels.
  7. Sex is a team sport, sugar.

 

Tuesday
Jul032018

Malala Yousafzai

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful

Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.

I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?

Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.

The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women

Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself.



Monday
Jul022018

Aristophanes

Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.

Open your mind before your mouth.

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.

By words the mind is winged.

Look at the orators in our republics; as long as they are poor, both state and people can only praise their uprightness; but once they are fattened on the public funds, they conceive a hatred for justice, plan intrigues against the people and attack the democracy.

Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.

Let each man exercise the art he knows.

High thoughts must have high language.

You possess all the attributes of a demagogue; a screeching, horrible voice, a perverse, crossgrained nature and the language of the market-place. In you all is united which is needful for governing.

It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls.

Under every stone lurks a politician.

Demagogues are like the fishers for eels; in still waters they catch nothing, but if they thoroughly stir up the slime, their fishing is good; in the same way it's only in troublous times that you line your pockets.