QUOTEoftheDay

Sunday
Nov272011

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

Throughout the nation, opportunity was limited by monopoly. Individual initiative was crushed in the cogs of a great machine. The field open for free business was more and more restricted.

The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation.

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Saturday
Nov262011

Louis Pasteur

Chance favors the prepared mind.

I am on the edge of mysteries and the veil is getting thinner and thinner.

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or of its indirect consequences. The universe is asymmetric.


Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.

There does not exist a category of science to which one can give the name applied science. There are science and the applications of science, bound together as the fruit of the tree which bears it.

Friday
Nov252011

Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen Edward Steichen Portrait of Carl Sandburg and his wifeduring a moment.

All politicians should have 3 hats - one to throw into the ring, one to talk through, and one to pull rabbits out of if elected.

Anger is the most impotent of passions. It effects nothing it goes about, and hurts the one who is possessed by it more than the one against whom it is directed.

Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky - or the answer is wrong and you have to start over and try again and see how it comes out this time.

I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.

I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out.

I had taken a course in Ethics. I read a thick textbook, heard the class discussions and came out of it saying I hadn't learned a thing I didn't know before about morals and what is right or wrong in human conduct.

I have in later years taken to Euclid, Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, in an elemental way.

I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building.

Thursday
Nov242011

Margaret Atwood 

A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason.

A word after a word after a word is power.

It's a feature of our age that if you write a work of fiction, everyone assumes that the people and events in it are disguised biography — but if you write your biography, it's equally assumed you're lying your head off.

Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

For years I wanted to be older, and now I am.

I would rather dance as a ballerina, though faultily, than as a flawless clown.

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time.

Never pray for justice, because you might get some.

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.


Wednesday
Nov232011

Sophocles

Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.

Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.  

Hush! Check those words. Do not cure ill with ill and make your pain still heavier than it is.

I see that all of us who live are nothing but images or insubstantial shadow.

I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.

If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping.

Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.

Much wisdom often goes with fewest words.

No enemy is worse than bad advice.

No lie ever reaches old age.

No one longs to live more than someone growing old.

No speech can stain what is noble by nature.

Tuesday
Nov222011

Yogi Berra

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.

Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.

He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.

I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.

I never said most of the things I said.

I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question.

I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.

I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's gonna stop 'em.

Monday
Nov212011

B. F. Skinner

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man.

It is the teacher's function to contrive conditions under which students learn. Their relevance to a future usefulness need not be obvious.

The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.

 I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

Sunday
Nov202011

Edward. O. Wilson

Theology made no provision for evolution. The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all! Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.

Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.

Every major religion today is a winner in the Darwinian struggle waged among cultures, and none ever flourished by tolerating its rivals.

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth.

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

Old beliefs die hard even when demonstrably false.

Saturday
Nov192011

Alfred Tennyson

I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

Yet fill my glass: give me one kiss:my own sweet Alice, we must die. There's somewhat in this world amiss shall be unriddled by and by.

"My life is dreary, He cometh not," she said; She said, "I am aweary, aweary, I would that I were dead!"

Yet fill my glass: give me one kiss:
My own sweet Alice, we must die.
There's somewhat in this world amiss
Shall be unriddled by and by.

And as the boat-head wound along the willowy hills and fields among, they heard her singing her last song, the Lady of Shalott . . .

Friday
Nov182011

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We’ve done that for so long that we've forgotten there’s any other way.

He knew now that he had always been a fool.

My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.

Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.

People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher — a Roosevelt, a Tolstoy, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away. My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days. It's the surest path to obscurity.

Just think how it would be if every one else looked at things as you do — what would the world be like?