QUOTEoftheDay

Saturday
Jun022018

Harvey Pekar

Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.

It makes you feel good to know that there's other people afflicted like you. 

Comics are words and pictures. You can do anything with words and pictures.

I think comics have far more potential than a lot of people realize.

What kind of a day was it? A day like all others, that alters and illuminates our times. And you were there.

Nationalism and ethnic pride, in the long run, delay human development, and the misery they cause must be recognized. If enough people saw that , maybe we wouldn't have so many wars.

I kept my poker face on and listened to him with an air of interest and respect (I thought of what it says in one of Rand's novels, how the winner can afford to be generous).

Monday
Mar192018

Eva Ibbotson

It's true that adventures are good for people even when they are very young. Adventures can get in a person's blood even if he doesn't remember having them. 

And so they played some of the world's loveliest piano music - the exiled homesick girl, the humiliated, tired old man. Not properly. Better than that.

Slowly, Anna put up a hand to his muzzle and began to scratch that spot behind the ear where large dogs keep their souls.

Loneliness had taught Harriet that there was always someone who understood - it was just so often that they were dead, and in a book.

When you're sad, my Little Star, go out of doors. It's always better underneath the open sky.

She was so intelligent that she could think herself into beauty. Intelligence...they don't talk about it much, the poets, but when a woman is intelligent and passionate and good...

Shadows are cool and peaceful places for those whose minds are overstocked with treasure.

But she had to know words. She had to know everything.

You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair.


Saturday
Mar172018

Edgar Lee Masters

To this generation I would say:
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.

To put meaning in one's life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire--
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.

The tongue may be an unruly member--
But silence poisons the soul.

In time you shall see Fate approach you
In the shape of your own image in the mirror

What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, 
Anger, discontent and drooping hopes? 
Degenerate sons and daughters, 
Life is too strong for you— 
It takes life to love Life.


Friday
Mar162018

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear, said the headmaster.

Drying her eyes, Mother said to Totto-chan very slowly, "You're Japanese and Masao-chan comes from a country called Korea. But he's a child, just like you. So, Totto-chan, dear, don't ever think of people as different. Don't think, 'That person's a Japanese, or this person's a Korean.' Be nice to Masao-chan. It's so sad that some people think other people aren't nice just because they're Koreans.

He wanted to teach the children that all bodies are beautiful.

But there’s no doubt that children have an innate sense of humor. No matter how young they are, they always know when something’s really funny.




Thursday
Mar152018

Wendelin Van Draanen

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...." He turned to me. "But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.

My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you're floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person's eyes. They're connected to yours by some invisible physical force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away.

One's character is set at an early age. The choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. I hate to see you swim out so far you can't swim back.

To by held above the earth and be brushed by the wind," she said,"it's like your heart has been kissed by beauty."

Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way like words never could.

If chaos is a necessary step in the organization of one's universe, then I was well on my way.



Wednesday
Mar142018

Bohumil Hrabal

I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop.

I can be by myself because I'm never lonely; I'm simply alone, living in my heavily populated solitude, a harum-scarum of infinity and eternity, and Infinity and Eternity seem to take a liking to the likes of me.

Because when I read, I don't really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel.

No book worth its salt is meant to put you to sleep, it's meant to make you jump out of your bed in your underwear and run and beat the author's brains out.


Monday
Mar122018

Anna Sewell

It is good people who make good places.

If they strain me up tight, why, let 'em look out! I can't bear it, and I won't.

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.

There is no religion without love, 
and people may talk as much as 
they like about their religion, but 
if it does not teach them to be good 
and kind to man and beast, 
it is all a sham.

Do you know why this world is as bad as it is?... It is because people think only about their own business, and won't trouble themselves to stand up for the oppressed, nor bring the wrong-doers to light... My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt

My troubles are all over, and I am at home; and often before I am quite awake, I fancy I am still in the orchard at Birtwick, standing with my friends under the apple trees.


Sunday
Mar112018

Katherine Boo

Much of what was said did not matter, and that much of what mattered could not be said.

What you don't want is always going to be with you
What you want is never going to be with you
Where you don't want to go, you have to go
And the moment you think you're going to live more, you're going to die”

It seemed to him that in Annawadi, fortunes derived not just from what people did, or how well they did it, but from the accidents and catastrophes they dodged. A decent life was the train that hadn’t hit you, the slumlord you hadn’t offended, the malaria you hadn’t caught.

I tell Allah I love Him immensely, immensely. But I tell Him I cannot be better, because of how the world is.

Your little boat goes west and you congratulate yourself, "What a navigator I am!" And then the wind blows you east.


Saturday
Mar102018

Inga Muscio

Men who refuse to use condoms do not deserve to be fucked by anyone but other men who refuse to use condoms.

What happens to people living in a society where everyone in power is lying, stealing, cheating and killing, and in our hearts we all know this, but the consequences of facing all these lies are so monstrous, we keep on hoping that maybe the corporate government administration and media are on the level with us this time.
Americans remind me of survivors of domestic abuse.
This is always the hope that this is the very, very, very last time one's ribs get re-broken again.

Moving from phonetics to etymology, ‘vagina’ originates from a word meaning sheath for a sword. Ain’t got no vagina.

What if one out of every three multinational corporation CEO's were raped every year? Don't you think that would raise a kind of ruckus?

Iranian women are very consciously aware of gender-explicit oppression. Therefore: with so much more at stake, Iranian women have each other's back: on the street, in stores, at celebrations, everywhere.



Friday
Mar092018

Belle Aurora

Monsters don't always lurk in the shadows. Sometimes they hide in plain sight.

Books... I can’t live without books. To me, a book is better than any movie. All I need is a good book, my imagination, and I am set free. I’m in literature heaven.

I don't want a knight in shining armor.
I don't want a knight in scuffed armor.
I want his helmet to have dents. I want my knight to be real, and dark and savage. I want my knight to be a survivor. Someone who's been tested and got through his trails. Not some pussy in gleaming metal.

Can't help who you fall in love with, princess.

We're all addicted to something that takes away the pain.

Not everyone can be a fairy-tale hero.” He pauses a moment, then adds, “The world needs villains too."

Who were you before people started telling you who you should be?