Sunday, January 31, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Vladimir Lenin


Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps

-- Vladimir Lenin

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Lucille Clifton

What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.

-- Lucille Clifton

Friday, January 29, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Bonnie Prudden

You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again.

-- Bonnie Prudden

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Edith Eger

How easily a life can become a litany of guilt and regret, a song that keeps echoing with the same chorus, with the inability to forgive ourselves. How easily the life we didn’t live becomes the only life we prize. How easily we are seduced by the fantasy that we are in control, that we were ever in control, that the things we could or should have done or said have the power, if only we had done or said them, to cure pain, to erase suffering, to vanish loss. How easily we can cling to—worship—the choices we think we could or should have made.

-- Edith Eger

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Muriel Spark

Memory is not a straight line. It is like a tree, spreading its branches in all directions.

-- Muriel Spark

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Quote of the Day -- John Williams

One looks at maps, and does not truly apprehend the extent and variety of the world.

-- John Williams

Monday, January 25, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Charles Dickens

The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.

-- Charles Dickens

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Robert Zoellick

Corruption is a cancer that steals from the poor, eats away at governance and moral fiber and destroys trust.

-- Robert Zoellick

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Seamus Heaney

History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up And hope and history rhyme.

-- Seamus Heaney

Friday, January 22, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Barbara Tuchman

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

-- Barbara Tuchman

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Rudine Sims Bishop

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.

-- Rudine Sims Bishop

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Amanda Gorman

We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
we will rise from the windswept northeast
where our forefathers first realized revolution
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
we will rise from the sunbaked south
We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
and every known nook of our nation and
every corner called our country,
our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
battered and beautiful
When day comes, we step out of the shade,
aflame and unafraid
The new dawn blooms as we free it
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it
If only we’re brave enough to be it

-- Amanda Gorman

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Amelia Earhart

Preparation, I have said, is rightly two-thirds of any venture. 

-- Amelia Earhart

Monday, January 18, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Martin Luther King

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

-- Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Martin Luther King

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

-- Martin Luther King

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Quote of the Day -- John Maynard Keynes

The difficulty lies not in grasping the new ideas, but rather in escaping from the old ones.

-- John Maynard Keynes

Friday, January 15, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Oscar Ameringer

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

-- Oscar Ameringer

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Lisa Feldman Barrett

Social reality is a superpower that emerges from an ensemble of human brains. We exercise that power every time we treat sparkling diamonds like they have value, every time we idolize a celebrity, every time we vote in an election, and every time we don’t vote in an election. We have more control over reality than we might think. We also have more responsibility for reality than we might realize. 

-- Lisa Feldman Barrett

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Catherine Ponder

Nature does abhor a vacuum, and when you begin moving out of your life what you do not want, you automatically are making way for what you do want.

-- Catherine Ponder

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Marcus Aurelius

Such as are your habitual thoughts; such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

-- Marcus Aurelius

Monday, January 11, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Linda Ellis -- The Dash


I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

-- Charles Darwin

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Quote of the Day -- W.E.B. Du Bois

Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.

-- W.E.B. Du Bois

Friday, January 8, 2021

Quote of the Day -- R Eric Thomas

Maybe I was reaching for authenticity through a funhouse mirror. I didn’t know. I just didn’t want to be who I was. It turns out that’s not a specific enough request.

-- R. Eric Thomas

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Antoni Tapeis

Take a look at the simplest of objects. 

Let's take, for example, an old chair. It seems like nothing. But think of the universe comprised within it: the sweaty hands cutting the wood that used to be a robust tree, full of energy, in the middle of a luxuriant forest by some high mountains. The loving work that built it, the joyful anticipation of the one who bought it, the tired bodies it has helped, the pains and the joys it must have endured, whether in fancy halls or in a humble dining room in your neighborhood. Everything, everything shares life and has its importance! 

Even the most worn down of chair carries inside the initial force of the sap climbing from the earth, out there in the forest, and will still be useful the day when, broken into kindling, it burns in some fireplace.

-- Antoni Tapeis

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Mary McCarthy

There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.

-- Mary McCarthy

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Quote of the Day -- James Clear

 Broad ideas influence more people. 

Specific ideas influence people more.

-- James Clear

Monday, January 4, 2021

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Sebastian Faulks

Until that time, I'd thought that every feeling could be taken on and understood.  I thought it was all a challenge -- that any emotion could be assimilated if you tried hard enough. This was the first time I realised my mind was just not large enough to comprehend properly what some other people have felt.

-- Sebastian Faulks, The Girl at the Lion d'Or

Friday, January 1, 2021