Friday, December 24, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Richard Powers

Earth had two kinds of people: those who could do the math and follow the science, and those who were happier with their own truths. But in our hearts' daily practice, whatever schools we went to, we all lived as if tomorrow would be a clone of now.

-- Richard Powers, Bewilderment

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Galileo Galilei

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

-- Galileo Galilei

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Linda Hogan

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.

-- Linda Hogan

Monday, December 6, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Merce Cunningham

You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

-- Merce Cunningham

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Quote of the Day -- David Foster Wallace

Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal arts cliché about "teaching you how to think" is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.

-- David Foster Wallace

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Alanis Obamsawin

When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.

-- Alanis Obamsawin

Friday, December 3, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Chris Cleave

This was how a kind heart broke, after all: inward, making no shrapnel.

-- Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Gail Sheehy

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. 

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. 

As Dostoevsky put it, "Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most." The real fear should be of the opposite course."

-- Gail Sheehy

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Quote of the Day -- Anne Tyler

I read so that I can live more than one life in more than one place.

-- Anne Tyler