Archive for February, 2013

2013

capstone

…a great university was possible only as the capstone of a fine educational system from kindergarten up.

Harry Yandell Benedict, “The University Of Texas” (date unknown)

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2013

note

Sorry, all—I’ve been pretty sick! Hoping to get back in the regular swing of things in the next day or two! 🙂

2013

George Washington

He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, not a gifted orator, not an intellectual…But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood, and in this his greatest test, he learned steadily from experience. Above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake and he never gave up.

David McCullough on George Washington, 1776 (2005)

2013

life

This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature.

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (2011)

2013

gradualness

Gradualness is the whole policy of God.

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (1862)

2013

bloom

God caused flowers to bloom before men shaped stone.

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (1862)

2013

limitations

I’ve never seen the Icarus story as a lesson about the limitations of humans. I see it as a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.

Randall Munroe, xkcd.com “What if?” Comic #30 (2013)

2013

normal

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

Albert Camus, Notebook IV in Notebooks: 1942-1951  (c. 1949)

2013

no passage

We’re a self-absorbed species, and one wrinkle of our self-absorption is our tendency, reflected in our art and entertainment, to believe that there’s no passage of human existence as fraught with perils and as peculiarly significant as the one we just so happen to be going through.

Frank Bruni, “For Each Age, Its Agonies,” New York Times (2013)

2013

a perfect example of irony (i think)

This American system of ours…call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.

Al Capone, in an interview with Claud Cockburn, quoted in “Mr. Capone, Philosopher,” Cockburn Sums Up (1981)

2013

exaggeration

Trenton was often referred to as a pretty village, which was an exaggeration.

David McCullough, 1776 (2005)

Note: I’m pretty sure McCullough didn’t mean this to be as funny as I found it.

2013

great gray beast

The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive.

Clive Barker, The Thief of Always (1992)

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