Archive for ‘1900s’

2013

persistent

The most persistent sound which reverberates through men’s history is the beating of war drums.

Arthur Koestler, Janus: A Summing Up (1978)

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2013

creation

At this moment it seems as though science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he has conquered the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.

Robert Jastrow, God and the Astronomers (1978)

2013

when the wind comes

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

William Ward, Fountains of Faith (1970)

2013

people

We’re actors – we’re the opposite of people.

Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1966)

2013

education

Don’t judge the value of higher education in terms of careermanship. Judge it for what it is – a priceless opportunity to furnish your mind and enrich the quality of your life. My father was a failure in business, but he read Horace in the loo until he died, poor but happy… You have a first-class mind. Stretch it. If you have the opportunity to go to a university, don’t pass it up. You would never forgive yourself.

David Ogilvy, letter to his nephew, Harry (1984)

2013

peel

The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech.

Clifton Fadiman, Reader’s Digest (1956)

2013

september

The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, “September” in A Child’s Calendar (1965)

2013

denial

It’s not denial. I’m just very selective about the reality I accept.

Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (1992)

2013

pleasant

It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write.

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast (1964)

2013

awaiting

I am awaiting / perpetually and forever / a renaissance of wonder

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “I Am Waiting” in A Coney Island of the Mind (1958)

2013

write

I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (1944)

2013

go

Go, and never darken my towels again.

Groucho Marx, Duck Soup (1933)

2013

discover

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.

André Gide, The Counterfeiters (1925)

2013

forever

He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt.

Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)

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