Archive for ‘American’

2013

respected

…we equally believed that those who stood against us held just as sacred convictions that were the opposite of ours, and we respected them as every man with a heart must respect those who give all for their belief.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Memorial Day,” (1884)

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2013

know

The world is governed more by appearance than reality, and therefore it is fully as necessary to seem to know something, as to know it in reality.

Daniel Webster, letter to Mr. Fuller (1803)

2013

past

If you live in the sting, you will undoubtedly fail. My way of getting past the sting is to say, ‘No, I’m just not going to let this get me down.’

Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World (2013)

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

words

All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit (1887)

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

experience

We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can…

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience” (1844)

2013

reaching

If you’re gonna win, win graceful; If you’re gonna love, love faithful; If you’re gonna learn, learn by teaching; If you’re gonna fall, fall reaching.

 Chris Ward, “Fall Reaching” (1996)

2013

walking and talking adult

Thirty was so strange for me. There is no turning back. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that now I am a walking and talking adult.

Matt Dillon, interview with People Magazine  (1996)

2013

yell

My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.

Judy Blume, “Tales of a Mother/Confessor” in Newsweek (1990)

2013

Hamlet

If you have never read—and grappled with—Hamlet, it  is very difficult to understand modern culture: the intense sense of individuality and the fear that you are the pawn of political forces beyond your control; the feeling of empowerment and the intensity of despair; the wild blend of savage humor and melancholy.

Stephen Greenblatt, in “Books Everyone Should Read…” on The Daily Beast (2013)

2013

travel

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views on men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad (1869)

Note: This quote was submitted by Anna Harris

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