Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gustave Flaubert: Quote for May 31, 2009

Men may dislike truth, men may find truth offensive and inconvenient, men may persecute the truth, subvert it, try by law to suppress it. But to maintain that men have the final power over truth is blasphemy, and the last delusion. Truth lives forever, men do not.
from: Madame Bovary (1949)
James Mason acted as Gustave Flaubert

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Arnold Bennett: Quote for May 30, 2009

We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Dr. Brooks: Quote for May 29, 2009

Telling a prisoner the benefits of a vasectomy as part of a mandatory government sterilization program.

In fact, it's said, that if this operation is performed on a elderly man, it would rejuvenate his glands so that he may be able to enjoy life to a ripe old age.
from: Tomorrow's Children (1934)
Donald Douglas acted as Dr. Brooks
Hyram A. Hoover appears in this clip acting as Spike.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Otto von Bismarck: Quote for May 28, 2009

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mikhail Bakunin: Quote for May 27, 2009

The liberty of man consists solely in this: that he obeys natural laws because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been externally imposed upon him by any extrinsic will whatever, divine or human, collective or individual.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Al Capone: Quote for May 26, 2009

What I hope I'm doing, here's where you English papers got a point, is I'm responding to the will of the people. People are gonna drink! You know that, I know that, we all know that, and all I do is act on that. And all this talk of bootlegging - what is bootlegging? On a boat, it's bootlegging. On Lake Shore Drive, it's hospitality. I'm a businessman!
from: The Untouchables (1987)
Robert De Niro acted as Al Capone

Monday, May 25, 2009

Will Carleton: Quote for May 25, 2009
Memorial Day

Cover them over with beautiful flowers,
Deck them with garlands, those brothers of ours,
Lying so silent by night and by day
Sleeping the years of their manhood away.
Give them the meed they have won in the past;
Give them the honors their future forcast;
Give them the chaplets they won in the strife;
Give them the laurels they lost with their life.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Marquis de Sade: Quote for May 24, 2009

Never may an act of possession be exercised upon a free being; the exclusive possession of a woman is no less unjust than the possession of slaves; all men are born free, all have equal rights: never should we lose sight of those principles; according to which never may there be granted to one sex the legitimate right to lay monopolizing hands upon the other, and never may one of the sexes, or classes, arbitrarily possess the other.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Antonio Salieri: Quote for May 23, 2009

I will speak for you, Father. I speak for all mediocrities in the world. I am their champion. I am their patron saint.... Mediocrities everywhere, I absolve you.
from: Amadeus (1984)
F. Murray Abraham acted as Antonio Salieri
Richard Frank appears in this clip acting as Father Vogler.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Edmund Burke: Quote for May 22, 2009

People crushed by law have no hope but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ludwig Beck: Quote for May 21, 2009

Remember, this is a military operation. Nothing ever goes according to plan.
from: Valkyrie (2008)
Terence Stamp acted as Ludwig Beck
Tom Cruise appears in this clip acting as Colonel von Stauffenberg.

Mr. Beck was referring to a plan to assassinate Hitler and to initiate a military operation called "Valkyrie" that would lead to the overthrow the Nazi regime.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quote for May 20, 2009

As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Niccolo Machiavelli: Quote for May 19, 2009

From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Dale Carnegie: Quote for May 18, 2009

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Christopher McCandless: Quote for May 17, 2009

I'll paraphrase Thoreau: Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me truth.
from: Into the Wild (2007)
Emile Hirsch acted as Christopher McCandless

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rabindranath Tagore: Quote for May 16, 2009


And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils...
Joy is there Everywhere.