Friday, April 30, 2010

Sir Richard Burton: Quote for April 30, 2010

There is no Heaven, there is no Hell;
    these be the dreams of baby minds;
Tools of the wily Fetisheer,
    to fright the fools his cunning blinds.
Be thine own Deus: Make self free,
    liberal as the circling air:
Thy Thought to thee an Empire be;
    break every prisoning lock and bar:
These verses are from Burton's The Kasidah of Haji Abdu el-Yezdi to read the entire work click here.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friedrich Nietzche: Quote for April 29, 2010

I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Francis Bacon: Quote for April 28, 2010

It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth . . . and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jean-Paul Sartre: Quote for April 27, 2010

Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jerry Durrance: Quote for April 26, 2010

Shall we just have a cigarette on it?
from: Now, Voyager (1942)
Paul Henreid acted as Jerry Durrance
Bette Davis appears in this clip acting as Charlotte Vale.

How times have changed!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tertullian: Quote for April 25, 2010

Against Him those women sin who torment their skin with potions, stain their cheeks with rouge and extend the line of their eyes with black coloring. Doubtless they are dissatisfied with God's plastic skill. In their own persons they convict and censure the Artificer of all things.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mother Teresa: Quote for April 24, 2010

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Alexander Graham Bell: Quote for April 23, 2010

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

George Bernard Shaw: Quote for April 22, 2010

Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'
This quote is often attributed to Robert F. Kennedy. He only used it in a speech but did not originate it.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Robert Collier: Quote for April 21, 2010

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lord Byron: Quote for April 20, 2010

One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I only know if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Quote for April 19, 2010

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Aristotle: Quote for April 18, 2010

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lady Burton: Quote for April 17, 2010

Men are four:
He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool--shun him;
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple--teach him;
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep--wake him;
He who knows and knows he knows, he is wise--follow him!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Emily Dickinson: Quote for April 16, 2010

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sylvia: Quote for April 15, 2010

Do you know how Florentine women keep their husbands at home? Each morning they slip him poison, slow poison; and each evening the antidote. The husband who doesn't come home has a very bad night.
Monica Belluci acted as Sylvia
Samuel Le Bihan appears in this clip acting as Gregoire de Fronsac.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Henry Miller: Quote for April 14, 2010

We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Aldous Huxley: Quote for April 13, 2010

The brotherhood of men does not imply their equality. Families have their fools and their men of genius, their black sheep and their saints, their worldly successes and their worldly failures. A man should treat his brothers lovingly and with justice, according to the deserts of each. But the deserts of every brother are not the same.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Mayer Rothschild: Quote for April 12, 2010

Mama, I had to cheat the tax collector before my own children! Do you think I wanted to do that? I live honestly, I trade honestly, I want to be honest with them, but they won't let us. We are Jews, taxed to death, forbidden to learn a trade, forbidden to own land, they keep us in chains, they send men here to rob us. So work and strive for money! Money is power! Money is the only weapon the Jew has to defend himself with!
George Arliss acted as Mayer Rothschild
Helen Westley appears in this clip acting as Gudula Rothschild.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

James F. Cooper: Quote for April 11, 2010

Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving to the citizen as much freedom of action and of being, as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Barbara Ehrenreich: Quote for April 10, 2010

My theory is that employers prefer college grads because they see a college degree chiefly as mark of one's ability to obey and conform. Whatever else you learn in college, you learn to sit still for long periods while appearing to be awake. And whatever else you do in a white-collar job, most of the time you'll be sitting and feigning attention. Sitting still for hours on end--whether in library carrels or office cubicles--does not come naturally to humans. It must be learned--although no college has yet been honest enough to offer a degree in seat-warming.

Or maybe what attracts employers to college grads is the scent of desperation. Unless your parents are rich and doting, you will walk away from commencement with a debt averaging $20,000 and no health insurance. Employers can safely bet that you will not be a trouble-maker, a whistle-blower or any other form of non-"team-player." You will do anything. You will grovel.