30 November 2010


Self-portrait - Lavinia Fontana

Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind.
-Walter Bagehot

29 November 2010


Every day is a journey and the journey itself is home.

28 November 2010


Craspedodiscus coscinodiscus Ehrenberg - Stephen Nagy, M.D.
People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.
-Elizabeth Gaskell

27 November 2010


Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
-Søren Kierkegaard

26 November 2010


Nulthamalth (fool dancer) mask from the Kwakiutl, 19th Century

Only the educated are free.

25 November 2010


Freedom from Want - Norman Rockwell
I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. 
~Benjamin Disraeli

24 November 2010


If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.

-Kurt Vonnegut

23 November 2010


Pillars of Society - George Grosz
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
-Aldous Huxley

22 November 2010


Some days it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.
-Emo Phillips

21 November 2010


I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them. 
-Jane Austen

20 November 2010


There is a strength in the union even of very sorry men. 

19 November 2010


The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.
-Blaise Pascal

18 November 2010


If you drink, don't drive.  Don't even putt.
-Dean Martin

17 November 2010


If you want to know your past, look into your present condition.
If you want to know your future, look into your present actions.
-Chinese Proverb

16 November 2010


We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. 
-Arthur Schopenhauer

15 November 2010


Winter - Bertha Boynton Lum

The unspoken word never does harm. 
-Lajos Kossuth

14 November 2010


Girl with Cherries - Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis

All Faith is false, all Faith is true:
Truth is the shattered mirror strown
In myriad bits; while each believes
His little bit the whole to own. 
-Sir Richard Francis Burton 

13 November 2010


I worry that the person who thought of muzak might be thinking of something else.
-Lily Tomlin

12 November 2010


The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. 

11 November 2010



And still they come and go: and this is all I know --
That from the gloom I watch an endless picture-show,
Where wild or listless faces flicker on their way,
With glad or grievous hearts I'll never understand
Because Time spins so fast, and they've no time to stay
Beyond the moment's gesture of a lifted hand.

And still, between the shadow and the blinding flame,
The brave despair of men flings onward, ever the same
As in those doom-lit years that wait them, and have been ...
And life is just the picture dancing on the screen.

-Siegfried Sassoon

10 November 2010


Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
-Barbara Jordan

09 November 2010


It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

08 November 2010


If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
-Emma Goldman

07 November 2010


A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
-Douglas Adams

06 November 2010


The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
-Dante Alighieri

05 November 2010


Aleppo, early 20th Century
For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
-John W. Gardner

04 November 2010


The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
-H. L. Mencken

02 November 2010


Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind.
Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people. 
-Jawaharlal Nehru 

01 November 2010


We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe. 
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.