31 January 2011


Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
-Jim Morrison

30 January 2011


Hope has two beautiful daughters.  Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
-Augustine of Hippo 

29 January 2011


Let's extensively raise goats in all families
Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
-Laurens van der Post

28 January 2011


You have been my friend.  That in itself is a tremendous thing.  I wove my webs for you because I liked you.  After all, what's a life, anyway?  We're born, we live a little while, we die.  A spider's life can't help being somthing of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies.  By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle.  Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.
-E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

27 January 2011


Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
-Aldous Huxley

26 January 2011


Ye hypocrites! are these your pranks?
To murder men and give God thanks!
Desist, for shame!-proceed no further;
God won't accept your thanks for Murther!
-Robert Burns
(I suspect you could all have figured that out) 

25 January 2011



Brilliant article by Phillip Pullman.

24 January 2011


There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.
-Georges Clemenceau

23 January 2011


Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
-George Jean Nathan

22 January 2011


The road to hell is paved with adverbs.
-Stephen King

21 January 2011


The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.

20 January 2011


Vue sur Notre Dame - Jean Dufy

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
-Mark Twain

19 January 2011


Love isn't a decision. It's a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.
-Chef, South Park

18 January 2011


The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
-Albert Einstein

17 January 2011


Turkish schoolgirls, late 19th C

The civilisation of one epoch becomes the manure of the next.
-Cyril Connolly

16 January 2011


Don't take life too seriously.  You'll never get out of it alive.
-Elbert Hubbard

15 January 2011


Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

14 January 2011


Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
-Kahlil Gibran

13 January 2011


Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.  It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
-William Pitt

12 January 2011


Several Circles - Wassily Kandinsky

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
-William Shakespeare

11 January 2011


I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
-Isaac Newton

10 January 2011


If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master.  The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
-Frank Herbert

09 January 2011


Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.
-Lily Tomlin

08 January 2011


Aargh!  My internet connection and/or both of the browsers that I use are conspiring to raise my blood pressure to dangerous levels.  It has taken me way too long just to get to the post editor to type this.  No way I'm trying to do image searches & all that right now, so you're just going to have to pretend they're here.

07 January 2011


Pekin robin
Don't let it end like this.  Tell them I said something.
-Pancho Villa's last words

06 January 2011


Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.
-Hannah Arendt

05 January 2011


Skagen Fishermen - Michael Ancher

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
-H.L. Mencken

04 January 2011


The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything. 
-Walter Bagehot

03 January 2011


Jacob Lawrence - And the Migrants Kept Coming

Wherever books will be burned, men also, in the end, are burned.
-Heinrich Heine

02 January 2011


If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. 
-Desmond Tutu