Theodore Gracyk
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  Quotations Archive



Music attempts to render sonorous forces that are not themselves sonorous.

—Gilles Deleuze

Week of August 31, 2016



Museums are the caves of Plato.

Paul Cézanne

Week of May 20, 2016



 I talk so plain that a deaf and dumb man can hear me.

Thelonious Monk on his music

Week of April 29, 2016



Prettiness is the enemy of beauty.

 André Hodeir

Week of April 15, 2016



Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs in one.

—Hilary Putnam (1926-2016)

Week of March 18, 2016



Art is the path to being spiritual.

— Piet Mondrian

Week of March 11, 2016




The fight against ideology has become a new ideology.

— Bertolt Brecht

Week of Feb. 19, 2016



He who kills the truth is a murderer.


Week of Feb. 12, 2016



A work of art is useless as a tool is useful.

George Kubler

Week of Jan. 29, 2016



 The fight against ideology has become a new ideology.

— Bertolt Brecht

Week of Dec. 18, 2015



Creativity comes from a relationship with the art of the past.

— Nigel Warburton

Week of September 16, 2015



Music is a human activity grounded in the body and bodily movement and interfused with human life.

— Andy Hamilton

Week of August 28, 2015


Money is like blood. You need it to live but it isn’t the point of life.

— Kabir Sehgal

Week of August 21, 2015



The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.

— Pope Francis

Week of August 7, 2015



Only that which has no history is definable.

— Nietzsche

Week of July 31, 2015



A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

— Mao Tse-tung

Week of July 17, 2015



There is no need to reduce the value of art to a single source.

— Paul Guyer

Week of June 19, 2015



Money is money. It doesn't matter if I've worked hard or easy for it. I spend it the same.   

— Andy Warhol

Week of June 5, 2015



Philosophy requires a resignation, but one of feeling and not of intellect.   

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

Week of May 29, 2015



Why worry about wet feet with a flood at your door?

— Anton Chekov

Week of May 22, 2015



The only truth is music.

 — Jack Kerouac

Week of May 15, 2015



For your race, in its poverty, has unquestionably one really effective weapon--laughter.  

— Mark Twain

Week of May 1, 2015



Ugly beauty.  

— Thelonious Monk describes his music.

Week of April 23, 2015



The notion of the aesthetic has been monopolized by art.

 — Jerome Stolnitz

Week of March 20, 2015



When the organizational structure of an institution of higher education is indistinguishable from that of a major corporation, the spirit dies.

— Page Smith

Week of March 6, 2015



For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

— Ecclesiastes 1:18

Week of February 27, 2015



Whiskey is liquid sunshine.

— George Bernard Shaw

Week of February 6, 2015



 America is ready to get stuff done.

— Sarah Palin

Week of January 30 2015


The really damned not only like Hell, they feel loyal to it.

— Randall Jarrell

Week of January 23, 2015


Deprivation is for me what daffodils were to Wordsworth .

— Philip Larkin

Week of January 9, 2015


In art one is either a plagiarist or a revolutionary.

— Paul Gauguin

Week of December 11, 2014


Talent imitates genius, because there’s nothing else to imitate.

— Jack Kerouac

Week of November 21, 2014


Literature is news that stays news.

— Ezra Pound

Week of November 7, 2014


The highest criticism is in its way more creative than creation.

— Oscar Wilde

Week of October 24, 2014


The gate to justice is learning.

— Walter Benjamin

Week of October 10, 2014


Life is the theatre of one chance.

— John Brockman

Week of October 3, 2014


The beauty of the telling should not be confused with the loveliness of the scene.

— Anthony Lane

Week of September 19, 2014


Much of what we call 'taste' lies in this, the conformity between discriminations demanded by a painting and skills of discrimination possessed by the beholder.

— Michael Baxandall

Week of September 5, 2014


Ignorance and pride are two dear sisters who never leave each other’s side.

— Johann Gottfried Herder

Week of August 29, 2014


I don’t want to live in a world where there are no lions anymore.

— Werner Herzog

Week of August 22, 2014


It is not true that anything goes.

— Umberto Eco

Week of August 1, 2014


Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.

— Moliè

Week of July 25, 2014


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

— Goethe

Week of July 11, 2014


Beautiful books are always written in a sort of foreign language.

— Marcel Proust

Week of June 27, 2014


Surely half the pleasure of life is sardonic comment on the passing show.

— P.F. Strawson

Week of June 13, 2014


The triumph of time over strength; a melancholy but not unpleasant thought.

— Lord Kames

Week of May 21, 2014


Where go? what do? what for?

— Jack Kerouac

Week of May 7, 2014


Man is a creature who makes pictures of himself, and then comes to resemble the pictures.

— Iris Murdoch

Week of April 18, 2014



The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

— Bertrand Russell

Week of April 11, 2014



The dog is never pedantic or academic.

— John Dewey

Week of March 28, 2014



I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

— James Baldwin

Week of March 21, 2014


No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.

— F.D.R.

Week of March 7, 2014



Painting is another form of thinking.  

— Gerhard Richter

Week of February 28, 2014



What a man danced, that was his tribe, his social custom, his religion.

— Havelock Ellis

Week of February 21, 2014



Everything in a work of art is changed and transfigured by the personality of the artist.

— Thomas Wolfe 

Week of February 14, 2014


A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.

— Franz Kafka

Week of February 7, 2014



The historical importance of a work of art is obviously separable from its aesthetic value.

— Donald Francis Tovey

Week of January 24, 2014



 I’m not interested in self-expression but in expressiveness. 

Mark Morris, choreographer

Week of January 10, 2014



"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair."

— J.K. Rowling

Christmas, 2013



O saeclum insapiens et infacetum! (Oh, what a crude and tasteless age this is!)

— Catullus

Week of December 20, 2013



Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

— Francis Bacon

Week of December 13, 2013



I should wish to have a more perfect knowledge of things, but I do not wish to buy it as dear as it costs.

— Montaigne

Week of November 29, 2013



It is proper for art to represent the usual from a point of view that will make it startling.

— Immanuel Kant

Week of November 15, 2013



Patience: You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.

— Arnold H. Glasow

Week of November 8, 2013




Good prose is like a window pane.

— George Orwell

Week of October 18, 2013




No one who has something original or important to say will willingly run the risk of being misunderstood.

— Peter Medawar

Week of October 4, 2013



Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

Week of September 20, 2013



Magician is to surgeon as painter is to cinematographer.

— Walter Benjamin

Week of September 13, 2013



Meanings are not extracted but made.

— Stanley Fish

Week of August 30, 2013



So many people write because they lack the character not to.

— Karl Kraus

Week of August 23, 2013



All good art cannot help but confront denial on its way to the truth.

— Pete Townshend

Week of August 9, 2013



All true classification being genealogical, [the] community of descent is the hidden bond.

— Charles Darwin

Week of July 26, 2013



One of the beauties of live performance is that it ignites
a space and time and then disappears.

— Meredith Monk

Week of July 19, 2013



A problem well put is half-solved.

— John Dewey

Week of July 5, 2013




History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

— H.G. Wells

Week of June 21, 2013



In painting I am always dealing with — and never not — a relational structure. Which in turn makes "permission" to be "abstract" no problem at all.

— Robert Motherwell

 Week of June 7, 2013



It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.

— Gore Vidal

Week of May 17, 2013



Music is so rarely listened to. 

— Jacques Attali

Week of May 3, 2013



Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.

— Walt Whitman

Week of April 26, 2013



 When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia assumes its full meaning.

— Jean Baudrillard

Week of April 12, 2013



We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

— Oscar Wilde

Week of March 29, 2013



If anything, maybe I’ve helped establish that rock ’n’ roll is a pose.

— David Bowie

Week of March 15, 2013



In place of a hermeneutics we need an erotics of art.

— Susan Sontag

Week of March 8, 2013



Whoever wants to harvest happiness and contentment from life need only keep away from higher culture.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Week of March 1, 2013



The German thinks with music, the Italian sings with it.

— Peter Konwitschny

Week of February  15, 2013



Our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others.

— Alexander Graham Bell

Week of February 8, 2013



Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful.

— George Orwell

Week of February 1, 2013




Singing must almost be reckoned one of the lost arts.

— Joseph Haydn

Week of January 25, 2013



Playfulness is a volatile, sometimes dangerously explosive essence.

— Victor Turner

Week of January 11, 2013



Finish each day and be done with it.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Week of December 22, 2012



You cannot learn to skate without making yourself ridiculous.

— George Bernard Shaw

Week of December 15, 2012



The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.

— William Faulkner

Week of November 30, 2012



An individual life is the accidental coincidence of but one life cycle with but one segment of history.

— Erik Erikson

Week of November 23, 2012


I'll play it and tell you what it is later.

— Miles Davis instruction to Red Garland

Week of November 16, 2012


Government doesn't create jobs.

— Mitt Romney

[As President,] I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs.

 — Mitt Romney


Election day, 2012



Not all those who wander are lost.

— J. R. R. Tolkien

Week of October 19, 2012



All music is singing.

— Bruno Walter

Week of October 5, 2012



Beauty is the enemy of expression.

— Christian Tetzlaff

Week of September 28, 2012



Whatever is universally affirmed is false.

— Epictetus

Week of September 21, 2012



Eternal nothingness is O.K. if you're dressed for it.

— Woody Allen

Week of September 7, 2012



If there was anything the human race had a sufficiency of, a sufficiency and a surfeit, it was books.

— Joseph Mitchell in 1964

Week of August 31, 2012



If music is a language, then who is speaking?

— Edward T. Cone

Week of August 16, 2012



Many things pass in the course of a day.

— Robert Henri

Week of August 9, 2012



History doesn't repeat itself. But it has its habits.

— Maik Reichel

Week of August 2, 2012



He who wishes to harvest happiness and contentment from life has only to avoid acquiring a higher culture.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Week of July 15, 2012



It is painful to be an expert on Spinoza in the evening and a machine mechanic the rest of the day.

Week of June 15, 2012



As communications technology has become more global, people’s tastes have become more parochial, not less.

— David Brooks

Week of June 1, 2012


Bad Music ... has a place low in the history of art, but high up in the history of the emotions of the human community.

— Marcel Proust

Week of May 18, 2012



Beauty is specific to type.

— Mary Mothersill

Week of May 11, 2012



No man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

— Judge Gideon Tucker

Week of April 27, 2012



There is nothing worse than good taste.

—  Jonathan Jones

Week of April 20, 2012



The sublime, by its solemnity, takes off from the loveliness of beauty.

—  Uvedale Price

Week of April 13, 2012



If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own.

—  Kurt Vonnegut

Week of April 6, 2012



There is a mask of theory over the whole face of nature.

—  William Whewell

Week of March 30, 2012



In what does barbarism consist, if not in the failure to appreciate what is excellent?

—  J. W. von Goethe

Week of March 9, 2012



With many scholars; they have read themselves stupid.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer

Week of March 2, 2012



I have sometimes thought of the modern university as a series of individual faculty entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over parking.

—  Clark Kerr, University of California President

Week of February 24, 2012


In the kingdom of the deaf, the one-eared man is king.

—  G. Bernard Shaw

Week of February 17, 2012



That which we are, we are.

—  Lord Alfred Tennyson

Week of February 10, 2012



The value of a thought is measured by its distance from the continuity of the familiar.

—  Theodor W. Adorno

Week of January 27, 2012



The work of the philosopher consists in assembling reminders for a particular purpose.

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein

Week of January 20, 2012



To call a philosopher irrational, those are fighting words.

—  Alvin Plantinga

Week of December 16, 2011



Art is what we do. Culture is what is done to us. .

—  Carl Andre

Week of December 9, 2011



The picture itself is powerless to show.

—  Thomas Struth

Week of December 2, 2011



Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.

—  Winston Churchill

Week of November 25, 2011



Novelty was not Steve [Job]’s highest value. Beauty was.

 —  Mona Simpson

Week of November 11, 2011



We are governed not by armies, but by ideas.

—  Mona Caird

Week of October 24, 2011



The surface is all you’ve got. You can only get beyond the surface by working with the surface.

—  Richard Avedon

Week of September 30, 2011



Every work of art changes its predecessors.

—  Mason Cooley

Week of September 16, 2011



Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

—  Ferris Bueller

Week of September 2, 2011



Some people have bad taste and others have taste more like mine.

—  Roger Ebert

Week of August 26, 2011


How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!

—  Jane Austen

Week of August 12, 2011


America [is] a long way down the road to banana-republic status.

—  Paul Krugman

Week of August 5, 2011



I hate writing, but I love having written.

—  Robert Louis Stevenson

Week of July 8, 2011



You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

—  Bob Dylan

Week of June 3, 2011


Travel narrows the mind.

—  G.K. Chesterton

Week of May 27, 2011


Every honest man is a Prophet.

—  William Blake

Week of May 13, 2011


Vulgarity is not as destructive to an artist as snobbery.

—  Pauline Kael

Week of May 6, 2011


Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

—  Andy Warhol

Week of April 29, 2011


One can look at seeing but one can't hear hearing.

—  Marcel Duchamp

Week of April 15, 2011



Given a choice between two theories, take the one which is funnier.

—  Blore's Razor

Week of April 1, 2011


What I cannot create, I do not understand.

—  Richard Feynman

Week of March 25, 2011



Art is not like lemonade in summer.

—  Dmitri Shostakovich

Week of March 18, 2011



Every government has the electorate it deserves.   

George Bernard Shaw

Week of March 11, 2011



Who would want to break into [the music business]? It’s like a bank that’s already been robbed.

—  Randy Newman wins his second Oscar

Week of March 4, 2011



So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.

 Alfred Lord Tennyson

Week of February 18, 2011



Handful of Senators don't pass legislation.

 —  Barry McGuire, 1965

Week of February 11, 2011



Interior decorating is a rock-hard science compared to psychology practiced by amateurs.

—  Antonin Scalia

Week of February 4, 2011



It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.

 Charles Darwin

Week of January 28, 2011



The superior person tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture.

—  Confucius

Week of January 21, 2011



When China wakes, it will shake the world.

—  Napoleon Bonaparte

Week of January 7, 2011



Art for art’s sake is dead, if it ever lived.

—  Edward Steichen

Week of December 24, 2010



Age after age shall be/As age after age has been.

—  Herman Melville

Week of December 10 2010



The sky is as blue as policemen's helmets.

—  Eve Merriam

Week of December 3, 2010



Of making many books there is no end,
and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

—  Ecclesiastes 12:12

Week of November 19, 2010



Logic can convince but only emotion can motivate.

—  Jonathan Alter

Week of November 5, 2010



The object of eloquence is to persuade, of poetry to
please by means of the passions and the imagination.

—  David Hume

Week of October 28, 2010



Philosophy itself is language, rests on language;
but this does not disqualify it from speaking of language.

—  Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Week of October 21, 2010



Banana republic, here we come.

 —  Paul Krugman

Week of October 14, 2010



Mozart is sublime, and whenever I listen to his music, I feelhing which only music, and only Mozart, can provide.

—  Oliver Sacks

Week of September 24, 2010



Academics' lives are seldom interesting.

— Gilles Deleuze

Week of September 10, 2010



Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by
 smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who
really mean it.

— Mark Twain

Week of September 3, 2010



You can’t make spiritual progress in a drugged state.

— Robert Crumb

Week of August 27, 2010



I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

— Jorge Luis Borges

Week of August 20, 2010



Hardship makes the world obscure.

— Don DeLillo

Week of August 6, 2010



Mother Nature is just chemistry, biology and physics. That’s all she is.

— Rob Watson

Week of July 30, 2010



I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind
for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.

— W. Somerset Maugham

Week of July 16, 2010



Life need not be as hard as we make it.

— Robert Fripp

 Week of July 2, 2010


Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces
as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

— Joseph Addison

Week of June 25, 2010



It is improbable that more nonsense has been written about aesthetics than
about anything else: the literature of the subject is not large enough for that.

— Clive Bell

Week of June 18, 2010



Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

— Woody Allen

Week of May 28, 2010



Humanity, justice, generosity, and public spirit,
are the qualities most useful to others.

— Adam Smith

Week of May 14, 2010



New York Times article on English in China

Week of April 30, 2010


I try to be cynical, but it's hard to keep up.

—Lily Tomlin

Week of April 30, 2010



Never eat more than you can lift.

—Miss Piggy

Week of April 23, 2010



To be completely great, a work of [literary] art must lift up the reader's heart.

—Henry James

Week of April 16, 2010


Philosophy needs to be popularized.

—William Irwin

Week of March 26, 2010



I can resist anything except temptation.

—Oscar Wilde

Week of March 19, 2010



Symbols without interpretation have no value.

—Thomas Reid

Week of March 12, 2010

Week of March 5, 2010



We should take a 9-iron and smash the window out of big government in this country.

—MN Governor Tim Pawlenty

Week of February 26, 2010



Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week of February 19, 2010



To have great poets, there must be great audiences, too.

—Walt Whitman

Week of February 5, 2010



Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.

—J. D. Salinger (1919-2010)

Week of January 29, 2010



Only the educated are free.


Week of January 22, 2010



When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

—Hunter S. Thompson

Week of January 15, 2010



The universe is indifferent.

—Donald Draper

Week of December 18, 2009



 British Military Ends Its UFO Hot Line

—NY Times headline

Week of December 11, 2009



—NY Times illustration on holidays and families

Week of Thanksgiving, 2009



Philosophy of art usually lacks one of two things:
either the philosophy or the art.

—Friedrich von Schlegel

Week of November 27, 2009



You do it first, then someone else does it pretty.

—Pablo Picasso

Week of November 20, 2009



People are not so different from gramophones as they like to believe.

—Bertrand Russell

Week of November 13, 2009



If we see letters which we do not understand,
shall we say that we do not see them?


Week of November 6, 2009



Youth is unfortunately not a permanent condition of life.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Week of October 30, 2009



In heaven all the interesting people are missing.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

Week of October 16, 2009



Youth is wasted on the young.

—George Bernard Shaw

Week of October 2, 2009



There is no such thing as public opinion.
There is only published opinion.

—Winston Churchill

Week of September 18, 2009



Authority has vanished.

—Hannah Arendt

Week of September 11, 2009



To classify is to embalm. Real identity is incompatible with
schools and categories, except by mutilation.

—Mark Rothko

Week of September 4, 2009



Romanticism is the most recent, the most contemporary
expression of beauty.


Week of August 28, 2009



 Mozart is sublime, and whenever I listen to his music, I feel
something which only music, and only Mozart, can provide.

—Oliver Sacks

Week of August 7, 2009



If a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he
need not care who should make the laws of a nation. 

—Andrew Fletcher

Week of July 31, 2009



 I don't know that ambitiousness is a virtue in a book.
Correctness is. Relevance is, and reach is. 

Amartya Sen

Week of July 24, 2009



Chainsaws: useful in the forest, dubious at the dinner table.

—Randy Cohen

Week of July 10, 2009


About the best poetry, and not only the best, there floats an atmosphere of infinite suggestion.

—A.C. Bradley

Week of June 26, 2009


You know, you only live once. Why not offend as many people as possible?

 —Roger Scruton

Week of June 12, 2009



What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the
attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates
a poverty of attention.

—Herbert A. Simon

Week of May 22, 2009



Speech and music have their centers of gravity at different points.

—Eduard Hanslick

Week of May 15, 2009



By definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not
violate our obligations under the Conventions Against Torture.

—Condoleezza Rice justifies waterboarding

Week of May 8, 2009



 The most "popular," the most "successful" writers  ... are,
ninety-nine times out of a hundred, persons of mere address,
perseverance, effrontery—in a word, busy-bodies, toadies, quacks.

—Edgar Allan Poe

Week of April 24, 2009



The river rises, flows over its banks and carries us all away,
as mayflies floating downstream.


Week of April 17, 2009



The trouble is that you think you have time. 


Week of April 3, 2009



Men are reasoning rather than reasonable animals,
for the most part governed by their passions.

—Alexander Hamilton

Week of March 27, 2009



In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
becomes a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

Week of March 20, 2009



Week of March 13, 2009



Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Week of March 6, 2009



Being human, we want to find out who made things we admire.

 —James Hawes

Week of February 20, 2009



Now, for the poet, he nothing affirms, and therefore never lies.

—Sir Phillip Sidney

Week of February 6, 2009 

Week of February 6, 2009



When cutting an axe handle with an axe, surely the model is at hand.

Lu Chi

Week of January 30, 2009



That government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln

Inauguration Day, 2009


The history of nonsense is scholarship.

 Saul Lieberman

Week of January 9, 2009


Happy happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days.

 —Charles Dickens

Week of December 25, 2008



No one will be smiling all the time if real work is going on.

Mark H. Shapiro

Week of December 19, 2008



Tell all the Truth but tell it slant.

 Emily Dickinson

Week of December 12, 2008



The originality of a work of art refers to the originality of
the thing expressed and the way it is expressed.

 —P. H. Emerson

Week of December 5, 2008



The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction.

 —Helen Keller

Week of November 21, 2008



Road Sign in Opiki, New Zealand

Week of November 14, 2008



It's been a long eight years.

former Vice President Al Gore campaigns for Obama

Week of November 7, 2008



No, ma’am, he’s a decent family man.

—John McCain assures a voter that Barack Obama is not an Arab

Week of October 25, 2008



Disputes with men, pertinaciously obstinate in their principles, are,
of all others, the most irksome; except, perhaps, those with persons,
entirely disingenuous, who really do not believe the opinions they defend.

—David Hume

Week of October 17, 2008



I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Week of October 10, 2008



If anything can be pursued in an armchair, philosophy can.

Timothy Williamson

Week of October 3, 2008



Somebody's putting something in his Metamucil.

David Letterman on John McCain

Week of September 26, 2008


The government-sponsored institution Fannie Mae, when I look
at its risks, seems to be sitting on a barrel of dynamite, vulnerable
to the slightest hiccup. But not to worry: their large staff of scientists
deemed these events "unlikely."

Nassim Taleb, statistician, 2006

Week of September 19, 2008



 This election is not about issues.

Rick Davis, advisor to presidential candidate John McCain

Week of September 12, 2008



 Bearing babies irresponsibly is simply wrong.

—Vice President Dan Quayle (Republican) 1992

Week of September 5, 2008



It is the habit of the unthinking to turn in times like this
to the illusions of economic magic.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt , 1932

 Week of Aug. 22, 2008



What is the use of art? There's a nasty one.

—E. M. Forster

Week of Aug. 15, 2008



Experience has its dangers: it may bring wisdom, but it may also
bring stiffness and cause hardened deposits in the mind.

—E. F. Benson

Week of Aug. 15, 2008



Collectivism is not inherently democratic, but, on the contrary, gives
to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inquisitors never
dreamt of.

—George Orwell

Week of July 25, 2008



Discordant visual art does not cause visceral pain, 
discordant music does.

—Tom Service

Week of July 18, 2008



What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.

Christopher Hitchens

Week of July 11, 2008



Nothing is just one thing.

Virginia Woolf 

Week of July 4, 2008



What if there were no hypothetical questions?

George Carlin

Week of June 27, 2008



Of course, God will forgive me. That's his job. 

Heinrich Heine

Week of June 20, 2008



Painting is mute poetry, and poetry a speaking picture. 


Week of June 13, 2008



Our wills and fates do so contrary run that our devices still are overthrown; 
Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own. 

William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

Week of June 6, 2008



The world is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution. 

Sir Walter Raleigh 

Week of May 23, 2008



It's a bad plan that can't be changed. 

—Publius Syrus

Week of May 16, 2008



Human affairs can be administered, 
but administration is not management.  

Simon Blackburn

Week of May 9, 2008



An action which would be bad if done openly 
is not rendered good by secrecy. 

Henry Sidgwick 

Week of May 2, 2008



If music is too closely united to words, and tries to form itself according 
to the events, it is striving to speak a language which is not its own.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Week of April 25, 2008



Even the blossoming tree lies the moment its bloom is seen 
without the shadow of terror.  

Theodor W. Adorno

Week of April 18, 2008



Americans do not take kindly to things being impossible.

Francois Cusset

Week of April 11, 2008



The work of art in the machine age is a construction; 
it is built like the Parthenon.

Herbert Read

Week of April 4, 2008



Our energy policy has not been very wise. 

President George W. Bush

Week of March 28, 2008



The religion of art makes people worse, because it encourages contempt 
for those considered inartistic.

—John Carey

Week of March 21, 2008



Hope is not a plan.

U.S. Army Maxim

Week of March 14, 2008



I never dared to be radical when young 
for fear it would make me conservative when old.

—Robert Frost

Week of Feb. 29, 2008



The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Week of Feb. 22, 2008



The time when music could change the world is past.

—Neil Young, 2008

Week of Feb. 15, 2008



Music resembles poetry, in each
Are nameless graces which no methods teach.

—Alexander Pope

Week of Feb. 1, 2008



If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.

—Lewis Carroll

Week of Jan. 25, 2008



The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. 
That is why they invented hell.

—Bertrand Russell

Week of Jan. 18, 2008




Week of Jan. 11, 2008



Everything is what it is, and not another thing.

Joseph Butler, Bishop

Week of Jan. 5, 2008



The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between 
the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools 
and its thinking by cowards.  

William Francis Butler

Week of Dec. 28, 2007



The act of reading is not natural. 

Maryanne Wolf

Week of Dec. 14, 2007



That which we are, we are.


Week of Dec. 7, 2007



The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

Leslie Poles Hartley

Week of Nov. 23, 2007



A time of revolution . . . is an uneasy time to live in. It is easier to tear down
a code than to put a new one in its place.

Frederick Lewis Allen

Week of Nov. 23, 2007



What is most excellent in any way is always the least showy.


Week of Nov. 9, 2007



No one likes armed missionaries.


Week of Nov. 2, 2007



It is a function of all art to give us some perception of an order in life, 
by imposing an order upon it.  

T. S. Eliot

Week of October 26, 2007



The attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell. 

Karl Popper

Week of October 19, 2007



Autumn's the mellow time.

William Allingham, Irish poet

Week of October 12, 2007



Mechanization means never having to wonder what to pretend to desire next.

John Daniels 

Week of October 5, 2007



What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions 
and courting new impressions.

—Walter Pater

Week of September 28, 2007



If only God were a decent man.

—French Proverb

Week of September 14, 2007



To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

—Will Durant

Week of September 7, 2007



"I Left My Brain in My Locker"

Message on shirt marketed to pre-teen girls by Limited Too 

Week of August 31, 2007



For us to be able to enter the world that music creates for us, 
we need a silence within which to listen.

Andrew Waggoner

Week of August 24, 2007



Procrastination is even costlier in politics than it is in private life.

—Michael Ignatieff 

Week of August 17, 2007



I have always affirmed that I'm a very mediocre painter. 
I simply believe that I'm a better painter that my contemporaries.   

—Salvador Dali  

Week of August 3, 2007



Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; 
peacocks and lilies, for example. 

—John Ruskin  

Week of July 27, 2007



There is no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

—Cyril Connolly

Week of July 20, 2007



The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: 
we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations. 

Edmund Burke 

Week of Independence Day, 2007



There are some things that are so serious that you can only joke about them. 

Niels Bohr

Week of June 22, 2007



All problems are divided into two classes, soluble questions, which are trivial, 
and important questions, which are insoluble. 

George Santayana

Week of June 8, 2007



English departments ... rely on some kind of mimetic, osmotic process 
whereby ideas about form and style and structure get absorbed by the fledgling 
academic while she concentrates on the important stuff: content. And if I 
just spend enough time bird-watching, I will be able to fly.

Rachel Toor

Week of June 1, 2007



No matter how pure and impassioned the intention, the inevitable effect of 
most artistic or cultural revolutions is to feed the public’s appetite for titillation.

Joe Boyd

Week of May 25, 2007



The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this 
because God will not be mocked. 

Jerry Falwell (1933-2007) explains the 9/11/2001  terrorist attacks 

Week of May 18, 2007



In writing about art, a pretense of objectivity never succeeds.

Charles Rosen

Week of May 11, 2007



Every uneducated person is a caricature of himself.

—Friedrich von Schlegel

Week of April 27, 2007



Human beings, past and present, have trashed the joint.

—Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

Week of April 20, 2007



There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could
make you do something we'd all love one another.

—Frank Zappa

Week of April 13, 2007


What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.  

—Benjamin Disraeli

Week of March 30, 2007



Epilepsy taught me that we're not in control of ourselves.  

Neil Young

Week of March 23, 2007



It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


Week of March 16, 2007



Bad taste is better than no taste.  

Alexis Smith

Week of March 9, 2007



No poem is intended for the reader, no picture for the beholder, 
no symphony for the listener.

Walter Benjamin

Week of March 2, 2007



It is enough that the arrows fit exactly in the wounds that they have made.  

Franz Kafka

Week of February 23, 2007



In philosophy, the name of the game is disagreement.

John Searle

Week of February 9, 2007



There are essentially four wars going on in Iraq. 

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates

Week of February 2, 2007



I'm vice president and they're not. 

Vice President Dick Cheney responds to his critics

Week of January 26, 2007




Week of January 19, 2007



The highest justification of liberal education is that by forming free and 
well-furnished minds it prepares students to fashion for themselves a good life. 

John Stuart Mill 

Week of January 12, 2007



I resent in art the definitive explanation for people's behavior.

filmmaker Robert Altman

Week of December 29, 2006




The old-fashioned bookstore was a charming place, but charm alone 
will not solve the problem of modern book distribution. 

Carnegie Corporation report, 1930

Week of December 22, 2006



To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Theodore Roosevelt

Week of December 15, 2006



Grave. Deteriorating. Daunting.

—The Iraq Study Group summarizes U.S. prospects  in Iraq

Week of December 8, 2006



Freedom and individualism in the creation of art is an irritant, 
like so much sand thrown into our shells.

—Kirk Varnedoe  

Week of November 24, 2006



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