Quote of the Week Archive
How could a society that cared too little for truth make sufficiently
well-informed judgments and decisions concerning the most suitable
disposition of its public business?
— Harry G. Frankfurt
Week of November 3, 2006
In college I assumed that just about everyone would major in philosophy if not for worries about getting a job; wasn't it obvious that all the really interesting questions were philosophical ones? I quickly learned that this point of view was not widely shared.
— Erick Wielenberg
Week of October 28, 2006
I'm not in the commercial plane so that means I'm not on TV like preachers are,
like the politicians are, like the philosophers are.
— Sun Ra, jazz musician
Week of October 21, 2006
Stupidity has a certain charm -- ignorance does not.
Week of October 13, 2006
Time to put your war uniform on.
—President Bush to Secretary of State Colin Powell
immediately prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq
(Source: Bob Woodward)
Week of September 29, 2006
No matter what the demands of 'self-expression' may be, nothing is anything
without fully articulate, conscious form.
Week of September 22, 2006
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do,
and that is to contradict other philosophers.
Week of September 15, 2006
I'm sure there's a lot of good songs getting recorded today, but I can't hear them.
I'm just hearing buzz.
Week of September 8, 2006
If you look after truth and goodness, beauty looks after herself.
—Eric Gill, typographer
Week of September 1, 2006
Men must be taught as if you taught them not
And things unknown proposed as things forgot.
Week of August 25, 2006
Imagination has no source except in reality, and ceases to have any value when it departs from reality.
Week of August 18, 2006
No patents on life.
Week of August 4, 2006
Happiness? That's nothing more than a good health and a poor memory.
Week of July 28, 2006
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
Week of July 21, 2006
We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
—Abraham Lincoln, 1862
Week of July 4, 2006
Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism
--and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency.
— Stephen Jay Gould
Week of July 1, 2006
To be merely shocking is vulgar.
— Igor Stravinsky
Week of June 23, 2006
If people are not interested in reading Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason,'
I can't make them do it.
— bookseller Andy Ross explains the demise of independent bookstores
Week of June 16, 2006
If a musical experience is forcibly transferred to a political plane,
it no longer has the thing that made it attractive. There is something
uniquely groovy about the musical experience; it is its own beginning
and end. It threatens no one.
— Jerry Garcia
Week of June 9, 2006
Historians always yearn for closure, a date when their narratives can end.
— Niall Ferguson
Week of June 2, 2006
When shall we live, if not now?
Week of May 26, 2006
I've got 1,500 faculty who've all got free speech. In fact, they think they have a multiplier of free speech.
— Stephen Trachtenberg,
president of George Washington University
Week of May 12, 2006
— Harry T. Edwards, U.S. Circuit Court judge, summarizes the Executive Branch legal defense of its wiretap policies
Week of May 5, 2006
Making children cry since 2004.
— slogan of the Birdwar record label
Week of April 28, 2006
I wish I could hold George Bush down and thrash him with Bob Dylan songs until he either agrees to stop being an idiot or resigns.
— Gordon Cook
Week of April 21, 2006
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
— George Santayana
Week of April 14, 2006
I still have no big idea of writing.
My only idea is that if you are doing non-fiction it should be truthful.
— V S Naipaul
Week of April 7, 2006
The rage and the pride have married and produced a sturdy son: the disdain.
— Oriana Fallaci
Week of March 31, 2006
It is no great matter to associate with the good and gentle; for this is a naturally
pleasing to all ... But to be able to live peaceably with hard and perverse persons,
or with the disorderly, or with such as go contrary to us, is a great grace, and a
most commendable thing.
— Thomas à Kempis
Week of March 24, 2006
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
— Samuel Johnson, 1775
Week of March 17, 2006
Is the law a law or is it a piece of toast?
— Garrison Keiller on the President
Week of March 3, 2006
If ego were marketable, all Ph.D. graduates would get tenure.
— Gary North
Week of February 24, 2006
Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being 'pushed to an extreme'; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.
— John Stuart Mill
Week of February 10, 2006
Posterity will not see such a talent for a century to come.
— Josef Haydn on W. A. Mozart
Week of Mozart's 250th Birthday
You would never tell Ralph Ellison that Invisible Man is his most Negro book,
would you? ... identity labels have nothing to do with how anyone actually
— Philip Roth
Week of January 14, 2006
Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.
— Arnold Toynbee
Week of January 7, 2006
The cyber guys can talk all they want about the cyber community, but they
still can't tell you the color of each other's eyes. What kind of community is that?
— Bob Weir
Week of Dec. 30, 2005
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,
and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or
affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons
or things to be seized.
— The United States Constitution
Week of Dec. 16, 2005, as Congress calls for investigations on domestic
eavesdropping without judicial oversight
Pain is what we're in most of the time.
And I think that the bigger the pain, the more gods we need.
— John Lennon
Week of Dec. 8, 2005 (25th anniversary of Lennon's death)
It is quite possible — overwhelmingly probable, one might guess — that we will
always learn more about human life and human personality from novels than
from scientific psychology.
— Noam Chomsky
Week of November 25, 2005
Education which stops with efficiency may prove to be the greatest menace to society.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Week of November 11, 2005
Away, then, with all those prophets who say to the people of Christ, "Peace, peace," and there is no peace!
— Martin Luther, 1517
Week of Reformation Day, 2005
The greatest ideas are the greatest events.
Week of October 28, 2005
"What do you think is the meaning of true happiness?" Calvin asks Hobbes.
"Is it money, cars and women? Or is it just money and cars?"
— Cartoonist Bill Watterson
Week of October 14, 2005
I'm bored out of my mind when I have to converse in the realm of ideas.
— Jean Paul Sartre
Week of October 7, 2005
Virginia Woolf used to read every book she reviewed twice: the first time
surrendering to the author, the second questioning every point and not
letting him or her get away with anything. It's a practice that every critic
— Rupert Christiansen
Week of September 30, 2005
Music doesn't argue, discuss, or quarrel.
— Harold Arlen
Week of September 23, 2005
It’s simply a myth that the old order was more honest and intelligent than the new.
— Michael Kazin, The Wilson Quarterly
Week of September 9, 2005
Every natural disaster comes in two waves. First the wind and rain arrives,
then the political storm.
— Denmark's Kristeligt Dagblad on Hurricane Katrina
Week of September 2, 2005
As I look out among your smiling, eager faces, I can readily understand
why this college is flat on its back.
— Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, 1932
Week of August 26, 2005
I haven't read a book in my life.
— Victoria Beckham ("Posh" Spice)
Week of August 19, 2005
We scan and approve the better; we go for the worse.
Week of August 5, 2005
All art of the past must be destroyed.
— Pierre Boulez
Week of July 29, 2005
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties,
nations and epochs, it is the rule.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
Week of July 22, 2005
If men were rational in their conduct, intelligence would be enough
to make the world almost a paradise.
— Bertrand Russell
Week of July 15, 2005
When history becomes ineluctable and transcends us, wisdom dictates
that those in power should at least pretend to be the instigators of change.
— François Mitterrand, 1996
Week of July 4, 2005
Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody
had said it before him.
— Mark Twain
Week of June 24, 2005
When our country is wrong she is worse than other countries when they are
wrong, for she has more light than other countries, and we somehow ought to
make her feel that we are sorry and ashamed for her.
— William Dean Howells, 1912
Week of June 17, 2005
We may have to give up the notion of a popular Church.
— Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 1996 (Benedict XVI)
Week of June 3, 2005
Cynicism is reality with maybe an alternate spelling.
— Woody Allen
Week of May 20, 2005
A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
Week of V.E. Day, 2005
Even that vulgar and Tavern-Music, which makes one man merry, another mad,
strikes in me a deep fit of devotion, and a profound contemplation of the First
Composer. There is something in it of Divinity more than the ear discovers.
— Sir Thomas Browne
Week of May 6, 2005
Our age is the most parochial since Homer.
— Bertrand Russell
Week of April 29, 2005
Four hundred and 73 pages of this, folks. Is there no God?
— conclusion of a book review by Matt Taibbi
Week of April 22, 2005
Pope is dead, Pope is dead. Hello!
— Rachel McEntee, Fox News,
makes a premature announcement
Week of April 8, 2005
The philosophical writer (in especial contrast to the poet)
follows the trade not of a jeweler but of a lens-grinder.
— R. G. Collingwood
Week of March 29, 2005
Modern economic life for humans is like a monkey driving a car.
— Colin F. Camerer
Week of March 22, 2005
There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists.
— E. H. Gombrich
Week of March 15, 2005
If politicians speak in soundbites, how can we expect
voters to sit through a Bruckner symphony?
— Norman Lebrecht
Week of March 1, 2005
Oh, father and mother pay all the bills,
And we have all the fun,
That's the way we do in college life.
— College Drinking Song, 1912
Week of February 21, 2005
There are no mysteries out of ourselves.
— Herman Melville
Week of February 7, 2005
Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.
Week of January 29, 2005
Prudence is the footprint of wisdom.
Week of January 21, 2005
Reason and free inquiry can be neutral and tolerant only of those
opinions which submit to the test of reason and inquiry.
Week of January 8, 2005
Some art aims directly at arousing the feelings;
some art appeals to the feeling through the route of the intelligence.
—Susan Sontag (1933-2004)
Week of January 1, 2005
Week of December 25, 2004
In order to be reputable it must be wasteful.
-- Thorstein Veblen
Week of December 17, 2004
Beauty is the battlefield where God and the Devil war for the
soul of man.
Week of December 10, 2004
Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy
for those who feel.
-- Horace Walpole
Week of December 3, 2004
Cheap liquor is not good, and good liquor is not cheap.
-- Dorothy Draper
Week of November 26, 2004
I have no special talents: I am only passionately curious.
-- Albert Einstein
Week of November 19, 2004
You can't read the Old Testament without knowing God was
concerned about the environment, war and peace, poverty.
-- Rev. Robert Edgar, general secretary
of the National Council of Churches
Week of November 12, 2004
The press have been cowed, because they didn't want to be
--Former President Jimmy Carter
Election Day, 2004
Our concern about Islamic fundamentalism is that there's no
separation of church and state, yet we are about to erode
Week of October 23, 2004
I'm not going to be your monkey.
Week of October 16, 2004
I sought to challenge the zeitgeist.
Week of October 9, 2004
I could make a career of being blue.
I could dress in black and read Camus.
Week of October 1, 2004
Can human beings know anything, and if so, what and how?
This question is really the most essentially philosophical of all
-- Bertrand Russell, 1911
Week of September 19, 2004
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an academic, even
one given a clothing allowance, will dress like a schlemiel.
-- Regina Barreca
Week of September 19, 2004
Americans went to their death in Iraq thinking that they were
avenging September 11th, when Iraq had nothing to do with
-- Richard Clarke, Bush Administration counter-terrorism official
who in January 2001 warned President Bush of an impending
al Qaeda attack
September 11, 2004
You don't even live once.
-- Karl Kraus
Week of September 1, 2004
A common song sung to a great melody is another way to
-- Lu Chi
Week of September 1, 2004
We actually misnamed the war on terror. It ought to be the
Struggle Against Ideological Extremists Who Do Not Believe
in Free Societies Who Happen to Use Terror as a Weapon to
Try to Shake the Conscience of the Free World.
-- President George Bush
Week of August 13, 2004
In any given situation, there are always going to be more
dumb people than smart people.
-- Ken Kesey
Week of August 13, 2004
I spend my days writing symphonies, concertos, ballads,
and I am not a political thinker.
-- Aaron Copland
Week of August 6, 2004
The specter of Vietnam has been buried forever in the desert
sands of the Arabian Peninsula.
-- President George H. W. Bush, 1991
Week of July 25, 2004
Every true work of art must express a distinct feeling.
-- Caspar David Friedrich
Week of July 18, 2004
I want the frighteningly original all the time.
-- Frank Zappa
Week of July 11, 2004
People do not believe what they believe they believe.
-- Pascal Boyer
Week of July 4, 2004
Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those
have always been the two most beautiful words in
the English language.
-- Henry James
Week of June 25, 2004
It is the beginning of the end when you discover
that you have a style.
-- Dashiell Hammett
Week of June 18, 2004
Facts are stupid things.
-- Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)
Week of June 11, 2004
Art is the secret of how to produce by a false thing
the effect of a true.
-- Thomas Hardy, 1891
Week of June 4, 2004
Science, separated from philosophy, is the opium of
-- W. B. Yeats
Week of May 28, 2004
Do the right thing.
-- Colin Powell, Secretary of State, gives a
university commencement address
Week of May 21, 2004
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful
and murder respectable, and to give the appearance of
solidity to pure wind.
-- George Orwell
Week of May 14, 2004
Morale is fragile because it rests not so much on
present conditions -- although those are certainly
important -- but on one's faith in the future.
-- Stanley Fish on higher education
Week of May 7, 2004
No age is ever contemporary with itself.
Week of April 30, 2004
It is not enough to succeed; others must fail.
-- Gore Vidal
Week of April 23, 2004
To the memory of myself.
-- dedication page of Dmitri Shostakovich’s
String Quartet No. 8
Week of April 9, 2004
Ideology represents the imaginary relationship of
individuals to their real conditions of existence.
-- Louis Althusser
Week of March 27, 2004
Writing about yourself, for yourself, doesn't necessarily
-- Loudon Wainwright III
Week of March 12, 2004
They never told me in education school that my biggest
battle wouldn't be over funding or discipline, but over the
simple issue of whether teachers should actually expect
students to learn.
-- Elise Vogler, American high school teacher
Week of March 5, 2004
The conventional view serves to protect us from the
painful job of thinking.
-- John Kenneth Galbraith
Week of February 28, 2004
Joyce Carol Oates writes faster than I can read.
-- Martin Levin
Week of February 21, 2004
The future is coming at us faster than it ever has.
-- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Week of February 14, 2004
Hostility to theory usually means an opposition to other
people's theories and an oblivion of one's own.
-- Terry Eagleton
Week of February 7, 2004
For real achievement, nothing beats total obscurity.
-- Frank Zappa
Week of January 23, 2004
I think. . . /there. . . /4 a.m.
-- Kai Krause
Week of January 16, 2004
Smugness, to my mind, is a greatly under-rated amusement.
-- Christopher Orlet
Week of January 9, 2004
If music is a language, then who is speaking?
-- Edward T. Cone
Week of December 21, 2003
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
-- John Lennon
Week of December 14, 2003
Novels and memoirs are on a wrong course. They are either inward-gazing, solipsistic and impotent or unconscious and rarefied, written by recidivist realists who pretend the twentieth century didn't happen.
-- Dale Peck
Week of December 7, 2003
The myth of egoism will die with the myth of the privacy
-- Christine M. Korsgaard
Week of November 28, 2003
We read to know we're not alone.
-- C. S. Lewis
Week of November 14, 2003
No good movie is too long. No bad movie is short enough.
-- Roger Ebert
Week of November 7, 2003
The ability to generate a novel philosophical idea is
something one labours to acquire over a lifetime.
-- Colin McGinn
Week of October 31, 2003
I want to be to film what Bob Dylan was to music.
-- Quentin Tarantino
Week of October 16, 2003
He strove to be the best he could at all times.
-- Rick Rubin remembers Johnny Cash
Week of October 9, 2003
Every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.
--Edward Said, 1935-2003
Week of October 2, 2003
Meaning is emergent from a context which itself is
changing. It evolves during the creative process.
Week of September 26, 2003
For the last 40 years, we've always said to high school--University of California spokesman Brad Hayward
students that if you work hard, there will be a place for
you somewhere in the system. This [year’s budget]
begins to call that promise into question.
comments on recent trends in public funding of higher
Week of September 19, 2003
I'll sleep when I'm dead.
--Warren Zevon, 1947-2003
Week of September 12, 2003
I interpret the Green Party as a movement of the
middle and upper-middle class, as actually having a
certain satisfaction with the way things are--which is
to say, the reason you should vote for the Greens is
because you want to feel the excitement of political
engagement, the adventure of it, but you don't really
care what it's going to mean for other people if the
Republicans get elected.
Labor Day 2003, traditional start of the 2004 Presidential campaign
Would you try to build a cabinet when you did not
posses even the rudimentary woodworking skills or
knowledge of the tools necessary to build the cabinet?
Of course not, then why do so many people think they
can write poetry without an iota of preparation?
--Barney F. McClelland, paraphrasing an
Week of August 29, 2003
Language is a social art.
Week of August 22, 2003
One good thing about music -- when it hits,
you feel no pain.
Week of August 15, 2003
Most people think that when they hear a piece of music,
they’re not doing anything but that something is being
done to them.
Week of August 1, 2003
Great art is never extreme.
--Robert Motherwell, 1944
Week of July 25, 2003
Now religion and art are the two most important
phenomena in the world; or rather the most
important phenomenon, for they are basically the
--Northrop Frye, 1935
Week of July 11, 2003
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has prevailed
in every major legal battle decided so far in terrorism's legal
war, turning aside repeated attempts to show that the Bush
administration's policies are eroding civil liberties and
Week of July 4, 2003
The past isn't dead. It isn't even past.
Week of June 28, 2003
The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary
Week of June 14, 2003
School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies,
histories, languages dropped, English and spelling
gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored.
. . . No wonder books stopped selling.
--Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451"
Week of June 7, 2003
I'm in the amusement business, along with theme
parks, popcorn and horror shows. If you want to
get out of the amusement business, you've got to
go to the university and learn a real trade. But real
trades don't exist in the entertainment business,
which falls under the cotton candy business. At the
shows we play, they sell more junk out there than
you can dream of. It has nothing to do with music.
--Bob Dylan, USA Today, 09/09/2001
Week of May 21, 2003
Looking at a great work of art makes one feel more
fully aware of one’s thoughts yet no longer wearied
by them, more exposed to one’s emotions yet no
longer drained by them, more integrated, more
composed — more, in a word, conscious.
--Julian Spalding, The London Times
Week of May 14, 2003
Man, alone, violates the established order.
-- Vladimir Vernadsky
Week of May 7, 2003
People think collectors support artists. But it’s
universities that support artists.
-- Chris Burden
Week of April 25, 2003
American culture, even in its most rigidly segregated
precincts, is patently and irrevocably composite. It is,
regardless of all the hysterical protestations of those
who would have it otherwise, incontestably mulatto.
--Albert Murray, “The Omni-Americans”
Week of April 18, 2003
I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher;
but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always
Week of April 11, 2003
We should beware of too much theory.
Week of March 28, 2003
Human speech is like a cracked cauldron on which
we bang out tunes that make bears dance, when
what we want is to move the stars to pity.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Week of March 21, 2003
A book may be good for nothing; or there may be
only one thing in it worth knowing; are we to read
it all through?
Week of March 14, 2003
Everything I encounter displays to me its absurd
-- Vaclav Havel
Week of March 7, 2003
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on
to repeat it.
-- Calvin CoolidgeWeek of February 28, 2003
A work of art in itself is a gesture and it may be
warm or cold, inviting or repellant.
-- Robert Henri, The Art Spirit, 1923.
Week of February 21, 2003
There is a finality about naming; once a phenomenon
has been named, it takes on a form that distinguishes it
from other phenomena whose names are different.
-- Alan Wolf
Week of February 14, 2003
You know what they said?
Well, some of it was true!
--Joe Strummer, 1952-2002
Week of February 7, 2003
Subdue your appetites and you have conquered human nature!
--Wackford Squeers (in Charles Dickens’
Week of January 21, 2003
Let us never cease from thinking -- what is this 'civilisation' in which we find ourselves? What are these ceremonies and why should we take part in them? What are these professions and why should we make money out of them? Where in short is it leading us, the procession of the sons of educated men?
--Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas (1938)
Week of January 14, 2003
Why is there a mind-body problem when there is no
--John Searle, 1984
Week of January 7, 2003
Wise men say, and not without reason, that whoever
wished to foresee the future might consult the past.
Week of December 29, 2002
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
Week of December 21, 2002
Act first, think later -- that way, you have something to think about.
-- Marcia Tucker, Artist
Week of December 14, 2002
The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
-- Glenn Gould
Week of December 7, 2002
Travel is really a test of the imagination.
Homesickness is failure.
Week of November 28, 2002
The history of the cinema is of boys
Week of November 21, 2002
Wretched excess is just barely enough.
--Shirley O. Corriher
Week of November 14, 2002
I don't want to go around pretending to be me.
Week of November 7, 2002
A three-legged dog walks into a bar and says
I'm looking for the man who shot my paw.
-- Related by Christopher Orlet
in The Vocabulary Review
Week of October 28, 2002
Nature makes the boy toward,
nurture sees him forward.
--Richard Mulcaster, 1582
Week of October 21, 2002
Culture is public because meaning is.
-- Clifford Geertz, 1973
Week of October 14, 2002
The public history of modern art is the story of
conventional people not knowing what they are
--Robert Motherwell , 1951
Week of September 20, 2002
Must I change my triumphant songs? said I to myself,
Must I indeed learn to chant the cold dirges of the baffled?
And sullen hymns of defeat?
-- Walt Whitman
Week of September 11, 2002
Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of
-- Tom Stoppard
Week of September 7, 2002
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty, which immediately diffuses a secret satisfaction and complacency through the imagination, and gives a finishing to anything that is great or uncommon.
-- Joseph Addison, The Spectator, 1712
Week of August 30, 2002
No object is so ugly that, under certain conditions of
light and shade, or proximity to other things, it will
not look beautiful; no object is so beautiful that,
under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.
-- Oscar Wilde, 1883
Week of August 23, 2002
There is no expedient to which a man will not resort
to avoid the real labour of thinking.
--Sir Joshua Reynolds
Week of August 15, 2002
Rock-and-roll is phony and false, and sung, written, and played for the most part by cretinous goons, and by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration, and sly, lewd, in plain fact, dirty lyrics ... it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.
--Frank Sinatra, 1957
Week of August 1, 2002
It's easier to train the ones who don't have a lot of education. . . . If you put a machine gun in the hands of a philosophy major, he might think too much.
--Lt. Donato D'Angelo, U.S. forces in Afghanistan, 2002
Week of July 15, 2002
The traditions are exhausted. All the great problems of art were solved back in the sixteenth century.
--Eugene Delacroix, 1847
Week of July 8, 2002
There is nothing I long for more intensely than to be taken for a better sort of Tchaikovsky. People should know my tunes and whistle them.
Week of June 22, 2002
Language is the house of Being.
In its home we dwell.
Week of June 15, 2002
I love fish and I didn't know a fish sandwich could be so tasty.
--94-year-old Katherine Sheppard eats fast food for the first time
Week of June 8, 2002
The foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.
Week of June 1, 2002
Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
--William Butler Yeats
Week of May 17, 2002
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
--Hunter S. Thompson
Week of May 10, 2002
The human body is the best picture
of the human soul.
Week of May 3, 2002
You can now buy action figures of
President George W. Bush and
Islamic militant Osama bin Laden
Week of April 25, 2002
Americans are not a people like the French, Germans or Japanese, whose genes have been mixing with kindred genes for thousands of years. Americans are held together only by ideas.
--Theodore H. White
Week of April 12, 2002
Welcome to America!
Week of April 5, 2002
When you steal from one author,
if you steal from many, it's research.
Week of March 29, 2002
STRANGE how potent cheap music is. --Noel Coward, Private Lives
Week of March 22, 2002
"Return to Normal"
--ATELIER POPULAIRE poster, Paris, 1968
Week of March 14, 2002
Progress, far from consisting in change,
depends on retentiveness.
Reason in Common Sense, 1905
Week of March 7, 2002
JOSS-STICKS, n. Small sticks burned by the Chinese in their pagan tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion.
"The Devil's Dictionary"
Week of February 28, 2002
Week of February 22, 2002
Culture may be described as that which makes life worth living.
--T. S. Eliot, 1948
Week of February 15, 2002
The artist is inscrutable, but the artwork is not.
-- Eduard Hanslick
On the Musically Beautiful
Week of February 8, 2002
Science is what makes life
possible, but humanities is what
makes life worth living.
-- Colin Lucas, Vice Chancellor, Oxford University
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 25, 2002
[Compare to T. S. Eliot, Week of February 15, 2002]
A man said to the universe,
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
Any sense of obligation."
-- Stephen Crane
Week of January 19, 2002
Protest long enough that you are right,
and you will be wrong.
-- Yiddish Proverb
Week of January 15, 2002
When performing well, every
musician feels the poet Wallace
Stevens's famous declaration,
'no truth but in things'.
--Richard Sennett, "Resistance," Granta 76
Week of January 2, 2002
Meet the Beatles, 2001
December 17, 2001
Are Americans so dumb that philosophy scares them?
|From "Movie Answer Man", Chicago Sun-Times
(December 2, 2001):
Q. It's said no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'' is an excellent film up here in
Canada. I wonder if the same can be said for the U.S.
release ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.'' The point of course, is that minor title
detail was changed for American audiences on the assumption they are too stupid to handle the concept of the philosopher's stone of alchemical
fame. Are these decisions made because the suits think I'm really dumb, or is it because they are?
Week of December 12, 2001
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