"Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
"I swore never to be silent whenever human
beings endure suffering and humiliation.
Wherever men and women are persecuted
because of their race, religion, or political
views, that place must -- at that moment --
become the center of the universe."
-Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance, 1986
"Le problème avec le monde c'est que
les gens intelligents sont pleins de doutes,
alors que les imbéciles sont pleins de certitudes."
-Charles Bukowski (to quote Yeats)
"In England it's still legal to kill a
Welshman with a crossbow after 5."
-English friend, just FYI
"I like the feeling of being able
to confront an experience
and resolve it as art."
"A lot of people made great records,
but dressed like they were
going to the supermarket."
Mr. Antolini to Holden in The Catcher in the Rye:
“Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them--if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."
"If you want to live a happy life,
tie it to a goal, not
to people or objects."
"Have the courage to suffer the contempt
of the sophisticated world."
-Justice Antonin Scalia
"Once created, the technique could be used over
and over again, on any number of devices. In the
physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master
key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks..."
-Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, from their Motion to Vacate
"I feel like maybe my problem is
metaphysical. I seem to struggle
with punctuality on a mythic level."
-friend in NY
"Lust, that state commonly known as
'being in love,' is a kind of madness.
It is a distortion of reality so remarkable
that it should, by rights, enable most of us
to understand the other forms of lunacy
with the sympathy of fellow-sufferers."
"Be daring, be different, be impractical,
be anything that will assert integrity of
purpose and imaginative vision against
the play-it-safers, the creatures of the
commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
Inspiring words for today, a day when I actually want
to be nothing more than a commonplace play-it-safer.
From Zia Haider Rahman's In Light of What We Know, a book I can't wait to start reading:
"Even knowledge itself, the novel’s narrator suggests in the book’s final, and distinctly religious, peroration, functioned as a kind of metaphor for Zafar: it was his attempt to find a home. He acquired knowledge—so much of it, and so greedily—not to “ ‘better himself,’ as the expression goes,” but in order to lay ground for his feet to stand upon; in order, that is, to go home, somewhere, and take root. I believe that he had failed in this mission and had come to see, as he himself said in so many words, that understanding is not what this life has given us, that answers can only beget questions, that honesty commands a declaration not of faith but of ignorance, and that the only mission available to us, one laid to our charge, if any hand was in it, is to let unfold the questions, to take to the river knowing not if it runs to the sea, and accept our place as servants of life."