Archives - December 2000
December 1, 2000
What was given to us by the past is adapted to the possibilities of the future.
December 2, 2000
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
December 3, 2000
Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.
December 4, 2000
Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
December 5, 2000
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.
December 6, 2000
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
December 7, 2000
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
December 8, 2000
Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
December 9, 2000
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are somone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
December 10, 2000
If the fine arts and the humanities really didn't matter, then most of what we call civilization has been a mistake.
December 11, 2000
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
December 12, 2000
I need to love my enemies; I made them.
December 13, 2000
The New England conscience…does not stop you from doing what you shouldn't— it just stops you from enjoying it.
December 14, 2000
A little fact is worth a whole limbo of dreams.
December 15, 2000
Politics: where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be candidates themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage.
December 16, 2000
There isn't, unfortunately, any way of discovering whether you can write a publishable novel except by writing it.
December 17, 2000
No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
December 18, 2000
The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
December 19, 2000
If you travel faster than the speed of light, will you still be left in the dark?
December 20, 2000
My soul can find no staircase to heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness.
December 21, 2000
To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.
December 22, 2000
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.
December 23, 2000
"Literature" is written material that, 100 years after the death of the author, is forced upon high school students.
December 24, 2000
I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as self-governing people to hear everything.
December 25, 2000
A perfectly managed Christmas correct in every detail is, like basted inside seams and letters answered by return, a sure sign of someone who hasn't enough to do.
December 26, 2000
No law can be sacred to me buy that of my nature.
December 27, 2000
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
December 28, 2000
Motherhood is like Albania--you can't trust the description in the books, you have to go there.
December 29, 2000
Number is an invention meant to atone for a bad memory.
December 30, 2000
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact.
December 31, 2000
The etiquette question that troubles so many fastidious people New Year's Day is: How am I ever going to face those people again?