Archives - January 2010
January 1, 2010
Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one
another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the
January 2, 2010
Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to
January 3, 2010
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
January 4, 2010
Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every
truth easily becomes a lie.
January 5, 2010
If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can
only think what everyone else is thinking.
January 6, 2010
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really
nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you
can smell it and that is all.
January 7, 2010
The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to find yourself
January 8, 2010
Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the
long run. The daily work --- that goes on, it adds up.
January 9, 2010
Poverty can teach lessons that privilege cannot.
January 10, 2010
There is no pleasure in
having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing
January 11, 2010
A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of
January 12, 2010
I never wanted to do biography just to tell the life of a famous
man. I always wanted to use the life of a man to examine political
power, because democracy shapes our lives.
January 13, 2010
Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different
order of reality from that which is given to him.
January 14, 2010
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've
got a pretty neck.
January 15, 2010
An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting
board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
January 16, 2010
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in
the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we
live, what is happening.
January 17, 2010
The number of elements that have to go into a hit would break a
computer down. The right season for that play, the right historical
moment, the right tonality.
January 18, 2010
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
January 19, 2010
If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
January 20, 2010
Kids' views are often just as valid as the teachers'. The best
teachers are the ones that know that.
January 21, 2010
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of
government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
January 22, 2010
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can
see nothing but sea.
January 23, 2010
Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their
inherent truth seem unbelievable.
January 24, 2010
I bought some batteries, but they weren't included.
January 25, 2010
If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of
the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence may not be
transmitted instantaneously by electricity.
January 26, 2010
It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait for others to
call them artists, but simply announce that they are, don't have
the patience to make art.
January 27, 2010
I don't need all that much --- I just need to know who my
characters are and what kind of jam they're going to get into, and
I'll write myself out of their jam.
January 28, 2010
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast
quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as
the crowning reward of art.
January 29, 2010
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from
January 30, 2010
A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take
upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish,
hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.
January 31, 2010
Human beings will line up for miles to buy a bucket of
catastrophes, but don't try selling sunshine and light --- you'll