“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” — Isaac Asimov, Newsweek, Jan. 21, 1980
“None think the great unhappy but the great.” — Edward Young
- The negative space in the eight of diamonds forms an 8.
- William Brewster, leader of the Plymouth Colony, named his children Jonathan, Patience, Fear, Love, and Wrestling.
- Wilfred Owen’s mother received the news of his death on Armistice Day.
- SCHOOLMASTER = SMOTE SCHOLAR
- “I never had any philosophic instruction, the first lecture on psychology I ever heard being the first I ever gave.” — William James
“Abstinence from doing is often as generous as doing, but it is not so apparent.” — Montaigne
“The world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters.” — William Shenstone, “On Writing and Books,” 1769
“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
“It is conceivable that Alexander the Great — for all the military successes of his youth, for all the excellence of the army he trained, for all the desire he felt in himself to change the world — might have stopped at the Hellespont, and never crossed it, and not out of fear, not out of indecisiveness, not out of weakness of will, but from heavy legs.” — Kafka
“Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.” — Baudelaire
“There is something essentially ridiculous about critics, anyway: what is good is good without our saying so, and beneath all our majesty we know this.” — Randall Jarrell
“My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.” — Benjamin Disraeli