Thought of the Day

"It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases." -Friedrich Schiller

Thought of the Day

“When our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are considered both different and inferior in the eyes of the God we worship, this belief tends to permeate society and everyone suffers.” ― Jimmy Carter

Thought of the Day

"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is." --Horace Walpole

Thought of the Day

"One mustn't close one's eyes to difficulty and to shortcomings; the more one recognizes them, the less they upset one." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Thought of the Day

“I am not sure that the discovery of love is necessarily more exquisite than the discovery of poetry.”  ―Marguerite Yourcenar

Thought of the Day

"Now a book lives as long as it is unfathomed. Once it is fathomed, once it is known and its meaning is fixed or established, it is dead." -- D.H. Lawrence  

Thought of the Day

"To be tiny and yet to attack someone very big is a brilliant feat. It is glorious to be a flea on a lion…The humiliated lion carries in its flesh the sting of the insect, and the flea can say: I have lion’s blood in me." —Victor Hugo

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"The only sensible procedure for a critic is to keep silent about works which he believes to be bad. Attacking bad books is not only a waste of time but also bad for the character. One cannot review a bad book without showing off." —W. H. Auden

Thought of the Day

"Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in; but, as a rule, the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents." — Arthur Schopenhauer

Thought of the Day

"A bad reader is like a bad translator: he interprets literally when he ought to paraphrase, and paraphrases when he ought to interpret literally. In learning to read well, scholarship, valuable as it is, is less important than instinct; some great scholars have been poor translators." —W. H. AUDEN