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

Thought of the Day

"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

Thought of the Day

"You remember too much, my mother said to me recently. Why hold onto all that? And I said, Where can I put it down?" —Anne Carson 

Though of the Day

"Did St. Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats." --Rebecca West        

Thought of the Day

"The way I keep in touch with the world is very gingerly, because the world touches too hard." --Don Van Vliet ("Captain Beefheart")

Thought of the Day

  “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” ― Bertrand Russell

Thought of the Day

“The only important elements in any society are the artistic and the criminal, because they alone, by questioning the society’s values, can force it to change.” --Samuel R. Delany