Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind. ~Montaigne
Born: November 20, 1925 – Died: June 6, 1968
English poet, novelist and biographer.
Action is eloquence. ~William Shakespeare
Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? ~Author unknown
people are strange: they are constantly angered by
but on a major matter
totally wasting their lives,
they hardly seem to
~Charles Bukowski (1920–1994)
Bores bore each other too; but it never seems to teach them anything. ~Don Marquis
In Seattle you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running. ~Jeff Bezos
See without looking,
hear without listening,
breathe without asking.
Have patience, my friend, have patience;
For Rome wasn’t built in a day!
You wear yourself out for nothing
In many and many a way!
Why are you nervous and fretty
When things do not move along fast;
Why let yourself get excited
Over things that will soon be past?
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Patience” (1940s)
Our leading advertisers have richly proved that the public will believe anything if they are told of it often enough.
~Arnold Bennett (1867–1931)
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
’Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heartstrings that play soft and low…
~Van Morrison, “Moondance,” recorded 1969
The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other. ~Arthur Rubinstein
Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling? ~M.C. Escher
Fear not November’s challenge bold—
We’ve books and friends,
And hearths that never can grow cold:
These make amends!
~Alexander L. Fraser (1870–1954), “November,” c.1918
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. ~Ovid, Metamorphoses
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. ~Henry David Thoreau
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow
Dresses for breakfasts, and dinners, and balls;
Dresses to sit in, and stand in, and walk in;
Dresses to dance in, and flirt in, and talk in;
Dresses in which to do nothing at all;
Dresses for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.
~William Allen Butler, “Nothing to Wear”
If it’s natural to kill, why do men have to go into training to learn how? ~Joan Baez, “What Would You Do If….?”
People are best on records and books because you can turn them off or put them back on the shelf. ~Henry Rollins
October is the month for painted leaves…. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight. ~Henry David Thoreau, “Autumnal Tints”
Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot
Memory is more than a dustbin of time, stuffed with yesterday’s trash. Rather, memory is a glorious grab bag of the past from which one can at leisure pluck bittersweet experiences of times gone by and relive them. ~Hal Boyle, 1971
Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents… pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.
The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
-Henry David Thoreau
Do what we can, summer will have its flies. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Theater is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.