Wednesday, August 31, 2005

 

A great book is like great evil

The slightly unsettling view of a great book comes from the Roman emperor, Caligula

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

 

If you don't think too good, don't think too much

This simple piece of advice on thinking comes from the baseball player, Ted Williams

Of course, could it be that one doesn't think too good because one doesn't think too much? Perhaps something of a vicious circle ensues, if so...

Monday, August 29, 2005

 

No man's knowledge here can go beyond experience

The quote of the day today is by the famous English Philosopher, John Locke.

This particular quote highlights the key difference between the empirical tradition in England and the continental rationalist approach.

Other famous Locke quotes include:

On laws:

"Wherever Law ends, Tyranny begins"

...on property:

"Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself"

Sunday, August 28, 2005

 

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

The quote today is by Leo Tolstoy the author of classics such as Anna Karenina

Other quotes include:

"The hero of my tale - whom I love with all the power of my soul, whom I have tried to portray in all his beauty, who has been, is, and will be beautiful - is Truth"

Saturday, August 27, 2005

 

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing

The quote of the day today is by Mother Teresa, the beatified Catholic nun.

Other quotes include:

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody"

...and...

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them"

Friday, August 26, 2005

 

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support

This humorous definition of an atheist are the words of John Buchan

Remember that you can play sudoku puzzles online at Saidwhat if you're looking for something relaxing and fun to do this weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

 

I actually don't meet very many men because they are, I guess, afraid to approach me or think that I'm from another planet

The modest quote of the day today comes from Claudia Schiffer, the well known model.

Other quotes include:

On modelling:

"The difference between the girls today and models of the past is that we are not only interested in fashion: we are going in so many different directions at once. We work harder - at night and on weekends"

On nudity:

"It's something I decided from the very beginning I would never do - nudity"

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

 

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library

The quote of the day today is by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine poet.

Other quotes include:

"The original is unfaithful to the translation."

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

 

You can think best when you're happiest.

The quote of the day on thinking well is by the Aussie golfer, Peter Thompson.

Monday, August 22, 2005

 

Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses

The quote of the day today comes from Dorothy Parker, American critic, satirical poet, and short-story writer.

Other quotes include:

"I like to have a martini,
two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host"

...and...

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to"

Sunday, August 21, 2005

 

Whenever I go to bars in London, people send me over Cosmopolitans. It's a very sweet gesture, but I don't like them, so they just sit there.

The quote today comes from Sex and the City star, Kim Cattrall.

On assumptions:

"People assume that for me to play a sexually open character like Samantha, I must have had fabulous sex for most of my life."

Friday, August 19, 2005

 

Fashion fades, only style remains the same

The quote of the day today is by the fashion designer Coco Chanel

On the perils of not wearing perfume:

"A women who doesn't wear perfume has no future"

On money and riches:

"There are people who have money and people who are rich"

Thursday, August 18, 2005

 

It seems everyone in Hollywood is getting pinched, lifted and pulled. I'm looking weird because I'm not

The quote today comes from Robert Redford, commenting on the fact that people in Hollywood have more and more plastic and less and less reality to them!

On the environment:

"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?"

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

 

When I'm good I'm very good, but when I'm bad I'm better

The quote of the day today comes from Mae West, the well known actress.

Other quotes include:

"It's not the men in my life, it's the life in my men"

...and...

"He who hesitates is a damned fool"

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

 

I always thought I should be treated like a star

The quote today comes from Madonna, who was clearly not shocked when she became famous.

Other quotes include, on talent:

"If I weren't as talented as I am ambitious, I would be a gross monstrosity"

...on wealth...

"Sometimes I wake up, and I have forgotten how incredibly rich I am"

Sunday, August 14, 2005

 

The worst thing a man can ever do is kiss me on the first date

The quote of the day today, on dating etiquette, comes from Hollywood superstar Halle Berry

Other gems from Berry include:

"I think it's always best to be who you are."

...and...

"The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don't have a cherry."

Friday, August 12, 2005

 

When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.

The quote today on total internal reflection comes from Edith Hamilton

Thursday, August 11, 2005

 

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.

The quote today comes from the American novelist, Alex Haley.

 

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

The quote today is by the former US president, Herbert Hoover.

Hoover also said on privacy:

"There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing."

And on peace...

"Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men."

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

 

Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today

A popular quote of the day today, this time coming from John Dryden, the well known British poet.

Have you seized the day?...

Monday, August 08, 2005

 

Woe is me, I think I am becoming a god

The quote today comes from the famous Roman emperor, Vespasian.

It's reported to be what he said on his deathbed.

You can view other memorable deathbed quotes on Saidwhat.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

 

To play billiards well is a sign of an ill-spent youth

The quote of the day today comes from Charles Roupell

So, are you any good at billiards...?

Saturday, August 06, 2005

 

Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred

One of the most famous lines written, this excerpt of course comes from The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

On wisdom:

"Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers."

On dreams:

"Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?"

Friday, August 05, 2005

 

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.

The quote today comes from the mouth of the politician Bruce Barton.

Other quotes include; on advertising:

"As a profession advertising is young; as a force it is as old as the world. The first four words ever uttered, 'Let there be light,' constitute its charter. All nature is vibrant with its impulse"

On charisma:

"The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity - an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do."

Thursday, August 04, 2005

 

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.

If ever there were an incentive not to study, then it is perhaps given to us by this quote from Percy Shelley, the English poet.

On Monarchy:

"Monarchy is only the string that ties the robber's bundle."

On the concept of History:

"History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man."

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

 

Fish say, they have their stream and pond; But is there anything beyond?

An interesting quote today, from the British WWI war poet Rupert Brooke

Perhaps the most famous words of Brooke come from his poetry, and most notably include:

"If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.
There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed"

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

 

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

The wise words today are by the American writer, James Baldwin

On poverty:

"Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor."

On what it's like to be a writer:

"The writer's greed is appalling. He wants, or seems to want, everything and practically everybody, in another sense, and at the same time, he needs no one at all."

Monday, August 01, 2005

 

Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.

This maxim comes from the author Herman Melville.


On wanting help:

"There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man."

On existence:

"There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself."

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