Category Archives: Quote of the Day

Happy 2013!!!!

Dear readers,

I wish all of you, and all the world, a progressive, prosperous and positive 2013. Thank you for reading (spread the word, if you will); I hope I’ll be able to entertain and somewhat inspire you in the coming year. Happy New Year! 🙂

“We don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Howard Zinn

PW

Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause


Today’s Quote of the Day is about fear…

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“The fearless are merely fearless. People who act in spite of their fear are truly brave.”

James A. LaFond-Lewis


Today’s Quote: Aldous Huxley on the Human Condition

“Genius and angry ape, player of fantastic tricks and godlike reasoner—in all these roles individuals are products of a language and a culture. Working on the twelve or thirteen billion neurons of the human brain, language and culture have given us law, science, ethics, philosophy; have made possible all the achievements of talent and of sanctity. They have also given us fanaticism, superstition and dogmatic bumptiousness; nationalistic idolatry and mass murder in the name of God; rabblerousing propaganda and organized lying. And, along with the salt of the Earth, they have given us, generation after generation, countless millions of hypnotized conformists, the predestined victims of power-hungry rulers who are themselves the victims of all that is most senseless and inhuman in their own cultural tradition.”

Aldous Huxley, 1963

Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause


John Dewey on education

“The object of the education of children lies not in communicating the values of the past, but in creating new values of the future.”

John Dewey

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In light of the tragedy in CT

In light of today’s CT shooting–and, really, countless things that happen every damn day all around the world–today’s quote of the day seemed like a good fit…

“it may be that—human beings are arriving at a point in their evolution where we’re beginning to understand the way we work to a point where we may be able to break into the cycle, you know, the cycle of—disconnectedness—that we pass on

from one generation to another…I have a feeling that we have it within our grasp to catch up with ourselves and to actually affect our evolution by using our brains, and our hearts, and our minds, and maybe that’s what religion is, and maybe that’s what art is—maybe that’s the point of it, you know, maybe that’s the point of this movie, maybe that’s the point of all art, or writing, or whatever—maybe it’s all part of the process of us—of human beings trying to evolve to the point where we can kind of get a grip on this stuff and say, we no longer to, you know, go and murder the chimpanzee next door…”
Roger Waters
Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause


Quote of the Day, 11/19/12

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“Let the atrocious images haunt us. Even if they are only tokens, and cannot possibly encompass most of the reality to which they refer, they still perform a vital function. The images say: This is what human beings are capable of doing—may volunteer to do, enthusiastically, self- righteously. Don’t forget.” – Susan Sontag

 


Quote of the Day, 11/2/12

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“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”

H.G. Wells

Thanks for reading,

PW