Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Quotations: Jan 1 2019 - Current

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January 2019

2019-01-01: "Just how deep do you believe? / Will you bite the hand that feeds? / Will you chew until it bleeds? / Can you get up off your knees? / Are you brave enough to see? / Do you want to change it?" -- Nine Inch Nails ('The Hand That Feeds', 2005)

2019-01-02: "If the sea is where life began - where our ancestors first walked ashore - then who's to say what new life may be developing in its uncharted depths." -- Fox Mulder ('The X-Files', 'Agua Mala', 1999)

2019-01-03: "Some ponder things backward, paying much attention to what matters little and little to what matters much." -- Baltasar Gracián

2019-01-04: "The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2019-01-05: "Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists." -- Booker T. Washington

2019-01-06: "Complete the pattern, solve the puzzle, turn the key." -- Pinhead ('Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth', 1992)

2019-01-07: "We do not want our world to perish. But in our quest for knowledge, century by century, we have placed all our trust in a cold, impartial intellect which only brings us nearer to destruction. We have heeded no wisdom offering guidance." -- Dora Russell

2019-01-08: "One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." -- Oscar Wilde

2019-01-09: "If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be." -- Yogi Berra

2019-01-10: "If you act as the enemy of life, then life will become your enemy." -- Orson Scott Card ('Xenocide', 1991)

2019-01-11: "Earth. Take a good look. It could be your last." -- Tagline for 'Independence Day' (1996)

2019-01-12: "Very often, all the activity of the human mind is directed not in revealing the truth, but in hiding the truth." -- Leo Tolstoy

2019-01-13: "Unity and complementarity constitute reality." -- Werner Heisenberg

2019-01-14: "Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know." -- Rembrandt

2019-01-15: "Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; / The worst is death, and death will have his day." -- William Shakespeare ('Richard II', c. 1595)

2019-01-16: "Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it." -- Dr. Kathryn Railly ('12 Monkeys', 1995)

2019-01-17: "For every beginning there is an end." -- Tagline For 'Final Destination 2' (2003)

2019-01-18: "The wisest of all, in my opinion, is he who can, if only once a month, call himself a fool — a faculty unheard of nowadays." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

2019-01-19: "It always seems to me extreme rashness on the part of some when they want to make human abilities the measure of what nature can do." -- Galileo Galilei

2019-01-20: "The foundation of all technology is fire." -- Isaac Asimov

2019-01-21: "The road to wisdom? — Well, it's plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again but less and less and less." -- Piet Hein

2019-01-22: "There is a degree of doubt, and caution, and modesty, which, in all kinds of scrutiny and decision, ought for ever to accompany a just reasoner." -- David Hume

2019-01-23: "Following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked!" -- Utah Phillips

2019-01-24: "Those who adhere to the past won't be able to cope with the future." -- Willy Brandt

2019-01-25: "There are people with whom everything they consider a means turns mysteriously into an end." -- Friedrich Schlegel

2019-01-26: "One cannot escape from the facts." -- Agatha Christie

2019-01-27: "However doomed a man may be, he still has the great luxury of freedom of thought that can carry him soaring over the past and the future, the single attribute that can never be taken away by tyrant or circumstance." -- Dmitri Volkogonov

2019-01-28: "Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet / To run amuck and tilt at all I meet." -- Alexander Pope

2019-01-29: "Seems to me, it ain't the world that's so bad but what we're doin' to it." -- Louis Armstrong

2019-01-30: "Forward movement is not helpful if what is needed is a change of direction." -- David Fleming

2019-01-31: "Matter and energy seem granular in structure, and so does 'life', but not so mind." -- Erwin Schrödinger

February 2019

2019-02-01: "The world won't listen, and a rain's gonna fall so hard along this way." -- Fatboy ('Way Down Low', 2008)

2019-02-02: "We should never believe anything we have not dared to doubt." -- Christina, Queen of Sweden

2019-02-03: "Everyone's becoming better and better at less and less. Eventually someone's going to be superb, at nothing." -- Kenneth Williams

2019-02-04: "Do not counsel what is most pleasant, but what is best." -- Solon

2019-02-05: "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." -- John Cotton Dana

2019-02-06: "The beauty of the world which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder." -- Virginia Woolf

2019-02-07: "These days, reality is a bummer." -- Wade Watts ('Ready Player One', 2018)

2019-02-08: "Socrates used to call the opinions of the many by the name of Lamiae, bugbears to frighten children." -- Marcus Aurelius

2019-02-09: "I was brought up to believe that there is no virtue in conforming meekly to the dominant opinion of the moment." -- Jane Jacobs

2019-02-10: "People have become robots — zombies — too busy scrambling for day-to-day existence to be able to see they're really victims." -- Anarky

2019-02-11: "Forget being taught and concentrate on learning. When you're sure, question everything." -- Syndicate Wars (1996)

2019-02-12: "That every man should be true to himself, and that there is no world, no star, in which honesty is a crime. Upon that rock I stand." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2019-02-13: "Flip-flop, hippety-hop, offa your rocker and over the top, life’s a fiction and the world’s a lie, so put on some Creedence and let’s get high." -- Stephen King ('The Dark Tower II: The Drawing Of The Three', 1987)

2019-02-14: "Widespread intellectual and moral docility may be convenient for leaders in the short term, but it is suicidal for nations in the long term." -- Carl Sagan

2019-02-15: "Explorers have ventured into the deeps and the heights. Of these explorers some are scientists, some are mystics. Each is driven by a different purpose. The one thing they share in common is a wish to cross the Borderlands that lie beyond the Outer Limits." -- The Outer Limits ('The Borderland', 1963)

2019-02-16: "Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it." -- Albert Schweitzer

2019-02-17: "Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status." -- Laurence J. Peter

2019-02-18: "Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety." -- James Baldwin

2019-02-19: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2019-02-20: "It is a bad thing for a nation to raise and to admire a false standard of success; and there can be no falser standard than that set by the deification of material well-being in and for itself." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2019-02-21: "The greater the interest involved in a truth the more careful, self-distrustful, and patient should be the inquiry." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

2019-02-22: "Marx, Hegel, Spengler, Toynbee, and Sorokin, each with his own variation on the theme of time-flow as mechanically patterned fluctuation, predict the future but ignore its dynamic interaction with the past and the present." -- Fred Polak

2019-02-23: "Everybody knows that the best way to learn is under intense life-threatening pressure." -- Spider-Man ('Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse', 2018)

2019-02-24: "Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past." -- Maurice Maeterlinck

2019-02-25: "You can't prepare for where the truth will take you." -- Tagline For '8mm' (1999)

2019-02-26: "But of all environments, that produced by man’s complex technology is perhaps the most unstable and rickety." -- Isaac Asimov

2019-02-27: "We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones." -- Jules Verne ('Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea', 1870)

2019-02-28: "Who will survive and what will be left of them?" -- Tagline For 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974)

March 2019

2019-03-01: "You're drivin' with your eyes closed / You're gonna hit somethin' but that's the way it goes." -- Don Henley ('Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed', 1984)

2019-03-02: "What is the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we're willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true." -- F. Sherwood Rowland

2019-03-03: "It should never be forgotten that what we call 'catastrophes,' are, in relation to the earth, changes, the equivalents of which would be well represented by the development of a few pimples, or the scratch of a pin on a man's head." -- Thomas Henry Huxley

2019-03-04: "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." -- Helen Keller

2019-03-05: "Scientific progress on a broad front results from the free play of free intellects, working on subjects of their own choice, in the manner dictated by their curiosity for exploration of the unknown." -- Vannevar Bush

2019-03-06: "Who fastest walks, but walks astray, / Is only furthest from his way." -- Matthew Prior

2019-03-07: "Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you." -- Benjamin Franklin

2019-03-08: "We all want to see behind the veil, don't we? But once we do, we mostly just close our eyes again and pretend what we saw was never really there." -- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (2017)

2019-03-09: "To become properly acquainted with a truth, we must first have disbelieved it, and disputed against it." -- Novalis

2019-03-10: "It has occasionally been remarked upon that it is as easy to overlook something large and obvious as it is to overlook something small and niggling, and that the large things one overlooks can often cause problems." -- Neil Gaiman

2019-03-11: "Every step of life shows much caution is required." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2019-03-12: "They're already here." -- Tagline for 'War Of The Worlds' (2005)

2019-03-13: "Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think." -- Jean de La Bruyère

2019-03-14: "We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it can not." -- Terence McKenna

2019-03-15: "I think we have thought too small and have been too afraid." -- Clifford D. Simak

2019-03-16: "Violence creates nothing but violence, no matter what we call it and what the excuse. And so it goes, down all the centuries." -- Michael Moorcock ('The Steel Tsar', 1981)

2019-03-17: "We must develop an absolute priority of humans ahead of profit — any humans ahead of any profit." -- Frank Herbert

2019-03-18: "Reality is always greater — much greater — than what we know, than whatever we can say about it." -- Michael Crichton

2019-03-19: "It is the function of the intellect to discriminate between the true and the false — a distinction which is applicable to all objects of intellectual perception." -- Maimonides

2019-03-20: "The command of a large sum is a dangerous temptation to a national administration. Though accumulated at their expense, the people rarely, if ever profit by it: yet in point of fact, all value, and consequently, all wealth, originates with the people." -- Jean-Baptiste Say

2019-03-21: "Sometimes I have a feeling of doom." -- Jim Maddison ('Day The World Ended', 1955)

2019-03-22: "We make our own luck." -- Thorin Oakenshield ('The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug', 2013)

2019-03-23: "Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours." -- Herman Hesse ('Steppenwolf', 1927)

2019-03-24: "Every minute of every day we choose. Who we are. Who we forgive. Who we defend and protect. To choose a side or to walk the line. To play the middle. To straddle the fence between what is and what should be." -- Walter Skinner ('The X-Files', 'S.R. 819', 1999)

2019-03-25: "There has to be a united determination to persevere in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance and fear." -- Aung San Suu Kyi

2019-03-26: "The only sane policy for the world is that of abolishing war." -- Linus Pauling

2019-03-27: "Analysis and natural philosophy owe their most important discoveries to this fruitful means, which is called induction." -- Pierre-Simon Laplace

2019-03-28: "You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you're left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays." -- Meredith Willson ('The Music Man', 1957)

2019-03-29: "The epidemic psychosis of our time is the lie of believing we have no ethical obligation to our planetary home." -- Theodore Roszak

2019-03-30: "We must use time as a tool, not as a couch." -- John F. Kennedy

2019-03-31: "The actual state of our knowledge is always provisional and there must be, beyond what is actually known, immense new regions to discover." -- Louis de Broglie

April 2019

2019-04-01: "Until I'm six feet under, baby, I don't need a bed / Gonna live while I'm alive, I'll sleep when I'm dead." -- Bon Jovi ('I'll Sleep When I'm Dead', 1992)

2019-04-02: "I’m fed up with everyone being lied to just because the administration thinks it’s in our best interests not to know all the facts." -- Alastair Reynolds ('Absolution Gap', 2003)

2019-04-03: "Be sober, and to doubt prepense, / These are the sinews of good sense." -- Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet

2019-04-04: "Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge." -- Daniel J. Boorstin

2019-04-05: "Great powers agreeing among themselves may indeed hold small powers in check. But who will hold great powers in check when great powers disagree?" -- Charles Evans Hughes

2019-04-06: "Morons don't learn until they die!" -- Faye Valentine ('Cowboy Bebop: The Movie', 2001)

2019-04-07: "An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it." -- James A. Michener ('Space', 1982)

2019-04-08: "The great rule of life is to have no schemes but one unalterable purpose. If the will is fixed on the purpose it sets itself to accomplish, then circumstances will suggest the right course; but the schemer finds himself always tripped up by the unexpected." -- Sri Aurobindo

2019-04-09: "There are now many invisible people on stage." -- Eugène Ionesco

2019-04-10: "Controversy equalizes fools and wise men — and the fools know it." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

2019-04-11: "If philosophy does not resolve any scientific problem, science, in its turn, does not resolve any philosophical problem." -- Nicolás Gómez Davila

2019-04-12: "'Tis not the concern of a day, a year, or an age; posterity are virtually involved in the contest, and will be more or less affected, even to the end of time, by the proceedings now." -- Thomas Paine

2019-04-13: "We believe that the value of any system is measured by the consideration given to all human beings, not just to a favored class: and by that standard, our present system is a miserable failure." -- Damon Knight ('A For Anything', 1959)

2019-04-14: "Would the time ever come when men might realize that the obligation should be to the largest and most encompassing reality of all — mankind?" -- Harry Harrison ('Planet Of The Damned', 1962)

2019-04-15: "There is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of natural philosophy than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle." -- Michael Faraday

2019-04-16: "The conservative has little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of passions. These are the wreckers of outworn empires." -- J. B. S. Haldane

2019-04-17: "The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice." -- Martha Gellhorn

2019-04-18: "We learn only to ask more questions." -- Larry Niven ('The Ringworld Engineers', 1980)

2019-04-19: "Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them." -- Laurence J. Peter

2019-04-20: "We might get away with it for awhile, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces." -- Carl Sagan

2019-04-21: "Things have changed, and will change more; and Gaia no longer welcomes us as once she did." -- Auberon

2019-04-22: "Sometimes we can choose the path we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all." -- Dream

2019-04-23: "Whosoever studies works of science must, if he wants to find the truth, transform himself into a critic of everything he reads." -- Ibn al-Haytham

2019-04-24: "Big questions get big answers." -- Francis Crick

2019-04-25: "To hang on from day to day and from week to week, spinning out a present that had no future, seemed an unconquerable instinct, just as one's lungs will always draw the next breath so long as there is air available." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2019-04-26: "Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better." -- Andrew Fassbach ('World War Z', 2013)

2019-04-27: "We can see that a civilization comes into existence, passes through a long experience, and eventually goes out of existence." -- Carroll Quigley

2019-04-28: "My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit-hole than I'd intended and, though I dirtied my fluffy white tail, I've emerged...enlightened." -- Sherlock Holmes ('Sherlock Holmes', 2009)

2019-04-29: "The people generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of a change." -- Bhagat Singh

2019-04-30: "I must confess that I lost faith in the sanity of the world." -- H.G. Wells ('The Island Of Doctor Moreau', 1896)

May 2019

2019-05-01: "Yeah, you don't know my mind, you don't know my kind. / Dark necessities are part of my design." -- Red Hot Chili Peppers ('Dark Necessities', 2016)

2019-05-02: "My major preoccupation is the question, 'What is reality?'" -- Philip K. Dick

2019-05-03: "A hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action." -- Ralph Ellison ('Invisible Man', 1952)

2019-05-04: "Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value." -- Jean de La Fontaine

2019-05-05: "The fun of discovery will most likely last as long as the human race continues." -- F. J. Duarte

2019-05-06: "Our knowledge is composed not of facts, but of the relations which facts and ideas bear to themselves and to each other; and real knowledge consists not in an acquaintance with facts, which only makes a pedant, but in the use of facts, which makes a philosopher." -- Henry Thomas Buckle

2019-05-07: "Choose your destiny." -- Tagline for 'Mortal Kombat' (1995)

2019-05-08: "It is evident that a great majority of men can be enslaved by a small minority only if the enslaved themselves take part in their own enslavement." -- Leo Tolstoy

2019-05-09: "The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved." -- A. J. Ayer

2019-05-10: "We are here just for a spell and then pass on. So get a few laughs and do the best you can." -- Will Rogers

2019-05-11: "There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry V', c. 1599)

2019-05-12: "Separate we come, and separate we go, / And this be it known, is all that we know." -- Conrad Aiken

2019-05-13: "Progress celebrates Pyrrhic victories over nature." -- Karl Kraus

2019-05-14: "What I’m saying is the planet’s on f#cking fire!" -- Bill Nye

2019-05-15: "Prejudice supports thrones, ignorance altars." -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

2019-05-16: "Frankly, I think the whole society is nuts — and the question is: What does a sane man do in an insane society?" -- Joseph Heller

2019-05-17: "Late in the game as it is, you keep trying." -- John Updike ('Rabbit At Rest', 1990)

2019-05-18: "Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities." -- Aldous Huxley

2019-05-19: "It shall all go up in a great fire, and all shall be ended." -- Denethor ('The Return Of The King', 1955)

2019-05-20: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2019-05-21: "You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal." -- Adlai Stevenson II

2019-05-22: "Now they know that we know that they know that we know." -- Art Weingartner ('The 'Burbs', 1989)

2019-05-23: "All living souls welcome whatsoever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible." -- George Santayana

2019-05-24: "The lucky ones die fast." -- Tagline For 'The Hills Have Eyes 2' (2007)

2019-05-25: "Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2019-05-26: "In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which." -- George R. R. Martin

2019-05-27: "Survival in a rapidly changing environment depends almost entirely upon being able to identify which of the old concepts are relevant to the demands imposed by the new threats to survival, and which are not." -- Neil Postman

2019-05-28: "Science is the knowledge of many, orderly and methodically digested and arranged, so as to become attainable by one." -- John Herschel

2019-05-29: "Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom." -- Benjamin N. Cardozo

2019-05-30: "Time, the devourer of all things." -- Ovid

2019-05-31: "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts." -- John Locke

June 2019

2019-06-01: "When the moment of truth arrives, hey, you can run but you can't hide." -- Triumph ('Somebody's Out There', 1986)

2019-06-02: "Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes." -- Virginia Woolf

2019-06-03: "The ocean is tired. It's throwing back at us what we're throwing in there." -- Frank Lautenberg

2019-06-04: "The science you don't know looks like magic." -- Christopher Moore

2019-06-05: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." -- Alfred Hitchcock

2019-06-06: "Well, how the world turns. One day cock of the walk, next a feather-duster." -- Aunty Entity ('Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome', 1985)

2019-06-07: "That ignorant confidence in one's self and one's future, which comes in life's first dawn, has a sort of mournful charm in experienced eyes, who know how much it all amounts to." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

2019-06-08: "Take your own look beneath the surface and don't trust others to look for you." -- Frank B. Jewett

2019-06-09: "The use of plants is all our life long of that universal importance and concern that we can neither live nor subsist with any decency and convenience, or be said, indeed, to live at all without them." -- John Ray

2019-06-10: "Perhaps it is true that the trials of life always teach us something, but it is undeniable that we are not always so eager to learn." -- Fausto Cercignani

2019-06-11: "Mankind has an expiration date." -- Tagline For 'Doomsday' (2008)

2019-06-12: "Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation." -- John Gray

2019-06-13: "Truth stands, even if there be no public support." -- Mahatma Gandhi

2019-06-14: "While a private individual may be bound only by the formal vows that he makes, those who govern should be wholly bound by the truth in thought, word and deed." -- Aung San Suu Kyi

2019-06-15: "A hungry people listens not to reason, nor cares for justice, nor is bent by any prayers." -- Seneca The Younger

2019-06-16: "From the state of the world today, we haven't made much progress." -- Richard Matheson

2019-06-17: "Nothing, of course, begins at the time you think it did." -- Lillian Hellman

2019-06-18: "The carrot and the stick guide scientists and politicians as well as donkeys." -- George Stigler

2019-06-19: "Own the day." -- Klingon Proverb

2019-06-20: "Above all, it's creative thinking that lies at the basis of discoveries." -- Simon van der Meer

2019-06-21: "The recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all." -- Homer ('The Odyssey', c. 8th Century BC)

2019-06-22: "My goal in life is to make people think." -- Charles A. Reich

2019-06-23: "I took one Draught of Life — / I'll tell you what I paid — / Precisely an existence — / The market price, they said." -- Emily Dickinson

2019-06-24: "No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing." -- Alfred North Whitehead

2019-06-25: "The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn't gold." -- Leo Tolstoy

2019-06-26: "You better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar-coated topping." -- Blade ('Blade', 1998)

2019-06-27: "We play out our days as we play out cards, taking them as they come, not knowing what they will be, hoping for a lucky card and sometimes getting one, often getting just the wrong one." -- Samuel Butler

2019-06-28: "Systems can create consequences not intended by any other of their constituent actors." -- Joseph Nye

2019-06-29: "The curious mind cannot be chained." -- The Outer Limits ('Keeper Of The Purple Twilight', 1964)

2019-06-30: "Cursed be he above all others who's enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, money takes the place of parents. Money brings us war and slaughter." -- Anacreon

July 2019

2019-07-01: "Tell everybody, we got a funky situation." -- Herbie Hancock ('Tell Everybody', 1979)

2019-07-02: "Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered." -- W. H. Auden

2019-07-03: "Strange that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animalcules striving to win for their race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness." -- Olaf Stapledon ('Star Maker', 1937)

2019-07-04: "The principle effort that leads to the discovery of new knowledge is due to abstraction and imagination." -- Ernst Mach

2019-07-05: "I think unless the people are given information about what is happening to them, they will die in ignorance." -- Alice Walker

2019-07-06: "Anxiety prepares the organism badly for an ordeal which even under more favorable circumstances would not be an easy thing to bear." -- Henryk Sienkiewicz

2019-07-07: "Look abroad through Nature's range, / Nature's mighty law is change." -- Robert Burns

2019-07-08: "The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy, the building of a house, the writing of a novel, the demolition of a bridge, and, eminently, the finish of a voyage." -- John Galsworthy

2019-07-09: "To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves." -- Aldous Huxley

2019-07-10: "He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." -- Horace ('Epistles', 20 BC)

2019-07-11: "We do have to use our minds as far as they will take us, yet acknowledging that they cannot take us all the way." -- Madeleine L'Engle

2019-07-12: "As the air thickens, the water sours, even the bees' honey takes on the metallic taste of radioactivity. And it just keeps coming, faster and faster. There's no chance to think, to prepare — it's 'buy futures', 'sell futures', when there is no future." -- John Milton ('The Devil's Advocate', 1997)

2019-07-13: "The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt." -- Bertrand Russell

2019-07-14: "There are many ways of seeing the world." -- Michael Palin

2019-07-15: "People are afraid of all the wrong things." -- Tagline For 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' (2014)

2019-07-16: "When the well's dry, we know the worth of water." -- Benjamin Franklin

2019-07-17: "The man who never doubts never thinks." -- George William Foote

2019-07-18: "What do such machines really do? They increase the number of things we can do without thinking. Things we do without thinking — there's the real danger." -- Frank Herbert ('God Emperor Of Dune', 1981)

2019-07-19: "Knowledge has no enemy except an ignorant man." -- George Puttenham

2019-07-20: "There can be no doubt that the knowledge of logic is of considerable practical importance for everyone who desires to think and infer correctly." -- Alfred Tarski

2019-07-21: "The true measure of any society is not what it knows but what it does with what it knows." -- Warren Bennis

2019-07-22: "Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone." -- Stephen King

2019-07-23: "Times like these, dark times, they do funny things to people." -- Arthur Weasley ('Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince', 2009)

2019-07-24: "Who are the fittest: those who are continually at war with each other, or those who support one another?" -- Peter Kropotkin

2019-07-25: "We're all in it together." -- Tagline for 'Brazil' (1985)

2019-07-26: "Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose." -- John Adams

2019-07-27: "The food that we eat, the water that we drink, yes, even the very air that we breathe can be contaminated by poisons originating from thousands of miles away." -- Sukarno

2019-07-28: "I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up." -- Beverly Sills

2019-07-29: "Nature has no more esteem or care for the seed of man than for the ant." -- Giacomo Leopardi

2019-07-30: "Growth for the sake of growth is a cancerous madness." -- Edward Abbey

2019-07-31: "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." -- Albert Einstein

August 2019

2019-08-01: "And all my friends are skeletons, they beat the rhythm with their bones." -- Soundgarden ('Spoonman', 1994)

2019-08-02: "Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired." -- Jonathan Swift

2019-08-03: "Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences in belief." -- James Russell Lowell

2019-08-04: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

2019-08-05: "Death renders all equal." -- Claudian

2019-08-06: "After all there is but one race — humanity." -- George Moore

2019-08-07: "People see what they want to see." -- Cormac McCarthy ('Blood Meridian', 1985)

2019-08-08: "For what is life but a play in which everyone acts a part until the curtain comes down?" -- Erasmus

2019-08-09: "Human civilization as we know it will end, sometime in the 21st century." -- David Goodstein

2019-08-10: "Since it is Reason which shapes and regulates all other things, it ought not itself to be left in disorder." -- Epictetus

2019-08-11: "When you compound the lies, you compound the consequences." -- Walter Skinner ('The X-Files', 'Redux I', 1997)

2019-08-12: "Governments do not like to face radical remedies; it is easier to let politics predominate." -- Barbara W. Tuchman

2019-08-13: "If you don't believe...you will." -- Tagline For 'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium' (2007)

2019-08-14: "Why, ninety-five percent of the information that reaches you has already been preselected and paid for." -- Haruki Murakami ('A Wild Sheep Chase', 1982)

2019-08-15: "Many consult their reputation; but few their conscience." -- Publilius Syrus

2019-08-16: "In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war more terrible than it ever was before." -- William Jennings Bryan

2019-08-17: "There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war, or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help arrange it." -- Will Rogers

2019-08-18: "Life seemed to be an educator's practical joke in which you spent the first half learning and the second half learning that everything you learned in the first half was wrong." -- Russell Baker

2019-08-19: "No technical solution can rescue us from the misery of overpopulation." -- Garrett Hardin ('Tragedy Of The Commons', 1968)

2019-08-20: "It's time we were told what it's all about." -- Robert Conway ('Lost Horizon', 1937)

2019-08-21: "To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public." -- John F. Kennedy

2019-08-22: "All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why." -- James Thurber

2019-08-23: "Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge and rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences." -- The Doctor ('Doctor Who', 'Remembrance Of The Daleks', 1988)

2019-08-24: "What I’m trying to make you know, not in your forebrain but in your marrow, is that reality never conforms very well to the textbooks, and sometimes it doesn’t conform at all." -- Poul Anderson

2019-08-25: "Wisdom. No match for the troublemaker Curiosity." -- David Brin ('Glory Season', 1993)

2019-08-26: "Our eyes see what they are accustomed to seeing." -- Jorge Luis Borges

2019-08-27: "The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open." -- Charles Fort

2019-08-28: "Sometimes it takes a stranger’s eyes to see what is clearly before us yet to which we are blind." -- John, The Lord Chamberlain

2019-08-29: "Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind." -- Marston Bates

2019-08-30: "If we vanished tomorrow, no organism on this planet would miss us." -- Thomas Ligotti

2019-08-31: "It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer." -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

September 2019

2019-09-01: "In the dead of night, truth is all around you." -- Krokus ('In The Dead Of Night', 1995)

2019-09-02: "The future announces itself from afar. But most people are not listening." -- John W. Gardner

2019-09-03: "That we have found the tendency to conformity in our society so strong is a matter of concern." -- Solomon Asch

2019-09-04: "Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few." -- Confucius

2019-09-05: "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." -- Judy Garland

2019-09-06: "All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it." -- Samuel Johnson

2019-09-07: "Who is so deaf as he that will not hear?" -- George Herbert

2019-09-08: "Tear apart the walls that imprison you." -- Thurgood Marshall

2019-09-09: "An intelligent man neither allows himself to be controlled nor attempts to control others; he wishes reason alone to rule, and that always." -- Jean de La Bruyère

2019-09-10: "There is no safety. Only varying states of risk." -- Lois McMaster Bujold

2019-09-11: "The wise man guards against future evils as if they were present." -- Publilius Syrus

2019-09-12: "Time's glory is to calm contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light." -- William Shakespeare

2019-09-13: "It is an assumption, which cannot be verified, that we shall not reach a point in our knowledge of nature beyond which the human intellect is unqualified to pass." -- J. B. Bury

2019-09-14: "Experience is what you get while looking for something else." -- Federico Fellini

2019-09-15: "On reflection, it's no surprise that declines of societies tend to follow swiftly on their peaks." -- Jared Diamond

2019-09-16: "I'm curious about everything - even things that don't interest me." -- Alex Trebek

2019-09-17: "The pursuit of philosophy is founded on the belief that knowledge is good, even if what is known is painful." -- Bertrand Russell

2019-09-18: "You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now." -- Joan Baez

2019-09-19: "I'm Nobody! Who are you? / Are you — Nobody — Too?" -- Emily Dickinson

2019-09-20: "So much of what appeared to be random events was simply the working out of consequences." -- Michael Swanwick ('The Iron Dragon's Daughter', 1993)

2019-09-21: "Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky." -- Alan Moore

2019-09-22: "Language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names." -- Toni Morrison

2019-09-23: "All human things hang on a slender thread: the strongest fall with a sudden crash." -- Ovid

2019-09-24: "If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

2019-09-25: "We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. We thought the long train would run to the end of Time." -- Stephen Vincent Benét

2019-09-26: "In all debates let truth be thy aim; not victory or an unjust interest; and endeavor to gain rather than to expose thy antagonist." -- William Penn

2019-09-27: "The children have to save themselves these days because the parents have no clue." -- Karen Pommeroy ('Donnie Darko', 2001)

2019-09-28: "It’s always been an exceedingly curious thing to me, just how incurious most people are about all save their own little island of time and place in the world." -- Michael Shea ('Nifft The Lean', 1982)

2019-09-29: "Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life." -- John Dewey

2019-09-30: "Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind." -- Nikola Tesla

October 2019

2019-10-01: "Well that stone keeps on rolling, bringing me some real bad news." -- Robin Trower ('Too Rolling Stoned', 1974)

2019-10-02: "Is there a greater tragedy imaginable than that, in our endeavour consciously to shape our future in accordance with high ideals, we should in fact unwittingly produce the very opposite of what we have been striving for?" -- Friedrich Hayek

2019-10-03: "A plausible future requires a factual present." -- Timothy D. Snyder

2019-10-04: "We do not honour our ancestors by the false claim that they are omniscient and had nothing more to learn." -- Jagadish Chandra Bose

2019-10-05: "Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half-awake." -- William James

2019-10-06: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value." -- Thomas Paine

2019-10-07: "As the natural systems of the planet broke down, humans would discover conclusively that they were still, after all, just animals in an ecosystem; and as it died back, so did they." -- Stephen Baxter ('Evolution', 2003)

2019-10-08: "In the democracy of the dead all men at last are equal." -- John James Ingalls

2019-10-09: "Everybody feels he has a right to a life of luxury — or at least comfort — so there’s a lot of frustration and resentment when the dream craps out." -- Gregory Benford ('Timescape', 1980)

2019-10-10: "In retrospect, each of the steps toward this abyss seemed irrevocable, and yet they had all been so small!" -- James Blish ('A Case Of Conscience', 1958)

2019-10-11: "There was no sound of fish breaking surface. There were no fish." -- John Brunner ('The Sheep Look Up', 1972)

2019-10-12: "We should be less concerned about adding years to life, and more about adding life to years." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2019-10-13: "The truth hurts, but not as much as the consequences of willful ignorance." -- Charles Stross ('Iron Sunrise', 2004)

2019-10-14: "When a road is very dark it is hard to see the milestones on it." -- Tanith Lee ('Volkhavaar', 1977)

2019-10-15: "There is an inescapable imperative about certain industrial developments. If there is not a safe road of advance, then a dangerous one will invariably be taken." -- Fritz Leiber ('Catch That Zeppelin!', 1975)

2019-10-16: "It had already occurred to him that he would probably never be safe again in his life and he wondered if that was something that you got used to." -- Cormac McCarthy ('No Country For Old Men', 2005)

2019-10-17: "Do you recognize that it is an ascending, accelerating, maybe even exponential curve? It takes hell’s own time to get started, but when it goes it goes like a bomb." -- Frederik Pohl ('Platinum Pohl', 2005)

2019-10-18: "On no other stage are the scenes shifted with a swiftness so like magic as on the great stage of history when once the hour strikes." -- Edward Bellamy ('Looking Backward: 2000–1887', 1888)

2019-10-19: "You cannot take things that exist in the world and try to drive them back into the dream, to hold them inside the dream with walls and pretenses. That is insanity. What is, is." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Word For World Is Forest', 1972)

2019-10-20: "We cannot prevent equilibrium from producing its effects." -- Jules Verne ('Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea', 1870)

2019-10-21: "It no longer matters who consider themselves the masters of events. Events no longer obey their masters." -- Dan Simmons ('Hyperion', 1988)

2019-10-22: "Most ignorance is by choice, you know, and so ignorance is very telling about what really matters to people." -- Kim Stanley Robinson ('Red Mars', 1992)

2019-10-23: "What moral obligation do you have to those who willfully refuse to open their eyes and deem you mad for seeing?" -- Norman Spinrad ('The Void Captain's Tale', 1983)

2019-10-24: "Convince a slave that he’s free, and he will fight to maintain his slavery." -- Samuel R. Delany ('The Jewels Of Aptor', 1962)

2019-10-25: "There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death." -- Isaac Asimov

2019-10-26: "Disaster can strike from innumerable directions, in amazingly diverse ways." -- Fredric Brown ('From These Ashes', 2000)

2019-10-27: "If you wanted to get yourself killed, there was no better way than to think you knew all the tricks. It took experience to make you realize that the universe could always pull another one out of the bag and throw it at you." -- Charles Sheffield ('Resurgence', 2002)

2019-10-28: "Power that is won through deception will evaporate under the hot light of truth." -- Orson Scott Card ('The Call Of Earth', 1992)

2019-10-29: "It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. This is in fact true. It's called living." -- Terry Pratchett

2019-10-30: "An EEG of a person watching TV shows that after about half an hour the brain decides that nothing is happening, and it goes into a hypnoidal twilight state, emitting alpha waves." -- Philip K. Dick

2019-10-31: "People know they are in a society dead or dying." -- Doris Lessing ('The Golden Notebook', 1962)

November 2019

2019-11-01: "Won't you tell me, where have all the good times gone?" -- Van Halen ('Where Have All The Good Times Gone', 1982)

2019-11-02: "What we eventually run up against are the forces of humourlessness, and let me assure you that the humourless as a bunch don't just not know what's funny, they don't know what's serious." -- Martin Amis

2019-11-03: "Markets reduce everything, including human beings and nature, to commodities." -- Marshall Fishwick

2019-11-04: "The earth is going to be much less hospitable to human beings in the future." -- John Bellamy Foster

2019-11-05: "We also underestimated the potential importance of strong feedbacks, such as the thawing of the permafrost to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as well as tipping points beyond which some changes in the climate may become effectively irreversible." -- Nicholas Stern

2019-11-06: "The past has meaning as it lights up the present, and the future as it makes the present richer and more profound." -- Rollo May

2019-11-07: "Good grief." -- Charlie Brown

2019-11-08: "The truth that seems discouraging does in reality only transform the courage of those strong enough to accept it; and, in any event, a truth that disheartens, because it is true, is still of far more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods." -- Maurice Maeterlinck

2019-11-09: "The future was not what it used to be." -- K. A. Bedford ('Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait', 2008)

2019-11-10: "No, it's not fair. You're in the wrong universe for fair." -- John Scalzi ('The Ghost Brigades', 2006)

2019-11-11: "Political theorists tend to swallow their theories when forced back on pragmatic measures of survival." -- Robert Silverberg ('Hawksbill Station', 1968)

2019-11-12: "Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost?" -- Ron Kovic ('Born On The Fourth Of July', 1989)

2019-11-13: "At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on?" -- Aldous Huxley

2019-11-14: "Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens." -- William Beveridge

2019-11-15: "Ignorance has been our king. Since the death of empire, he sits unchallenged on the throne of Man. His dynasty is age-old. His right to rule is now considered legitimate." -- Walter M. Miller Jr. ('A Canticle For Leibowitz', 1959)

2019-11-16: "The world was changing, and it wouldn’t change back." -- Jack Cady

2019-11-17: "You can be screamingly blind to the obvious if you don’t realize that you have not opened up all the doors of your mind." -- Glen Cook ('Water Sleeps', 1999)

2019-11-18: "Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day." -- Sarah Connor ('Terminator 2: Judgment Day', 1991)

2019-11-19: "We must all obey the great law of change." -- Edmund Burke

2019-11-20: "Enter freely and of your own free will!" -- Count Dracula ('Dracula', 1897)

2019-11-21: "The present is big with the future." -- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

2019-11-22: "If you rest, you rust." -- Helen Hayes

2019-11-23: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." -- Leo Buscaglia

2019-11-24: "The unfinished character of human beings and the transformational character of reality necessitate that education be an ongoing activity." -- Paulo Freire ('Pedagogy Of The Oppressed', 1968)

2019-11-25: "My limited experience of such things told me that you get closest to the truth by not giving it advance warning that you're coming after it." -- Michael Marshall Smith

2019-11-26: "There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it." -- Denis Diderot

2019-11-27: "We all have ability. The difference is how we use it." -- Stevie Wonder

2019-11-28: "This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." -- Maya Angelou

2019-11-29: "Deep ecological awareness recognizes the fundamental interdependence of all phenomena and the fact that, as individuals and societies we are all embedded in (and ultimately dependent on) the cyclical process of nature." -- Fritjof Capra

2019-11-30: "He is a fool who only sees the mischiefs that are past." -- Homer ('The Iliad', c. 8th Century BC)

December 2019

2019-12-01: "Running short on time, still they can't decide, but we already know / That we are here to go, we are here to go." -- Devo ('Here To Go', 1984)

2019-12-02: "It is better for a man to die at peace with himself than to live haunted by an evil conscience." -- James Fenimore Cooper ('The Last Of The Mohicans', 1826)

2019-12-03: "It's happening. No blame. Happening and on the rise it would appear. What can we do to delay it? Probably zilch. To stop it? Likely less." -- Ken Kesey

2019-12-04: "Every man should refuse to increase the misery of this world." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2019-12-05: "It's my rule never to lose me temper till it would be detrimental to keep it." -- Seán O'Casey

2019-12-06: "The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that." -- John Connor ('Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', 2003)

2019-12-07: "No matter who wins or loses, trouble always comes around." -- Nick Fury ('Avengers: Age of Ultron', 2015)

2019-12-08: "It’s not like they didn’t warn us." -- Tagline For 'Signs' (2002)

2019-12-09: "There really wasn’t much in a man’s life that mattered. But those few things mattered terribly." -- Poul Anderson ('The Star Fox', 1965)

2019-12-10: "Any property that's open to common use gets destroyed. Because everyone has incentive to use it to the max, but no one has incentive to maintain it." -- Neal Stephenson ('Zodiac', 1988)

2019-12-11: "Let’s face it, air isn’t very glamorous, no matter how you look at it. I mean, I’d hate to be without it, but it’s invisible and so long as it behaves itself it can be taken for granted and pretty much ignored." -- Roger Zelazny ('Isle Of The Dead', 1969)

2019-12-12: "It’s what a man thinks is true which controls his actions, not what is really true." -- Michael Kurland ('Tomorrow Knight', 1976)

2019-12-13: "To be aware of limitations is already to be beyond them." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

2019-12-14: "Only a fool walks into the future backwards." -- Terry Goodkind ('Stone Of Tears', 1996)

2019-12-15: "The present is no more, by the time you have said, This is present." -- Henry Harland

2019-12-16: "Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe, / Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast; / Is that portentous phrase, 'I told you so.'" -- Lord Byron ('Don Juan', 1818–1824)

2019-12-17: "Scientific discovery consists in the interpretation for our own convenience of a system of existence which has been made with no eye to our convenience at all." -- Norbert Wiener

2019-12-18: "Welcome to your worst nightmare." -- Tagline For 'Leviathan' (1989)

2019-12-19: "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." -- Terry Pratchett ('Equal Rites', 1987)

2019-12-20: "It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry." -- Thomas Paine

2019-12-21: "If one learns from others but does not think, one is still at a loss. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one is in peril." -- Confucius

2019-12-22: "Time to me this truth has taught, / ('Tis a treasure worth revealing) / More offend from want of thought / Than from any want of feeling." -- Charles Swain

2019-12-23: "No nightmare will prepare you for it!" -- Tagline For 'Razorback' (1984)

2019-12-24: "Knowledge is simply a terrible ocean we must cross, and hope that wisdom lies on the other side." -- Paolo Bacigalupi

2019-12-25: "I think I'm ready to die. There's just one last thing I wanna do: drink a live forever potion." --  Roger ('American Dad', 2019)

2019-12-26: "It used to be said, that in places like this, nature eventually failed to support man. The truth is exactly the reverse, here man failed to support nature." -- David Attenborough

2019-12-27: "Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance." -- Neil Postman

2019-12-28: "Justice does not require that men must stand idly by while others destroy the basis of their existence." -- John Rawls ('A Theory Of Justice', 1971)

2019-12-29: "Is it not unsettling to consider the blind unlikelihoods that shape one’s fate?" -- Michael Shea

2019-12-30: "The stars are dimly seen among the shadows of the bay, / And lights that win are seen in strife with lights that die away." -- Arthur O'Shaughnessy

2019-12-31: "The year is going, let him go; / Ring out the false, ring in the true." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

January 2020

2020-01-01: "Sharing horizons that are new to us / Watching the signs along the way." -- The Carpenters ('We've Only Just Begun', 1970)

2020-01-02: "Remorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2020-01-03: "Secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs." -- Abraham Maslow

2020-01-04: "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." -- Dr. Seuss

2020-01-05: "We are here to add what we can to, not to get what we can from, Life." -- William Osler

2020-01-06: "I had to learn early on to be comfortable with insecurity and to trust my own judgement on key issues." -- Eric Kandel

2020-01-07: "Beyond all conscious lying and falsifying, there is a deeper 'organic mendacity.' Here the falsification is not formed in consciousness, but at the same stage of the mental process as the impressions and value feelings themselves: on the road of experience into consciousness. There is 'organic mendacity' whenever a man’s mind admits only those impressions which serve his 'interest' or his instinctive attitude." -- Max Scheler

2020-01-08: "It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards." -- Søren Kierkegaard

2020-01-09: "You blight the soil and poison the rivers. You raze the vegetation till you cannot even feed your own kind. And then you boast of man's triumph over nature. Fools. If nature were to shrug or raise an eyebrow then you should all be gone." -- Swamp Thing

2020-01-10: "When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly." -- Tagline For 'Q&A' (1990)

2020-01-11: "We have become eager accessories to the great hoaxes of the age. These are the hoaxes we play on ourselves." -- Daniel J. Boorstin

2020-01-12: "What's done cannot be undone." -- William Shakespeare ('Macbeth', c. 1605)

2020-01-13: "We can never see past the choices we don't understand." -- The Oracle ('The Matrix Reloaded', 2003)

2020-01-14: "Since before recorded time, it had swung through the universe in an elliptical orbit so large that its very existence remained a secret of time and space." -- Narrator ('Night Of The Comet', 1984)

2020-01-15: "Fearing no insult, asking for no crown, receive with indifference both flattery and slander, and do not argue with a fool." -- Alexander Pushkin

2020-01-16: "At this point we find ourselves confronted by a very disquieting question: Do we really wish to act upon our knowledge?" -- Aldous Huxley ('Brave New World Revisited', 1958)

2020-01-17: "Science is not a subject, it's a method. And the method can be applied to anything. Anybody can be a scientist." -- Lawrence Rocks

2020-01-18: "Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect." -- Margaret Mitchell

2020-01-19: "There was only one thing of which he could be certain now. Boredom would not be a serious problem for a considerable time to come." -- Arthur C. Clarke ('The City And The Stars', 1956)

2020-01-20: "Fair fortune may conceal foul." -- Anzû ('Lugalbanda And The Anzud Bird', 21st Century BC)

2020-01-21: "Men repent speaking ten times, for once that they repent keeping silence." -- James Burgh

2020-01-22: "Oh, soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife. Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life." -- Tom Lehrer

2020-01-23: "Questions don't change the truth. But they give it motion." -- Giannina Braschi

2020-01-24: "As for man, his days are numbered, whatever he may do, it is but wind." -- Gilgamesh ('Epic Of Gilgamesh', c. 2100 BC)

2020-01-25: "One, avoid the infected at all costs. Their breath is highly contagious. Two, disinfect anything they've touched in the last 24 hours. Three, the sick are already dead, they can't be saved. You break the rules, you die. You follow them, you live. Maybe." -- Danny Green ('Carriers', 2009)

2020-01-26: "The more I know, the more sure I am I know so little. The eternal paradox." -- Andre Delambre ('The Fly', 1958)

2020-01-27: "What I wouldn't give for a different nightmare." -- Phillip Dimitrius ('Tempest', 1982)

2020-01-28: "Never before have so many people understood so little about so much." -- James Burke

2020-01-29: "The human race, whose intelligence dates back only a single tick of the astronomical clock, could hardly hope to understand so soon what it all means." -- James Jeans

2020-01-30: "Progress has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools." -- Karl Kraus

2020-01-31: "It is obvious to my trained eye that there is much more going on here than meets the ear." -- Inspector Clouseau ('The Pink Panther Strikes Again', 1976)

February 2020

2020-02-01: "Now that I know, not really diggin' this! " -- Nickelback ('Diggin' This', 1998)

2020-02-02: "Choose the course which you adopt with deliberation; but when you have adopted it, then persevere in it with firmness." -- Bias Of Priene

2020-02-03: "Then rose the seed of Chaos, and of Night, / To blot out order and extinguish light." -- Alexander Pope ('The Dunciad', 1728-1743)

2020-02-04: "We're all leading lives that are different and yet the same." -- Anne Frank ('The Diary Of A Young Girl', 1942-1944)

2020-02-05: "It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world." -- William Hazlitt

2020-02-06: "The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers beneath the ashes." -- Pierre Corneille

2020-02-07: "Any A.I. smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it." -- Ian McDonald ('River Of Gods', 2004)

2020-02-08: "In these days of upheaval and violent change, when the basic values of today are the vain and shattered dreams of tomorrow, there is much to be said for a philosophy which aims at living a full life while the opportunity offers." -- Eric Shipton

2020-02-09: "If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story." -- Orson Welles

2020-02-10: "Anyone who is wise and has lived long enough to witness the changes of fashion and morals and politics through the rise and fall of three generations should be perfectly satisfied to rise from his seat and go away saying, 'It was a good show,' when the curtain falls." -- Lin Yutang

2020-02-11: "We don't get to choose our time." -- The Ancient One ('Doctor Strange', 2016)

2020-02-12: "Pick an apocalypse, any apocalypse. A sea of black oil and dead things. No wind. No light. Nothing stirring, not even an ant, a spider. A silent universe. Such is the end of the flicker of time, the brief hot fuse of events and ideas set off, accidentally, and snuffed out, accidentally, by man." -- John Gardner ('Grendel', 1971)

2020-02-13: "If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed." -- Benjamin Franklin

2020-02-14: "If you think education is expensive -- try ignorance." -- Ann Landers

2020-02-15: "So comes a reck'ning when the banquet's o'er, / The dreadful reck'ning, and men smile no more." -- John Gay

2020-02-16: "You think your world is safe? It is an illusion, a comforting lie told to protect you." -- Khan ('Star Trek Into Darkness', 2013)

2020-02-17: "Live as long as you please, you will strike nothing off the time you will have to spend dead." -- Michel de Montaigne

2020-02-18: "I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give." -- Thomas Jefferson

2020-02-19: "It's better to act and to regret than to regret not to have acted." -- Mellin de Saint-Gelais

2020-02-20: "You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you, to make each day count." -- Jack Dawson ('Titanic', 1997)

2020-02-21: "The common curse of mankind — folly and ignorance." -- William Shakespeare ('Troilus And Cressida', c. 1602)

2020-02-22: "But what if the last anchor-cable parts when no one knows it, and the drift has already begun?" -- R. A. Lafferty ('Archipelago', 1979)

2020-02-23: "Stop behaving like a human!" -- Tagline For 'Bad Cat' (2016)

2020-02-24: "Tell the truth so as to puzzle and confound your adversaries." -- Henry Wotton

2020-02-25: "The only difference between me and most people is that I'm perfectly aware that all my important decisions are made for me by my subconscious. My frontal lobes are just kidding themselves that they decide anything at all. All they do is think up reasons for the decisions that are already made." -- Rex Stout

2020-02-26: "It will take more time for the change we have to effect, but we don't have more time." -- Bill Nye

2020-02-27: "Broken highways, bankrupt cities, collapsing bridges, failed schools, the unemployed, the underpaid and the uninsured: all suggest a collective failure of will." -- Tony Judt

2020-02-28: "Perhaps the day may arrive when money won't mean anything, not to you...nor anyone." -- Dr. Emery Bronson ('When Worlds Collide', 1951)

2020-02-29: "Time wounds all heels." -- Groucho Marx

March 2020

2020-03-01: "Riding the night, searching for what is gone. / Never reaching the end, so you must travel on." -- Electric Light Orchestra ('Nightrider', 1975)

2020-03-02: "Ragnarok comes. Our world ends." -- Robert A. Heinlein ('Job: A Comedy of Justice', 1984)

2020-03-03: "Whence this sneaking admiration we all have for bullies and prize-fighters? Whence the self-congratulation of 'dominant' races, as if 'dominant' meant 'righteous' and carried with it a title to inherit the earth? Whence the scorn of so-called weak or unwarlike races and individuals, and the very comfortable assurance that it is their manifest destiny to be wiped out as vermin before this advancing civilization?" -- Anna J. Cooper

2020-03-04: "Upon our just or erroneous comprehension then, of the laws of nature, must depend our adaptation of art for the right improvement or for the ignorant deterioration of Nature's works." -- Frances Wright

2020-03-05: "Nothing's so hard but search will find it out." -- Robert Herrick

2020-03-06: "Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it." -- Mikhail Bakunin

2020-03-07: "Many first possess wealth, and are then possessed by it." -- Ludwig Klages

2020-03-08: "It is only through the immediate dictate of our consciousness that we know that this world exists. And that consciousness may to a certain degree be called a special sense." -- Max Planck

2020-03-09: "We think our castles of sand are the ramparts of the universe." -- John Buchan

2020-03-10: "If there be only hours, at least learn what there is time to learn." -- Vernor Vinge ('A Fire Upon The Deep', 1992)

2020-03-11: "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2020-03-12: "Slowly, slowly the Avenger comes, but comes surely." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

2020-03-13: "Recognizing and respecting differences in others, and treating everyone like you want them to treat you, will help make our world a better place for everyone." -- Kim Peek

2020-03-14: "Where eldest Night and Chaos, ancestors of nature, hold eternal anarchy, amidst the noise of endless wars, and by confusion stand." -- John Milton ('Paradise Lost', 1667)

2020-03-15: "My duty is to speak out; I do not wish to be an accomplice in this travesty." -- Émile Zola

2020-03-16: "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." -- Blaise Pascal

2020-03-17: "I'll stay here and be in charge of 'not dying'." -- Bender ('Futurama', 'The Inhuman Torch', 2013)

2020-03-18: "You never find yourself until you face the truth." -- Pearl Bailey

2020-03-19: "We've tried ignorance for a thousand years. It's time we try education." -- Joycelyn Elders

2020-03-20: "Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation." -- Susan B. Anthony

2020-03-21: "Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, / In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side." -- James Russell Lowell

2020-03-22: "Time takes everybody out; time's undefeated." -- Rocky Balboa ('Creed', 2015)

2020-03-23: "In the face of the idea that truth might afford the opposite of satisfaction and turn out to be completely shocking to humanity at any given historical moment, the fathers of pragmatism made the satisfaction of the subject the criterion of truth." -- Max Horkheimer ('Eclipse Of Reason', 1947)

2020-03-24: "The future can ever promise but one thing and one thing only: surprises." -- Steven Erikson ('House Of Chains', 2002)

2020-03-25: "Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs." -- Albert Einstein

2020-03-26: "Not only can you not step into the same river twice; it is not even the same you who can’t step into the same river twice. Everything modifies everything." -- Robert Sheckley ('The Robot Who Looked Like Me', 1978)

2020-03-27: "Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion." -- James Baldwin

2020-03-28: "Curiously, aerosol pollution of the northern hemisphere reduces global warming by reflecting sunlight back to space. This 'global dimming' is transient and could disappear in a few days like the smoke that it is, leaving us fully exposed to the heat of the global greenhouse." -- James Lovelock

2020-03-29: "It’s better to know the truth." -- Ricky Gervais

2020-03-30: "Out of pollution's depths it slithers, breathing poison, leaving a wake of deadly slime, destroying all in its path!" -- Tagline For 'Godzilla vs. Hedorah' (1971)

2020-03-31: "Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who so survive." -- Frank Herbert ('Dune', 1965)

April 2020

2020-04-01: "If you don't like what you see, why don't you fight it? / If you know there's something wrong, why don't you right it?" -- Trooper ('Raise A Little Hell', 1978)

2020-04-02: "At the subatomic level, matter does not exist with certainty at definite places, but rather shows 'tendencies to exist,' and atomic events do not occur with certainty at definite times and in definite ways, but rather show 'tendencies to occur.'" -- Fritjof Capra

2020-04-03: "I am very sorry to be right in this instance." -- Jane Austen ('Emma', 1815)

2020-04-04: "Man is the animal who weeps and laughs — and writes. If the first Prometheus brought fire from heaven in a fennel-stalk, the last will take it back — in a book." -- John Cowper Powys

2020-04-05: "O purblind race of miserable men, how many among us at this very hour do forge a life-long trouble for ourselves, by taking true for false, or false for true." -- Alfred, Lord Tennyson ('Idylls Of The King', 1859-1885)

2020-04-06: "We can never add more truth to what is true already, nor make that true which is false." -- Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

2020-04-07: "Research can be undertaken in any kind of environment, as long as you have the interest." -- Sumio Iijima

2020-04-08: "Nothing like a little healthy paranoia." -- Inspector Frank Bumstead ('Dark City', 1998)

2020-04-09: "No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty." -- George Eliot

2020-04-10: "Where all think alike, no one thinks very much." -- Walter Lippmann

2020-04-11: "The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be." -- George Santayana

2020-04-12: "Truth isn’t like a baked fish, where you can eat the flesh and leave the bones and skin. You have to eat it all." -- Kage Baker ('Sky Coyote', 1999)

2020-04-13: "To each according to his threat advantage does not count as a principle of justice." -- John Rawls ('A Theory Of Justice', 1971)

2020-04-14: "The understanding of things must be based, not on sentiment, but on reason." -- Henri Barbusse

2020-04-15: "Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really." -- Paul Bowles ('The Sheltering Sky', 1949)

2020-04-16: "It can be a real adventure having a life." -- Jenny Fields ('The World According To Garp', 1982)

2020-04-17: "Obviously the subject of death was in the air, but more as something to be avoided than harped upon." -- Douglas Adams ('The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe', 1980)

2020-04-18: "He who rejects change is the architect of decay." -- Harold Wilson

2020-04-19: "A bacterium weighs as little as 0.00000000001 gram. A blue whale weighs about 100,000,000 grams. Yet a bacterium can kill a whale." -- Bernard Dixon

2020-04-20: "We have seen better days." -- William Shakespeare ('Timon Of Athens', 1623)

2020-04-21: "A man who had never known suffering, either in greater or less degree, would scarcely possess consciousness of himself." -- Miguel de Unamuno

2020-04-22: "The good and honest people are ignored, while spineless flatterers are advanced." -- Zhuang Zhou ('Zhuangzi', 3rd Century BC)

2020-04-23: "The final game now begins." -- The Tall Man ('Phantasm IV: Oblivion', 1998)

2020-04-24: "Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then?" -- Henry David Thoreau ('Civil Disobedience', 1849)

2020-04-25: "The worldwide dangers of war, famine, cults of personality, and bureaucracy — these are perils for all of mankind." -- Andrei Sakharov

2020-04-26: "Space extends to infinity outwards; the mind stretches to infinity inwards." -- Colin Wilson

2020-04-27: "If you compute the years in which all this has happened, it is but a little while; if you number the vicissitudes, it seems an age." -- Pliny The Younger

2020-04-28: "In the really hard cases you're choosing between the disastrous and the catastrophic, and it's hard to tell someone which one is which." -- John Kenneth Galbraith

2020-04-29: "Do you really think this world is real? You'd have to be an idiot not to notice all the sloppy details." -- Rick Sanchez ('Rick And Morty', 'M. Night Shaym-Aliens!', 2014)

2020-04-30: "There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy." -- Alfred Henry Lewis

May 2020

2020-05-01: "But I'm not concerned, what I see, what I hear, it's all bought and sold. / I just believe what I want to believe, because the truth is yet to be told." -- Sammy Hagar ('What They Gonna Say Now', 1987)

2020-05-02: "This year, the past, the present and the future will all meet at the crossroads of hell." -- Tagline For 'Hellraiser IV: Bloodline' (1996)

2020-05-03: "Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked." -- Ralph Ellison ('Invisible Man', 1952)

2020-05-04: "I will ride my luck on occasion, but I like to pick the occasion." -- Rex Stout

2020-05-05: "Life sure is full of surprises." -- Chucky ('Bride Of Chucky', 1998)

2020-05-06: "No man can walk out on his own story." -- Spirit Of The West ('Rango', 2011)

2020-05-07: "In adversity, remember to keep an even mind." -- Horace

2020-05-08: "Like men condemn'd to thunder-bolts, / Who, ere the blow, become mere dolts." -- Samuel Butler ('Hudibras', 1684)

2020-05-09: "For through violence you may murder a murderer but you can't murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can't establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can't murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

2020-05-10: "Be willing to face life squarely and get down beneath the surface of life where the verities and realities are to be found." -- Peace Pilgrim

2020-05-11: "I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses." -- William Makepeace Thackeray ('The Virginians', 1857)

2020-05-12: "Good day for the crows." -- Agamemnon ('Troy', 2004)

2020-05-13: "Sometimes we're on a collision course, and we just don't know it. Whether it's by accident or by design, there's not a thing we can do about it." -- Benjamin Button ('The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button', 2008)

2020-05-14: "Under a tyranny, most friends are a liability. One quarter of them turn 'reasonable' and become your enemies, one quarter are afraid to speak, and one quarter are killed and you die with them. But the blessed final quarter keep you alive." -- Sinclair Lewis ('It Can't Happen Here', 1935)

2020-05-15: "You’re guaranteed a past, but not a future." -- Ron English

2020-05-16: "But thus the malice of our fate commands, / And nothing great to long duration stands." -- Lucan ('Pharsalia', 61-65 AD)

2020-05-17: "It was difficult to sustain the illusion that education was of value for kids who would not live long enough to use it." -- Neal Stephenson ('Seveneves', 2015)

2020-05-18: "Necessity makes a joke of civilization." -- Isaac Asimov

2020-05-19: "He had long since learned that when something unusual was going on, something that was part of someone else's plan and not his own, he would find out more information by waiting than by asking." -- Orson Scott Card ('Ender's Game', 1985)

2020-05-20: "I have one lifetime, and I will not spend it for greed and profiteering and lies." -- Ursula K. Le Guin ('The Dispossessed', 1974)

2020-05-21: "He who exerts his mind to the utmost knows his nature." -- Mencius

2020-05-22: "Ignorance and obscurantism have never produced anything other than flocks of slaves for tyranny." -- Emiliano Zapata

2020-05-23: "Life was such a wheel that no man could stand upon it for long. And it always, at the end, came round to the same place again." -- Stephen King ('The Stand', 1978)

2020-05-24: "Once I have gotten into a problem, I find it extremely helpful to get a complete perspective, to learn what earlier scientists thought about it." -- Eric Kandel

2020-05-25: "But since the affairs of men rest still incertain, let's reason with the worst that may befall." -- William Shakespeare ('Julius Caesar', c. 1599)

2020-05-26: "Science is the topography of ignorance." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

2020-05-27: "It’s what you’re called on to do that makes you great. We haven’t been called on to do anything but buy shit and get fat." -- Louis C.K.

2020-05-28: "EXISTENCE, n. A transient, horrible, fantastic dream, / Wherein is nothing yet all things do seem: / From which we're wakened by a friendly nudge / Of our bedfellow Death, and cry: 'O fudge!'" -- Ambrose Bierce ('The Devil's Dictionary', 1911)

2020-05-29: "One does not cross a river without getting wet." -- South African Proverb

2020-05-30: "I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams ('The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul', 1988)

2020-05-31: "When death, the great Reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity." -- George Eliot

June 2020

2020-06-01: "Take a step outside the planet / Turn around and around / Take a look at where you are / It's pretty scary!" -- Devo ('Turnaround', 1980)

2020-06-02: "Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself. Basically, it's made up of two separate words — 'mank' and 'ind.' What do these words mean? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind." -- Jack Handey

2020-06-03: "But, for various reasons, it is impossible for the matter-energy system to sustain exponential growth for more than a few tens of doublings, and this phase is by now almost over." -- M. King Hubbert

2020-06-04: "Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature." -- Orson Welles

2020-06-05: "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." -- Albert Einstein

2020-06-06: "I am merely a seeker after knowledge, taking the world for my province, for it seems all knowledge is interrelated, and each science is dependent to some extent on the others." -- Louis L'Amour ('The Walking Drum', 1984)

2020-06-07: "A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience." -- Thomas Fuller

2020-06-08: "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." -- Viktor Frankl ('Man's Search For Meaning', 1946)

2020-06-09: "Our problem is not machines acting like humans -- it’s humans acting like machines." -- John Twelve Hawks

2020-06-10: "We all tend to be greedy end-gainers, paying no attention to our means whereby." -- F. Matthias Alexander

2020-06-11: "Next stop: Armageddon, the River Styx, Hades... and all points in between! All aboard!" -- 'Postal' (1997)

2020-06-12: "There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized." -- Werner Heisenberg

2020-06-13: "Humans are such fragile, goopy things." -- Invader Zim ('Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus', 2019)

2020-06-14: "And come he slow, or come he fast, / It is but Death who comes at last." -- Walter Scott

2020-06-15: "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it." -- Paulo Coelho

2020-06-16: "Base eight is just like base ten really — if you're missing two fingers." -- Tom Lehrer

2020-06-17: "It’s my belief that the study of history should be our preparation for understanding the present, rather than an escape from it." -- Elizabeth Kostova ('The Historian', 2005)

2020-06-18: "A cloud was on the mind of men, and wailing went the weather." -- G. K. Chesterton ('The Man Who Was Thursday', 1908)

2020-06-19: "When I hear somebody sigh that 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?'" -- Sydney J. Harris

2020-06-20: "On this showing, the nature of the breakdowns of civilizations can be summed up in three points: a failure of creative power in the minority, an answering withdrawal of mimesis on the part of the majority, and a consequent loss of social unity in the society as a whole." -- Arnold J. Toynbee

2020-06-21: "While in theory randomness is an intrinsic property, in practice, randomness is incomplete information." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb ('The Black Swan', 2007)

2020-06-22: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart

2020-06-23: "The world does so well without me, that I am moved to wish that I could do equally well without the world." -- Robertson Davies

2020-06-24: "It is to be expected that advances in physiology and psychology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they now have even in totalitarian countries." -- Bertrand Russell

2020-06-25: "What are the works of men if not a momentary respite, a hiding place soon to be discovered by catastrophe?" -- R. Scott Bakker ('The Darkness That Comes Before', 2004)

2020-06-26: "We have an economy where we steal the future, sell it in the present, and call it GDP." -- Paul Hawken

2020-06-27: "The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think." -- Nikola Tesla

2020-06-28: "Bloodcurdling suspense! A thousand thrill-maddening horrors!" -- Tagline for 'The Maze' (1953)

2020-06-29: "People's beliefs don't exist in isolation. Everyone's firmly held beliefs exert an enormous pressure on everyone else." -- Orson Scott Card ('Treason', 1988)

2020-06-30: "They saw the end coming, he thought, looking down the file of awful figures. But they were dead wrong about the reasons why." -- David Brin ('Earth', 1990)

July 2020

2020-07-01: "And the earth becomes my throne / I adapt to the unknown / Under wandering stars I've grown / By myself but not alone." -- Metallica ('Wherever I May Roam', 1991)

2020-07-02: "When I was young, the old regarded me as an outrageous young fellow, and now that I'm old the young regard me as an outrageous old fellow." -- Fred Hoyle

2020-07-03: "He believed in facts, and in altering your viewpoint to fit them, no matter what they were." -- Damon Knight ('A For Anything', 1959)

2020-07-04: "Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains." -- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2020-07-05: "Welcome to the worst nightmare of all...REALITY!" -- Pinhead ('Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker', 2002)

2020-07-06: "If company managers, city governments, the human population do not choose and enforce their own limits to keep growth within the capacity of the supporting environment, then the environment will choose and enforce limits." -- Donella Meadows

2020-07-07: "Just when things look darkest, they go black." -- Paul Newman

2020-07-08: "There is no Plan B." -- Tagline For 'The A-Team' (2010)

2020-07-09: "Now at the moment the world is suffering from large numbers of people who have no purpose in life — for whom there is no opportunity — and that's sad." -- Jonas Salk

2020-07-10: "Whenever one tries to suppress doubt, there is tyranny." -- Simone Weil

2020-07-11: "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity." -- Robert A. Heinlein

2020-07-12: "Things persisted in not being what they seemed." -- Frank Herbert ('Dune', 1965)

2020-07-13: "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." -- James Madison

2020-07-14: "Are you ready for the truth?" -- Tagline For 'Unbreakable' (2000)

2020-07-15: "Cease, Man, to mourn, to weep, to wail; enjoy thy shining hour of sun; / We dance along Death's icy brink, but is the dance less full of fun?" -- Richard Francis Burton

2020-07-16: "When the Iroqouis needed to make a decision they thought of the implications of the seventh generation to come after them." -- F. David Peat

2020-07-17: "Let us suffer absurdities, for this is only to suffer one another." -- Hilaire Belloc

2020-07-18: "One of the strangest disparities of history lies between the sense of abundance felt by older and simpler societies and the sense of scarcity felt by the ostensibly richer societies of today." -- Richard M. Weaver

2020-07-19: "I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong." -- Frederick Douglass

2020-07-20: "At no time in the past could anybody have known that what they were doing then would end up like this now." -- James Burke

2020-07-21: "It is ironic that the accumulation of arms is one of the few expanding industries in a period of economic depression and gloom." -- Javier Pérez de Cuéllar

2020-07-22: "If there's more than one way to do a job and one of those ways will end in disaster, then somebody will do it that way." -- Edward A. Murphy Jr.

2020-07-23: "Suppose no one asked a question, what would be the answer." -- Gertrude Stein

2020-07-24: "Open your eyes." -- Tagline For 'Vanilla Sky' (2001)

2020-07-25: "People are curious. A few people are. They will be driven to find things out, even trivial things." -- Alice Munro

2020-07-26: "It's one world, pal. We're all neighbors." -- Frank Sinatra

2020-07-27: "Suffering? You haven't seen anything yet..." -- Tagline For 'Saw III' (2006)

2020-07-28: "We next to never know when we are well off: but this cuts two ways -- for if we did, we should perhaps know better when we are ill off also; and I have sometimes thought that there are as many ignorant of the one as of the other." -- Samuel Butler

2020-07-29: "Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage." -- Ray Bradbury

2020-07-30: "Some people hope and die with their song still in them." -- Patsy Cline

2020-07-31: "There can be no gradualist, ecomodernist answer to the dire ecological problems we face, because when looking at the human effect on the planet there is nothing gradual about it; it is a Great Acceleration and a rift in the Earth system." -- John Bellamy Foster

August 2020

2020-08-01: "Hey, hey, baby, no more lies / Hey, hey, baby, this is the big goodbye." -- Great White ('Big Goodbye', 1992)

2020-08-02: "If the house is to be demolished tomorrow anyhow, people seem to feel, we may as well burn the furniture today." -- Arthur C. Clarke

2020-08-03: "Ask not what your country's done for you...ask what your country's done to you." -- Sam ('Uncle Sam', 1997)

2020-08-04: "I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." -- E. B. White

2020-08-05: "I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks." -- Harper Lee ('To Kill A Mockingbird', 1960)

2020-08-06: "Few individuals of any race murder for pleasure. There are perfectly adequate reasons to kill, though, reasons which might satisfy any philosopher. But, once accepted, there are more reasons, and more and more. And murder, once accepted, is hard to stop. It leads irresistibly to war and, from there, to annihilation." -- Robert Sheckley ('Citizen In Space', 1955)

2020-08-07: "No satisfaction based upon self-deception is solid, and, however unpleasant the truth may be, it is better to face it once and for all, to get used to it, and to proceed to build your life in accordance with it." -- Bertrand Russell

2020-08-08: "It is not now as it hath been of yore — turn wheresoe'er I may, by night or day, the things which I have seen I now can see no more." -- William Wordsworth ('Ode: Intimations of Immortality', 1804)

2020-08-09: "Thinking doesn't guarantee that we won't make mistakes. But not thinking guarantees that we will." -- Leslie Lamport

2020-08-10: "Too close a view may interfere with one's grasp of an overall problem or concept." -- Stafford Beer

2020-08-11: "One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness." -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

2020-08-12: "What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts." -- George Bernard Shaw

2020-08-13: "Seems to me the place you fight cruelty is where you find it, and the place you give help is where you see it needed." -- Philip Pullman ('The Subtle Knife', 1997)

2020-08-14: "Do we care that, according to overwhelming information, we are doing some careless, powerfully bad things to the environment?" -- Mike Shinoda

2020-08-15: "There is a way to escape the inference of superluminal speeds and spooky action at a distance. But it involves absolute determinism in the universe, the complete absence of free will." -- John Stewart Bell

2020-08-16: "The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought." -- Thomas Beecham

2020-08-17: "The days of peace and slumberous calm are fled." -- John Keats ('Hyperion', 1818)

2020-08-18: "Whatever we might think of this measureless theater to which we've got reserved tickets, but tickets whose lifespan is laughably short, bounded as it is by two arbitrary dates; whatever else we might think of this world — it is astonishing." -- Wislawa Szymborska

2020-08-19: "Every silver lining obscures a cloud." -- Ron English

2020-08-20: "To the man of humour, there is the sardonic delight of spying out pretensions and incongruities of life." -- H. P. Lovecraft

2020-08-21: "It is too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather." -- John Bellamy Foster

2020-08-22: "You know I am not born to tread in the beaten track — the peculiar bent of my nature pushes me on." -- Mary Wollstonecraft

2020-08-24: "The dense and tangled web of life - the interconnected nature of reality - now reveals itself on a daily basis." -- Meg Wheatley

2020-08-25: "The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned." -- Denis Diderot

2020-08-25: "Necessity is the theme and the inventress, the eternal curb and law of nature." -- Leonardo da Vinci

2020-08-26: "Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is." -- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

2020-08-27: "You can't scream if you can't breathe." -- Tagline For 'Anaconda' (1997)

2020-08-28: "If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction." -- Arthur Koestler ('The Ghost In The Machine', 1967)

2020-08-29: "It is perhaps the saddest, most hopeless thing we can say about our culture that it is a culture of distraction. 'Attention deficit' is a cultural disorder, a debasement of spirit, before it is an ailment in our children to be treated with Ritalin." -- Curtis White

2020-08-30: "We, at the height, are ready to decline." -- William Shakespeare ('Julius Caesar', c. 1599)

2020-08-31: "Truth is much more terrible than fiction." -- The Mirror Queen ('The Brothers Grimm', 2005)

September 2020

2020-09-01: "Your trip is short." -- Phish ('Martian Monster', 2014)

2020-09-02: "While food yields shrink, the world's population grows 90 million a year and the planet's life support systems move closer to catastrophe. An ever expanding capitalism and a fragile, finite ecology appear to be on a calamitous collision course." -- Michael Parenti

2020-09-03: "The only problem with capitalism is that it destroys the planet, and that it’s based on growth. I mean apart from those two little details it’s got a lot to be said in its favour." -- David Fleming

2020-09-04: "The history of our time calls to mind those cartoon characters who rush madly over the edge of a cliff without seeing it: the power of their imagination keeps them suspended in midair, but as soon as they look down and see where they are, they fall." -- Raoul Vaneigem

2020-09-05: "And I will die, and you will die, and we all will die, and even the stars will fade out one after another in time." -- Jack Kerouac ('Desolation Angels', 1965)

2020-09-06: "The coast is toast." -- Tagline For 'Volcano' (1997)

2020-09-07: "A person of ordinary intelligence who acquires power, of whatever kind, tends to develop an exaggerated view of his own capabilities. Sycophants gather. There is little or no criticism of decisions. As his ability to disrupt the lives of others advances, these tendencies become stronger. Eventually you end with Louis the Fourteenth, who thinks he’s done a good job for France, although the country he left behind was ruined." -- Jack McDevitt ('Infinity Beach', 2000)

2020-09-08: "I can't help feeling wary when I hear anything said about the masses. First you take their faces from 'em by calling 'em the masses and then you accuse 'em of not having any faces." -- J. B. Priestley

2020-09-09: "Some days you can’t see the forest for the fire." -- Ron English

2020-09-10: "Strictly speaking it may even be said that nearly all our knowledge is problematical; and in the small number of things which we are able to know with certainty, even in the mathematical sciences themselves, the principal means for ascertaining truth — induction and analogy — are based on probabilities." -- Pierre-Simon Laplace

2020-09-11: "Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions." -- Carl Sagan

2020-09-12: "The markets make a good servant but a bad master, and a worse religion." -- Amory Lovins

2020-09-13: "With infinite complacence, people went to and fro over the Earth about their little affairs, serene in the assurance of their dominion over this small spinning fragment of solar driftwood which by chance or design man has inherited out of the dark mystery of time and space." -- Orson Welles ('The War Of The Worlds', 1938)

2020-09-14: "As distrust, in some sense, is the mother of safety, so security is the gate of danger." -- Thomas Brooks

2020-09-15: "The wonder of the world is o'er: / The magic from the sea is gone: / There is no unimagined shore, / No islet yet to venture on." -- George William Russell ('The Twilight Of Earth', 1913)

2020-09-16: "Insufficient facts always invite danger." -- Spock ('Star Trek', 'Space Seed', 1967)

2020-09-17: "Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?" -- Eleanor Roosevelt

2020-09-18: "It's not a certain society that seems ridiculous to me, it's mankind." -- Eugène Ionesco

2020-09-19: "The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking." -- Jonathan Swift

2020-09-20: "I don't have the answers. I only know that a darkness is rising." -- John Constantine

2020-09-21: "Conquer anger with love, evil with good, meanness with generosity, and lies with truth." -- Gautama Buddha

2020-09-22: "I have grown entirely to rely on the workings of the mind. Perhaps they are weak supports to rely upon, but, search as I will, I can see no better ones." -- Jawaharlal Nehru

2020-09-23: "A better day was dawning at the close of the Mesozoic Era. There were some little warm-blooded animals around which had been stealing and eating the eggs of the Dinosaurs, and they were gradually learning to steal other things, too. Civilization was just around the corner." -- Will Cuppy ('How To Become Extinct', 1941)

2020-09-24: "On the banks of the river of Time, the sad procession of human generations is marching slowly to the grave." -- Bertrand Russell

2020-09-25: "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing-glove." -- P. G. Wodehouse

2020-09-26: "Everybody's a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We're all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos." -- David Cronenberg

2020-09-27: "I have learned yet again (this has been going on all my life) what folly it is to take any thing for granted without examining it skeptically." -- Jane Jacobs

2020-09-28: "Fear the sky." -- Tagline For 'Stealth' (2005)

2020-09-29: "The human problem cannot be solved by simply throwing money at it." -- General Thade ('Planet Of The Apes', 2001)

2020-09-30: "Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school-fees are heavy." -- Thomas Carlyle

October 2020

2020-10-01: "Come on the risin' wind, / We're goin' up around the bend." -- Creedence Clearwater Revival ('Up Around The Bend', 1970)

2020-10-02: "Truth, beaten down, may well rise again. But there’s a reason it gets beaten down. Usually, we don’t like it very much." -- Jack McDevitt ('Odyssey', 2006)

2020-10-03: "Contempt for the natural world implies contempt for life." -- Edward Abbey

2020-10-04: "Men have never wearied of political justice; they have wearied of waiting for it." -- G. K. Chesterton ('What's Wrong With The World', 1910)

2020-10-05: "Great events turn on small hinges." -- Stephen King ('The Institute', 2019)

2020-10-06: "We make our own beds. Seems beneath our dignity to whine when we're forced to sleep in them." -- Liv Moore ('iZombie', 2016)

2020-10-07: "We are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, and no amount of education gleaned from our propensity for self-destruction and misguided thinking ever teaches us anything." -- Terry Brooks ('Bearers Of The Black Staff', 2010)

2020-10-08: "The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

2020-10-09: "I was a peaceful sedentary man, a lover of a quiet life, with no appetite for perils and commotions. But I was beginning to realise that I was very obstinate." -- John Buchan ('The Power-House', 1916)

2020-10-10: "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" -- T. S. Eliot

2020-10-11: "One element, however, tends to go flagrantly missing in even the most vivid conspiracy theories about the banking system, let alone in official accounts: that is, the role of military power. There's a reason why the wizard has such a strange capacity to create money out of nothing. Behind him there is a man with a gun." -- David Graeber ('Debt: The First 5000 Years', 2011)

2020-10-12: "We drink our morning coffee with a drop of fear." -- John Twelve Hawks

2020-10-13: "For every action, there’s an infinity of outcomes. Countless trillions are possible, many milliards are likely, millions might be considered probable, several occur as possibilities to us as observers — and one comes true." -- China Miéville ('The Scar', 2002)

2020-10-14: "Nature's curriculum cannot be changed." -- Martin Lewis Perl

2020-10-15: "A person’s a person, no matter how small!" -- Dr. Seuss ('Horton Hears A Who!', 1955)

2020-10-16: "Change is the essential process of all existence." -- Spock ('Star Trek', 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield', 1969)

2020-10-17: "The vessel, though her masts be firm, beneath her copper bears a worm." -- Henry David Thoreau

2020-10-18: "They say when something bad happens, you have three choices. Let it define you, destroy you, or strengthen you." -- Columbus ('Zombieland: Double Tap', 2019)

2020-10-19: "The science of probability gives mathematical expression to our ignorance, not to our wisdom." -- Samuel R. Delany ('Time Considered As A Helix Of Semi-Precious Stones', 1968)

2020-10-20: "Aha! As I anticipated, things have gone wildly beyond my control." -- Professor Nebulous ('Nebulous', 2005)

2020-10-21: "Some, in getting ahead of everyone, are winning themselves the desert." -- Antonio Porchia

2020-10-22: "Would you rather be happy and dead, or scared and alive?" -- Alastair Reynolds ('Revelation Space', 2000)

2020-10-23: "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change." -- Rajendra K. Pachauri

2020-10-24: "Somebody left the door open and the wrong dogs came home." -- The Stranger ('High Plains Drifter', 1973)

2020-10-25: "We have already transgressed the limit of safety, and the present disorders of our time are but precursors of other and imminent dangers." -- Felix Adler

2020-10-26: "Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things." -- Russell Baker

2020-10-27: "All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income." -- Samuel Butler

2020-10-28: "For anyone trying to discern what to do with their life: pay attention to what you pay attention to. That's pretty much all the info you need." -- Amy Krouse Rosenthal

2020-10-29: "It is not because men's desires are strong that they act ill; it is because their consciences are weak." -- John Stuart Mill

2020-10-30: "There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring." -- Evelyn Beatrice Hall

2020-10-31: "I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear." -- E. B. White

November 2020

2020-11-01: "It's the new Mother Nature takin' over, it's the new splendid lady come to call. / It's the new Mother Nature takin' over. She's gettin' us all, she's gettin' us all." -- The Guess Who ('No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature', 1970)

2020-11-02: "Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself." -- George Bernard Shaw

2020-11-03: "Yeah, the war's over and the future won. The past never had a chance, man." -- Homer Simpson ('The Simpsons', 'American History X-cellent', 2010)

2020-11-04: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

2020-11-05: "Right now we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon." -- David Attenborough

2020-11-06: "What one does when faced with the truth is more difficult than you think." -- Wonder Woman ('Wonder Woman', 2017)

2020-11-07: "These struggling tides of life that seem / In wayward, aimless course to tend, / Are eddies of the mighty stream / That rolls to its appointed end." -- William Cullen Bryant

2020-11-08: "Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already." -- Charles Sanders Peirce

2020-11-09: "I believe that either Jupiter has life or it doesn't. But I neither believe that it does, nor do I believe that it doesn't." -- Raymond Smullyan

2020-11-10: "We appear to have lost the capacity to question the present, much less offer alternatives to it." -- Tony Judt

2020-11-11: "Calculating risks does not mean taking a gamble. It is more than figuring the odds. It is not reducible to a formula." -- Ernest King

2020-11-12: "When you have a child, the world has a hostage." -- Ernest Hemingway

2020-11-13: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -- Albert Einstein

2020-11-14: "The universe doesn't like secrets; it conspires to reveal the truth to lead you to it." -- Lisa Unger

2020-11-15: "The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive but in finding something to live for." -- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2020-11-16: "Dread it, run from it, destiny arrives all the same. And now it's here." -- Thanos ('Avengers: Infinity War', 2018)

2020-11-17: "Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are." -- Arthur Golden

2020-11-18: "The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance." -- Gilbert Parker

2020-11-19: "Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone." -- George Washington

2020-11-20: "Now what else is the whole life of mortals, but a sort of comedy in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each ones part until the manager walks them off the stage?" -- Erasmus

2020-11-21: "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." -- Anatole France

2020-11-22: "Money constitutes no proper basis of civilization." -- Eugene V. Debs

2020-11-23: "Questions about the nature of reality have puzzled scientists and philosophers for millennia. Like most people, I think that there is something real out there, entirely independent of us and our models, as the Earth is independent of our maps. But this is because I can’t help believing in an objective reality, not because I have good arguments for it." -- Steven Weinberg

2020-11-24: "The carrot and the stick guide scientists and politicians as well as donkeys." -- George Stigler

2020-11-25: "Now we live in the empire of oil and money — the rest is disguise." -- José Saramago

2020-11-26: "End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good, sometimes bad." -- Aughra ('The Dark Crystal', 1982)

2020-11-27: "Always be comic in a tragedy. What the deuce else can you do?" -- G. K. Chesterton ('The Man Who Was Thursday', 1908)

2020-11-28: "Join humankind's most treacherous battle for survival!" -- Tagline For 'The Mysterians' (1957)

2020-11-29: "Great is the art of beginning, but greater the art is of ending." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ('In the Harbor / Elegiac Verse', 1879)

2020-11-30: "I don't care if you're the Pope of Rome, President of the United States, or even Man of the Year — something can always go wrong." -- Loren Visser ('Blood Simple', 1984)

December 2020

2020-12-01: "Time keeps on slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future." -- Steve Miller Band ('Fly Like An Eagle', 1976)

2020-12-02: "He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government." -- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

2020-12-03: "Fortunate indeed is the man who has found wisdom and who is full of that discretion which is better than all the acquiring, trafficking, and possession of gold and silver." -- Philibert de l'Orme

2020-12-04: "Success is abhorrent if attained by the sacrifice of the fundamental principles of morality." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2020-12-05: "Reasonable men make the mistake of thinking everyone else is reasonable." -- John, The Lord Chamberlain

2020-12-06: "The majority of men never turn their attention from the outside world to examine themselves. They go through life drawn hither and thither by outside happenings, with scarcely any originality, or without any more control of their direction than have the leaves which are whirled about by the autumn wind." -- Jules Payot

2020-12-07: "Out of primordial depths to destroy the world!" -- Tagline For 'It Came From Beneath the Sea' (1955)

2020-12-08: "It is better to speak the truth, and lose, than to win by lying." -- Bernardo Dovizi

2020-12-09: "As the world changes the forms of corruption also gradually become more cunning, more difficult to point out — but they certainly do not become better." -- Søren Kierkegaard

2020-12-10: "Our world does not stand halfway between heaven and hell; it seems much closer to hell." -- Stanislaw Lem

2020-12-11: "If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced." -- Fox Mulder ('The X-Files: Fight The Future', 1998)

2020-12-12: "They would be our worst enemy who would wish us to live only on the glories of the past and die off from the face of the earth in sheer passivity." -- Jagadish Chandra Bose

2020-12-13: "From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime, / Out of SPACE — out of TIME." -- Edgar Allan Poe ('Dream-Land', 1844)

2020-12-14: "I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul." -- William Shakespeare ('Hamlet', c. 1600)

2020-12-15: "The unwanting soul sees what's hidden, and the ever-wanting soul sees only what it wants." -- Laozi ('Tao Te Ching', 6th Century BC)

2020-12-16: "Causality can only explain later events by earlier events, but it can never explain the beginning." -- Werner Heisenberg

2020-12-17: "The smallest worm will turn being trodden on, and doves will peck in safeguard of their brood." -- William Shakespeare ('Henry VI, Part 3', 1591)

2020-12-18: "Can it be we are not free? It might be worth looking into." -- Samuel Beckett ('Molloy', 1951)

2020-12-19: "The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts." -- Ray Bradbury

2020-12-20: "I like my world as coherent and consistent as possible." -- H. G. Wells

2020-12-21: "Mother Nature is a brutal bitch, red in tooth and claw, who destroys what she creates." -- Sam Keen

2020-12-22: "Whenever somebody tells me to do something my instinct's always to do the opposite." -- John Updike ('Rabbit At Rest', 1990)

2020-12-23: "Professional opinion is almost inevitably against changes." -- Robert Cecil

2020-12-24: "Consult your conscience, rather than popular opinion." -- Publilius Syrus

2020-12-25: "No theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will save the world. I cleave to no system. I am a true seeker." -- Mikhail Bakunin

2020-12-26: "There is no force more potent in the modern world than stupidity fueled by greed." -- Edward Abbey

2020-12-27: "All I can do is be me. Whoever that is." -- Tagline for 'I'm Not There' (2007)

2020-12-28: "The price of training is always a certain 'trained incapacity': the more we know how to do something, the harder it is to learn to do it differently." -- Abraham Kaplan

2020-12-29: "Can there be joy and laughter when always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness should you not seek a light?" -- Gautama Buddha ('Dhammapada')

2020-12-30: "Liberty is, to the lowest rank of every nation, little more than the choice of working or starving." -- Samuel Johnson

2020-12-31: "An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." -- William E. Vaughan

January 2021

2021-01-01: "Should know better but you keep turning up the heat." -- Peter Gabriel ('Burn You Up Burn You Down', 2003)

2021-01-02: "We live in a time which has created the art of the absurd." -- Norman Mailer

2021-01-03: "The universe is a joint product of the observer and the observed." -- Gloria Steinem

2021-01-04: "The darker the subject, the more light you must try to shed on the matter." -- Alan Ayckbourn

2021-01-05: "Beware of assuming the sterile attitude of a spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of miseries is not a proscenium, a man screaming is not a dancing bear." -- Aimé Césaire

2021-01-06: "We don’t live in order to die, we live in order to live." -- Ursula K. Le Guin

2021-01-07: "No one changes anything by playing it safe." -- Tagline For 'The Soloist' (2009)

2021-01-08: "The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology." -- E. O. Wilson

2021-01-09: "Everyone was warned, but no one listened. A rise in temperature. Ocean patterns changed. And ice caps melted. They called it extreme weather. They didn't know what 'extreme' was." -- Hannah Lawson ('Geostorm', 2017)

2021-01-10: "Circumstance is a factory of tears." -- Purushottam Laxman Deshpande

2021-01-11: "Be careful what you wish for." -- Tagline for 'Coraline' (2009)

2021-01-12: "Primeval man stumbled along with peering eyes, and slow, uncertain footsteps. Now we walk briskly towards our unknown goal." -- Arthur Conan Doyle

2021-01-13: "Bad things happen, darkness descends." -- John Laroche ('Adaptation', 2002)

2021-01-14: "Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction." -- Erich Fromm

2021-01-15: "We are in a fool's climate, accidentally kept cool by smoke, and before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable." -- James Lovelock

2021-01-16: "There are problems in this universe for which there are no answers." -- Paul Atreides ('Dune Messiah', 1969)

2021-01-17: "Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it." -- Stephen Vizinczey

2021-01-18: "The place where there is no darkness was the imagined future, which one would never see..." -- George Orwell ('Nineteen Eighty-Four', 1949)

2021-01-19: "It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event." -- Samuel Adams

2021-01-20: "Nae man can tether time or tide." -- Robert Burns

2021-01-21: "Everything tends towards catastrophe and collapse." -- Winston Churchill

2021-01-22: "The brain's a colloid, a very complicated machine. We don't know much about its potentialities." -- Lewis Padgett ('Mimsy Were The Borogoves', 1943)

2021-01-23: "Every trail has its end, and every calamity brings its lesson!" -- James Fenimore Cooper ('The Last Of The Mohicans', 1826)

2021-01-24: "Have you ever considered that too many answers are the same as no answer at all?" -- Tyrion Lannister ('A Clash Of Kings', 1998)

2021-01-25: "The truth is that man's horror of the skeleton is not horror of death at all. It is man's eccentric glory that he has not, generally speaking, any objection to being dead, but has a very serious objection to being undignified." -- G. K. Chesterton

2021-01-26: "Only by living at the edge of death can you understand the indescribable joy of life." -- James Clavell ('Shogun', 1975)

2021-01-27: "In general terms, satisfied states extend commitments abroad when they must, not when they can. They are motivated by necessity rather than opportunity. Rising states extend commitments abroad when they can, not when they must. They are motivated by opportunity rather than necessity." -- Charles A. Kupchan ('The End Of The American Era', 2002)

2021-01-28: "You think it'll last forever: people and cars and concrete. But it won't. One day, it's all gone." -- Doctor Who ('The End Of The World', 2005)

2021-01-29: "When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly." -- Tagline For 'Q&A' (1990)

2021-01-30: "You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there's no such thing as the unknown -- only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood." -- James T. Kirk ('Star Trek', 'The Corbomite Maneuver', 1966)

2021-01-31: "The more we know, the more we feel our ignorance; the more we feel how much remains unknown." -- Humphry Davy

February 2021

2021-02-01: "I was feeling part of the scenery / I walked right out of the machinery." -- Peter Gabriel ('Solsbury Hill', 1977)

2021-02-02: "Ya gotta keep on keepin' on." -- Joe Dirt ('Joe Dirt', 2001)

2021-02-03: "A gram of experience is worth a ton of theory." -- Robert Gascoyne-Cecil

2021-02-04: "People have been known to kill the messenger who waltzes in with a new version of the truth." -- Joe Dawson ('Highlander: The Series', 1992-1998)

2021-02-05: "If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life." -- Abraham Maslow

2021-02-06: "Books! lighthouses built on the sea of time! Books! by whose sorcery the whole pageantry of the world's history moves in solemn procession before our eyes. From their pages great souls look down in all their grandeur, undimmed by the faults and follies of earthly existence, consecrated by time." -- Edwin Percy Whipple

2021-02-07: "A time traveler from the year 1899 would be continually amazed by our advanced technology—our cars and airplanes, our skyscraper cities, our TV, radio, computers, and communication abilities. Probably the traveler would be most shaken by our science, from astronomy to zoology. The only place in which this visitor would be comfortably at home is in most of our high schools." -- Leon M. Lederman

2021-02-08: "A bridge does not abandon its first shore when it grows out in spans towards the further one." -- R. A. Lafferty

2021-02-09: "Things are going to go wrong, and I think we are false to life if we don't portray it." -- James A. Michener

2021-02-10: "Fear is the enemy of logic." -- Frank Sinatra

2021-02-11: "The consequences of our actions take us by the scruff of the neck, altogether indifferent to the fact that we have 'improved' in the meantime." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

2021-02-12: "People smell all kinds of ways before they have burned, but only one way afterwards." -- Neal Stephenson ('Cryptonomicon', 1999)

2021-02-13: "There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside." -- Upton Sinclair ('The Jungle', 1906)

2021-02-14: "The language of science is universal, and is a powerful force in bringing the peoples of the world closer together." -- Arthur Compton

2021-02-15: "You can't outrun Death forever, but you can make the bastard work for it." -- Gene Roddenberry ('Andromeda', 2000-2005)

2021-02-16: "Nowadays, the absence of catastrophic news is great news." -- David Levy

2021-02-17: "The palace is not safe, when the cottage is not happy." -- Benjamin Disraeli

2021-02-18: "Truly wealth, which men spend their lives in acquiring, is a valueless thing at the last." -- H. Rider Haggard ('King Solomon's Mines', 1885)

2021-02-19: "Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one's garden." -- Voltaire

2021-02-20: "The truth about us is endless. As are the lies." -- Philip Roth ('The Human Stain', 2000)

2021-02-21: "The Three Bs, meaning the Bus, the Bath, and the Bed. That is where the greatest discoveries are made in science." -- Pinky Carruthers ('The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension', 1984)

2021-02-22: "Anxiety grew, the fear that always comes when an established pattern falters." -- Tanith Lee ('The Birthgrave', 1975)

2021-02-23: "Try to remain calm." -- Tagline For 'Outbreak' (1995)

2021-02-24: "What I do know for certain is that what is regarded as success in a rational materialistic society only impresses superficial minds. It amounts to nothing and will not help us rout the destructive forces threatening us today." -- Patrick White

2021-02-25: "A civilization is complicated, in the first place, because it is dynamic; that is, it is constantly changing in the passage of time, until it has perished." -- Carroll Quigley

2021-02-26: "War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

2021-02-27: "You really want to know what it feels like to be the clown at midnight? Where there's only ever one joke and it's always on you? Well, here you are." -- The Joker

2021-02-28: "We have had a glorious past — but a glorious past is bitterness for a child with a hopeless future." -- John Wyndham ('Stowaway To Mars', 1936)

March 2021

2021-03-01: "Ah, freak out!" -- Chic ('Le Freak', 1978)

2021-03-02: "You can see the future best through peripheral vision." -- Nicholas Negroponte

2021-03-03: "Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises." -- Samuel Butler

2021-03-04: "Man's greatest advances these last few generations have been made by the application of human intelligence to the management of matter. Now we are confronted by a more difficult problem, the application of intelligence to the management of human relations. Unless we can advance in that field also, the very instruments that man's intelligence has created may be the instruments of his destruction." -- Norman Angell

2021-03-05: "In fact, science can accomplish nothing by the consideration of individual facts; from time to time it must cast its glance at the world as a whole." -- Ernst Mach

2021-03-06: "The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are strong." -- Georges Bidault

2021-03-07: "The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself." -- Carl Sagan

2021-03-08: "An infinity of excuses can always be found for non-action." -- Theodore Roosevelt

2021-03-09: "At first glance, everything looked the same. It wasn't." -- Dr. Miles Bennell ('Invasion Of The Body Snatchers', 1956)

2021-03-10: "It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover." -- Henri Poincaré

2021-03-11: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -- Steve Jobs

2021-03-12: "It is a great mortification to the vanity of man, that his utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of nature's productions, either for beauty or value." -- David Hume

2021-03-13: "Whether or not Big Brother is watching us, we certainly have to watch him, which may be even worse." -- Wilfrid Sheed

2021-03-14: "The problem with Destiny, of course, is that she is often not careful where she puts her finger." -- Terry Pratchett ('Men At Arms', 1993)

2021-03-15: "As we speak cruel time is fleeing." -- Horace

2021-03-16: "We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be." -- Jane Austen ('Mansfield Park', 1814)

2021-03-17: "Only in the last few decades have people suspected that their window on the world has a glass that gives a distorted view." -- Peter Farb

2021-03-18: "The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy." -- Florence Scovel Shinn

2021-03-19: "It is perfectly clear that hate begets hate, force is met with force, and cruelty can become so common that its contemplation brings pleasure, when it should produce pain." -- Clarence Darrow

2021-03-20: "Nature always uses the simplest means to accomplish its effects." -- Pierre Louis Maupertuis

2021-03-21: "We had no idea what was precious, what wasn't." -- Eli ('The Book Of Eli', 2010)

2021-03-22: "Questioning the status quo can result in banishment, imprisonment, ridicule or being burned at the stake, depending on your era, your locale, and the sacred cows you wish to butcher." -- Gene Spafford

2021-03-23: "Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you." -- Al Roberts ('Detour', 1945)

2021-03-24: "The probability of a train derailment was infinitesimal. That meant it was only a matter of time." -- N. K. Jemisin

2021-03-25: "When they’re not actually out slaughtering each other they’re inventing ingenious new ways to massacre each other more efficiently in the future, and when they’re not doing that they’re committing speciescide, from the Amazon to Borneo... or filling the seas with shit, or the air, or the land." -- Iain Banks ('The State Of The Art', 1991)

2021-03-26: "There is only one sky, and one has to worry because if it becomes sick, everything will be finished." -- Davi Kopenawa Yanomami ('The Falling Sky', 2013)

2021-03-27: "Myself not ignorant of woe, / Compassion I have learned to show." -- John Conington

2021-03-28: "Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." -- Leonardo da Vinci

2021-03-29: "Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

2021-03-30: "We all of us live too much in a circle." -- Benjamin Disraeli ('Sybil', 1845)

2021-03-31: "The scale and impact of human activities now affects a great portion of the global resources important to human welfare." -- Henry Way Kendall

April 2021

2021-04-01: "Long arm looking for a fingerprint, trying to find the mystery clue." -- AC/DC ('What's Next To The Moon', 1978)

2021-04-02: "This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be." -- Alan Turing

2021-04-03: "Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue." -- Bruce Dickinson

2021-04-04: "The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning." -- Michel Foucault

2021-04-05: "As with all quantum devices, a qubit is a delicate flower. If you so much as look at it, you destroy it." -- Hans Christian von Baeyer

2021-04-06: "As instruments of global climatic change, we humans now rival such cataclysmic events as supercontinent breakups and asteroid impacts." -- Shawna Vogel

2021-04-07: "But nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want." -- Jonathan Swift

2021-04-08: "Everything in the future is a wave. Everything in the past is a particle." -- Lawrence Bragg

2021-04-09: "Fate is a dog, well able to bite." -- Sumerian Proverb

2021-04-10: "This is it. The moment we should have trained for." -- Leela ('Futurama', 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela', 2010)

2021-04-11: "Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider." -- Francis Bacon

2021-04-12: "The most important thing – and I am sure I am right – is to maintain an active, alert interest in everything going on about you." -- Nile Kinnick

2021-04-13: "Nations should have a pillory for whoever stirs up useless hate, and another for whoever fails to tell them the truth in time." -- José Martí

2021-04-14: "The quantum principle shows that there is a sense in which what the observer will do in the future defines what happens in the past — even in a past so remote that life did not then exist, and shows even more, that 'observership' is a prerequisite for any useful version of 'reality'." -- John Archibald Wheeler

2021-04-15: "No matter which way you turn, fate can stick out a foot and trip you." -- Tina Belcher ('Bob's Burgers', 'Fingers-Loose', 2021)

2021-04-16: "The possibility that empathy resides in parts of the brain so ancient that we share them with rats should give pause to anyone comparing politicians with those poor, underestimated creatures." -- Frans de Waal

2021-04-17: "There are some things that time cannot mend." -- Frodo Baggins ('The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King', 2003)

2021-04-18: "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." -- Zora Neale Hurston

2021-04-19: "The present moment is ever the critical time." -- Robert Barr

2021-04-20: "An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie." -- H.G. Wells ('The Island Of Doctor Moreau', 1896)

2021-04-21: "Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study, call yourselves to an account what new ideas, what new proposition or truth you have gained, what further confirmation of known truths, and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge; and let no day, if possible, pass away without some intellectual gain." -- Isaac Watts

2021-04-22: "We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." -- Charles Bukowski

2021-04-23: "I'm not young enough to know everything." -- J. M. Barrie

2021-04-24: "You've gotta stop looking to other people to tell you who you are." -- Sam 'The Falcon' Wilson ('The Falcon And The Winter Soldier', 'Truth', 2021)

2021-04-25: "When bad fortune occurs, the unresourceful, unimaginative man looks about him to attach the blame to someone else; the resolute accepts misfortune and endeavors to survive, mature, and improve because of it." -- Anne McCaffrey ('Moreta: Dragonlady Of Pern', 1983)

2021-04-26: "Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies." -- Charles Dickens ('Great Expectations', 1860)

2021-04-27: "The abundance of organisms in nature varies with their size." -- John Tyler Bonner

2021-04-28: "You'll never know what bit you." -- Tagline for 'Lake Placid' (1999)

2021-04-29: "I know full well the hand of time, while it may miss a man at one reaping, will get him at the next." -- Clifford D. Simak

2021-04-30: "We cannot prevent equilibrium from producing its effects." -- Jules Verne ('Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea', 1870)

May 2021

2021-05-01: "Luck is a lady whose smile is as cold as a stone / She'll bring you things, many things you might never have known. / But when your die is cast, she'll have the final laugh at you." -- Styx ('Queen Of Spades', 1978)

2021-05-02: "You won't believe how it ends." -- Tagline For 'Saw V' (2008)

2021-05-03: "It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested." -- James Russell Lowell

2021-05-04: "Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one." -- Luther Whitney ('Absolute Power', 1997)

2021-05-05: "More industries, more mines, more businesses, more employment, and more consumer goods do not always mean more well-being because all these also mean more destruction of our natural resources and despoilation of our surroundings." -- Martin Gerhard Giesbrecht

2021-05-06: "This is one of the two great labyrinths into which human minds are drawn: the question of free will versus predestination. The other is the composition of the continuum, or: what is space?" -- Neal Stephenson ('Quicksilver', 2003)

2021-05-07: "It always feels tragic to see people labouring to saw off the branch they are sitting on." -- Asger Jorn

2021-05-08: "Fretting about a dearth of randomness seems like worrying that humanity might use up its last reserves of ignorance." -- Brian Hayes

2021-05-09: "There is real utility in the process of deduction, which goes from the general to the general, or from the general to the particular, as well as in the process of induction, which goes from the particular to the particular, or from the particular to the general." -- Bertrand Russell ('The Problems Of Philosophy', 1912)

2021-05-10: "Something further may follow of this Masquerade." -- Herman Melville ('The Confidence-Man', 1857)

2021-05-11: "The best advice about getting older? Just be thankful you're not dead!" -- Chadwick Boseman

2021-05-12: "Determined ignorance is the hastiest kind of oblivion." -- Philip Wylie

2021-05-13: "Most men and women, by birth or nature, lack the means to advance in wealth and power, but all have the ability to advance in knowledge." -- Pythagoras

2021-05-14: "When one is considering systems it's always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumptions." -- C. West Churchman

2021-05-15: "I'll take the bad, so long as I remember the good." -- Agent Doggett ('The X-Files', 'John Doe', 2002)

2021-05-16: "The world’s overcrowded. Men, women, children, a boiling mob wherever you look." -- Harry Harrison ('Planet Of The Damned', 1962)

2021-05-17: "Most of the world's scientific community and many people in the environmental movement are aware of the gravity of the problems." -- Henry Way Kendall

2021-05-18: "If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle with the unforeseen, two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead." -- Carl von Clausewitz

2021-05-19: "Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave." -- Quentin Crisp ('The Naked Civil Servant', 1968)

2021-05-20: "It's deeds we need, not words." -- Vasil Levski

2021-05-21: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." -- Pericles

2021-05-22: "The inescapable fact is that when we build a society based on greed, selfishness, and ruthless competition, the fruits we can expect to reap are economic insecurity at home and international discord abroad." -- Tommy Douglas

2021-05-23: "All things, man included, are parts of one great whole." -- Richard Maurice Bucke

2021-05-24: "It may be expedient but it is not just that some should have less in order that others may prosper." -- John Rawls ('A Theory Of Justice', 1971)

2021-05-25: "All that you know is at an end." -- Silver Surfer ('Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer', 2007)

2021-05-26: "We understand human mental processes only slightly better than a fish understands swimming." -- John McCarthy

2021-05-27: "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards." -- Lewis Carroll ('Through the Looking-Glass', 1871)

2021-05-28: "Sometimes I suspect that our own civilization is not altogether perfect." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

2021-05-29: "The view that machines cannot give rise to surprises is due, I believe, to a fallacy to which philosophers and mathematicians are particularly subject. This is the assumption that as soon as a fact is presented to a mind all consequences of that fact spring into the mind simultaneously with it. It is a very useful assumption under many circumstances, but one too easily forgets that it is false." -- Alan Turing

2021-05-30: "How slow the Shadow creeps: but when 'tis past, / How fast the Shadows fall. How fast! How fast!" -- Hilaire Belloc

2021-05-31: "One thing that's good about procrastination is that you always have something planned for tomorrow." -- Gladys Bronwyn Stern

June 2021

2021-06-01: "I'm the nightwatchman, I make the rounds / I'm the nightwatchman, gotta keep my nose to the ground." -- Tom Petty ('Nightwatchman', 1981)

2021-06-02: "Nothing can come of nothing." -- William Shakespeare ('King Lear', c. 1608)

2021-06-03: "To bear children into this world is like carrying wood into a burning house." -- Peter Wessel Zapffe

2021-06-04: "Today, with the weapons of mass destruction at man’s disposal, the human race itself is in imminent danger of being destroyed." -- Rajendra Prasad

2021-06-05: "Note to self: don't die." -- Raya ('Raya And The Last Dragon', 2021)

2021-06-06: "Silence! and Desolation! and dim Night! I feel ye now — I feel ye in your strength." -- Edgar Allan Poe

2021-06-07: "Is not every meanest day the confluence of two eternities?" -- Thomas Carlyle

2021-06-08: "You can withdraw from the sufferings of the world, but perhaps that withdrawal is the only suffering you might be able to avoid." -- Franz Kafka ('The Zürau Aphorisms', 1917-1918)

2021-06-09: "Were I to pray for a taste which should stand me in stead under every variety of circumstances, and be a source of happiness and cheerfulness to me during life, and a shield against its ills, however things might go amiss and the world frown upon me, it would be a taste for reading." -- John Herschel

2021-06-11: "I have deliberately chosen the uncertain path whenever I had the chance." -- Emily Hahn

2021-06-12: "We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you." -- Marian Wright Edelman

2021-06-13: "The world today is not what it was one week ago. What will it be one week from now? One month from now?" -- Abraham Setrakian ('The Strain', 2014-2017)

2021-06-14: "Hispanics have a long tradition of defiance against authority. Come to that, the Irish and Italians and Jews also have a long tradition of defiance against authority. Thinking it over, everybody has a long tradition of defiance against authority." -- Donald E. Westlake

2021-06-15: "Regardless of what may happen, I have to go forward." -- Bastian Balthazar Bux ('The Neverending Story', 1979)

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