Thursday, August 28, 2014
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
With his debut novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (born August 28, 1749) became an international celebrity. It was one of Napoleon Bonaparte's favorite books.
Especially, "to speak a few reasonable words." Kind and thoughtfully said.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (born August 27, 1770) was an enormously influential philosopher who also had a knack for evocative titles: Phenomenology of Spirit, Science of Logic, and Philosophy of Right.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Puns are the highest form of literature.Alfred Hitchcock
When director Alfred Hitchcock (born August 13, 1899) was five, his father dispatched him to the local police station with a note. The officer read it and locked young Hitchcock in a jail cell for five minutes, a move that bred his distrust of authority.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
I feel free and strong. If I were not a reader of books I could not feel this way.
The popular Paul Newman films The Hustler and The Color of Money, in which he stars as a pool hustler, and the surreal David Bowie film The Man Who Fell to Earth, were all based on books by author Walter Tevis. He died 30 years ago today.