Archived Quotes

These quotes will be from the previous months. They will stay here for four months, then be retired off the website (perhaps to be reused!).

May 2021

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek Proverb

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying.’ she said: ‘one CAN’T believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

April 2021

What staggers me is not the persistence of illusion, but the persistence of the world in the face of illusion.

A.G. Mojtabai, Mundome

Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.

Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone Scelto

March 2021

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clarity before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.

Henri-Frederic Amiel

Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.

Arab/African proverb

February 2021

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.  Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.  They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

Frederick Douglass, 1856

What reinforcement we may gain from hope; If not, what resolution from despair.

John Milton, Paradise Lost, bk7

January 2021

Factum est illud, fiery infectum non potest. Done is done, it cannot be made undone.


The gates of Hell are open night and day; Smooth the descent, and easy is the way; But, to return, and view the cheerful skies; In this, the task and mighty labor lies.

Virgil, the Aeneid, bk 6

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