"Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization."
US labor organizer
("Labor and Freedom")
"The poet's business is not to save the soul of man but to make it worth saving."
James Elroy Flecker
("The Last Generation: A Story of the Future")
"Exercise is done against one's wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse."
Dr. George Sheehan
US physician, running enthusiast
("Running & Being: The Total Experience")
(died near his birthday)
"Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes."
Murray J. Edelman
("The Symbolic Uses of Politics")
"I knew I'd been living in Berkeley too long when I saw a sign that said 'Free firewood' and my first thought was 'Who was Firewood and what did he do?'"
("Ways of Seeing")
"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other." *
"Aside from what they did musically, the Beatles were great ambassadors. They made everything English very cool at the time. By the time we got (to America), everyone was ready for us. Just the fact that we were English opened every door for us."
English singer (Herman's Hermits)
("I'm Into Something Good")
"A lot of people understand what not saying anything means, so, in effect, not saying anything is really saying a lot."
US basketball player and tallest Deadhead
"I draw on my memories but blended with a lot of fantasy...but let's set the record straight on something! "The Summer of '69" has nothing to do with the actual year 1969. It's about making love (69get it?) and looking back at the good old times."
("The Summer of '69")
"There are girls, not specially beautiful, whom you could not lose in a crowd. There are other girls, apparently perfect in beauty, who seem to melt into insignificance."
("The Timid Young Man")
"There is something insane about a lack of doubt. Doubt, to me anyway, is what makes you human, and without doubt even the righteous lose their grip not only on reality but also on their humanity."
("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
"We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them."
"We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us."
("Of This Time, of That Place and Other Stories")
"Abstract art is a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered."
"I admit I'm much more sensitive to the scenic than the dynamic. When I was tiny I saw a fire for the first time, and afterwards I saw the façade with nothing behind. I've kept the vision of something very artificial and strangea façade with nothing behind. And what was in front of it? Space... now haunted."
("Eyes Without a Face")
"All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent."
("Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run")