"They that govern the most, make least noise."
English jurist, scholar
"All things by immortal power,
Near and Far
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star."
("The Hound of Heaven")
"An empty canvas, apparently really empty, that says nothing and is without significance. Almost dull, in fact. In reality, however, [it's] crammed with thousands of undertone tensions and [is] full of expectancy. Slightly apprehensive lest it should be outraged... It can contain anything but cannot sustain everything... An empty canvas is a living wonderfar lovelier than certain pictures."
("The Blue Rider")
(died near his birthday)
"The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great best-sellers."
V. S. Pritchett
"It may be observed, in a general way,
that life would be better, distinctly
If more of the people with nothing to say
were able to say it succinctly."
"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."
Philip K. Dick
"Any stigma, as the old saying is, will serve to beat a dogma."
("Supers and Supermen: Studies in Politics, History and Letters")
"Black women as a group have never been fools. We couldn't afford to be."
("Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith")
"Can't do it, simply cause underneath 'em is too ugly."
US musician (ZZ Top)
, on why he and Dusty Hill refused a hefty sum from Gillette to shave their beards