What ended the _Age of Aquarius_?

“The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stone…” Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, former Saudi oil minister....

DadQuotes10/05/08 1 comments

What’s wrong with America?

Bill Moyers in his interview with Charlie Rose said of our body politic that, “too many powerful interests have a...

DadQuotes05/17/08 0 comments

The theology of horseshoes

If God doesn't exist, why did He create mathematics?

DadQuotes01/13/08 1 comments

Just what I need

A vendor making a presentation in my Philadelphia office wanted to emphasize how his company would work in partnership with...

DadQuotes12/20/07 3 comments

When you can’t win

I heard an interesting expression on a radio talk show tonight regarding why John McCain might have declined to come...

DadQuotes06/14/07 0 comments

Hazlitt on meditation

"For many years of my life I did nothing but think."

PatrickQuotes09/01/06 0 comments

Augustine on Time

I know it when I see it says Augustine, or something to that effect.

PatrickQuotes07/28/06 2 comments

Johnson on Writers and Reading

"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write"

PatrickQuotes05/22/06 0 comments

On Time

Time is the most unpredictable and secret thing in our life.

PatrickQuotes05/16/06 8 comments

Irish philosophy

On spending money.

DadQuotes03/17/06 0 comments

Pursuing truth with shots of nonsense

"It's worth knowing that lively intelligence even when it makes mistakes or tries to pursue truth with shots of nonsense."

PatrickQuotes01/16/06 1 comments

Intolerance of Ambiguity

Says Theodor Adorno: "Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality."

PatrickQuotes12/17/05 1 comments

This, too, is life

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another..."

PatrickQuotes11/04/05 3 comments

Voltaire on patriotism

"To be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind."

PatrickQuotes10/23/05 3 comments

Justification for the essayist

Balzac justifies the essayist's attention deficit disorder.

PatrickQuotes10/07/05 2 comments

Searching for Meaning

Accept it's brief invitation to a small adventure.

DadQuotes03/26/05 1 comments

The Nigger of the Narcissus

A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.

DadQuotes03/06/05 5 comments

Peart on Travel Writing

Neil Peart wears baggy pants when traveling and writing.

PatrickQuotes02/17/05 5 comments

Pessoa on perfectionism in writing

"I'm astounded whenever I finish something." --Fernando Pessoa.

PatrickQuotes02/06/05 7 comments

Why is it necessary to know who said it?

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?

DadQuotes02/05/05 3 comments

The end and the means

I've been thinking lately about whether or not the end can ever justify the means.

DadQuotes01/27/05 0 comments

Quotes on Humanity & War

Two quotes - one from MLK and one from Eleanor Roosevelt - on humanity and war.

DavidQuotes12/09/04 1 comments

“Do They Know It’s Christmas” Yet?

Bono says to thank God it's them instead of you. Primo Levi says different.

PatrickNews/Quotes11/17/04 1 comments

Sebald on Writing

W. G. Sebald tries to encapsulate the neurosis of writing.

PatrickQuotes11/12/04 1 comments

Stupid Quotes

What do egotism, ignorance, confidence, and stupidity have in common?

PatrickQuotes11/10/04 5 comments

Useful Science

...one of those strong statements that you're not sure you agree with

DadQuotes09/26/04 3 comments

Henry Miller on politicians

Henry Miller thinks politicians are lowbrows.

PatrickQuotes09/07/04 0 comments

The Universe

The universe knew we were coming?

DadQuotes09/02/04 2 comments

Science and Poetry

Paul Dirac says that poetry is obtuse.

PatrickQuotes09/02/04 2 comments

How we learn

The wise are instructed by reason. And others?

PatrickQuotes08/26/04 1 comments

A Yiddish Proverb

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of dreams.

PatrickQuotes08/20/04 2 comments

The Life of a Day

Tom Hennen's intriguing poem about letting life slip by.

PatrickQuotes08/09/04 1 comments

Through Writer’s Block

A nice, aphoristic way of approaching writer's block.

PatrickQuotes08/09/04 1 comments

Best Movie Lines

Amazingly, the first four entries in this Entertainment Weekly list of "Best movie lines ever" are from _The Princess Bride_.

DadConnections/Movies/Quotes/Stuffs08/04/04 2 comments

Life of Pi

Yann Martel's _Life of Pi_ is a wonderfully strange book. You should read it.

PatrickQuotes/Reviews07/31/04 2 comments

Why poetry?

[Poetry] may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.

PatrickQuotes07/16/04 1 comments

Thoughts on Singing

Some useful Spanish quotes about singing and songs.

PatrickQuotes05/27/04 0 comments

Belief and Drunkenness

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

PatrickQuotes05/19/04 7 comments

Writing Everything

Gary Fincke has, like me, tried to make literature out of the diarist Robert Shields.

PatrickQuotes05/01/04 1 comments

Whence Language?

Coetzee derives it from song and "the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul."

PatrickQuotes04/24/04 7 comments

Improved, yes; good, no

Improvement is not the same as being good, says John Gruber.

PatrickQuotes04/14/04 5 comments

Plato sees our day

The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.

PatrickQuotes03/09/04 4 comments


"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" -- Wayne Gretzky

DadQuotes01/30/04 30 comments

Writing’s Demons

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle... -- George Orwell.

PatrickQuotes01/27/04 0 comments


I’m preparing a talk on freedom of religion for Church tomorrow. I’ve come across some excellent quotes, and I thought...

PatrickQuotes11/22/03 2 comments

Rage for Order

I actually wrote this the other day, but I’ll post it now. I think it’s a small example of how...

PatrickObservations/Quotes06/21/03 3 comments

Why We Write

This is a sort of followup to the Practice Writing entry by Dad, but I wanted to get the quote...

PatrickQuotes/Recommendations06/12/03 0 comments

God’s Grandeur

I’ll try not to turn this site into a repository for others’ poems, but here’s one more, and a recommendation...

PatrickQuotes/Recommendations06/12/03 0 comments

Those Winter Sundays

Robert Hayden, the first black US poet laureate, is mentioned in Darryl Pinckney’s essay. I thought I’d share Hayden’s best-known...

PatrickQuotes06/11/03 4 comments

Self-love, La Rochefoucauld, and -isms

From La Rochefoucauld’s introduction to his Maxims, from Theodore Dalrymple’s essay “Dicovering La Rochefoucauld,” from New Criterion, April 2001, Vol....

PatrickQuotes05/13/03 2 comments


From an article by Neil Peart: However, the effect [of hearing great drummers] on me was to make me determined...

PatrickQuotes05/13/03 5 comments

Living in the Present Tense

I think, somewhat vainly, about living and especially now that i have to do something besides attend school and it...

DanQuotes05/04/03 3 comments

Hume on Life

Patrick and I were talking about a quote from David Hume that appears in the recent book I am reading,...

DadQuotes04/26/03 5 comments

Trash-Talking in Iraq

I got this from CNN, which tells about a clash between the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and a group of...

PatrickFunnies/News/Quotes03/23/03 2 comments