Sunday, July 21, 2024

Thought for the Day

We must take the feeling of being at home into exile.
We must be rooted in the absence of place.
~ Simone Weil
Quoted from Simone Weil, Gravity & Grace (Bison, 1997), Trans. Arthur Wills

Simone Weil (1909-1943), French Philosopher, Writer, Political Activist, Religious Mystic

See Simone Weil's Gravity & Grace at The Anarchist Library.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Thought for the Day

The real gift of doing the work is getting to do it alongside
writers you admire, and to share some decoration with them
is an added joyful bonus.
~ Hanif Abdurraqib

Quoted from Hanif Abdurraqib's Statement on Being Awarded Campbell-Windam Literature Prize, Nonfiction, 2024
Hanif Abdurraqib, American Writer, Essayist, and Poet; Podcaster, "Object of Sound"

Campbell-Windam Prizes

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Thought for the Day

[. . .] The shameless shall inherit the earth,
while the blameless grapple with the mess they make of it.
~ Frank Bruni 

Quoted from Frank Bruni, "There is apparently no accountability – ever – for Donald Trump" (Opinion), The New York Times, July 4, 2024
Frank Bruni, American Journalist, Author, Contributing Writer for The New York Times

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Thought for the Day

Everything is capable of a once upon a time, [. . .]
Lauren Camp

Quoted from Lauren Camp, "Lecture on Nothing" in An Eye In Each Square (River River Books, 2023), p. 72

Lauren Camp, Prize-Winning Poet; Poet Laureate of New Mexico; Instructor, Poetry Out Loud New Mexico; Senior Fellow, Black Earth Institute; Visual Artist

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Thought for the Day

To reread a beloved book after a long time away is always
a great risk. [. . .] for a book that is more than merely a favorite,
a book that has a hand in creating you, the risk of loss is even
greater. [. . .] if you were to lose that book, you would feel that
you had lost some necessary part of yourself. [. . .]
~ Margaret Renkl

Quoted from Margaret Renkl, "I Reread a Book That Changed My Life, but I'd Changed, Too," The New York Times, June 3, 2024; Online

Margaret Renkl, Prize-Winning Writer and Author; Contributing Opinion Writer, The New York Times; Founding Editor, Chapter 16

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Thought for the Day

If I play you a piece of music,
that's when you can truly look inside me.
~ Hans Zimmer
Quoted from Transcript of Stephen Galloway Interview with Hans Zimmer at The Hollywood Reporter, November 3, 2014; Online. Also see Hans Zimmer Quotes at QuoteFancy.

Hans Zimmer, Prolific and Influential German-born American Composer and Music Producer


Hans Zimmer on FaceBook and  Instagram

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Thought for the Day

Flowers are made to seduce the senses: fragrance, form, colour.

If you cannot be seduced by beauty, you cannot learn
the wisdom of ugliness.
~ H.D.

Quoted from H.D., "Notes on Thoughts and Vision" in Visions and Ecstasies (David Zwirner Books, 2019), p. 28

H.D. (1886-1961), American Poet, Novelist, Memoirist, Essayist, Critic, Writer of Children's Books, and Translator

Note: H.D. was the pen name of Hilda Doolittle.

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Thought for the Day

We look at the world once, in childhood. /
The rest is memory.
~ Louise Gluck

Quoted from Louise Gluck, "Nostos" in Meadowlands (Ecco/HarperCollins, 1996), p. 43

Louise Gluck (1943-2023), American Poet and Essayist; Winner, 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature; U.S. Poet Laureate, 2003-2004

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Thought for the Day

You change the world and yourself by changing
your thoughts. And first, you change yourself. And
then maybe you change the world. And then maybe
you help somebody else in their moment of great
despair – or their moment of great joy.
~ Jane Hirshfield

Quoted from "Ezra Klein Interviews Jane Hirshfield: What a Poetic Mind Can Teach Us About How to Live" (Online Transcript from The Ezra Klein Show at The New York Times), March 3, 2023

Jane Hirshfield, Poet, Essayist, Translator

Jane Hirshfield Profiles at Academy of American Poets and Poetry Foundation

Jane Hirshfield on FaceBook

Sunday, May 19, 2024

I'm seeing humanity as at the mouth
of a very long dark tunnel, and right
at the end is a little star – that's hope.
~ Jane Goodall 

Quoted from Ralph Blumenthal, "What's Next for Jane Goodall? An Immersive Spectacle in Tanzania" at The New York Times, April 9, 2024; Online (Subscription Required)

Jane Goodall (1934 – ), Primatologist, Environmental Activist; Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire; United Nations Messenger of Peace; "Dr. Jane's Dream" at Arusha Cultural Heritage Center, Tanzania

Roots & Shoots (for Youth)