The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not ‘to have and to hold’ but “to give and serve.” – Wilfred Grenfell who was born on this day in 1865.
I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. – John Steinbeck who was born on this day in 1902.
He also said:
It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
It surely will not be denied that woman have , and ought to have opinions of their own on subjects of public interest, and on the events which arise as the world wends on its way. But if it be granted that women may, without offence, hold political opinions, on what ground can the right be with held of giving the same expression or effect to their opinions as that enjoyed by their male neighbours. – Lydia Becker who was born on this day in 1827.
Thanks be to God, since my leaving drinking of wine, I do find myself much better, and do mind my business better, and do spend less money, and less time lost in idle company.– Samuel Pepys who was born on this day in 1633.
I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was… a human being. – Sidney Poitier who celebrates his 90th birthday today.
I’m concerned with the lost, the lonely, the shy. I think shyness is in some ways more widespread now than formerly. I used to be shy myself. Of course, you can’t be me now and remain shy, but I remember very well what it felt like. – Ruth Rendell who was born on this day in 1930.
She also said:
I often think what it was like not to have much money. I don’t think it’s good for people to be born into money and not know what it is never to have it.
In so much of politics you’re not allowed to disagree with what’s been agreed. – Iain Banks who celebrates his 63rd birthday today.