Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. – W.H. Auden who was born on this day in 1907.
To attempt to resist temptation, to abandon our bad habits, and to control our dominant passions in our own unaided strength, is like attempting to check by a spider’s thread the progress of a ship of the first rate, borne along before wind and tide. – Benjamin Waugh who was born on this day in 1839.
The world’s capacity to create human misery through conflict now greatly exceeds its capacity to prevent or resolve it or its willingness to meet the growing humanitarian cost. That simply has to change. – Murray McCully who celebrates his 65th birthday today.
Oh, they never lie. They dissemble, evade, prevaricate, confound, confuse, distract, obscure, subtly misrepresent and willfully misunderstand with what often appears to be a positively gleeful relish and are generally perfectly capable of contriving to give one an utterly unambiguous impression of their future course of action while in fact intending to do exactly the opposite, but they never lie. Perish the thought. ― Iain Banks
Any attempt at action is better than inaction. An attempt can go wrong, but inaction inevitably results in failure. Miep Gies who was born on this day in 1909.
A gentleman opposed to their enfranchisement once said to me, women have never produced anything of any value to the world. I told him the chief product of the women had been the men, and left it to him to decide whether the product was of any value. – Anna Howard Shaw who was born on this day in 1847.
You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done. – Chuck Yeager who celebrates his 95th birthday today.