Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. – Harper Lee who was born on this day in 1926.
We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand. – Cecil Day Lewis who was born on this day in 1904.
Apropos of which, he also said:
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it.
None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind; witness what’s going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature. – Morris West who was born on this day in 1916.
He also said:
If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts. – Ella Fitzgerald who was born on this day in 1918
Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. – Vincent de Paul who was born on this day in 1581
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones. Charlotte Bronte who was born on this day in 1816.
I don’t know how you can understand other people or yourself if you haven’t read a lot of books. I just don’t think you’re equipped to deal with the demands and decisions of life, particularly in your dealings with other people. Sebastian Faulks who celebrates his 64th birthday today.