Quality Quotes #12

"[T]hose who refuse to consider what they do are cloaked in the shadow of stupidity, but they enjoy the shade.  It is cool and comfortable there."  Joe R. Lansdale, in his 2013 novel The Thicket. Considering how many people in America today subsist, indeed, thrive on an alimentation of willful ignorance, y'all might be tempted … Continue reading Quality Quotes #12

Quality Quotes #11

"Sandy shook her head.  'Boys,' she said, and with that single word excused me from all responsibility."  Ann Patchett, in The Dutch House. This trenchant quote damnear caused me to choke when I came across it while eating breakfast this morning.  I was blind to the concept of white male privilege until after I had been … Continue reading Quality Quotes #11

Quality Quotes #8

"Truly, life is the misery we endure between disappointments." Joe Abercrombie, uttered by Superior of the Inquisition Sand dan Glokta in Last Argument of Kings (The First Law trilogy #3). My office remains piled with this week's accumulated detritus, but I've made sufficient progress this morning to justify a brief blogging break.  I've been annoyed … Continue reading Quality Quotes #8

Quality Quotes #3

"Nine-tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events.  Some days ten-tenths." --Thomas Merton While responding to my friend Martha's comment on my Quality Quotes #1 post the other day, I remembered this marvelous quote from Thomas Merton and knew it had to be my next offering.  Although I took it … Continue reading Quality Quotes #3