Quote of the Day

Sometime when you’re talking up a storm so brilliant, so charming that you can hardly believe how wonderful you are, pause just a moment and listen to yourself. It’s good for the soul to hear yourself as others hear you, and next time maybe, just maybe, you will not talk so much, so loudly, so brilliantly, so charmingly, so utterly shamefully foolishly.

“Sometime when you’re talking up a storm so brilliant, so charming that you can hardly believe how wonderful you are, pause just a moment and listen to yourself. It’s good for the soul to hear yourself as others hear you, and next time maybe, just maybe, you will not talk so much, so loudly, so brilliantly, so charmingly, so utterly shamefully foolishly.” — Russell Baker, Commencement Address to the Connecticut College Class of 1995 (1995-05-27)

Quote of the Day

If you simply cannot resist being an incompetent klutz, don’t boast about it by wearing a tee shirt that says ‘underachiever and proud of it.’ Being dumb is not the worst thing in the world, but letting your clothes shout it out loud depresses the neighbors and embarrasses your parents.

“If you simply cannot resist being an incompetent klutz, don’t boast about it by wearing a tee shirt that says ‘underachiever and proud of it.’ Being dumb is not the worst thing in the world, but letting your clothes shout it out loud depresses the neighbors and embarrasses your parents.” — Russell Baker, Commencement Address to the Connecticut College Class of 1995 (1995-05-27)

Quote of the Day

If it’s true that this is the best time of your life, if you have already lived or are now living at this age the best years, or if the next few turn out to be the best, then you have my condolences. Because you’ll want to remain here, stuck in these so-called best years, never maturing, wanting only to look, to feel and be the adolescent that whole industries are devoted to forcing you to remain.

“If it’s true that this is the best time of your life, if you have already lived or are now living at this age the best years, or if the next few turn out to be the best, then you have my condolences. Because you’ll want to remain here, stuck in these so-called best years, never maturing, wanting only to look, to feel and be the adolescent that whole industries are devoted to forcing you to remain.” — Toni Morrison, Commencement Address to the Wellesley College Class of 2004 (2004-05-28)

Quote of the Day

The daily activities that contribute most to happiness are having dinner with friends and having sex. The daily activity that detracts most from happiness is commuting. Have more sex. Commute less.

“The daily activities that contribute most to happiness are having dinner with friends and having sex. The daily activity that detracts most from happiness is commuting. Have more sex. Commute less.” — David Brooks, “What Me Worry,” Commencement Address, Indiana University (2013-05-03)