Quotes with today
For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry.
Introduction to Ward's English Poets (1880).
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
One thing I was thinking about the other day was you can't even conceive of the kinds of things you can do in movies today. The idea that you could draw, in a computer, dinosaurs and have them running around was totally impossible.
We were Grace Kelly's bridesmaids. I can`t tell you what goes on even today when people hear that. I mean, we're going to be these doddering old ladies on some porch out at the seashore in New Jersey with shawls and canes, and people will be walking by saying, 'There are the bridesmaids,'
Interview with Chicago Tribute, June 15, 1989
Start with the fact that our country's progress since 1776 has been mind-blowing, like nothing the world has ever seen. Our secret sauce has been a political and economic system that unleashes human potential to an extraordinary degree. As a result Americans today enjoy an abundance of goods and services that no one could have dreamed of just a few centuries ago.
"Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women" in Fortune, published on May 2, 2013
Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.
There is a maxim, 'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' It is a maxim for sluggards. A better reading of it is, 'Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow,' because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
Today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned. Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination.
Why I weep for my country, The Observer, March 23, 2003.
The whole story of human and personal progress is an unmitigated tale of denials today-denials of rest, denials or repose and comfort and ease and pleasure-that tomorrow may be richer.
The Mastery of Nervousness: Based Upon Self Reeducation (1918)
The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else.
Ten Thousand Flower Flames (1979)
Spirituality tells the seeker not to live in the hoary past, not to live in the remote future, but to live in the immediacy of today, in the eternal Now.
Everest Aspiration (1977)
In 1962, I commented that I am by no means sure that I could write 'Jupiter Five' today; it involved twenty or thirty pages of orbital calculations and should by rights be dedicated to Professor G. C. McVittie, my erstwhile tutor in applied mathematics. (I had better hasten to add that he bears no slightest resemblance to the professor in the story.)
What I find so unfair is that if we both died today, her children would get much more than mine.
In the The Daily Telegraph, August 18, 2009. Comment following a divorce settlement.
My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
Today everyone is a star - they're all billed as 'starring' or 'also starring'. In my day, we earned that recognition.
Tonight, people who have been in this Capitol for far longer than I have said they’ve never experienced anything like what we saw at the Capitol today and this evening. There were thousands of people here throughout the day, and what they were asking that their voices would be heard. We did our best as a democratic caucus to make sure that happened, and I think the results speak for themselves.
After the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the country died in Texas Senate after time expired on the legislative session on June 25, 2013.
America is today the hope of all honorable men who respect the rights of their fellow men and who believe in the principle of freedom and justice.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.
A preventive war, to my mind, is an impossibility today. How could you have one if one of its features would be several cities lying in ruins, several cities where many, many thousands of people would be dead and injured and mangled, the transportation systems destroyed, sanitation implements and systems all gone? That isn't preventive war; that is war.
News Conference of (August 11, 1954)
If it is not conservative to protect the Bill of Rights, then I don’t know what conservatism is today.
When discussing balanced budget and flag burning amendments to the Constitution.
The only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
Chicago Tribune, May 25, 1916
I staged a coup d’état and the workers staged the revolution, occupying the factories, becoming partners instead of employees, eliminating the monarchic administration and setting up people’s committees. In short, they liberated themselves. Students did the same. Today in Libya, only the people count.
Interview (December 9, 1979)
What religion needs today is not more flying with God, or leaping with God, or jumping up and down with God, or going into spasms and convulsions and epileptic fits with God. What religion needs today is more walking with God.
Oftentimes in denying yourself pleasure you do but store the desire in the recesses of your being. Who knows but that which seems omitted today, waits for tomorrow?
The Prophet (1923)
Today they're fighting wars to make peace. Well, that's about the worst way you can go about it.
Oral history interview with Rube Goldberg by Emily Nathan, for Radio Smithsonian, 1970.
My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him.
If you went to your closet today, would you pull out the same outfit you wore 10 or 15 years ago? You wear feelings and faith differently as well.
We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005
In his encyclical Humani Generis (1950), my predecessor Pius XII has already affirmed that there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith regarding man and his vocation, provided that we do not lose sight of certain fixed points....Today, more than a half-century after the appearance of that encyclical, some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than an hypothesis. In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines. The convergence in the results of these independent studies -- which was neither planned nor sought -- constitutes in itself a significant argument in favour of the theory.
Message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Evolution
Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.
You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.
You guys with your book and your movie, you got really close to understanding war. You got very close, but you didn’t get all the way. The ultimate truth about war isn’t that you might die. The ultimate truth about war is that you are guaranteed to lose your brothers. In some ways, until today, you didn’t have the first idea about war. You didn’t know the first thing about it until today. And you’ve lost a brother. And now you understand.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington. Junger was quoting correspondence from an unknown Vietnam War veteran.
The concept of genetic disease, enthusiastically appropriated by the medical sciences for complex institutional and economic reasons, represents an expansion of molecular biology far beyond its technical successes.. Today we are being told -- and judging from media accounts, are apparently coming to believe -- that what makes us human is our genes. Indeed, the very notion of "culture" as distinct from "biology" seems to have vanished.
"Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project," in Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood, eds. The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. (1992)
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.
I decided early to give my life to something eternal and absolute. Not to these little gods that are here today and gone tomorrow, but to God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Rediscovering Lost Values, Feb. 28, 1954
He demonstrated that a man could survive in an extremely high altitude escape situation. Future astronauts will wear the spacesuit that Felix test-jumped today.
After Felix Baumgartner's jump (October 14, 2012)
Were he alive today, it is telling that his message would still be essentially the same. It is troubling that unemployment is so high — indeed, far higher than it was in 1963 — and that we are so caught up in details of deficits and debt ceilings that we question whether government has any moral duty to serve the poor, help feed the hungry and assist the sick. Today, Dr. King would still be asking questions that reveal the moral meaning of our policies. And he would still challenge our leaders to answer those questions — and to act on their beliefs.
August 25, 2011
No one in his right mind would today argue that there is no place for the federal government in the reawakening of America. Indeed, we need another Republican-sponsored Marshall Plan for our cities and schools.
The government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and major social transformations to attain the system of constitutional government and its respect for the freedoms and individual rights, we hold as fundamental today.
Speech on the Constitution, May 6, 1987
I called the superintendent of Arlington Cemetery. And he and I walked over those grounds. They're hauntingly beautiful grounds, white crosses all in a row. And finally I thought I'd found the exact spot, the most beautiful spot in the cemetery. I called Jackie at the White House and asked her to come out there, and she immediately accepted. And that's where the President is buried today. A park service ranger came up to me and said that he had escorted President Kennedy on a tour of those grounds a few weeks before. And Kennedy said, "That was the most beautiful spot in Washington." That's where he's buried.
The Fog of War
I want to say, and this is very important: at the end we lucked out. It was luck that prevented nuclear war. We came that close to nuclear war at the end. Rational individuals: Kennedy was rational; Khrushchev was rational; Castro was rational. Rational individuals came that close to total destruction of their societies. And that danger exists today.
The Fog of War
The major lesson of the Cuban missile crisis is this: the indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapons will destroy nations. Is it right and proper that today there are 7500 offensive strategic nuclear warheads, of which 2500 are on a 15 minute alert to be launched at the decision of *one* human being?
The Fog of War
I find freedom to be the most important issue facing any human being today, because without freedom, then life is pointless.
Interview with Linda Brookover, March 11, 1996.
Like a virgin.....? Touched for the very first time....? For the very first time today!
Mud will be Flung Tonight (1985)
You don’t know how to handle anything today, because you have to go to jail to get some press or fall down drunk.
October 26, 2007. The Washington Blade.
If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there.
At King Memorial dedication (October 16, 2011)
In tribal times, there were the medicine men. In the Middle Ages, there were the priests. Today, there are the lawyers. For every age, a group of bright boys, learned in their trades and jealous of their learning, who blend technical competence with plain and fancy hocus-pocus to make themselves masters of their fellow men. For every age, a pseudo-intellectual autocracy, guarding the tricks of the trade from the uninitiated, and running, after its own pattern, the civilization of its day.
A glance at the situation today only too clearly indicates that equality of opportunity as we have known it no longer exists. Our industrial plant is built; the problem just now is whether under existing conditions it is not overbuilt. Our last frontier has long since been reached, and there is practically no more free land. More than half of our people do not live on the farms or on lands and cannot derive a living by cultivating their own property. There is no safety valve in the form of a Western prairie to which those thrown out of work by the Eastern economic machines can go for a new start. We are not able to invite the immigration from Europe to share our endless plenty. We are now providing a drab living for our own people.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
Even Hitler didn't wake up going, "let me do the most evil thing I can do today." I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was "good." Stuff like that just needs reprogramming. ... I wake up every day full of hope, positive that every day is going to be better than yesterday. And I'm looking to infect people with my positivity. I think I can start an epidemic.
Quoted in Daily Record (December 22, 2007). This statement was often misquoted.
I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now I wake up and ask myself, ‘Who do I hate today?’
The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, generation vanishing after another, gone as utterly as we ourselves shall shortly be gone.