Continuing my study of the founding fathers. The book is basically two mini-biographies of Madison and Monroe, and is especially focused on how Madison shaped the Constitution, and how Monroe almost derailed him by running against him for a seat in the House of Representatives. Madison won, barely, and went on to write the Bill of Rights and eventually got most of it passed through Congress.
Buy the ticket, take the ride. – Hunter Thompson
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy
by Gregory Corso
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. – George Santayana
Finished this book yesterday. After reading David McCullough’s eight hundred pager on John Adams, it was a relief to read Hart’s reasonably concise biography of James Monroe.
Turn the goddamn music up! My heart feels like an alligator! – Hunter Thompson
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. – Dalia Lama
If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton
The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen. – Bob Lemon
Grief upon grief! Disappointments upon disappointments. What then? This is a gay, merry world notwithstanding. – John Adams
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. – Jose Ortega Y Gasset
by Emily Dickinson
There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. – John Stuart Mill
Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
by Percy Bysshe Shelly
The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. – Mike Murdock
by Carl Sandburg
Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better. – Samuel Beckett
Donn Pearce, the writer of the book/screenplay, was in real-life similar to Luke, spent significant time in prison, even working on a chain gang.
A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. – Leo Tolstoy
Death is always around the corner, but often our society gives it inordinate help. – Carter Burwell
Genius is an African who dreams up snow. – Vladimir Nabokov
by Kenneth Patchen
As we are so wonderfully done with each other
We can walk into our separate sleep
On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies
O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one
Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers
My hands are hallowed where they touched over your
It is good to be weary from that brilliant work
It is being God to feel your breathing under me
A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .
Don’t let anyone in to wake us.
Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life.- Edvard Munch