Quotes After Midnight, Vol. 1

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws.

~ John Adams

Some of these quotes will be from major celebrities. Some were from noteworthy essays and works of literature. Some of them were pithy comments somebody made on Facebook. All were, at one time or another, well worth saying.

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little time on the last six thousand years.

~ Will Durant

To be free, after all, is not to be undisciplined. I should say that the discipline of the imagination may in fact be the essential method or technique of both art and science. It is our Puritanism, insisting that discipline means repression or punishment, which confuses the subject. To discipline something, in the proper sense of the word, does not mean to repress it, but to train it – to encourage it to grow, and act, and be fruitful, whether it is a peach tree or a human mind.

~ Ursula K. LeGuin (Why are Americans Afraid of Dragons? (1974))

Like many writers and would-be writers, I have a hoard of quotes on file: all manner of epigraphs, with or without context, from the maddeningly specific to the lofty and generalized. Several years ago I even attempted sorting some of them. Now?

Ah, ha-ha-a-a-a-aaa! SORT them?

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