Category Archives: Quotations

Things people said.

The View from the Middle Ground

[Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones founded the New York Times in 1851. The quote by Raymond is from the first edition.] During a time when sensationalist journalism was commonplace in media, The Times vowed to avoid such tactics in … Continue reading

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The Proof

The proof that we live in a plutocracy is not that the wealthy get most of the prizes in our society, but that majorities think that is how it should be. (Gary Wills) [Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall? Informed Worry

[Jill Lepore, Harvard professor, has just published “These Truths,” a new history of the United States.] If “These Truths” ends on a note of “Gibbonesque foreboding,” as she put it, she hopes it will take us out of the frenzy … Continue reading

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Lost in jazz ecstasy

This flash-back is from The Guardian. I have a vague memory of when Elvis invaded the airways, and my grandmother commenting, “I can’t imagine anyone can find that music pretty.” Photographer Michael Peto and writer Anthony Samson visited the cinemas … Continue reading

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Feast for the Eye

“That bastard. He’s really good.” (Picasso to Françoise Gilot, about Delacroix) “The first merit of painting is to be a feast for the eye.” (Delacroix’s last journal entry, June 1863) (Quotes from Roberta Smith, “At the Met Museum, the Grand … Continue reading

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Rei Kawakubo: “Angry with easy fashion”

[Adrian Joffe, Kawakubo’s husband, acts as interpreter during The Guardian interview, conversing with her in Japanese and relaying her answers to the English journalist. She seems to understand English.] “She said I should explain to you the amount of work … Continue reading

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Cooperate how?

The House of Law is built on the sands of Adverbia. On Friday, Mr. [***] broke in a big way — agreeing to cooperate “fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” regarding “any and all matters” the special counsel, [***], wants him … Continue reading

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