Make No Little Plans


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June 13, 2009
By Bret

"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us."
Daniel Burnham, architect of Chicago, quoted in Charles Moore, Daniel H. Burnham: Planner of Cities, II:147. (via Christ is Deeper Still)

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Borges on Short Stories


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February 8, 2009
By Bret


“It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books – setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them.”
–Jorge Luis Borges, from the preface to Ficciones

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Strickler on Top Ten Lists


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December 22, 2008
By Bret

See full post for Yancey Strickler’s 2005 taxonomy of top ten music lists, as cited here.

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Berry on Writing Poetry


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November 30, 2008
By Bret


“Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.”
–Wendell Berry, from How to be a Poet

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Twain (?) on History


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November 1, 2008
By Bret


“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”
—Attributed to Mark Twain

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