June 05, 2008
Happy birthday

"Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man."

--Adam Smith, born June 5, 1723 (O.S.)

"I should have drunk more Champagne."
--the last words of John Maynard Keynes, born June 5, 1883

June 02, 2008
Thought for the day

"We were looking forward for so long to some wonderful night in some wonderful hotel, some wonderful breakfast set out on a tray -- we were looking forward, like panting dogs slobbering on the rug -- to how we would delight the ones we loved with our kisses in bed, how we would delight our parents with our great accomplishments, how we would delight our children with toys and surprises. But it was all wrong -- it was never really right. The hotel, the breakfast, what happened in our bed, our parents, our children -- and so, yes, we need solace. We need consolation -- we need nice food, we need nice things to wear, we need beautiful paintings, movies, plays, drives in the country, bottles of wine. There's never enough solace, never enough consolation."

--Wallace Shawn, The Fever