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“ A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.”
“ The amazing thing about typography is that you can go your whole life never thinking about it (or so I’ve heard) yet once you begin to study it, you discover a vein of material so rich enough to mine for a lifetime. Typography is about the way we form language into pictures. It is where the literary and visual arts rub together and make sparks. And those sparks are visible to anyone who wants to see them.”
“ There’s another advantage to having everyone devote two years of their lives to public service: It teaches and reminds us that we’re members of the same society, with obligations to one another. Citizenship, in my view, shouldn’t merely be a matter of paying taxes and doing jury duty once in a blue moon. It should be an active practice of civic engagement — and it can start early.”
Q. I went to a talk recently where the speaker suggested that either we need to reform capitalism — or find something to replace it. Is there anything that can be done to make capitalism “liveable” or should we be looking for the next best thing?
A. Making capitalism more “liveable” is an ongoing challenge. Look back on the last century and you’ll see three periods during which America took it particularly seriously — the progressive era from 1901 to 1914, the Depression decade of the 1930s, and the late 1960s and early 1970s. In each of these eras, the nation essentially saved capitalism from its own excesses. I believe we’re coming up to another such period.
“ Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
“ … Down deep in every human heart there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. If people can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
“ If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”