Saturday, October 23, 2010

Norman Maclean

In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

William Shakespeare

I do profess to be no less than I seem, to serve him truly that will put me in trust, to love him that is honest, to converse with him that is wise and says litte, to fear judgment, to fight when I cannot choose, and to eat no fish.

The Earl of Kent, in King Lear

Friday, July 9, 2010

A.A. Milne

For a long time they looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it felt very quiet and peaceful on this summer afternoon.

"Tigger is all right really," said Piglet lazily.
"Of course he is," said Christopher Robin.
"Everybody is really," said Pooh. "That's what I think," said Pooh.
"But I don't suppose I'm right," he said.
"Of course you are," said Christopher Robin.

From The House at Pooh Corner

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Henry David Thoreau

I have heard of a man lost in the woods and dying of famine and exhaustion at the foot of a tree, whose loneliness was relieved by the grotesque visions with which, owing to bodily weakness, his diseased imagination surrounded him, and which he believed to be real. So also, we may be continually cheered by a like but more normal and natural society, and come to know we are never alone.

From Walden
Walden, or, Life in the Woods

Russel Baker

A seasonal post to start things off...

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."

Introductory Remarks

Hi, my name is Dan Hall, and I am the creator of this here new blog.

Often when I'm reading, or conversing with someone, or even inadvertently eavesdropping on strangers, words and thoughts that are worth sharing come up.

The idea behind The Quoth Blog is to share some of those thoughts with all of you. I intend to let the person I'm quoting do the talking in his words, and generally efface myself. The purpose of this blog is not to rehash a bunch of old standards ("An apple a day..."), but rather to provide you, the reader with something new (or old, but probably unfamiliar).

A lot of times a book that is filled with wisdom gets distilled down into a few quotes that everyone seems to know, while much of the book is forgotten. I'd like to draw attention to these lesser-known gems. I hope to share a good mix of thought-provoking, enriching, and funny quotations with you on a pretty regular basis. I hope you enjoy them!