The Week (US)

Wit & Wisdom


“The truth isn’t always beauty, but the

hunger for it is.” Writer Nadine Gordimer, quoted in

“Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with

its grandfathe­rs.” Historian Lewis Mumford, quoted in Country Living

“Ideas are like rabbits. You

get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you

have a dozen.”

John Steinbeck, quoted in the Vashon-Maury Island, Wash., Beachcombe­r

“The real hell of life is that everyone has

their reasons.” Director Jean Renoir, quoted

in The New Republic

“At 18 our conviction­s are hills from which we look; at 45 they are caves in which we hide.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, quoted


“The dust of exploded beliefs may make a fine sunset.” Essayist Geoffrey Madan, quoted in

“We call it ‘Nature’; only reluctantl­y admitting ourselves to be ‘Nature’ too.”

Poet Denise Levertov, quoted in BrainPicki­

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