Sunday, January 12, 2014

quoted...

I am so bummed with myself...I had totally intended to steal Lu's awesome habit of capturing at least one quote from each book she read, but alas, already with my first book of the year, I failed. Didn't think to write down a single thing from Saffy's Angel, and this is a real shame as I would love to have some of the words from that book captured here in my personal little journal. But it's not too late for book two of the year, A People's History of American Empire. It was a wonderful book, but a very depressing one. Save for the last page. I love Howard Zinn's words:

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we remember those times and places, and there are so many where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. Hope is the energy for change. The future is an infinite succession of presents...and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of the worst of everything around us, is a marvelous victory.

7 comments:

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

I'm SO going to read this soon <3 <3 <3

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Trish said...

It's a really fantastic quote Debi! I love the idea that "hope is the energy for change."

Vasilly said...

I love this quote! I remember writing it down after reading the illustrated version of this book. I think writing down one quote from each book you read is a fantastic idea.

Bryan G. Robinson said...

I've been trying to keep track of quotes from books on my blog too -- although not necessarily every book, but at least sometimes. This one, though, was definitely worthy of being captured. It can be difficult, though, to find those times where people have behaved magnificently or at least to see in the news on the Internet and TV.

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

If it makes you feel better, I totally didn't quote anything from my first read of the year either! No worries - there's always the next book. This is a perfect quote to start out with :)