Thursday, September 30, 2010


He who holds the ladder is as bad as the thief.

~ German proverb ~

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

~ Thomas Merton ~

Ballerina by Henri Matisse. Image courtesy the State Hermitage Museum

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Simple Truth

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

~ Sydney J. Harris ~

Monday, September 27, 2010

Banned Books Week!

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

~ American Library Association ~

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Who among us hasn't envied a cat's ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely?

~ Karen Brademeyer ~

Photo by Digital Wallpapers

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Especially a Mile-High Apple Pie!

But I, when I undress me
Each night, upon my knees
Will ask the Lord to bless me
With apple-pie and cheese.

~ Eugene Field ~

Photo by pagehalfful

Friday, September 24, 2010

Poetry Friday

The poems come to me, I don't go to them. As soon as I see that what I'm mulling--a line or a sentence is repeating itself in my mind, like an obsessive thought, or a kind of conceit or concept--as soon as I see that it's a poem, I go and write it.

~ Sharon Olds ~

Thursday, September 23, 2010


                                The squirrel's granary is full,
                                And the harvest's done.

~ John Keats from "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" ~

Photo by Rob and Jane

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


In the United States, English has become increasingly irrelevant, particularly among young adults.

~ Gene Weingarten ~

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Toys = Tools

Toys were lots of fun before they became capitalist tools.

~ Beth Copeland Vargo ~

Monday, September 20, 2010


My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.

~ Richard Avedon ~

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Pussy-cat ate the dumplings, the dumplings,
Pussy-cat ate the dumplings.
Mamma stood by, and cried, "Oh, fie!
Why did you eat the dumplings?"

~ Mother Goose ~

Saturday, September 18, 2010


The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.

~ Red Auerbach ~

I guess anyone who had the confidence to wear a jacket like the one in the photo, could certainly say things like that! Last Sunday I forgot to say I was taking a little vacation from KK's Kwotes (the first since 2007). I took Monday through Friday off, but now I'm back. And, I apologize...

Image courtesy Vedia

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

Never wear anything that panics the cat.

~ P. J. O'Rourke ~

Photo by doyoubleedlikeme

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Something to Remember

And mankind is naught but a single nation.

~ Quran ~

Image by fdecomite

Friday, September 10, 2010

Poetry Friday

Hold back the edges of your gowns, Ladies, we are going through hell.

~ William Carlos Williams ~

I was greatly intrigued by this quote and found that it is from Williams' introduction to Alan Ginsberg's Howl. Ah, it now makes perfect sense. --KK

Thursday, September 9, 2010


While photographs may not lie, liars may photograph.

~ Lewis Wickes Hine ~

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Keep On Pushin'

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

~ Helen Keller ~

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this--as in other ways--they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.

~ John Berger ~

Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day sack race, 1940, Ridgway, CO

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

~ Aristotle ~

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday's Kat Kwote

If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.

~ Doris Lessing ~

Photo by the sea the sea

Saturday, September 4, 2010

We Should All Worry

There is a great deal of hatred and bigotry in this country, but it does not define the country. The daily experience of most Americans is not a bitter experience and for all of our problems we are in a much better place on these matters than we were a half century ago.

But I worry about the potential for violence that grows out of unrestrained, hostile bombast.

~ Bob Herbert ~

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Good Question!

What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?

~ Jack Kerouac ~

Image courtesy tompalumbo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why We Read

We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are.

~ Harold Bloom ~