They are arranged in no particular order, and, like the larger excerpts I post here, follow no specific guidelines in terms of subject matter, ideology, or speaker. The only criteria is that they each be readable in a few seconds and that they each be brilliant.
If you were to ask me which is my favorite, for a long time I would have responded — depending who you were and how I was feeling — with the cynical crack from Voltaire or the steely observation from Reinhold Niebuhr featured on the page. But now I would just echo Thomas Jefferson, who wrote (when he was 32) the perfect sentence and the foundational principle of the only revolution that still possesses any power to inspire: “All men are created equal.”
I’m not sure how often I’ll be updating the quotes page, so it’ll be accessible on the sidebar at any time.
I took the picture in an old barn outside Houston, Texas.