It’s a strange courage
you give me ancient star:
Shine alone in the sunrise
toward which you lend no part!
William Carlos Williams
September 17, 1883: Modernist poet William Carlos Williams spent his life as a doctor as well as a poet—his compatriots included Dadaists Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. Williams was born in New Jersey, 130 years ago today.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. – Psalm 143:10
“The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.” – Lord David Cecil
“What can I know? What ought I to do? What may I hope?” – Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
“What do I know?” – Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
“Man’s business here is to know for the sake of living, not to live for the sake of knowing.” – Frederic Harrison
“All our knowledge has it own origins in our perceptions.” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)