It's possible to take on blogging the way you imagine writers and politicians and curious urbanites of all sorts used to keep diaries or write letters. In that sort of voice, it's helpful to pretend that no one is reading other than people who will forgive you in advance or who know you are already dead.

-- Steve Coll

I don't know what I may seem to the world, but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

-- Sir Isaac Newton

I was missing some important key, and I felt frustrated. I then remembered the primary rule of intellectual life: when puzzled, it never hurts to read the primary documents--a rather simple and self-evident principle that has, nonetheless, completely disappeared from large sectors of the American experience.

-- Steven Jay Gould

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas.

-- Paula Poundstone