Quote of the Day: Treason from Within


“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

I have never been a big fan of Cicero. That is probably because my view of him was colored by Colleen McCollough’s Masters of Rome series. I always viewed him as self-important and full of himself. Regardless, even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then. Certainly this quote seems apropos today, especially after the Red Balloon incident.

Quote of the Day: Voyage of Discovery


“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.” — Thomas Merton

To many people, self-reflection equates to navel gazing: it seems like a waste of time, is a boring activity, and there are simply more important things to do. There are certainly plenty of people who over-indulge in self-reflection: They believe the only way to survive in the world is to study themselves ceaselessly and have no time for anyone else. Self-help books have an increasing popularity among those who think they should be able to perfect themselves and be happier—with a minimum amount of effort.

But the purpose of self-reflection takes us in a different direction.

Quote of the Day: A Tribute to Rush Limbaugh by His Brother David


This quote is found in the new book Radio’s Greatest of All Time, compiled by David Limbaugh and Rush’s wife, Kathryn. This date is between Rush’s birth date in January and his death date in February. I miss Rush more than ever, and I am enjoying all the tributes and quotes in the book.

One reason that Rush can never be replaced is that he didn’t just lecture didactically from his then New York-based microphone. He used his combination of talents and personality traits-wit, wisdom, insight, and approachability — to begin a national conversation with everyday Americans. He was in the living rooms and cars of millions of Americans every day, discussing things that mattered to them while simultaneously entertaining them and restoring their hope and confidence that the American dream was still alive

Quote of the Day: On Not Being Offended


“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” – Benjamin Franklin

Few people today realize Ben Franklin became the 18th-century equivalent of Bill Gates by franchising print shops. He trained printers, provided them with standard print faces and printing tools, and lent them capital to set up their own print shops in towns throughout the colonies. In exchange, he got a piece of the action. He also farmed out large print jobs among his network of printers, keeping them busy and employed while permitting print runs in sizes in excess of what would otherwise be possible.

Quote of the Day: Gossip


“It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.” — Lawrence G. Lovasik

Father Lovasik didn’t mince words. He made it clear that gossip is a hateful activity, and those who indulged in it were to be held in contempt.

Quote of the Day: Beer and Books


“Beer is to dumb guys what books are to smart ones — Just having a lot of them makes you feel a whole lot smarter.” — Stephen Pastis

There is a lot of truth in both ends of that quote.  Drink enough beer and you do feel smarter.  You may not be smarter and you may not act smarter, but sure enough you feel a whole lot smarter.  It doesn’t matter if you are a dumb guy or a smart guy, either – at least not in my experience.

Quote of the Day: Equal Rights or More Rights?


It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it. —Maya Angelou

In a time when the term “equal rights” has taken a beating and people feel that equity is the only acceptable goal, I infer from Angelou that equal rights should be ubiquitous. We shouldn’t have to fight over them, or distort them so that some people get more of them than others. Or the term, “fair play.” Today we would use the term “equal opportunity,” even though many people would insist that equal opportunity is unacceptable unless we get equal results, which is impossible to attain. And justice: neither the rich man nor the poor man should have more access to justice just because of their circumstances. Unfortunately, the political Left would turn all these assumptions on their head.

Quote of the Day: Words


“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

Quote of the Day: We Are Gems to Be Polished


“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I can’t speak for everyone, but living a life without trials and tribulations sounds pretty good to me. Imagine a country where we don’t have to worry about the vocabulary we use, or the politics we follow, or the company we keep. Just think how peaceful life would be if people weren’t called terrorists or Nazis or insurrectionists.

Doesn’t it sound lovely?

Quote of the Day: Government


“If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. In the simplest societies there is hardly any government.” – Will Durant

We just spent four weeks deciding who would be Speaker of the House. At least that is how it felt to political junkies. In reality it was four days and 15 votes. For those of you really into political history that isn’t even close to a record.

Quote of the Day: Happy New You


“Happy new you!” — a greeting

Today’s quotation comes from a lot of sources and traditions. In the church I attend, it has been used as a lesson title at least a few times over the decades, especially around the first of the year. I even used it for an inspirational reading. We use it as a reminder that we do not have to be stuck in the past. In many cultures, after a significant event in life, a person would take or be given a new name. In our paperwork over-burdened society, that might be a bit too much work, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with being exactly who you were yesterday. Make a change for the better today. Happy new you!

Quote of the Day: Today’s Times


“In times like these it is important to remember there have always been times like these.” — Paul Harvey

New Year’s Eve is a traditional day to take stock of the previous year and anticipate the upcoming year.  2022 was a particularly trying year, and 2023 does not really promise to be much better. For conservatives, 2022 brought a lot of disappointments. Some are calling it the Worst Year Ever, and claiming we are all in a handbasket sliding down to Hell.

Quote of the Day: Thomas Sowell on Identity Politics


This quote is from Sowell’s book Intellectuals and Race, a subset of his 2012 tome Intellectuals and Society.  He understands how today’s intellectuals formulate their approach to race, and sees right through them.

Whether in Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Western Hemisphere, a common pattern among intellectuals has been to seek, or demand, equality of results without equality of causes–or on sheer presumptions of equality of causes.  Nor have such demands been limited to intellectuals within the lagging groups, whether minorities or majorities.  Outside intellectuals, including intellectuals in other countries, have often discussed statistical differences in incomes or other outcomes as “disparities” and “inequities” that need to be “corrected” as if they were discussing abstract people in an abstract world.

Quote of the Day – The Meaning of Christmas


Your nativity, O Christ our God, has caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world. For therein the worshippers of the stars were by a star instructed to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You as Orient from on high. Glory to You, O Lord.

This is the first of three special hymns sung during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day in the Orthodox Church. I am not Skipskul or Jon Gabriel when it comes to explaining Orthodox Christianity, but I am very much of an Orthodox Christian. I thought to share this with you on the eve of Our Lord’s birth. This I believe is the true meaning of Christmas. That God caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world.

Quote of the Day: Dying for Lack of an Encouraging Word


“It’s really something to see, constantly, how many people are dying for lack of an encouraging word. And how easy it is to provide that, if they’re careful, give credit where credit is due, and to say you’re a force for good if you want to be.” — Jordan Peterson

In a deeply moving interview, Jordan Peterson tearfully commented on the number of people he sees who are very disheartened about the lives they lead. And he pointed out that often people don’t bother to reach out to them, or don’t think to offer a word of encouragement and gratitude.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own little worlds with the many demands that are made on our time. We’re given a difficult project and all our attention is focused on getting it done and doing it right; at work, we take our industrious workers for granted and forget to thank them for their efforts; when people perform beyond their usual limits, we don’t think to acknowledge the extra time and effort they put in. It’s no wonder that people begin to wonder if they have anything meaningful to contribute, or if they are appreciated at all.

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Quote of the Day: Capitalism and Socialism


“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill

How can you tell we are entering a socialist society in the United States? The tell is the amount by which shared miseries have grown. Fuel and food prices have soared. There are scarcities of critical items, including baby formula and amoxicillin, scarcities that once they start never seem to grow away. People are worried that what they say might get them fired or imprisoned. Not for actual crime, but for thoughtcrime. And violent crime is growing — as it seems to in every socialist society from the Soviet Union to Venezuela. (Of  course, the government denies that violent crime exists, except by wasters who oppose the government — January 6th trials, anyone?)