Tag: 2018 August Quote of the Day

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Workin’ for a Livin’

 

“A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work”

This phrase came back to mind on a recent airline flight, as a bright young man regaled us with hard-earned wisdom about the pizza pie business. I grew up hearing this phrase from my rock-rib conservative father, whose conservatism is shaped by his Calvinist Christian faith and by growing up in the 1940s and 1950s. I just learned its origin, worth a brief reflection at the outset of Labor Day Weekend.

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Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. – Winston Churchill When I first read this great quote referring to private enterprise as a “healthy horse,” I immediately […]

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I think we all do have a guardian angel. I believe they work through us all the time, when we are thoughtful and good and kind to each other. –Roma Downey Both Judaism and Christianity believe in angels, but they diverge in their belief in guardian angels. Orthodox Jews believe in angels, but technically guardian […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: On Forgiving

 

Such is the course of my life at the moment that the subject of forgiveness has been running like a river through it. On that particular subject, you might say I’ve hit the jackpot. The big one. The forgiveness challenge to end all forgiveness challenges. A lollapalooza, in fact. Can I do it? I don’t know. But I’m thinking about working my way up to an endeavor in which I make the attempt to try. Maybe.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Living Without Clinging to Life

 

A short quote concluded my eulogy to my youngest sister. We gathered for her memorial service this past Saturday. The service opened with a silent reading of a series of verses, selected from those her husband found she had highlighted, or underlined, in her Bible over the years. The short quote was among them, unbeknownst to me. So, the same words I found, to summarize how she lived, were among the words she highlighted for herself.

“For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” — Philippians 1:21 (King James Version)

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Not My Problem, Grasshopper

 

“Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.” — Bob Carter

When you consider American conservatism, self-reliance always comes to the forefront. The classic conservative American ideal is the self-made man, the person does not need to rely on others. Now, this is not exactly accurate — we are not islands isolated from each, we are social creatures — but the principle is there. We do not celebrate, barbecue, and launch fireworks for Dependence Day.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Masterful Character Sketching

 

“She sprang it on me before breakfast. There in seven words you have a complete character sketch of my Aunt Agatha.” — The opening lines of Educating Young Gussie by P.G. Wodehouse

Wodehouse is doubtless familiar to many Ricochetti, but perhaps there are some among us who have not yet encountered the magic of the master. With these opening words, Bertie Wooster’s Aunt Agatha is perfectly captured. Even readers who have just met her for the first time understand completely the kind of woman she is. Energetic. Firm. Early rising. Filled with plans for improvement that require instant and utter submission. In short, a horror.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Nikki Haley on Right and Wrong

 

Nikki Haley is an indomitable force at the United Nations. She has repeatedly called the UN on its immoral and biased actions. She has attacked it for publishing misleading information; she has “taken names” of those countries that refuse to support the US and yet support terrorist organizations; she has criticized the UN for misusing funds. She has called out Iran for supporting groups that use human shields; she was instrumental in the US withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.

I look for any opportunity to celebrate a high-level US official who stands up to lies, abuse, mismanagement, deception, and immorality. Nikki Haley more than fits the bill.

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“….there’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy Preview Open

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: As The Red Haze Descends…

 

“Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, raise the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” — H. L. Mencken

Avast ye! Hoist the Jolly Roger and draw your cutlasses!
Hoist the Jolly Roger and draw your cutlasses!

The idiocy of a million morons gets under your skin. Hordes of people willing to toss everything away over a triviality (sellouts! traitors!) or unwilling to stand up to the Left, Jihadis, and other enemies (pathetic cowards!). People ignore the evidence of the coming apocalypse that could be prevented. Even worse, some just give up and wait for the end. Profanities are muttered under your breath — or louder. Your gaze hardens on the present source of outrage and deep in the recesses of your mind a vision of brutal, savage, yet cleansing violence appears…

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Our concern is not rooted in xenophobia; it is rooted in values-phobia. Why is this an issue now? Because the vast majority of past immigrants changed their values, not America’s, when they came to this country. They came here to become American, not only in terms of language, citizenship and national identity but also in […]

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“There are moments that are made up of too much stuff for them to be lived at the time they occur.” (John Le Carre’, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) I came across this recently when re-reading Le Carre’s first novel of his George Smiley/Karla trilogy. It’s the first line of one of the book’s last chapters, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: On George III, Spectacles, and a Name Writ Large

 

On August 2, 1776, 242 years ago today, the parchment manuscript generally thought of as the original “Declaration of Independence” was signed by most of its 56 final signatories. First in line was the President of the Second Continental Congress, one John Hancock, who signed his name larger than anyone else, and, after doing so, is reputed to have proclaimed our quote of the day, something very similar to: “There! King George and his ministry can read that without spectacles! They can double the price on my head now.”

In fact, these men were not signing the original Declaration of Independence. That one, known as the “fair copy,” was assembled by Thomas Jefferson from earlier drafts, and it was signed by John Hancock alone, on July 4, 1776. It was sent off so copies could be printed, and then lost, perhaps in the printing process itself. Subsequently, approximately 200 broadside copies of the Declaration were printed, with Hancock’s name included in printed form only.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Two Kingdoms

 

“Sir, we will humblie reverence your Majestie always, namlie in public, but sen we have this occasioun to be with your Majestie in privat, and the treuthe is, yie ar brought in extream danger bathe of your lyff and croun, and with yow, the country and Kirk of Christ is lyk to wrak, for nocht telling yow the treuthe, and giffen of yow fathfull counsall, we mon (must) discharge our dewtie thairin, or els be trators bathe to Christ and yow! And thairfor Sir, as divers tymes befor, sa now again, I mon tell yow, thair is twa Kings and twa Kingdomes in Scotland. Thair is Chryst Jesus the King, and his Kingdome the Kirk, whase subject King James the Saxt is, and of whose kingdome nocht a king, nor a lord, nor a heid, bot a member! And they whome Chryst hes callit and commandit to watch over his Kirk, and govern his spirituall kingdome, hes sufficient powar of him, and authoritie sa to do, bathe togidder and severalie; the quhilk na Christian King or Prince sould control and discharge, but fortifie and assist, utherwayes nocht fathfull subjects nor members of Chryst.” — Andrew Melville

There have always been some folks who did not care what consequences might befall them, they would speak the truth as they understood it, even if it meant telling a king he was but “God’s sillie vassal.” Bless all such men.

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