Tag: 2018 June Quote of the Day

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In spite of the heat and members on vacation, June was a full month for the Quote of the Day, with many posts making the Main Feed. You too can beat the summer blues by clicking on the July Quote of the Day Schedule, updated with tips for finding great quotes. 01-June Arahant — Peale on […]

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One of my early childhood memories was going to bed in early summer with the windows open and hearing other children playing until it was very dark. Other than a complete set of World Book Encyclopedias, we had few children books, but one was Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, with the cover […]

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Quote of the Day: What the Socialist Hears

 

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” — Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

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Quote of the Day: Whittaker Chambers on Evil

 

“I did not know what had happened to me. I denied the very existence of a soul. But I said: ‘This is evil, absolute evil. Of this evil I am a part.'” — Whittaker Chambers

To paraphrase Jordan Peterson, it amazes me that modern intellectuals don’t believe in evil anymore. The 20th century made evil so bloody obvious. Dennis Prager also has a nice line about evil: “Those who don’t fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils.”

Quote of the Day: Reformers, Right and Wrong

 

“The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.” — G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News 10-28-1922 ¹

I’m unclear in what context Chesterton wrote this. This quote mugged my attention, and sticks to the roof of my brain like peanut butter. I don’t believe this is always true, but, I’ve found it to be sufficiently reasonable, as a rubric of sort. It forces my mind to rethink a criticism, usually one that rubs against my confirmation bias, to force me to see my critic’s point of view.

For the reformer Rousseau, institutions can be “corrupting,” but, he was grotesquely wrong on whether man is innately good or whether we, in our “natural state,” were at our most content. Marx correctly ascribes the importance and value of one’s vocation, both individually and communally, but offers murderous madness as remedy.

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This duality can be pursued further and is related to a duality between past and future and the notions of control and knowledge. Thus we may have knowledge of the past but cannot control it; we may control the future but have no knowledge of it – Claude Shannon Sometimes quotes seem obvious, but the […]

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Quote of the Day: “We Just Got Here!”

 

Retreat, hell! We just got here. 

One hundred years ago this week, American ground forces, under American leadership, entered the fighting in France. At Belleau Wood, the United States Marines moved forward through retreating French forces. It should have been a relief in place, with Americans entering the lines and relieving the French soldiers in the trenches. Instead, it seemed to be turning into a forward passage of lines, transitioning into a meeting engagement, where two advancing forces run head-on into each other.

Quote of the Day: Mike Rowe and the “Sweat Pledge”

 

Personally I’m in the midst right now of doing what I do every year which is trying to give away work ethic scholarships which gets harder every year . . . we’ve given away $5 million over the last five years. And yes, every year it gets increasingly difficult to affirmatively reward work ethic. There are some things my scholarship requires you to do that other scholarships don’t: you have to write essays and make videos and sign a ‘sweat pledge.’ And when people are often confronted with these hoops through which I ask them to leap, they take what you call umbrage at that and I find it fascinating. . .

. . . the S.W.E.A.T. pledge must be signed by ALL applicants. S.W.E.A.T stands for, “Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” Basically, you’re signing a solemn oath not to become a lazy, self-entitled drone who blames others for their troubles and expects to be taken care of. Fair warning: this Pledge is not for everyone; so if you’re offended or threatened by its content, it’s probably best to seek out a different pile of free money.

Quote of the Day: Peale on Happiness

 

“Happiness will never come if it’s a goal in itself; happiness is a by-product of a commitment to worthy causes.” — Rev. Norman Vincent Peale

Is everybody happy? If not, dedicate yourself to a worthy cause. Go make a family. Get involved in a church. Quit your moping and move your feet.

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The Quote of the Day is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet. You don’t have to be intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself. You can share a written passage that you find interesting, or even something from a favorite movie. You can present the naked quote, or add your thoughts on how […]

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