Tag: 2019 August Quote of the Day

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August was busy for many of us, with both vacations and the start of the school year, but we had another full month of Quote of the Day posts, with many making Main Feed. There are plenty of open dates on the September Quote of the Day Signup Sheet. We make it easy to “Start […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Choose your Poison

 

“There’s nothing sane or scientific about the hells communism creates on the Earth. It’s just as animalistic and base as fascism. It relies on malice and hatred and will to power just as much. It’s just that the communist sanctifies envy, and the fascist sanctifies pride.”Sarah Hoyt

While reading libertarian science fiction author Sarah Hoyt’s blog on the antagonism of fascism and communism, this phrase stuck out to me. Sarah grew up in Portugal during the socialist regime, so she speaks from experience.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Edwin Armstrong

 

I thought Armstrong would invent some kind of a filter to remove static from our AM radio. I didn’t think he’d start a revolution—start up a whole damn new industry to compete with RCA. – David Sarnoff

Edwin Howard Armstrong has been called “the most prolific and influential inventor in radio history.” He took the concept of regeneration, first used by Lee DeForest, and solved the known problems with “super-regeneration.” When the U.S entered World War I, Armstrong became a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, helping develop radio communications for the Allied war effort. During this period, Armstrong worked on superheterodyne radio receiver circuits, which are still in use today. He was also the prime inventor of wideband Frequency Modulation (FM) systems, including FM (88 – 108 MHz) broadcasting. Like with the inventor of television Philo T. Farnsworth, Armstrong would have to contend with General Sarnoff.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Wilderness of Untried Things

 

“We Americans are the peculiar chosen people—the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world. God has predestined, mankind expects, great things from our race, and great things we feel in our souls. The rest of the world must soon be in our rear. We are the pioneers of the world; the advance-guard, sent on through the wilderness of untried things, to break a new path in this New World that is ours.” — Herman Melville, from White Jacket

Melville was clearly optimistic about America and how it would be a light unto the world, as he used biblical metaphors to describe our country. His awe and admiration for our mission was so inspiring. Today, however, I wonder how he would feel about the disdain so many direct toward America. He died in 1891 before the popularizing of Progressivism.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: George Gamow

 

“Take a look at George Gamow, who is now recognized as one of the great cosmologists of the last hundred years. I speculate that he probably didn’t win the Nobel Prize because people could not take him seriously. He wrote children’s books. His colleagues have publicly stated his writing children’s books on science had an adverse effect on his scientific reputation, and people could not take him seriously when he and his colleagues proposed that there should be cosmic background radiation, which we now know to be one of the greatest discoveries of 20th-century physics.” – Michio Kaku

George Gamow (March 4, 1904 – August 19, 1968) was a Russian-born American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. By 1928, Gamow explained radioactive alpha particle decay using quantum tunneling. He and his wife tried twice to defect from the Soviet Union using a kayak in 1932, first on the Black Sea to Turkey, and then from Murmansk to Norway. Both attempts failed, but by 1933 they were allowed to attend a physics conference in Brussels.

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“In the ancestry of H. sapiens are many different predecessors. Go back far enough and the genus name changes from Homo to Australopithecus. Do you want to know the difference between Homo and Australopithecus? The former had the sense to carry around a sharpened rock against expected need, and that’s what made them human.” Tamara […]

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

 

Hot Dogs
Armour Hot Dogs
What kind of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs?
Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks,
Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox love hot dogs,
Armour Hot Dogs
The dogs kids love to bite!

Here it is, in 1967:

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

 

“Of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.”

“In any country, regardless of what its laws say, wherever people act upon the idea that the disadvantage of one man is the good of another, there slavery exists. Wherever, in any country the whole people feel that the happiness of all is dependent upon the happiness of the weakest, there freedom exists.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Young Wisdom

 

“When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.” — Taylia, age 11

A collection of “childhood wisdom” graced my Facebook feed this week; this was one of the standouts, though there were several in the same vein: common-sense lessons learned early in life through personal experience. Some were in the “Things I’ll-never-try-again” category (“Never hold a Dustbuster and a cat at the same time.” — Kyoyo, age 9), and others check the “fool-me-once” box (“Don’t pull Dad’s finger when he tells you to.” — Emily, age 10). There’s even a Joe-Biden-in-training in the mix (“Never squat with your spurs on.” — Neil Kinnock, 1987).

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Christina of Milan (Denmark) on Henry the 8th

 
  1. Henry was halfway through his six wives. As the saying goes:
  • Divorced
  • Executed
  • Died
  • Divorced
  • Executed
  • Survived

After wife number three died, Hans Holbein arrived to paint Christina of Milan’s portrait. Already a widow at age 16, she had no desire to become Henry’s new wife. When the English emissary praised Henry as the kindest, gentlest prince, she laughed at him. She is reported to have said:

“If I had two heads, one should be at the King of England’s disposal.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Need For Gratitude

 

“For someone who needs gratitude, the New Deal is the natural philosophy, because it lets you do things for people, and therefore gives you the greatest opportunity to get gratitude”.

Robert Caro, The Path to Power, quoting an assistant to Lyndon Baines Johnson when LBJ was secretary to a Texas congressman in the early 1930s.

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I ran across this last week while looking up something I thought was misspelled: Hostility to gays Gorky strongly supported efforts in getting a law passed in 1934, making homosexuality a criminal offense. His attitude was coloured by the fact that several leading members of the Nazi Sturmabteilung, or Brownshirts, were overtly homosexual. Writing in […]

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“Hinc nunc præmium est, qui recta prava faciunt.” There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong conduct appear right. —Terence There is always a demand for such people, and there always will be. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: An Ignorant Intelligence

 

“Education is not the answer, because ignorance is not the problem.” ~ Alistair Begg

With the tragic events of the past weekend, I felt drawn to wrestle with some words that might help me make sense of why we are again faced with mass public murder. Some of you might take issue with these musings and that’s OK. This is something I need to work out in my heart and with my God.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Wrong Side of the Tracks

 

“For, in America, most of us begin on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. The meaning of America, what made it the wonder of history and the hope of mankind, was that we were free not to stay on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. If within us there was something that empowered us to grow, we were free to grow where we could.” — Whittaker Chambers, Witness

I recently finished reading Whittaker Chambers’s 1952 autobiography Witness for the first time. At just under 800 pages, it was a bit of a slog in a few places, but most of it captured a fascinating time in American history and the remarkable story of a man who went from an active follower of communism to its fearless opponent. I thought these lines, near the end of the book, are ones that should be used more today.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Augustus on Discontinuing the Dole

 

“I had a good mind to discontinue permanently the supply of grain to the city, reliance on which had discouraged Italian agriculture, but refrained because some politician would be bound one day to revive the dole as a means of ingratiating himself with the people.” — Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus

It is August 1, a month named after Cæsar Augustus, thus I thought I would go back to the old boy as my source for today’s quotation. There are many good or interesting quotations attributed to him, but this one tickled my funny bone. Yes, one might see it as a bit fatalistic. One might also see it as the root of Rome’s destruction that he did not act. Or, one might see it as a nod to human nature.

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