Tag: 2019 July Quote of the Day

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I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side. – Michael Collins We are now celebrating the 50th anniversary […]

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Two days ago I lay on the grass beside the Virginia monument on the battleground called Gettysburg. It was late in the day and the heat was finally giving way to shade and milder temperatures. My son Sam and I had spent the day walking, pointing, listening and learning. Over 1400 monuments are scattered across […]

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Quote of the Day: JFK

 

“The Second Amendment will always be important.” – John F. Kennedy, 1960

While JFK doubted that the fears of government tyranny that motivated the Second Amendment would ever come to pass, he did not live to see his fellow Democrats today.

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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”— Antoine de Saint-Exupery Such bracing words! Life is brutally practical and goal oriented, but the first step to building anything of […]

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Quote of the Day: Historia Calamitatum

 

The title of this post may look like rather esoteric, bluestocking, or even erotic clickbait, but there’s nothing to that theory. It’s not a feminist take on the story of poor Peter Abelard, and no guy ends up minus an essential piece of equipment at the end of it. No. It’s just a rumination on one of the dumbest things I ever did in my life (that I’m willing to cop to, at least), and how I got past it, beyond it, and how it all turned out for the best. (It’s also, perhaps, an object lesson in heeding the warning signs, something else I’m not always very good at.)

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Quote of the Day: Propaganda

 

“Never believe all your own side’s propaganda, but don’t start believing the enemy’s.” – Unknown (heard from David Weber)

I have to apologize, as this quote is based on my recollection, which may be inexact. My apologies. That said, I heard this or something close to it at a panel on military science fiction.

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Quote of the Day: Chess and Life

 

“In chess, as in life, a man is his own most dangerous opponent.” Vasily Smyslov

Vasily Smyslov was the seventh official world chess champion. Known for his positional style, he was world champion from 1957-8. He was a Christian in the staunchly atheistic Soviet Union (in private, he harshly criticized Lenin). His quote points to the need to properly evaluate your situation in chess as in life.

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Quote of the Day: Lichtenberg on Truth and Satire

 

“Truth comes from the mouths of fools and children: I wish every good mind which feels an inclination for satire would reflect that the finest satirist always has something of both in him.” — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Lichtenberg was an eighteenth-century scientist who spent most of his life in the Holy Roman Empire. He was born in Hesse-Darmstadt. When he was about twenty-one, he was granted tuition from his local ruler to go to the nearby University of Göttingen, which was in the Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg, one of the domains of George III. (The king/elector sent several of his sons to study at the University of Göttingen.) Lichtenberg spent the rest of his life there as student and professor with the exception of a couple of trips to England (one of George III’s other domains). He is probably best remembered today due to Lichtenberg figures, traces of paths left by electricity that are named for him. These are often seen in people who have been struck by lightning, for instance.

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