Tag: 2019 March Quote of the Day

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March was another full month of Quote of the Day posts, with many making the Main Feed. There are many open dates on the Quote of the Day April Sign-up Sheet. We make it easy to “Start a Conversation” by including tips for finding great quotes. Get into Spring by sharing your favorite quote and […]

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Quote of the Day: Chicago Justice

 

There is no such thing as justice — in or out of court.” — Clarence Darrow interview in Chicago (April 1936)

You may have heard similar versions of this quote from numerous people who feel that they have been wronged by the law. However, consider the source of this quote. Clarence Darrow is a famous (infamous?) progressive lawyer, noted for defending controversial defendants and participating in the Scopes trial. Yet here, he is declaring that justice does not exist. What exactly was his goal as a lawyer, then?

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Quote of the Day: Sulla’s March on Rome

 

“Certainly, with the march on Rome of a Roman army, a watershed had been reached. Something like innocence had gone. Competition for honors had always been the lifeblood of the Republic, but now something deadly had been introduced into it, and its presence there, a lurking toxin, could not easily be forgotten. Defeat in elections, or in a lawsuit or in a debate in the Senate—these had previously been the worse that a citizen might have had to dread. But Sulla, in his pursuit of Marius, was pushing rivalry and personal hatred to new extremes. From that moment on, the memory of it would haunt every ambitious citizen –both as a temptation and as a fear.” — Tom Holland, Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic

LBJ used the CIA to spy on the Goldwater campaign in 1964. Watergate is well known. But Obama’s use of the intelligence agencies to spy on the Trump campaign was unprecedented in its scope. Unless it is exposed and its perpetrators are punished, free elections may become a feature of the past. Now that the Mueller diversion is ended, it is imperative for the Republicans to arrive at the truth. Trump can declassify the FISA applications, but the Senate must have hearings and hold accountable Brennan, Clapper, Comey, et al.

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Quote of the Day – The purpose of propaganda

 

In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. – Theodore Dalrymple

You can replace the word communist with progressive and it explains a lot of the ridiculousness being spouted today: gender fluidity, the patriarchy, the joys of socialism. Whatever the current cause de jour for the woke folk, it has to be ridiculous on its face, yet asserted with total sincerity. It is not enough to have you state the ridiculous is true. You must believe what you state. Otherwise they will devour you the way the demons devoured Wormwood at the end of the Screwtape Letters.

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“There are two kinds of statistics: those you look up and those you make up.” — Nero Wolfe, Death of a Doxy Statistics or anecdote? Which pulls more weight with you? If there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, how do you trust them? Is knowledge power (Bacon), or power knowledge (Lyotard)? For me, when the […]

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Quote of the Day: Greatness is a Decision

 

Everybody matters. Everything goes back to the people. I hire people first, coaches second. I recruit people first, players second.

But if you want to know what the biggest change in Clemson football is over the last 10 years, it’s this: it’s attitude. We control what goes in our heads. So many people let people walk through their heads with dirty feet. Greatness isn’t anybody’s destiny. It’s a decision.

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Quote of the Day: By a Gentlewoman of Those Parts

 

 “If we had no winter the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet, Meditations Divine and Moral

So, there I was, looking for a quote about Spring, about how glad I am that the cycles go on, and that this fact has finally been borne out for this year, that the crocuses have finally emerged from their chilly beds, and that the hyacinths, daffodils and tulips are on their way, and I fell over this little treasure from Anne Bradstreet. The name was vaguely familiar, so I looked her up, and found that my recollection was correct: She’s an early American poet (born 1612, died 1672), and her claim to fame is that she’s the first published Puritan author of any substance. And, hey, she’s a woman! (That wasn’t such a big deal, the last time I ran across her, which I think was in a 1973 Survey of American Literature class, but I bet that makes her the bee’s knees now.)

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“The history of π is a quaint little mirror of the history of man. It is the story of Archimedes of Syracuse, whose method of calculating π defied substantial improvement for some 1900 years, and it is also the story of a Cleveland businessman, who published a book in 1931 announcing the grand discovery that π was exactly […]

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The following story, too, is told by many. A certain seer warned Caesar to be on his guard against a great peril on the day of the month of March which the Romans call the Ides; and when the day had come and Caesar was on his way to the senate-house, he greeted the seer […]

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Quote of the Day: Transforming our Lives

 

“I started life out as a doctor. I am not sure whether I am still a doctor, an ex-physician or a retired psychiatrist—I have decided that I am a psychiatrist in remission. Doing very well, thank you. Have not had a relapse in 25 years. Sometimes I am asked to compare what I do today as a political essayist in Washington with what I did 25 years ago as a psychiatrist in Boston. There is not very much difference: In both lines of work I spend my days studying people who suffer from paranoia and delusions of grandeur—except that in Washington they have access to nuclear weapons. Which makes the stakes higher, and the work a little more interesting.” — Charles Krauthammer, The Point of it All

I miss Charles Krauthammer. When I heard that his son, Daniel, published his father’s last book, I had to read it. Charles Krauthammer was a remarkable man: brilliant, understated, witty, thoughtful and resilient. He tolerated the difficulties in his life with a matter-of-fact attitude that inspired me when I felt slightly sorry for myself.

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Well, I am pretty sure most of you here on Ricochet have seen this Calvin Coolidge quote: Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full […]

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QotD: McVey on Facts and Sentiment

 

I resent your using recent, factual personal observation to undermine my vague, sentimental conjecture.—Gary McVey

The other day, @garymcvey jokingly said this, but haven’t we all been in a discussion with a person who was really like this?

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