Tag: 2019 October Quote of the Day 

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We had a full harvest of October Quote of the Day posts, with many making the Main Feed. The leaves are down and you might need to rake them, but you can still share your favorite quote on the November Signup Sheet. Even if it’s getting mighty cold, we make it easy to “Start a […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Always Have Plan 2A

 
“(I) don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em. Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn’t work out.” Dave Chappelle

I don’t think I have heard a more pithy description the first two amendments to the Constitution than this. Freedom of speech, religion, and association needs a backstop, which the right of self-defense with arms covers. Witness the brave people of Hong Kong, facing a police state with umbrellas. It is harder to enslave a nation willing to defend itself.

It reminds me of another quote on the interplay of the Bill of Rights:

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Stand Together Against the Enemy

 

 John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against us is for us.

Mark 9:38-40, NASB

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In honor of the man of the anonymous twitter hour, I’m quoting from Camelot. Camelot, Camelot, in far off France, I heard your callCamelot, Camelot and here am I to give my allI know in my soul what you expect of me and all that and more I shall be   A knight of the […]

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St Vincent of Lerins (died around 450 AD) reflecting on development of tradition, in Commonitorium: What else has ever been attempted by the decrees of councils except this, that what before was believed in simplicity, this same truth should afterward be believed more earnestly; that what before was preached more indifferently, this same truth should […]

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

 

“‘And am I answerable that thoughtless and unprincipled men exist, whose shades of countenance may resemble mine?’ Cora calmly demanded of the excited savage.”
— James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

Nothing is new. Published in 1826, Cooper was tackling the issue of collective white guilt for sins against American Indians. Cora’s question struck me as so timeless and relevant to our current controversies over reparations and the American sin of slavery. It’s really an argument in defense of herself as an individual. Thus, it’s an argument that places individual character and behavior above racial and tribal identity.

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So the other day I quoted Samuel Johnson. From that, I suppose it naturally follows that I should mine through the inextinguishable wisdom available from some of Ricochet’s favorite artists. Of course, I’m speaking of hip hop’s Public Enemy. Beware of the handWhen it’s coming from the LeftI aint trippin,’ just watch ya step.Can’t truss […]

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It’s one thing to keep politics out of games, which I am still a proponent of doing. It’s another to unfairly and harshly punish voices that speak out against corruption, against abuses of human rights, and freedom…. But enough is enough. I stand with Hong Kong, and I oppose Blizzard’s obvious and laughably transparent fear […]

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No cause more frequently produces bashfulness than too high an opinion of our own importance. He that imagines an assembly filled with his merit, panting with expectation, and hushed with attention, easily terrifies himself with the dread of disappointing them, and strains his imagination in pursuit of something that may vindicate the veracity of fame, […]

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Ed Driscoll on Instapundit linked to Ricochet’s The Tea Party Movement post of @omegapaladin. Of course, it helped that Instapundit founder Professor Reynold’s words were used in that post. (I was just the conduit because @omegapaladin had (temporary) problems posting on Ricochet) Preview Open

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Tea Party Movement

 

“Brooks is, of course, horrified at Trump and his supporters, whom he finds childish, thuggish and contemptuous of the things that David Brooks likes about today’s America. It’s clear that he’d like a social/political revolution that was more refined, better-mannered, more focused on the Constitution and, well, more bourgeois as opposed to in-your-face and working class.

“The thing is, we had that movement. It was the Tea Party movement.… When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly.” — Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Sallust on Sloth, Covetousness, and Losing Power

 

“And, indeed, if the intellectual ability of kings and magistrates were exerted to the same degree in peace as in war, human affairs would be more orderly and settled, and you would not see governments shifted from hand to hand, and things universally changed and confused. For dominion is easily secured by those qualities by which it was at first obtained. But when sloth has introduced itself in the place of industry, and covetousness and pride in that of moderation and equity, the fortune of a state is altered together with its morals; and thus authority is always transferred from the less to the more deserving.” — Gaius Sallustius Crispus (Sallust)

The first time I saw this quote, it was the abbreviated version starting at “But when sloth…” and going to the end. My thought reading that was, “That’s not my experience or reading of history there, old son.” But seeing the larger quote, it becomes obvious he is writing of changes in the power structures and of who is in place. Eventually, the people get tired of corruption and rise up. Eventually, a great man (or at least superior to his predecessors) arises to clean out the Augean stables of government. Or, the nation falls to another, which will have a higher vision. Sallust lived through a period when the Roman Republic was falling apart with factional fighting and finally fell into being the Roman Principate. I believe we are living through a similar period now.

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October is for raking leaves and selecting a date for your Quote of the Day. It’s the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet, and we’ll give you tips for finding great quotes. Many Quote of the Day posts make the Main Feed and some even garner close to 100 comments. Join in the fun and sign […]

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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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