Tag: 2020 July Quote of the Day

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Reflections on a Divided Nation: In 1913, the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg, aging veterans were asked to re-enact Pickett’s charge and the Union defense. Instead, the grizzled, doddering and short-of-breath survivors hurried–as best they could–to meet between the lines and embrace their old enemies. All of those men are long dead now. So too, it […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Don Marquis on Thinking (I Think)

 

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; But if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” — Don Marquis

Today is the 142nd anniversary of Don Marquis’ birth. How are you celebrating? Perhaps a bit of Archy and Mehitabel? Perhaps the Old Soak? Gutenberg has a few of his works.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote Of The Day: In Mockery

 

“Of course leftists hate Christianity. Leftism was created in mockery of Christianity as Orcs were created in mockery of the Elves.” — Prof. Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard Leftism compared to a religion. It’s a fairly common reference, and the evidence is common to see. Obviously, Leftist revolutions tended to create cults of personality, Stalin and Mao most notably. There’s also a long train of martyrs to the Left, from Revolutionary France until now. Surprisingly, many Christians don’t seem to have gotten the message — consider the Social Gospel and the Liberation Theology movement — but the hostility always resurfaces.

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Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. Edward Abbey Read More View Post

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People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. —Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross knew a lot about living and dying; she was well-known for her studies on the stages of grief. I appreciate her simile of the stained-glass window for a number of reasons. It points to the human soul, its complexity and beauty. Like the stained-glass window, our own inner loveliness or ugliness is revealed, depending on the light we allow in; that is, those times we try to be transparent, to let others see who we are, when we allow ourselves to be illuminated, revealed and understood.

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“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign,Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.”—“Signs,” Five Man Electrical Band (1971) ’Tis the season for signs in my neighborhood. There’s a local election coming up in August, so many yards have signs supporting one of three candidates for mayor and a colorful bouquet of city council hopefuls. Read More View […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Washington Has Become an Island

 

Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation’s life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests.

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When I see the spirit of liberty in action, I see a strong principle at work; and this, for a while, is all I can possibly know of it. The wild gas, the fixed air, is plainly broke loose: but we ought to suspend our judgment until the first effervescence is a little subsided, till […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: She Is Squeezing My Hand!

 

My Mother’s Home
“She is squeezing my hand!” R. Buckminster Fuller

Richard Buckminster Fuller would have been 125 years old today. Many know of his works, such as Dymaxion Map, Dymaxion House, or Dymaxion Car, or in promoting the geodesic dome.

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It is allowed on all hands, that the primitive way of breaking eggs before we eat them, was upon the larger end: but his present Majesty’s grandfather, while he was a boy, going to eat an egg, and breaking it according to the ancient practice, happened to cut one of his fingers. Whereupon the Emperor […]

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When one mentions doggerel, one name comes up more often. One man stands above the crowd. One man is a shining example of what not to do in poetry. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the one, the only, the excruciating William Topaz McGonagall. Edinburgh Read More View Post

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QotD: Agnes on the Cowcatcher

 

July 1st is Canada Day. The first Prime Minister of Canada was John Alexander MacDonald, who shepherded the process towards their being considered an independent country. His second wife was named Agnes.

Tanglefoot was a band formed by schoolteachers, who wrote much of their own material, and much of it reflected history. For today’s Quote of the Day, I give you their song about the formation of Canada and the railroad built to bind the country.

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