Tag: 2020 November Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Life Changes

 

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu

It’s fall-ish here in SC. There are a few colored leaves hanging on but our oaks are still full with green leaves. Yesterday it was 70 degrees, next week it will be below 30.

Group Writing: Blessings from the Great Beyond

 

Dear Ricochetti,

Oh. HaHaHaHaHa!  I’ve just had the best laugh, and the best cry, I’ve had in months. There’s really no-one else to share it with right now, so, my dear friends, thanks for volunteering, and here we go.

As some of you know, Mr. She died in early July of this year, after a long struggle with many physical ailments, and a shorter, but devastating, struggle with dementia. I’ve largely been on my own since, probably even more so than I would have been in any normal year, because of COVID, travel restrictions, and lockdowns of one sort or another, both here in SW PA and in my native country of England. Nevertheless, I’ve been in contact with and visited, some friends both new and old, and I’ve even had a few folks overnighting at the farm. Thanks to all who’ve stayed in touch and who keep an eye (or even do a voice-check) on me on a regular basis. I appreciate it more than you know.

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“Old people have a duty to die and get out of the way.” – Governor Richard D. Lamm of Colorado, 1984. Few people put it as directly as Governor Lamm, but advocates of socialized medicine have a problem with human longevity. And they seem unaware of the marketing problem that creates for their healthcare ideas. […]

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Just like a muscle, attributes, like courage (and like willpower, and self-discipline and on) have to be trained. Moral training, just like physical training, involves failure. Peter emerged from his ordeal stronger–strong enough to be the foundational rock of the Church. Many people have no training plan, or even the cognizance of a requirement for […]

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Quote of the Day: Patton and Veterans

 

“All through your Army careers, you men have bitched about what you call ‘chicken [expletive] drilling.’ That, like everything else in this Army, has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Alertness must be bred into every soldier. I don’t give a [expletive] for a man who’s not always on his toes. You men are veterans or you wouldn’t be here. You are ready for what’s to come.” — George S. Patton, Jr., Speech to the Third Army, 05 JUN 1944.

George S. Patton got a birthday present on his thirty-third birthday as the Germans signed an armistice to end The Great War or as that [expletive] Wilson called it, “The War to End All War.” But less than twenty-five years later, war had come again, and Patton and his men were pressing forward into Europe.

Quote of the Day: The 80/20 Rule

 

“The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is an 80 percent friend and not a 20 percent enemy”–Ronald Wilson Reagan

Fifty-four years ago today, on November 8, 1966, only two years after Barry Goldwater’s rout in the Presidential election of 1964, Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California and American Conservatism was back in political business.  His opponent, once-popular, two-term Democrat Pat Brown had unwisely decided to seek a third term (after stating that he would not), and was damaged by unrest in the universities (where else?) and a season of riots, most notably those in the Watts area of South Los Angeles, huge conflagrations in which dozens died.  Reagan took a tough line with the universities, asking in the speech announcing his candidacy:

Will we allow a great university to be brought to its knees by a noisy dissident minority? Will we meet their neurotic vulgarities with vacillation and weakness, or will we tell those entrusted with administering the university we expect them to enforce a code based on decency, common sense and dedication to the high and noble purpose of the university?

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“There’s a difference between quittin’ and knowin’ when you’re beat.” – Cormac McCarthy Here we are on the Friday after the 2020 U.S. Election, and where are we exactly? The race has been called for Biden. The results are clear…to some. And yet President Trump has declared that the election is not over. So I’ll ask […]

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Quote of the Day: Becoming Less Human

 

“When human beings try to become more than human, they become less than human.” –Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Originally when I signed up for this date, I didn’t realize that it was Election Day. But then I realized that it was an apt quotation, given the state of our country. Will the people we elect honor our humanity, or will they degrade their own?

What does it mean to try to become more than human? I’d suggest it refers to those people who consider themselves “the elite”; they know better than the riff-raff of the country what the country needs. They know what is best for all of us as a people. They have no respect for America, describing our country as evil and decadent. They think they can transform people into “the right kind” of people, those who will give up everything that is important to them: the family unit, religion, American values, restraint in making changes, and that we will defer quietly to their decisions. They believe we are foolish enough to be tempted by bad ideas.

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Je chante les combats, et ce prélat terribleQui par ses longs travaux et sa force invincible,Dans une illustre église exerçant son grand coeur,Fit placer à la fin un lutrin dans le choeur.C’est en vain que le chantre, abusant d’un faux titre,Deux fois l’en fit ôter par les mains du chapitre :Ce prélat, sur le banc […]

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