Tag:  2020 September Quote of the Day

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He wished he had not used such confident, presumptuous words in writing to Blaine.  From very early times men had believed that it was unwise, even impious, to tempt fate: the ancient generations were not to be despised.  The confident system of his youth – universal reform, universal changes, universal happiness and freedom – had […]

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“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” — E.B. White Elwyn Brooks White, an American writer, first appeared in my world through his book, Charlotte’s Web. My Dad read that book to me when I was little, and I hung on every word — my […]

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Now, having talked about why people dislike science fiction, I’ll say why I like it. I like most kinds of fiction, mostly for the same qualities, none of which is specific to a single genre. But what I like in and about science fiction includes these particular virtues: vitality, largeness, and exactness of imagination; playfulness, […]

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Quote of the Day: Hubbard on Automation


“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” — Elbert Hubbard

Are you ordinary? Or are you extraordinary? What do you think, Ricochet? Can an extraordinary man be replaced by a machine? Will it happen in the future?

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“Ducky season starts today!” — Ducky Some people love spring. Some people love summer. Some people love winter, although they are obviously nuts. And then there are those who exult in the autumn, kicking through fallen leaves on walks in the nippy air, having hot chocolate or hot spiced cider by a fireplace. Autumn starts […]

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Quote of the Day: The Left’s Pleasure Palaces


“The Left’s pleasure palaces are all around us in their promised utopias of social justice, egalitarianism, sexual liberation, reflexive distrust of authority, and general nihilism. What they’ve brought about instead—as all pleasure palaces must—is death, destruction and despair.” – Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh’s book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, comes out of the critical theory movement, a metaphor for the nihilism built into it. The setting for this Palace is a magical, captivating castle deep in Germany’s Black Forest where a knight is tested by temptations and threats until he succumbs. At that point, his bride vanquishes the final temptation as the entire palace crumbles into nothing. It was merely a hypnotic illusion.

We are now forced to live with that illusion today as if it were inherent to the American culture. Ideas of Utopia of one kind or another abound, including Marxist theory. We see it in the demand for social justice, which insists that American values are racist and dangerous; that we are all entitled to be treated equally, even when we ignore the rule of law; law enforcement is belittled and denigrated as oppressive and unfair. Everything that Americans have valued deserves to be criticized, even annihilated.

Quote of the Day: Which Story Will Last?


“I am specifically concerned with fiction because that is what I write. There is a certain embarrassment about being a storyteller in these times when stories are considered not quite as satisfying as statements and statements not quite as satisfying as statistics; but in the long run, a people is known, not by its statements or its statistics, but by the stories it tells.”* — Flannery O’Connor, 1957

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I’m quoting Flannery O’Connor this month because an effort has begun to “cancel” her, which is not surprising as she was a Catholic in good standing who supported what is good in Western Culture and the Christian faith. (Along with being one of the great writers of the 20th century.)

I found the above quote interesting because I don’t believe it is any longer true, the first part of it anyway. In the mid-20th century, the leaders of opinion wanted to believe they were driven by just “the facts” and reason. Stories didn’t matter.

QOTD: Your Wealth Does Not Create My Poverty


…most important was the insight, key insight that Adam Smith had – brilliant insight – that wealth is not zero-sum, that you can make more of practically everything that’s important.

He understood this even while he was still living in a largely agricultural economy. He realized that because somebody is rich, that’s not what makes other people poor. Wealth is not a pizza where, if I have too many slices, you have to eat the Dominos box. My wealth does not create your poverty. Your wealth does not create my poverty. They’re separate questions. And we can generate more wealth.

Quote of the Day: The Benefits of Being Soulless


“If you are offended yet, I would just like to remind everyone that I don’t care and I have no soul.” — Brandon “AK Guy” Herrera

Brandon Herrera, firearms manufacturer and devotee of the Kalashnikov family of firearms, said the above quote in his intensely amusing video (CoC Warning) on the Kyle Rittenhouse incident. While I support Kyle 100%, that’s not what this post is about.

Quote of the Day: The Fragility of Cultural Memory


“Civilization hangs suspended from generation to generation, by the gossamer strand of memory. If only one cohort of mothers and fathers fails to convey to its children what it has learned from its parents, then the great chain of learning and wisdom snaps. If the guardians of human knowledge stumble only one time, in their fall collapses the whole edifice of knowledge and understanding.” — Jacob Neusner

Nearly every day I lament, as do others, the cultural and spiritual losses of our country. Those many pillars that have been passed on by our own parents—religion, morality, patriotism, loyalty, democratic principles—are being degraded by the newer generation. Did we fail to pass on these important values? Are these values so fragile that in one or two generations they begin to disappear, wounded and ignored?

Did people not attend Independence Day parades? Did parents not discuss democracy? Did they discuss values at all?

QOTD: “…Brave Knights and Heroic Courage”


You’re actually getting two quotes for the price of one today, because I think they just complement each other so well:

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” -G. K. Chesterton

“Say goodnight, Blue Eyes”: George Burns on Best Friends (Quote of the Day)


“So there I was, married to a woman who knew she loved me because I made her cry, and best friends with a hack violin player who thought it was hysterical when I hung up the phone on him.”-George Burns (1896-1996), Gracie: A Love Story 

The morning after Christmas of 1974, the hack violin player died. Ten years earlier, the pixie-like Catholic girl cried for her Jewish husband who had died suddenly of a heart attack, and that same hack violinist had held his best friend’s arm through the long funeral service, stopping only to carry the girl’s coffin. It had been a long fifty-five years. 

QOTD: Ride onward, hero, into legend


“If I should be killed, I want you to bury me on one of the hills east of the place where my grandparents and brothers and sisters and other relatives are buried.”

“If you have a memorial service, I want the soldiers to go ahead with the American Flag. I want cowboys to follow, all on horseback. I want one of the cowboys to lead one of the wildest of the T over X horses with saddle and bridle on.”

Liege of the King, Son of the Revolutionary: The Marquis de La Fayette and Defining America


«La Fayette, nous voici!» – Charles E. Stanton, July 4th 1917 (Often mistakenly attributed to John J. Pershing)

Saturday was the 263rd birthday of Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette (excuse me while I take a breath). Often simply referred to as the Marquis de La Fayette, or Lafayette, the French nobleman who lived from 1757 to 1834 is a well-known and beloved figure in both France and the United States, which he fought to help establish. Most people know the story of the Marquis’ escape from France dressed as a woman to fight with George Washington’s army, his honorable service with and deep love for the General, and, on his return to Europe, his imprisonment and near escape from death during the French Revolution. All make for an interesting addition to the cast of characters of the American Revolution, especially when there were such colorful foreign actors as the Baron von Steuben.

Quote of the Day: Meeting a Coronavirus Lunatic


“It is my experience that if we make the effort to listen to people when we meet them … it is then easy to find something to like in practically everyone.” — Bryant H. McGill

Oh stuff it, McGill. Your starry-eyed philosophy would have thrown up its hands in despair if it ever came across a guy I met the other day.

QotD: McVey on Reporters


Take it from me, America was a better place when its reporters were moody drunks with a high school education who learned to type in the Army.—Gary McVey

What could I say to improve on this? Gary nailed it. Reporters, uh, excuse me, journalists, or perhaps that should be spelled journalistes, with master’s degrees from high-end journalism schools have done the country no favors. Let’s go back to more guys (and gals) with practical real-world experience and shoe-leather reporting. James Lileks, Byron York, Salena Zito: these are some of the few good, old-style reporters we have today. Far better if we had ten of these for every Chris Cuomo.

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