Tag: 2021 April Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Quod Error Illustrandum


“Do it haphazardly, a tiny bit at a time, and badly.… [T]he fool is the precursor to the saviour. Why? Because you’re a fool when you start something new.… And so, the willingness to be a fool is the precursor to transformation.” ­­­– Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Take Aim, Even Badly.

“If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly” – Granny Weatherwax, in Terry Pratchett’s Equal Rites.

Quote of the Day: ‘Which Office Do I Go to, to Get My Reputation Back?’


Those words were famously spoken by Raymond Donovan, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Labor, after his 1987 acquittal on fraud and grand larceny charges in the State of New York. Nearly 39 British sub-postmasters posed that question yesterday (not quite 39, because before some of them got the chance to inquire, they died–their families and themselves still daubed with the stain of criminality, from prosecutions and convictions from as much as 12 years ago).

Still, I hope that the ones that are left are demanding to know.  And I hope they get a satisfactory answer.

A few months ago, I wrote a post about dozens of Britain’s sub-postmasters’ ordeal as the target of a Royal Mail probe into their “theft” of hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Post Office till in their little enterprises. To clarify a bit, from my original post:

Quote of the Day: “Grief is the Price We Pay For Love”


These words were spoken by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to the family members of those who perished on September 11, 2001. And I’ve often thought she must have been channeling C.S. Lewis at the time:

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.–C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

It’s a theme that Lewis fleshed out some more in his reflection on the death of his wife, the American poet Joy Davidman, in the short memoir, A Grief Observed.

Quote of the Day: Revolution Is…


Benjamin Franklin

A republic if you can keep it.

“War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.” –attributed to Benjamin Franklin

@soupguy recently wrote on the importance of April in US history, April is America’s Most Historically Significant Month, and I bring another example of that forward today. On April 11, 1783, the Continental Congress declared the ceasefire that ended hostilities in the American Revolutionary War. It comes to mind because I have just sat in a diner next to a woman outraged at the state of Georgia passing a law to close the polls at 5 p.m. (they didn’t) and her dining companion comforted her with the news from the NYT that the US Attorney General’s office was already on the (non-)case. They are at war, their disinformation officers fanning the flames, so I guess that leaves us the revolution end of that stick. A revolution to…preserve the Constitution?

Quote of the Day: The Military Gets Woke


“The commanding staff of the army and fleet soon divided into two groups. One group tried to stay in their places, tuning in on the revolution, registering as Social Revolutionaries. Later a part of them even tried to crawl into the Bolshevik camp. The other group strutted a while and tried to oppose the new order, but soon broke out in some sharp conflict and were swept away by the soldier flood. Such groupings are so natural that they have been repeated in all revolutions. … In the long run the majority of the old command were pushed out or suppressed, and only a small part reeducated and assimilated. In a more dramatic form the officers shared the fate of those classes from which they were recruited.

“An army is always a copy of the society it serves—with this difference, that it gives social relations a concentrated character, carrying both their positive and negative features to an extreme.”