Tag: 2021 May Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Rhyme and Season

 

‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:’ – Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, Verse 1.

This is the nearest I’ve been able to come up with for a quote that reflects something that’s been on my mind a lot lately: It has to do with not getting overly worried if the slugs or snails in the greenhouse plough a swathe through my rudbeckia seedlings. With not letting it get to me if things are, ah, a little behind in the garden, after what felt like a weeks-long stretch of rain and cold in the merry, merry month of May. With, in short, not seeing any one thing that’d be nice as the be-all and end-all of existence at that point in time.

Quote of the Day: Ignorance is Woke

 

“Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots. But alas, that day is not yet here.” — Apoorva Mandavilli, NY Times reporter focused on COVID-19,  May 26, 2021

This tweet (because of course, it is from Twitter) is absolutely maddening. According to this excuse for a journalist, we should not consider the theory that the Wuhan Coronavirus escaped from a laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, because it is derived from racism. Aside from idea we should ignore concepts that evil people come with (in which case, I’m tossing out socialism, as Karl Marx was a scumbag), the whole idea that the lab leak theory is racist is pure and utter madness.

Quote of the Day: “We Are Not Amused”

 

VictoriaLet’s face it, no one really knows exactly when (or even if) Queen Victoria uttered her famous line.  Some say that it was in response to an indelicate joke told to Her Majesty and her ladies-in-waiting by a male equerry; others say that it was her reaction to a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.  Still others say that Victoria would never have made such a remark (indeed, she is said to have denied it herself), and that she had a robust, earthy sense of humor, and an infectious giggle and laugh.  None of that is obvious in contemporary portraits of the lady (although having one’s photograph taken at the time was a lengthy and, I should think in her case, just based on her outfits, a sweaty process).  But any number of contemporary movies (Mrs. Brown, Victoria, and Abdul, The Young Victoria, as well as the recent multi-year ITV/PBS television serialization have shown her  human side.  Although sometimes it’s hard to know with this sort of thing where history ends, revisionism begins, and what role marketing and ratings play in the introduction of the occasional bits of tasteful, even if just implied, bodice-ripping.

Alexandrina Victoria was born two hundred two years ago on 24th May 1819.  Like her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth, Victoria became Queen at a very young age (it was in 1837, and she was eighteen).  And until Elizabeth surpassed her as both the longest-reigning and longest-lived British monarch, Victoria held both records.

When Victoria was born, several Founding Fathers of the United States were still alive.  And when she died in 1901, Dwight Eisenhower, the man who was President when I was born, was ten years old.  Such a young country, this United States.

Quote of the Day: Paean To A Plain Woman

 

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare–William Shakespeare

I’ve always thought of this poem as vindication for the rest of us.  One for the ladies who’ve always smiled, then shrugged, at a thousand years of poetic conceits they can’t possibly delude themselves into believing apply to them.  One for those of us who grew up feeling pretty secure about our faces and our bodies, and whose parents told us we shouldn’t have to make up, dress up, or pout like a Hollywood starlet in order to “catch” a man; and that if that’s what it took, such a man wasn’t worth catching, anyway.   One for those of us who were taught that life would take its course, that love would come one day, and that if we were kind and decent with each other, we’d happily and gracefully grow fat and decrepit together.

One for those of us who, when we walk, “tread on the ground.” And know it.

Quote of the Day: The Impossible Theme

 

‘Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.’ – Samuel Johnson.

It occurred to me, not for the first time, that Winston Churchill had a point when he said that it was no bad thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations; you certainly learn a lot. Even just preparing this little Quote of the Day post, I learned that I could do with reading more Samuel Johnson, who also said, apparently, that ‘self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings’ and ‘whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o’clock is a scoundrel’ – which seems to pretty soundly establish his bona fides, if you ask me.

Quote of the Day: A Gem in Itself

 

‘Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.’ – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

This phrase, or the gist of it, has been coming to mind a lot lately: ‘I must be emerald’, and keep my character. It conjures up another line of Marcus Aurelius’s, which I think runs, roughly, ‘Everything you hear is an opinion, not a fact’. A useful thought to bear in mind when the dread power of assertion is ever bearing down on you: “I say this is so, therefore it is,” says someone else. “They say it’s so, therefore it must be so” (says you to yourself, says you), even when it’s not. And when confronted by things like that, what can a man do but be emerald?

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The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.” — 4 U.S. Code § 7 (m) We should be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” in all our dealings. May 15, by federal law, is Peace Officers Memorial Day. AND. May 15, 2021 […]

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Quote of the Day: The Obstacle in the Way

 

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius

Just how am I going to start on this one? Do you know, I’m not really sure – and that’ll do as a way in. It’s one of the pitfalls of the over-abstractified world we live in that people think – let alone people, we end up thinking – that we have to consciously think how we’re going to do something. And everything becomes plain hard work that way. And not the fun kind.

Quote of the Day: Wokie-Wiki-Vandals Eat Their Own

 

Eli Broad died. He was a Democrat and a billionaire. The two just seem to go together, don’t they? He gave billions to K-12 education, art museums, and similar projects. But that doesn’t stop the Wokies from vandalizing his Wikipedia page. When I checked it out earlier today, I saw this at the beginning of the article:

Eli Broad (/broʊd/ BROHD;[2] June 6, 1933 – April 30, 2021) was an American billionaire entrepreneur, philanthropist, and anti-union wealth criminal.

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