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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Novelty of Our Situation

 

“In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.” — C.S. Lewis

While Lewis wrote this in regard to the then-new threat of atomic warfare, it seems remarkably appropriate to today’s Chinese coronavirus scare. While we may be reacting to the threat in novel ways, the threat itself is as old as mankind. Yet death is inevitable once birth has occurred. Through our panic (as others have noted on Ricochet) some may be hastening their own deaths or the deaths of others.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: Every Instant of Every Life

 

The “Lord’s Prayer” is not to be prayed with resignation: “Father, what will happen will happen,” or “Since it’s an order, I’ll obey”–as though we were being called to attention by a spiritual commander-in-chief. Such an attitude would indicate that “the servant does not know what the master is doing” (John 15:15), which is not at all the case. He who has given up his life guides us along his path, making us acquainted with God’s will so that we do it freely. And the will of God is that each of us contributes to the salvation of mankind. Once we know this, a prodigious perspective opens up before us, affecting both our prayers and daily existence.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Times Like These

 

“In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.” – Paul Harvey

I have used this quote before, but in view of this last week’s extraordinary events, I thought it worth reusing it.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Intentions and Results

 

“One of the greatest mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” — Milton Friedman

One thing the media has harped on with the Democratic presidential candidates that dropped out — especially Elizabeth Warren — is that the intentions of the policies and programs they offered were good. Medicare for All. Free tuition. Disarming ordinary citizens. Intersectionality. All, supposedly, were offered with the best of intentions. Which incidentally, are the paving stones for the road to hell.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Feb 29 and My Papouli

 

For some ridiculous reason, to which, however, I’ve no desire to be disloyal,Some person in authority, I don’t know who, very likely the Astronomer Royal,Has decided that, although for such a beastly month as February, twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty,One year in every four his days shall be reckoned as nine and twenty.Through some singular coincidence — I shouldn’t be surprised if it were owing to the agency of an ill-natured fairy —You are the victim of this clumsy arrangement, having been born in leap-year, on the twenty-ninth of February;And so, by a simple arithmetical process, you’ll easily discover,That though you’ve lived twenty-one years, yet, if we go by birthdays, you’re only five and a little bit over!

W. S. Gilbert – The Pirates of Penzance

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Three Cheers for Misfortune

 

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca

It’s a cliche to point out that “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans” is a cliche. But it’s a well-worn phrase for a reason. Anyone who’s gone through life getting everything they ever wanted has no idea what they’re missing out on that may have been infinitely better. And frankly, the things I appreciated most came after a great struggle. The things that came easy felt like a gift, but not an achievement.

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The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow. — Steven Pressfield This quote comes from Steven Pressfield’s book Turning Pro. It is one of several books Pressfield, better known for his bestselling novels, has written on becoming a professional artist or writer. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QotD: Government Policy

 

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

If any statement explains how blue states work, it is this one. The number of makers is always fewer than the number of takers. So design policies to bribe the takers to vote for you.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: A Fool For Love

 

So I chose Valentine’s Day for my quote of the day, thinking it would be easy to write something about love, since I find myself madly in love with a truly wonderful man who is everything I ever wanted and better than I could ever have hoped for. While searching for the perfect love quote, I came across this:

“Love is the wisdom of the fool and the folly of the wise.” Samuel Johnson

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Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. – Ronald Reagan It seems I am revisiting the theme of politics. The events of the last two weeks makes it relevant. And they demonstrate Ronald Reagan’s wisdom. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Jokes and Appropriate Behavior

 

The best joke-tellers are those who have the patience to wait for conversation to come around to the point where the jokes in their repertoire have application. — Joseph Epstein, Familiar Territory

At first glance, one might be inclined to deem our current epoch humorless. Perhaps it is a feature of humorless humans that they make up societies that are abundant with comedic material. It is, in fact, downright difficult to conceive of a world without plenty to laugh at. Our species appears to be unique in its sense of, and appetite for, comedy. Being funny and having a sense of humor are undoubtedly essential biological attributes — the spiritual and psychological benefits of laughter are also virtually undisputed.

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I consider that a man’s brain, originally, is like a little empty attic. And you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out or, at best, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Politics

 

“Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Sen. Fred Thompson

If anyone should know, it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime. And we saw it illustrated this week in Washington. The impeachment is less a trial than a bunch of Hollywood wannabes behaving as if they were in some movie about a trial. They are less concerned about the facts and the law than they are about putting on virtuoso performances. (It is easy to give a virtuoso performance if you are unmoored by the truth.) The acting has been over the top and, except for the credulous few, unconvincing.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: ‘What is Mankind?’ from Psalm 8

 

“O Lord… When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:4-5

This is one of my favorite passages in all the Psalms. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like one that would support a pro-life message, but there is God’s love for His creation throughout. Yes, He must love His heavens, the immense burning stars and spheres that circle them and the moons that circle the planets, the comets with their flaming tails that streak across the solar systems, the harmony of their motions, the galaxies that they compose. How beautiful He must think. And here we are on this little planet in the corner of this immense universe, tucked away and subject to all the powerful and destructive forces, to all the corrosive and poisonous chemicals.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Replacing What Works

 

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” – Thomas Sowell

Sowell made this statement over a decade ago, so it should be updated to four decades, maybe five. And now the fruit of replacing what worked with what sounded good is ripe for harvest.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Truth

 

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Winston Churchill

Gee, ya think?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Peace and Evil

 

“If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.” – Lord John Russell

“The left doesn’t fight evil; it fights those who do.” – Dennis Prager

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All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts. — As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII These lines are followed by a description of what Shakespeare calls the “seven ages” of life, from helpless infancy to the […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Reading

 

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain

I may have some advantages. I have been a reader since first grade, nearly 60 years. Over that period I have been an engineer, a quality-assurance manager, a navigator, a technical writer, and an author. Reading has been the key to all of those careers. My ability to absorb information through the printed word has allowed me to succeed in each of those fields.

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