Tag: “Quote of the Day” Series

Quote of the Day: Rich

 

“I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.” – Edward Gibbon

This year — or maybe last — I became rich. Not Bill Gates rich or Jeff Bezos rich, but rich by my definition of rich: If you can maintain the lifestyle you desire without having to work, you are rich. If not, whether you are earning $15,000 or $400,000 a year you are still among the working poor.

Quote of the Day: Facts

 

“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” – Ben Shapiro

I have used this once before, but if ever there was a quote that summed up this week this is it. We have seen it in the lefty reactions to the Rittenhouse verdict. It is a giant cry of “Don’t confuse me with facts. My feelings tell me he is guilty.”

Quote of the Day: From the Chicken House to the Cathedral

 

Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. — Frank Lloyd Wright.

I do like a man who has his priorities straight. Even if I’m not one of them.

Frank Lloyd Wright was, while not exactly a Southwest Pennsylvanian, often claimed as one of ours on account of Fallingwater, a masterful evocation of his theory of architecture in harmony with nature, built for the Kaufmann family of regional department store fame.  It’s only about 70 miles down the road from me, and I’ve visited several times. Every time I do, I marvel at how he did it and how he even conceived of such a thing. I wonder at its grace, at the impossibility of thousands of tons of concrete cantilevered over a natural waterfall (and at the windows — OMG, the windows!). And I support the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s efforts to “fix” the inevitable structural failures and shore up Wright’s vision. As of the early 21st century, using modern post-tensioning techniques, they seem to have solved most of the problems. Let’s hope Fallingwater makes it through the next thousand years just like Westminster Abbey and doesn’t end up like Beauvais Cathedral (begun in 1225), which fully collapsed twice before its eventual completion and which has been the subject of ongoing efforts for 800 years to keep it whole and standing.

Quote of the Day: Truth and Fiction

 

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” — Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar, Mark Twain

Ain’t it the truth. All you have to do is look at the news today. If in 1960 someone had written a science fiction novel about the 2020s with even half the things that are going on today his editors would have laughed at the draft when they encountered it on the slush pile. The world would lock down for a respiratory virus with a 1% fatality rate? Get outta here!  That will never happen. The FBI would be colluding with a major political party and the New York Times to subvert justice? That’s wacko conspiracy theory territory. Big Brother would not come from the government but rather from public sector technology companies? That idea’s kinda out there, isn’t it?

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“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” – Samuel Johnson So what does that make me? Here I am spending my “free” time writing for Ricochet. And I am not even really writing for free. It’s worse than that. I am paying to write for Ricochet. No one has asked me to […]

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QOTD: LOTR Quotes for Everyday Life

 

I’ve recently decided to become a Lord of the Rings fan. 

I was in late middle school and high school when the LOTR movies came out. My dad took me to see all of them in theaters — and then I never watched them again. I was a casual fan at first, I would say, but in my high school homeschool community, you were a Lord of the Rings fan or you were a Star Wars fan — and I was a die-hard Star Wars fan. 

Quote of the Day: Political Conversations

 

“You can’t hold political conversations with people that are calling you evil.” – Ben Shapiro

We saw this in the run-up to the November 2 elections. Oppose CRT in the classroom? “Racist! Evil,” cry the Democrats. Oppose vaccine mandates? “Racism! Only evil people oppose vaccine mandates,” cry the Democrats (despite the fact the most vaccine-hesitant groups are minorities). Think daughters should be protected from predatory males who will dress up in women’s clothing to gain access to them?” “Racist! Homophobia! You are EEEEVIL,” cry the Democrats (again despite the fact the rapist was white and very obviously heterosexual, since he was going after members of the opposite sex – wolf in sheep’s clothing anyone?).

Quote of the Day: On Unpopular Presidents

 

“A U.S. president who is elected amid controversy and recrimination, reviled by a large segment of the electorate, and mired in domestic crises will be hard-pressed to forge a coherent foreign policy and challenge Russia.” — Fiona Hill

“Wow,” you may be thinking. Does this lady have President Brandon nailed, or what? Not so fast. Fiona Hill is talking about President Donald Trump. (Of course she is.)

Quote of the Day: Gender Appropriation

 

If we start calling it “gender appropriation,” do you think the Transgender thing will become unpopular on the left?

This was a comment left in the PIT by one of our members. It’s a fun question, given that the left is so against “cultural appropriation.” A white woman making tacos? “That’s cultural appropriation! You can’t do that!”¹ Why wouldn’t it also apply to gender? Or for that matter, why wouldn’t it apply to sex, which is the proper term for our biological dichotomy? Why shouldn’t a drag queen be told by a woman, “You’re appropriating my sex.”

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There is one and only one social responsibility of business–to use it resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud. – Milton Friedman Many companies today neglect this […]

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Quote of the Day: The Stalin of our Times

 

“That feels about like what we are living through right now. Progressive politics is the Joseph Stalin of our times, and everyone is so terrified of attracting its anger that they just kind of go along with the crowd and keep clapping, because it is easier to clap until your hands are red raw than be the one that sits down first.”  — Will Jordan, aka the Critical Drinker

I’m sure many of you have heard the story about how no man wanted to be the first person to stop clapping after Stalin’s speech, because of the sheer terror of appearing disloyal to a paranoid conspiracy theorist butcher of a tyrant.  That is the culture of paranoia in action – it is not enough just to be loyal, but to be absolutely beyond suspicion as a diehard loyalist.

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The Quote of the Day is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet.  You don’t have to think up something intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself–just steal borrow (with proper credit, of course) from somebody else! You can share a written or spoken passage that you’ve come across and find worthy, a quote from popular, classical, or […]

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Quote of the Day: Capitalism and Socialism

 

“Under capitalism, the rich grow powerful. Under socialism, the powerful grow rich — and everyone else grows poor.” – Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit)

Why is socialism growing more powerful in the United States? Because it directly benefits the gentry class: those running the country and those supporting them. This includes not just the political elite, but also the upper-middle-class, credentialed workers who work white-collar jobs – management and technology. The folks who can work remotely and get all their wants and needs delivered to their door.

Quote of the Day: The War Against Wonder and Awe

 

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.― Thomas Aquinas

Has there ever been a poet who set out to write the Final Poem, the work that would make superfluous all other poems that ever were or will be?  Does any filmmaker want to make the final movie?  A novelist the last story? Every scientist would be thrilled to be the first to discover something but do any want to make the last discovery, to declare their field over and complete, to claim that everything has been discovered and explained?

QOTD: Is This Quote Still True?

 

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. — Hanlon’s razor.

In saner times, Hanlon’s razor would be a reliable guide to understanding current events. But today, I’m not so sure. I’m not a conspiracy theorist — yet — but I’m thinking of taking it up.

QOTD: Three Generations of Retcons is Enough

 

Jacobson v. Massachusetts has become the catchall decision for justifying all kinds of pandemic countermeasures. I had not looked into the matter in detail, as I am not a lawyer (thank God). However, I ran across an article on SSRN from Josh Blackman (one of the writers at The Volokh Conspiracy) that dismantles how a decision to allow a jurisdiction to levy a fine equivalent to a parking ticket for the refusal to receive a vaccination against one of the most deadly diseases known to man (smallpox is a Risk Group 4 select agent, alongside Ebola and its relatives; by comparison, anthrax and the Black Death are merely Risk Group 3) mutated like a virus into allowing all kinds of measures under the rubric of public health.

It is perhaps unsurprising that the most disturbing U.S. Supreme Court decision to remain on the books as good case law plays a role here. Buck v. Bell is the infamous decision that allowed for the state to forcibly perform medical procedures on people without their consent to uphold the good of the gene pool, giving us the infamous line that “three generations of imbeciles are enough.” As if forcing a person to be fixed like a stray dog is not bad enough, there is evidence that Carrie Buck was not even mentally handicapped, nor was her honor student child, and she was likely set up by her lawyer, who was either horrendously incompetent or actually in favor of negative eugenics. You could use this decision to justify forced medical procedures on every person who holds a political position unpopular with political elites.

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Calling all Ricochet newbies!  And anyone else who’s never participated in either or both of the site’s Group Writing projects: The Quote of the Day (managed by yours truly) and the Monthly Topic (managed by @cliffordbrown), where this month’s topic is “October Surprise.” Both venues are excellent ways both to start or augment your Ricochet […]

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Quote of the Day: Problems

 

 “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” – Albert Einstein

I remembered this quote as a result of the current supply chain problem we are experiencing.  We have a problem: we cannot get containers unloaded from ships fast enough, so goods are piling up – in ships, on wharves, in assembly yards. No doubt the problem will get solved, eventually, by clever people. Yet there is the issue of why the problem arose in the first place. Enough container ships awaiting unloading to spell out “Let’s Go Brandon” did not appear off the California coast overnight. The overflow has been building for months. It simply became bad enough to become noticeable this month.