Tag: “Quote of the Day” Series

Quote of the Day: On Not Being Offended

 

“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” – Benjamin Franklin

Few people today realize Ben Franklin became the 18th-century equivalent of Bill Gates by franchising print shops. He trained printers, provided them with standard print faces and printing tools, and lent them capital to set up their own print shops in towns throughout the colonies. In exchange, he got a piece of the action. He also farmed out large print jobs among his network of printers, keeping them busy and employed while permitting print runs in sizes in excess of what would otherwise be possible.

Quote of the Day: Beer and Books

 

“Beer is to dumb guys what books are to smart ones — Just having a lot of them makes you feel a whole lot smarter.” — Stephen Pastis

There is a lot of truth in both ends of that quote.  Drink enough beer and you do feel smarter.  You may not be smarter and you may not act smarter, but sure enough you feel a whole lot smarter.  It doesn’t matter if you are a dumb guy or a smart guy, either – at least not in my experience.

Quote of the Day: Words

 

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

Quote of the Day: Government

 

“If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. In the simplest societies there is hardly any government.” – Will Durant

We just spent four weeks deciding who would be Speaker of the House. At least that is how it felt to political junkies. In reality it was four days and 15 votes. For those of you really into political history that isn’t even close to a record.

Quote of the Day: Happy New You

 

“Happy new you!” — a greeting

Today’s quotation comes from a lot of sources and traditions. In the church I attend, it has been used as a lesson title at least a few times over the decades, especially around the first of the year. I even used it for an inspirational reading. We use it as a reminder that we do not have to be stuck in the past. In many cultures, after a significant event in life, a person would take or be given a new name. In our paperwork over-burdened society, that might be a bit too much work, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with being exactly who you were yesterday. Make a change for the better today. Happy new you!

Quote of the Day: Today’s Times

 

“In times like these it is important to remember there have always been times like these.” — Paul Harvey

New Year’s Eve is a traditional day to take stock of the previous year and anticipate the upcoming year.  2022 was a particularly trying year, and 2023 does not really promise to be much better. For conservatives, 2022 brought a lot of disappointments. Some are calling it the Worst Year Ever, and claiming we are all in a handbasket sliding down to Hell.

Quote of the Day – The Meaning of Christmas

 

Your nativity, O Christ our God, has caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world. For therein the worshippers of the stars were by a star instructed to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know You as Orient from on high. Glory to You, O Lord.

This is the first of three special hymns sung during the Divine Liturgy on Christmas Day in the Orthodox Church. I am not Skipskul or Jon Gabriel when it comes to explaining Orthodox Christianity, but I am very much of an Orthodox Christian. I thought to share this with you on the eve of Our Lord’s birth. This I believe is the true meaning of Christmas. That God caused the light of knowledge to rise upon the world.

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Quote of the Day: Capitalism and Socialism

 

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill

How can you tell we are entering a socialist society in the United States? The tell is the amount by which shared miseries have grown. Fuel and food prices have soared. There are scarcities of critical items, including baby formula and amoxicillin, scarcities that once they start never seem to grow away. People are worried that what they say might get them fired or imprisoned. Not for actual crime, but for thoughtcrime. And violent crime is growing — as it seems to in every socialist society from the Soviet Union to Venezuela. (Of  course, the government denies that violent crime exists, except by wasters who oppose the government — January 6th trials, anyone?)

Quote of the Day: Are We Living in a “Trust”?

 

Felix Dzerzhinsky is remembered as the architect of the Soviet police state and its intelligence services.  Former KGB officer Vladimir Putin is among his modern admirers.  While totalitarians (and wanna-be totalitarians) invariably rule by fear and violence, Dzerzhinsky had the vision to go farther, to co-opt those opponents he could not find or destroy by direct means.  He created an entirely false opposition underground (the “Trust”).  Exiles and domestic opponents of the new Soviet regime thought they were working together in secret when in fact every word, every plan was known (and sometimes planted or directed) by Dzerzhinsky himself.  The regime controlled its opposition.

In my more intensely paranoid moments (as opposed to my normal, everyday paranoia), I think that something like The Trust is already in place in the USA.  The permanent (actual) ruling party allows the appearance of opposition solely to let the masses think they have a say, to out potentially dangerous opponents, and to direct opposition energies into harmless activity that does not really interfere with the rulers.

Quote of the Day: The Cradle of Humanity

 

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

I work on the Lunar Gateway program. This is a proposed crewed platform that will trail the Moon and support crewed Moon missions. It is interesting work, and it sounds glamorous, but my job is prosaic. I am part of a team analyzing the data needs of Gateway. Last week I was given an unusual assignment. My boss’s boss was given a document to review and comment on. As is typical for these types of assignments, he gave the job to my boss. Due to a combination of people being absent and others being busy, he passed it on to me.

Quote of the Day: Obedience

 

“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.” – C.P. Snow, English novelist and scientist (1905 – 1980)

We are seeing this illustrated in China right now due to Xi’s Zer0 Covid policy. People were allowed to burn to death in a flaming apartment building rather than permit them to break Zero Covid by escaping. Forty-four died in that fire, trapped in a building. How many would have died of Covid had they been allowed to exit? Probably no one. Certainly less than 44. Similarly, we see the same thing unfolding in Iran, where the demand for absolute obedience to Sharia law is now taking a toll on hundreds of lives.

Quote of the Day: Gratitude

 

“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” — Doris Day

Yes, Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, but it is still worth considering its message: giving thanks for what we have; being grateful.  It is also worth considering gratitude’s flip side: ingratitude, which mostly comes out in the form of complaint.

Quote of the Day: ‘A Hell of a Beating’

 

“I claim we got a hell of a beating. We got run out of Burma and it is humiliating as all hell. I think we ought to find out what caused it, go back and retake it.” – Joseph Stilwell

Certainly, that is how many conservatives viewed the November 8 elections. Like the American army that got run out of Burma by Japan in 1942. Except it wasn’t. At this remove, it appears November 8 was a Republican victory, just not the big victory it was hoped for.

Quote of the Day: Well Done

 

Well done is better than well said. – Benjamin Franklin

Or good deeds trump good words. It seems today that people are more impressed by a slick set of words, carefully crafted than they are by actual accomplishments. Perhaps I should take some joy from that. After all, I make my living using words.

Quote of the Day: On Voting

 

“The most interesting incident Tuesday morning was my walking to a building on Thirty-fourth Street to enter a booth and push levers on a voting machine. I have never understood why anybody passes up that bargain. It doesn’t cost a cent, and for that couple of minutes, you’re the star of the show, with top billing. It’s the only way that really counts for you to say I’m it, I’m the one that decides what’s going to happen and who’s going to make it happen. It’s the only time I really feel important and know I have a right to.” — Rex Stout, A Family Affair

Do I have to remind anyone that Tuesday is election day, and it is (as it always seems to be lately) the most important vote of our lifetimes? On Ricochet, probably not.

Quote of the Day: Silencing the Opposition

 

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” – Harry S. Truman

We have seen that before, and never more spectacularly than in Truman’s lifetime. He observed the actions of three socialist governments — the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy — over the prime of his lifetime. All three became a source of terror to its citizens and created countries where everyone lives in fear. It was what Rudyard Kipling warned about in his poem The Old Issue a generation earlier. In it, his forecast of the king “under any name”:

Quote of the Day: Artificial Stupidity

 

“Ours may become the first civilization destroyed, not by the power of our enemies, but by the ignorance of our teachers and the dangerous nonsense they are teaching our children. In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.” — Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell states the importance of a good education and ensuring those that provide it are competent to teach better than I can. Education is the great sleeper issue of this campaign, buried beneath the economy and crime. But nothing has done more to cause traditional Democrat constituencies to vote Republican than the misuse of the education system at the hands of the educational establishment. The purpose of the American education system, in their eyes, is to enrich the employees and use it to sell their cultural agenda. The quality of education provided is at the bottom of their priorities, to be given sufficient lip service to convince the suckers financing this country’s public schools and institutions of higher education to continue funding it.