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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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I am a safety professional. I am familiar with plenty of cases where people did not follow the rules and people ended up dead. Trevor Kletz has the highly readable What Went Wrong? and Still Going Wrong – find them in your library for some stories that will raise the hair on your neck. Alternatively, […]

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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 be intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself. You can share a written passage that you find interesting, or even something from a favorite movie. You can present the naked quote, or add your thoughts on how it applies […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: Further Language from Truthful James

 

I have taken life-long satisfaction in the writings of L. M. Montgomery, a Canadian author most well known for Anne of Green Gables. Re-reading one of her collections of short stories the other day (Chronicles of Avonlea*), I came across the following quote:

Do I sleep, do I dream, do I wonder and doubt?
Is things what they seem, or is visions about?

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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: The Closing of the American Mind

 

“In looking at [a teen-ager leaving home for the first time] we are forced to reflect on what he should learn if he is to be called educated; we must speculate on what the human potential to be fulfilled is. In the specialties we can avoid such speculation, and the avoidance of them is one of specialization’s charms. But here it is a simple duty. What are we to teach this person? The answer may not be evident, but to attempt to answer the question is already to philosophize and to begin to educate….

“The University has to stand for something. The practical effects of unwillingness to think positively about the contents of a liberal education are, on the one hand, to ensure that all the vulgarities of the world outside the university will flourish within it, and, on the other, to impose a much harsher and more illiberal necessity on the student– the one given by the imperial and imperious demands of the specialized disciplines unfiltered by unifying thought….

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“Help, Help I’m being oppressed!” Peasant, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I had not heard the word oppression before watching this hilarious British comedy. However, I knew one thing: I wanted to oppress the {expletive} out of that peasant. Every time I heard the word oppression, oppress, or oppressor, it was used by whiny […]

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Programmers are isolated. They sit in their cubicle; they don’t think about the larger picture. To my mind, a programmer is not an engineer, because an engineer is somebody who starts with a social problem that an organization or a society has and says, “OK, here’s this problem that we have- how can we solve […]

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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: Credibility and the Wolf

 
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February was another full month of Quote of the Day posts, with many making the Main Feed. Help Ricochet by sharing your favorite quote on the Quote of the Day March Signup Sheet. We make it easy to “Start a Conversation” by including tips for finding great quotes. Spring starts in March, so don’t miss […]

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“Well a double dumb-a** on you!!” – Captain James T. Kirk in San Francisco, 1986. “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” More

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“The changing character of the native population, brought about through unremarked pressures on porous borders; the creation of an increasingly unwieldy and rigid bureaucracy, whose own survival becomes its overriding goal; the despising of the military and the avoidance of its service by established families, while its offices present unprecedented opportunity for marginal men to […]

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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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“The Constitution gives you the right, as a white man, to have a rifle in your home. The Constitution gives you the right to protect yourself. Why is it ‘ominous’ when black people even talk of having rifles? Why don’t we have the right to self-defense? Is it because maybe you know we’re going to […]

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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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“I suppose a great statesman should use in the best way he can the worst materials as well as the best that are within his reach and, if possible, make them all subserve the great purposes he has to accomplish.” Major General John Schofield, Forty-Six Years in the Army. More

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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 be intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself. You can share a written passage that you find interesting, or even something from a favorite movie. You can present the naked quote, or add your thoughts on how it applies […]

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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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