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QOTD – Idle Hands

 

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.” ~ Proverbs 16:27

At least the first part of this has become one of the quintessential old wives sayings, and rightfully so as it’s from one of the oldest books in the history of the world. I always took it as ‘being bored makes you mean’ and I think that’s especially true in our society today.

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From the preface of a popular logic textbook from the past: The great design of this noble science is to rescue our reasoning powers from their unhappy slavery and darkness; and thus, with all due submission and deference, it offers an humble assistance to divine revelation. Its chief business is to relieve the natural weakness […]

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What struck me about this quote is that it was written at least 15 years ago. The text—that I have bolded for emphasis—points to prescient ideas that have come to full bloom in the current day: Today you will hear many presumably learned people say that there is no such thing as human nature, or […]

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Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. Henry J. Kaiser More

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Quote of the Day: Political Parties

 

The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it. — P. J. O’Rourke

True when he said it. True today.

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“Solomon’s Temple, I believe, was built by the Canaanites who were the neighbors of the Israelis, the Israelites… I want to state several words clearly: the Bible became an archival document, not representing what the Israelis and the first Jews were, but what they thought they were, what they imagined. The Temple is the fruit […]

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Quote of The Day – Tyranny

 

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

― C.S. Lewis

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There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. Henry Ford More

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The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience. It would be easy, however, to destroy that good conscience by shouting to them: if you want the happiness of the people, let them speak out […]

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It Is Well With My Soul

 

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul. — Horatio G. Spafford, 1873

This is but a snippet from one of my most favorite hymns. I wouldn’t call myself a particularly religious person, but I do enjoy gospel hymns and this is the one I turn to when I’ve had a very trying day. This hymn is incredibly calming and has always helped me re-center in the midst of chaos.

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The Older I Get, The Less I Know (Quote of the Day)

 

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”
—Bertrand Russell

I don’t remember much anymore, but I remember being young enough to have known everything. I was sure the secrets of the universe — of time and space — were discoverable, if not known, that I could synthesize social contractarian ideas with respect for individual rights into a coherent political, and even moral, philosophy, and that with a little research I could pick the right stocks.

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One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. Lee Iacocca (1980s) More

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… from someone I don’t know, quoting someone she doesn’t know: “As you pass through life, pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” -Anonymous More

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As you grow old, there are all sorts of things you can do to maintain the “pretty and cute” parts of your identity. But you can’t fix stupid. Stupid is forever. More

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You send your kids off to college. They love you. You walk away with a Cornell mom T-shirt. You are walking away going this is great, and come Thanksgiving, your kid tells you that you are an imperialist and a racist and a homophobe. That is not worth $120,000. Andrew Breitbart More

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In the fall of 1964, a shy, fat, rather oddly dressed freshman struck up a conversation with a pretty girl perched on a rock. It wasn’t a long conversation, and I don’t think we ever spoke again, but she said something that has stuck with me: More

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Though you might listen to your elders or the experts, still, do pull yourself up and stretch your thinking. Thommaracha II of Cambodia (1629–1634) More

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