Tag: “Quote of the Day” Series

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“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” John F. Kennedy No, not that Waterloo. The last time I visited a library book sale, I found it hard to pass on a book with the title, “Passing Time in the Loo”, Volume I. Hard to […]

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Quote of the Day: Liberty and Equality

 

A society that aims for equality before liberty will end up with neither equality nor liberty.

And a society that aims first for liberty will not end up with equality, but it will end up with a much closer approach to equality than any other kind of system that has ever been developed.

Quote of the Day: Civil Disobedience

 

“Rules were made to be broken.”

“Don’t disagree. Indeed they are. Providing, however, that the one breaking the rules is willing to pay the price for it, and the price gets charged in full … Otherwise breaking rules becomes the province of brats instead of heroes. Fastest way I can think of to turn serious political affairs into a playpen. A civilized society needs a conscience, and conscience can’t be developed without martyrs — real ones — against which a nation can measure its crimes and sins.” — Eric Flint, Crown of Slaves

Quote of the Day – The Man in The Arena

 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

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Double Indemnity is a brilliant 1944 film noir. The great cast includes Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff, Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson and Edward G. Robinson as Barton Keyes. MacMurray plays against his nice guy type as a murderer. The quote is by him. Other great passages are: Phyllis: Mr. Neff, why don’t you drop by […]

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Quote of the Day: Outrage

 

Outrage is a substitute for religion: It convinces us that our existence has some kind of meaning or significance beyond itself, that is to say beyond the paltry flux of day-to-day existence, especially when that existence is a securely comfortable one. Therefore we go looking for things to be outraged about as anteaters look for ants. Of all emotions, outrage is not only one of the most pleasurable but also one of the most reliable.
— Theodore Dalrymple on outrage.

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Quote(s) of the Day: Scofflawism

 

“Laws are to govern all alike — those opposed as well as those who favor them. I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.” Ulysses S Grant, 1st Inaugural Address

“Never give an order you know won’t be obeyed.” Commonly referred to as the first principle of command

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You cannot count on the physical proximity of someone you love all the time. A seed that sprouts at the foot of its parent tree remains stunted until it is transplanted. When the time comes, every human being has to depart to seek his fulfillment in his own way. The Ramayana of Valmiki (5th century […]

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It’s a bizarre apprehension, in short, that truth is disintegrating or in crisis. Fabrications do not undermine truth—they presuppose it. Lies can harm people, but they can’t harm truth itself. They conceptually depend on it. The right conclusion from all this isn’t that truth is disintegrating, but that truth is hard and intrusive, that it […]

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If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” ― Milton Berle My mother was the best, most beautiful person I’ve ever known. She was kind to everyone, always cheerful, and a wonderful and supportive mother. I never heard her say a bad word about another person. She and my dad were the […]

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“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community, realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the […]

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Quote of the Day: A Queen’s Eulogy

 

In the city named the Temple of Patience,
in the city of Former Eloquence, and eventually
in the city of Angkor, this Brahmin girl of royal rank
became the beloved of King Jayavarman.

Her lowered head on the raised feet of the king,
she approached the Ganges, whose fallen feet lay on Shiva’s head.
Among the lovelies who loved learning, she scattered the king’s favors,
lovely nectars in the form of learning.

Wise by nature, a polymath, perfectly pure,
devoted to King Jayavarman,
having composed this pure paean
at the expense of all other arts, she gleamed.

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At first blush, this seems like a fairly snarky comment made by someone who thinks the concept of prayer and miracles is silly.  And in truth, it is difficult to tell what his actual feelings on religion were.  At various times, he wrote both approvingly and contemptuously of religious believers among his many characters, and […]

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“If there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell. Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I’ve been with the have-nots. Over here, if you’re a have-not, you’re short of dough. If you’re a have-not in hell, you’re short of virtue. […]

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