Tag: Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: A Tribute to Rush Limbaugh by His Brother David

 

This quote is found in the new book Radio’s Greatest of All Time, compiled by David Limbaugh and Rush’s wife, Kathryn. This date is between Rush’s birth date in January and his death date in February. I miss Rush more than ever, and I am enjoying all the tributes and quotes in the book.

One reason that Rush can never be replaced is that he didn’t just lecture didactically from his then New York-based microphone. He used his combination of talents and personality traits-wit, wisdom, insight, and approachability — to begin a national conversation with everyday Americans. He was in the living rooms and cars of millions of Americans every day, discussing things that mattered to them while simultaneously entertaining them and restoring their hope and confidence that the American dream was still alive

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: 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: Thomas Sowell on Identity Politics

 

This quote is from Sowell’s book Intellectuals and Race, a subset of his 2012 tome Intellectuals and Society.  He understands how today’s intellectuals formulate their approach to race, and sees right through them.

Whether in Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Western Hemisphere, a common pattern among intellectuals has been to seek, or demand, equality of results without equality of causes–or on sheer presumptions of equality of causes.  Nor have such demands been limited to intellectuals within the lagging groups, whether minorities or majorities.  Outside intellectuals, including intellectuals in other countries, have often discussed statistical differences in incomes or other outcomes as “disparities” and “inequities” that need to be “corrected” as if they were discussing abstract people in an abstract world.

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.

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: 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.

Quotes of the Day: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois

 

Last night, Ray and I watched Uncle Tom II, a documentary about the black experience in America in the early 20th Century.  It was extremely enlightening, as it explained that the Civil Rights Movement beginning in the 1960s, was instigated by a White Marxist.  The documentary noted that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Socialist.  You can find the complete film on YouTube, and it is highly recommended for everyone to watch.

Quote of the Day: Fascism

 

“The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable.’” – Eric Blair (George Orwell)

I recently listened to a discussion between Nick Gillespie, Jonah Goldberg, and Zach Weissmueller about whether Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s incoming prime minister, was a fascist and whether it really did indicate Italy was returning to fascism.  (Be warned if you click, it is 87 minutes long.)

Quote of the Day: Who Benefits?

 

“Cui bono?” – Cicero

“Who benefits?” That is part of a longer quote by the Roman politician and lawyer Cicero. In full it runs: “L. Cassius ille, quem populus Romanus verissimum et sapientissimum iudicem putabat, identidem in causis quaerere solebat, ‘cui bono fuisset?’ (Lucius Cassius, whom the Roman people used to regard as a most honest and most wise judge, was in the habit of asking time and again in lawsuits: ‘to whom might it be for a benefit?'”)