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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day, March 21: A Sign of the Times…Job Posting

 

The Department of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in queer migrations. Research may focus on trans/queer geographies, racialization, decoloniality, and flows of people, ideas, and objects across borders. Of special interest to us are innovative methodological approaches to gender and sexual citizenship, discourses of belonging, and human rights in the context of state and social violence against LGBTQ communities in historical or contemporary national and transnational frames.

Residents of California, may I present your tax dollars at work.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: We All Need a Sabbath Right About Now

 

“Shabbat, one of the first commands Moses gave the Jewish people, remains as relevant now as it was then. It tells us that happiness lies not in what we buy but in what we are; that true commitment is to be found not by seeking what we lack but by giving thanks for what we have; and that we should never allow ourselves to be so busy making a living that we have all too little time to live. Above all, we should never be led by the crowd when it stampedes in pursuit of gain, for that is how gold becomes the Golden Calf.” — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Covenant and Conversation

Many of us have extra time on our hands that we’d prefer not to have. People have lost their jobs, activities have been canceled, visits have been postponed, vacations are on hold. Regardless of your circumstances, everyone could use a Sabbath right about now.

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No profound thoughts from yours truly. Just a short Sunday diversion from the concerns of the day to the beauty of language: Like the atom, which in its internal bonds contains the essence of matter and energy, in her glance, the sparkle of her eye, the grasp of her hand, the elasticity of her hair […]

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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: 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: 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 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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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: President Donald J. MacGuffin

 

To me, the key to understanding Trumpism is remembering why he was elected. What do I mean? Voters chose Donald Trump as an antidote to the growing inflammation caused by the (OK, deep breath…) prosperity-crushing, speech-inhibiting, nanny-state building, carbon-obsessing, patriarchy-bashing, implicit bias-accusing, tokey-wokey, globalist, swamp-creature governing class–all perfectly embodied by the Democrats’ 2016 nominee.

This was from the Op-Ed in the February 10th Wall Street Journal by their Inside View columnist, Andy Kessler. The rest of the column describes all the distractions used by President Trump to set up the press and the other party, to take their attention away from all the positive things getting done behind the scenes. It worked, too, didn’t it?

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Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. – Ronald Reagan It seems I am revisiting the theme of politics. The events of the last two weeks makes it relevant. And they demonstrate Ronald Reagan’s wisdom. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Politics

 

“Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Sen. Fred Thompson

If anyone should know, it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime. And we saw it illustrated this week in Washington. The impeachment is less a trial than a bunch of Hollywood wannabes behaving as if they were in some movie about a trial. They are less concerned about the facts and the law than they are about putting on virtuoso performances. (It is easy to give a virtuoso performance if you are unmoored by the truth.) The acting has been over the top and, except for the credulous few, unconvincing.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Replacing What Works

 

“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” – Thomas Sowell

Sowell made this statement over a decade ago, so it should be updated to four decades, maybe five. And now the fruit of replacing what worked with what sounded good is ripe for harvest.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Truth

 

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” – Winston Churchill

Gee, ya think?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Peace and Evil

 

“If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.” – Lord John Russell

“The left doesn’t fight evil; it fights those who do.” – Dennis Prager

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD 1/2/2020: Johan Norberg on Optimism

 

This quote is taken from an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on December 17. Johan Norberg is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.

“…we’ve lived through a period of populist revolts and geopolitical tensions, and wherever societies have been open and markets free, scientists, innovators and businesses persisted and made greater progress than ever.

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All the world’s a stage,And all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts. — As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII These lines are followed by a description of what Shakespeare calls the “seven ages” of life, from helpless infancy to the […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Reading

 

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” – Mark Twain

I may have some advantages. I have been a reader since first grade, nearly 60 years. Over that period I have been an engineer, a quality-assurance manager, a navigator, a technical writer, and an author. Reading has been the key to all of those careers. My ability to absorb information through the printed word has allowed me to succeed in each of those fields.

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Tsze-kung asked about government. The Master said, “The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler.” Tsze-kung said, “If it cannot be helped, and one of these must be dispensed with, which of the three should be foregone first?” “The […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Honesty and Deceit

 

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” — Noël Coward

That is the reason American politics is so toxic today. You cannot tell the truth without shocking people, but no one thinks twice when a politician lies. They expect it. (How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.)

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