Tag: Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: The Iron Lady Speaks

 

“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” — Margaret Thatcher

Other than observing that, of course, this trenchant observation can be applied to a wide variety of arguments beyond the stated one (I usually substitute either the word “rational” or the word “thoughtful” for the word “political” when I say it to myself), I don’t think I can improve upon it, or that it needs further clarification or explanation.

I think it’s my favorite Attila the Hen quote. Do you have one?

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.

Once Upon a Time…

 

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter.

Thus begins one of the best known works of literature in the entire Western Canon.

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When we examine the annals of the World from the beginning of Government unto this day, we find the generality of Nations groaning under the yoke of Despotism; the reason is self evident Man naturally covets an unbounded gratification of his desires, to obtain which he must have sufficient power to force his fellow creatures […]

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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 bask in the wisdom of another, someone who went through the hard knocks of acquiring that wisdom, pithiness, and eloquence. Or, you can even quote your favorite […]

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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

Quote of the Day: Common Sense

 

Today’s quote is again from the movie musical 1776. It comes at the point in the story where John Adams and Ben Franklin, desperately looking for a way to delay a vote on independence that they know they will lose, propose the writing of a Declaration of the colonist’s intent. Pressed by the other delegates for an explanation of why the Declaration is necessary, Adams and Franklin are foundering, unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, until Thomas Jefferson steps up and saves them, saying:

“To place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent.”

Quote of the Day: Treason

 

I’m taking this Ben Franklin quote from the musical 1776 that I watched on the 4th, as I do most years. I’m not certain whether he said it, but most of the lines in that movie are authentic, although frequently not in the place and time depicted, so I’m going to assume that Franklin actually said it. (If only there were some resource I could use to look up answers to these sorts of questions.)

“Treason… Treason is a charge invented by winners, as an excuse for hanging the losers.”

Quote of the Day: It’s All About the Work

 

“This is a business that’s heavily promulgated by people who have a politically liberal bent. I don’t begrudge them that. I’m a libertarian; frankly, I think my liberalness goes far beyond theirs in a lot of ways. But yeah, we think differently, and maybe that’s cut me out of some things. I don’t care. People know I get along great with all kinds of directors, all kinds of actors. And I tell you, you hire me, I will show up, 24/7, and I will give you 100%. I will help you fix whatever problems come up. You hire me, I’m your boy. It’s just, it’s all about the work. And when that’s done, I am done.”
— Kurt Russell

Ninety-nine percent of America is all about the work. It’s not about, or should not be about, politics.

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By failing to read or listen to poets, society dooms itself to inferior modes of articulation, those of the politician, the salesman, or the charlatan. In other words, it forfeits its own evolutionary potential. For what distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom is precisely the gift of speech. Poetry is not a […]

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This line is, of course, the key takeaway from the stirring motivational speech given by Bill Murray as Tripper, in the 1979 movie classic Meatballs, almost certainly one of the top five entries in the Chris Makepeace oeuvre. Okay fine, sure, you got me… some stuff matters. But the truly shocking part of life is […]

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In the June 3-4 edition of the Wall Street Journal, “Review” section, Roger Scruton did an essay “The Case for Nations”. “You cannot immigrate into a tribe, a family, or a faith, but you can immigrate into a country, provided you are prepared to obey the rules that make that country into a home.  That […]

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The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought […]

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We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ’guardians at the gate.’–LTC (ret) Allen West. I think it’s always good to be reminded, perhaps […]

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