Tag: Quote of the Day

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Oliver Cromwell was one of the most interesting and controversial people of the 17th century.  John Lambert remarked that he “was glad to see we had the nation on our side” as they were cheered by a crowd in June 1650.  Cromwell responded: “Do not trust to that; for these very persons would shout as […]

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Fashion and Its Healing Power

 

There are those who think fashion is frivolous or silly, but I know better. Only a couple of people on Ricochet know this, but I was sick last year. On May 20, 2016, my friend and neighbor threw me into the car and rushed me to the ER when I had a severe attack of abdominal pain. She knew I’d been having these for months because I’d missed parties and dinners, and this time she said, “Okay that’s it! We’re going to the ER.” I made her wait while I took a bath, washed my hair, shaved my legs, dried my hair, and put on makeup and an outfit. My reasoning was that if I showed up looking the way I was, they wouldn’t even try to save me.

When I got to the ER, they did a CT scan. A doctor came into the room and said, “We found a mass in your abdomen. You have cancer. We’re operating right now.” I barely had time to absorb this dire diagnosis because they knocked me out. Lucky for him, because I was about to give him a piece of my mind on the topic of bedside manner. I mean he wasn’t exactly DocJay.

He later told me that when I’d arrived at the ER, I was about six hours from death. My friend saved my life. And I had made her wait an hour while I took a bath, did my hair and makeup, and selected a chic outfit. No wonder they call vanity a Deadly Sin. But I couldn’t help it! One of my favorite quotes from a famous style icon and former editor of Vogue was running through my mind:

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True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to moral values, and to […]

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Well it’s April Fool’s Day once again. So don’t trust anyone or believe anything anyone says to you. Just like every other day. This is the place to post all the terrible pranks you’ve pulled on your unsuspecting loved ones on April Fool’s Day! ************************** Preview Open

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Quote of the Day: Ambassadorial Wisdom

 

James Day Hodgson (1915-2012) was a politician and diplomat who served during the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, first as Secretary of Labor (1970-73) and later as Ambassador to Japan (1974-77). Many years after his retirement, Hodgson published a book titled American Senryu, a collection of senryū poetry written by Hodgson himself. Here is one of my favorite poems (in italics) from that book, including a bit of commentary by the author:

The exciting thought
That beauty is possible
Sustains us all.

“Play La Marseillaise. Play it!”

 

A few weeks ago, I was arguing with a friend about a movie. I was strongly in favor; she was apathetic, to say the least.

Some of you, like my friend, may not be fans. It’s possible you are offended by the many continuity gaffes. Perhaps you can’t get past the clunky, rather claustrophobic, sets. Maybe you’ve never liked Bogart, even in The African Queen. (Gosh. I hope that’s not it. Really.) Possibly, you can’t abide the fact that they used ¾-scale cardboard airplane models in the final airport scene and that they hired a gaggle of midgets in overalls to run around on the tarmac, to make the planes look bigger.

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There is a quote that is popping into my mind with increasing frequency as I enter my eighth decade.  Indeed, it has passed my lips on occasion, and been self-censored on many more. This particular nine-syllable utterance is familiar to all Ricochetti of a certain age, so familiar that it is hardly necessary to write […]

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Class, today’s quotes are on the topic of wine. I’m not a very good drinker myself, I mean I get drunk after a few sips of any kind of alcohol. Okay I’m a cheap date. But I’ve always liked the idea of wine. It seems so elegant. I worked at Air France for 11 years […]

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First, an apology. My addled brain deleted the fact that I’d signed on to Quote of the Day. I’ve been remiss and failed to comment on others’ posts. I’m sorry and plead senior brainitis. And having had patient Right Angles PM me with a heads-up, I’m now sharing one sentence my dear father said to […]

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Quote of the Day – Meritocracy

 

“The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever.”

“The problem with the meritocracy, is that it leeches all the empathy out of your society … The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid—I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is.”

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There are many memorable turns of phrase in the movie Lawrence of Arabia, and this is one of my favorites.  The Arab Prince Feisal is speaking with an American reporter about how they leave no prisoners for the Turks, because the Turks treat prisoners very badly, when by contrast the Arabs treat their prisoners well. […]

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