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“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the […]

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Quote of the Day, Feb. 25: Keep It Simple, Stupid

 

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” — Charles Mingus

When looking for quotes, I was considering some lofty sentiment from a philosopher or war hero. But I’ve found that musicians offer some of the best quotes I’ve come across. In providing the advice above, Charlie Mingus doesn’t only speak to his fellow jazzbos, but to every writer, professor, architect, and anyone else trying to communicate in any medium.

Born in the border town of Nogales, AZ, Mingus was steeped in church and classical music. Since it was tough for an African American to play a cello in an orchestra, he switched to bass in a swing band.

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Today is George Washington’s  Birthday.  Although we celebrate President’s Day, I have always felt if we were going to honor a few singular presidents then George Washington certainly deserves it.  I have an 8  year old son and recently we were talking about presidents and I made a point, as I do every time the […]

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One day a couple years ago now my friend confided in me that he often thought of getting married. As in, often. Not that he had anybody in particular in mind. He was wondering if he was being silly, or even strange or creepy. Now, this was at Brigham Young University, which has a certain reputation […]

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The Quote of the Day Series has five openings in February, including today. It’s an easy way to start a conversation on Ricochet. If you’ve never started a conversation, this is your chance to get your feet wet. Or, for older hands, it may be one of the easiest conversations you have ever started and […]

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“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” Hundreds of years before Donald Rumsfeld  introduced us to the idea of “known knowns,” “known unknowns,” and “unknown unknowns,”  a studious young man from the city of Thorn, in Poland, traveled […]

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“Sheep run to the slaughterhouse, silent and hopeless, but at least sheep never vote for the butcher who kills them or the people who devour them. More beastly than any beast, more sheepish than any sheep, the voter names his own executioner and chooses his own devourer, and for this precious “right” a revolution was […]

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Jimmy McGinty: When the Washington Sentinels left the stadium that day, there was no tickertape parade, no endorsement deals for sneakers or soda pop, or breakfast cereal. Just a locker to be cleaned out, and a ride home to catch. But what they didn’t know, was that their lives had been changed forever because they […]

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In honor of our 16th President and in light of our current state of division, I present The Gettysburg Address, given on November 19th, 1863. Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. […]

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“Good motives aside, white condescension does more damage than good. White condescension says to a black child, ‘The rules used by other ethnic groups don’t apply to you. Forget about work hard, get an education, posses good values. No, for you, we’ll alter the rules by lowering the standards and expecting less.’ Expect less, get […]

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In honor of my stupid personal life, today’s quotes will be on the subject of love. If it weren’t for love, we’d never shave our legs or put on perfume. It would be so much easier and cheaper. I mean the fortune we’d save on Victoria’s Secret! I currently have about $2,000 in Victoria’s Secret […]

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