Tag: Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Questions of Science


“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” – Galileo Galilei

I hate appeals to authority when it comes to science. These always raise a red flag with me. “Trust the Science” is the technocrat’s version of “Because, shut up.” Science by its nature does not invite trust, it invites skepticism. Scientific progress is made by those challenging the science, and being convinced of its validity through reasoning.

Quote of the Day: No Apologies


“I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.” – Elizabeth Bennet to Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Jane Austen not only anticipated the “me too” movement in Pride and Prejudice, but also a “cancel culture” of a sort. Surely Lady Catherine assumed she had within her power the capacity to destroy Elizabeth Bennet’s hopes for marrying her nephew, perhaps as well as her reputation. And she might have if Elizabeth had apologized and deferred to her demands. Yet she held herself as an equal to her opponent and refused to acquiesce to a lady who believed herself to be the very embodiment of wealth, establishment, and propriety. It seems to me that this response, or the modern equivalent, should be the statement of anyone faced with unjust demands for an apology.

Quote of the Day: MLK on Our Colleges


“If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Despite failings, Martin Luther King, Jr., was a man of remarkable vision. He stated this over 60 years ago. Back then our colleges and universities were centers of academic excellence, stressing the importance of finding knowledge through constant questioning and by challenging the conventional verities. Today? They are occupied by close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts.

QotD – Freedom


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

– Ronald Reagan

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I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is […]

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QotD – Crooked Politicians


Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I’ll show you a crook. – Harry Truman

Harry Truman was an honest politician.  He left the White House without a fortune and refused to profit off the Presidency by accepting positions on corporate boards. Presidents since then, especially Democrats? Not so much. The only President since Truman that left office poorer than when he entered it was Donald Trump. Whatever failing you may think Trump may have had, profiting from political office was not one of them.

Quote of the Day: Generation of Humanity


“If allowed to continue, objectification might draw the man to engage in conversation with the woman with the aim of taking her on a series of dates, which might then lead to a sexual encounter that could then become a long-term relationship and even culminate in a marriage that produces children and thus burdens the woman with the uniquely essential and gratifying task of shaping a new generation of humanity in the hallowed and elevated role of motherhood for which untold descendants may one day rise up and call her blessed.

And we wouldn’t want that.

Feminists are very opposed to objectification. Fortunately, feminists are rarely objectified themselves. But they’ve heard about it and they say it sounds dreadful and they would never, ever want it to happen to them.”

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One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence. – Thomas Sowell As usual Dr. Thomas Sowell offers us excellent Sowell food for thought. What makes this quote […]

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Quote of the Day: Selective Quotation


“The only good Indian is a dead Indian.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie, 1935

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the sentence quoted above. Those exact words appear on page 284 of Wilder’s classic children’s book, Little House on the Prairie. Were those the words of little Laura herself, written in maturity as she remembered them from childhood? Or was such a slur spoken by Laura’s beloved Pa? If not Pa, did Ma utter that condemnable statement, out of fear of her neighbors on the prairie? Or worse, out of pure hatred?

For a book that was published nearly a century ago, it’s no spoiler alert to reveal that, in fact, it was the Ingalls’ neighbor Mr. Scott who made the remark. You may wonder why I just didn’t include any information about the speaker in the first place since the full quote is written, “‘The only good Indian is a dead Indian,’ Mr. Scott said.”

Quote of the Day: The Texas Declaration of Independence


Today is San Jacinto Day, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. Seven weeks earlier at Washington on Brazos, Texas had declared its independence. At San Jacinto, they secured it.

The battle involved only around 2000 participants – roughly the total attendance of two Five-A high schools with their faculties. The age distribution of the combatants was likely only a few years older. Most of the common soldiers were in their late teens or very early twenties. Yet the result of the battle changed North American history decisively, opening the path for the United States to spread to the Pacific coast along the section that fell outside the Louisiana Purchase.

Quote of the Day: Seen By One


“The lover sees this plain woman crowned with the light of heaven. She walks in beauty. Her eyes are windows to Paradise to him. Her body, every inch of it, is an incarnation and epiphany of celestial grace. In her he finds the ecstatic vision that his heart has sought. All this passionate intensity […] is not illusion. [….] The lady is as glorious as he sees her to be. It has been given to him who loves her, to see the truth about her. The rest of us bystanders, mercifully, have not had our eyes thus opened, else we would all go mad. It would be an intolerable burden of glory if we all saw unveiled, the splendor of all other creatures, all the time. . . . We cannot bear very much reality.” — Thomas Howard

In The Evidential Power of Beauty, Fr Thomas Dubay makes the following claim. Who knows you best? Almost invariably, the answer is the person who loves you most. Love is interested. Love digs deep.

Quote(s) of the Day: The Economic Straitjacket Tightens in Communist China


The title of the story in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday is: “Ant Falls in Line as China Tightens Oversight” (behind paywall).

For those who don’t recognize the name, Ant Financial is the financial technology (fintech) arm of the great Communist Chinese company Alibaba, and it is run by Alibaba’s former CEO, billionaire Jack Ma. Last year, Ant Financial was right on the cusp of going public, at an estimated value of $300 Billion. Less than three days before that, the Communist Chinese government put a halt to it, claiming that the company was violating its laws. There was also the issue of the speech Mr. Ma gave, mocking and criticizing the Chinese financial regulators. We all know that Communists don’t have much of a sense of humor. Here is a selection of quotes from the article, describing the new way that Ant Financial will be doing business.

QotD – Morality


Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. – Oscar Wilde

This quote sums up the essence of Wokism. It is weaponized morality. Define everything as a moral absolute and use it as a club to beat those you dislike with. After all, if they are immoral, then you can dismiss them as not quite human.

Quote of the Day: Set the Limits


“He’s dead – his mother has had a nervous breakdown. They spoiled him rotten. I mean most parents would be proud of a kid like that – good lookin’ and smart and everything, but they gave in to him all the time. He kept trying to make someone say ‘No’ and they never did. They never did. That was what he wanted. For somebody to tell him ‘No.’ To have somebody lay down the law, set the limits, give him something solid to stand on. That’s what we all want, really. One time . . .” — S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders, 1967

“I wonder things I don’t say aloud, too: Whether this transgender craze isn’t partially the result of over-parented, coddled kids desperate to stake out territory for rebellion. Whether it is no coincidence that so many of these kids comes from upper-middle-class white families, seeking cover in a minority identity? Or is it the fact that they overwhelmingly come from progressive families – raised with few walls, they hunt for barriers to knock down?” — Abigail Shrier, Irreversible Damage, 2020

Quote of the Day: Corporatism


“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” ― Benito Mussolini

If anyone doubts the US is becoming increasingly fascistic, this quote – from an expert on fascism – should serve to remove those doubts. The main difference between communism and fascism is that in communism the government enforces its will directly, while in fascism, the government subcontracts enforcement to pliant corporations. The corporate wokeness blooming like thriving poison ivy over the last year shows how they are cooperating with the authoritarians within the Federal government to strip both individual citizens and state and local governments of both autonomy and of the traditional liberties they had previously enjoyed.

Quote of the Day: The Soviet Style in the US


From an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on December 23, by David Satter, titled “Soviet Politics, American Style”:

When the Soviet Union fell, it seemed the Soviet attempt to impose a deluded version of reality had died with it.  Francis Fukuyama, in his 1989 essay “The End of History”, said that Marxism-Leninism was doomed as an alternative to liberal democracy.  I argued at the time that the drive to make a religion out of politics had not disappeared.

Quote of the Day: Christmas Gifts


“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans—and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused—and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.” – Sigrid Undset

December 26 is Boxing Day. Although it is mainly regarded as the day for after-Christmas sales, traditionally it is the day when gifts were presented by the fortunate to the needy. Today’s quote, especially after yesterday’s exchange of presents, reminds us of the gifts we have received unasked that are of the greatest value. Take a little time today to reflect on our good fortune in being alive to enjoy the gifts of living on our good Earth.

Quote of the Day: Rush Limbaugh on the “Press” in America


This paragraph appears at the end of the December 2020 issue of the Limbaugh Letter, in an article entitled “American Pravda: Our Soviet-style Media”.  Rush quotes numerous publications, in sections titled “Disinformation”, “Outright Lies”, “Race Propaganda”, “Orange Man Bad”, “Orange Man Voters Bad”, “Lies of Omission”, and “No-Fraud Gaslighting.”.

You have to wonder how these so-called journalists sleep at night, with all their intentional deception, disinformation, fabrication, and distortions to serve the agenda of the hard-left Democrat Party.  In the old totalitarian USSR, reporters didn’t have a choice; but the American Pravda drive-bys do.  Of their own free will they’ve surrendered their talents, their objectivity, their spirit of free inquiry, and even their curiosity to the socialist hive mind; they have become the totalitarians.