Thursday, January 18, 2018

Traditionally

"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money."
-- Margaret Thatcher
(1925-2013) British Prime Minister (1979 - 1990)
Source: February 5, 1976, TV Interview for Thames TV 'This Week'

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Watch

"Television is where you watch people in your living room that you would not want near your house."
--Groucho Marx

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Modes

"The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful."
--Edward Gibbon,
"The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Urgency

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there 'is' such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Purveyor

"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government, I can not be Silent."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Walking II

"We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Adventurous

"We need to be bold and adventurous in our thinking in order to survive."
--William O. Douglas

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hats II

"These brass hats have one great advantage in their favor. If we listen to them, and do what they want us to do, none of us will be alive later to tell them that they were wrong."
--James W. Douglass,
"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters"

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Reincarnated

"If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels."
--Prince Phillip

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Abiding

"I have no feud, either with my employers, any sponsors, or with the professional critics of radio and television. But I am seized with an abiding fear regarding what these two instruments are doing to our society, our culture and our heritage."
--Edward R. Murrow

Monday, January 08, 2018

Permission II

"Stop asking for permission where none is needed"
--Robert Scott Bell

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Fantasy

"I came," she said, "hoping you could talk me out of a fantasy."

Cherish it!" cried Hilarious, fiercely. "What else do any of you have? Hold it tightly by it's little tentacle, don't let the Freudians coax it away or the pharmacists poison it out of you. Whatever it is, hold it dear, for when you lose it you go over by that much to the others. You begin to cease to be."

--Thomas Pynchon,
"The Crying of Lot 49"

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Lingers

"Knowing that certain nights whose sweetness lingers will keep returning to the earth and sea after we are gone, yes, this helps us to die."
--Albert Camus,
"The Sea Close By" in Lyrical and Critical Essays (1970)

Friday, January 05, 2018

Neurosis

"Freud is all nonsense; the secret of neurosis is to be found in the family battle of wills to see who can refuse the longest to help with the dishes."
--Julian Mitchell,
"As Far as You Can Go" (1963)

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Scraped

"Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."
--George Orwell

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Hard II

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
--H.L. Mencken,
"A Little Book in C Major"

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Ignorance III

"The enemies of a people are those who keep them in ignorance."
--Thomas Sankara

Monday, January 01, 2018

Pebble

"To the rest of the Galaxy, if they are aware of us at all, Earth is but a pebble in the sky. To us it is home, and all the home we know."
--Issac Asimov,
"Pebble In The Sky" (1950)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Meticulously

"Law reflects but in no sense determines the moral worth of a society. The values of a reasonably just society will reflect themselves in a reasonably just law. The better the society, the less law there will be. In heaven there will be no law, and the lion shall lie down with the lamb. The values of an unjust society will reflect themselves in an unjust law. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed."
-- Grant Gilmore,
"The Ages of American Law"

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dangerous VI

"Education is dangerous - Every educated person is a future enemy."
--Hermann Goring

Friday, December 29, 2017

Mediocre

"If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations;fate will do the rest."
--Napoléon Bonaparte,
Statement at the beginning of the 1813 campaign, as quoted in "The Mind of Napoleon" (1955) by J. Christopher Herold

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Programmed

". . . in America, we have achieved the Orwellian prediction - enslaved, the people have been programmed to love their bondage and are left to clutch only mirage-like images of freedom, its fables and fictions. The new slaves are linked together by vast electronic chains of television that imprison not their bodies but their minds. Their desires are programmed, their tastes manipulated, their values set for them."
--Gerry Spence

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Brains

"Why so many of us a million years ago purposely knocked out major chunks of our brains with alcohol from time to time remains an interesting mystery. It may be we were trying to give evolution a shove in the right direction--in the direction of smaller brains."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,
"Galápagos" (1985)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Disrespectful

"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone."
--Billy Graham

Monday, December 25, 2017

Send

"If you want to end the war then Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers."
--Malala Yousafzai
(17 year-old Noble Peace Laureate)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Saving II

"The minister gave out his text and droned along monotonously through an argument that was so prosy that many a head by and by began to nod — and yet it was an argument that dealt in limitless fire and brimstone and thinned the predestined elect down to a company so small as to be hardly worth the saving."
--Mark Twain,
"The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer"

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cup

"Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."
--Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Mars

"We don’t give a damn to the insects on our Earth, but if we could find even a single insect on Mars, the whole world would cherish it like crazy!"
--Mehmet Murat ildan

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Music

"If good music has charms to soothe the savage breast, bad music has no less powerful spells for filling the mildest breast with rage, the happiest with horror and disgust. Oh, those mammy songs, those love longings, those loud hilarities! How was it possible that human emotions intrinsically decent could be so ignobly parodied."
--Aldous Huxley,
"Do What You Will" (1928)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sharpest

"The press must grow day in and day out--it is our Party's sharpest and most powerful weapon."
--Joseph Stalin,
Speech at The Twelfth Congress of the R.C.P.(B.) (April 19, 1923)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dreams

"Except in dreams, you're never really free."
--Warren Zevon,
''Desperados Under the Eaves"