Thursday, May 23, 2019

Overt

"The Party is not interested in the overt act.  The thought is all we care about."
--George Orwell

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dragon

"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
--J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Martial

"But our great security lies, I think, in our growing strength, both in numbers and wealth; ...unless, by a neglect of military discipline, we should lose all martial spirit...; for there is much truth in the Italian saying, Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you."
--Benjamin Franklin,
Letter to Thomas Cushing (1773).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Impression

"School is the first impression children get of organized society.
Like most first impressions it is the lasting one.
Life is dull and stupid, only Coke provides relief.
And other products, too, of course."
--John Taylor Gatto
(1937-2018) American school teacher of 29 years, author, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
Source: "The Underground History of American Education", 2001

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Questions III

"There was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to."
--Joseph Heller,
"Catch-22"

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Essential II

"The Right of all members of society to form their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others must be regarded as an essential principle of a democratically organized society."
--Thomas I. Emerson (1907-1991)
Lines Professor of Law, Yale University, author
Source: Toward A General Theory of the First Amendment, 1966

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ages II

"Let's do it right. This is for the ages."
--I. M. Pei
Ieoh Ming Pei, April 16, 1917 - May 16, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Imperial

Who brought this to pass?
   
Who has brought the flaming imperial anger?
   
Who has brought the army with drums and with kettle-drums?
   
Barbarous kings.
  
A gracious spring, turned to blood-ravenous autumn,
   
A turmoil of wars-men, spread over the middle kingdom,
   
Three hundred and sixty thousand,
 
And sorrow, sorrow like rain.

--Ezra Pound,
"'Lament of the Frontier Guard"
(from the book, "Cathay", 1915)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Grand

"Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand."
--Aldous Huxley,
"Brave New World"

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Plunder III

"To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection, it is plunder."
--Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881)
Prime Minister of England, British statesman, novelist

Monday, May 13, 2019

Inculcate

"There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity."
--Arthur Schopenhauer

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Brief

"For a brief time, I was here; and, for a brief time, I mattered."
--Harlan Ellison,
"The Essential Ellison" (1987)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Understand II

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."
--Albert Einstein

Friday, May 10, 2019

Incapable

Interviewer: HAL, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission, in many ways perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You're the brain, and central nervous system of the ship, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence?

HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.

--"2001: A Space Odyssey"

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Couldn't II

"They said it couldn't be done
        but sometimes
 it doesn't work out that way."
--Casey Stengel
[Charles Dillon Stengel] (1890-1975) Legendary baseball manager

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Totalization

"Utopians...consider individual freedom as the stumbling block on which the grandiose idea of mankind’s totalization may flounder."
--Thomas Molnar,
"Utopia: The Perennial Heresy" (1967)

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Next V

"Never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next."
--L. Frank Baum,
"The Patchwork Girl of Oz"

Monday, May 06, 2019

Rows

"Rows and rows of products, because our food lacks nutrition and we're being poisoned".
--TLC

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Gentility

"At this juncture, the entire planet is locked, figuratively, in a room with the sociocultural equivalent of Hannibal Lecter. An individual of consummate taste and refinement, imbued with indelible grace and charm, he distracts his victims with the brilliance of his intellect, even while honing his blade. He is thus able to dine alone upon their livers, his feast invariably candlelit, accompanied by lofty music and a fine wine. Over and over the ritual is repeated, always hidden, always denied in order that it may be continued. So perfect is Lecter's pathology that, from the depths of his scorn for the inferiors upon whom he feeds, he advances himself as their sage and therapist, he who is incomparably endowed with the ability to explain their innermost meanings, he professes to be their savior. His success depends upon being embraced and exalted by those upon whom he preys. Ultimately, so long as Lecter is able to retain his mask of omnipotent gentility, he can never be stopped. The spirit of Hannibal Lecter is thus at the core of an expansionist European 'civilization' which has reached out to engulf the planet."
--Ward Churchill,
"A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust & Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present"

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Assistance

“They said 'specialist children's wards,'
But they meant children-killing centers.
They said 'final medical assistance'
But they meant murder.”
Ann Clare LeZotte

Friday, May 03, 2019

Chains II

"I am in chains. Don't touch my chains."
--Franz Kafka

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Redemptive

"I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Mirror II

"I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
--Steve Jobs

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Frenzied

"Yes; truth blends well with untruth. It is one of the maladies of our age, a sign of sheer nervousness, to profess a frenzied allegiance to truth in unimportant matters, to refuse consistently to face her where graver issues are at stake."
--Norman Douglas
(1868-1952) British writer
Source: "Alone" (1921)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Career

"The career of a politician mainly consists in making one part of the nation do what it does not want to do, in order to please and satisfy the other part of the nation. It is the prolonged sacrifice of the rights of some persons at the bidding and for the satisfaction of other persons. The ruling idea of the politician - stated rather bluntly - is that those who are opposed to him exist for the purpose of being made to serve his ends, if he can get power enough in his hands to force these ends upon them."
--Auberon Herbert
(1838-1906)
English writer, theorist, philosopher, 19th century individualist, member of the Parliament of the U.K.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Circumference

"He who gives you the diameter of your knowledge, prescribes the circumference of your activities."
--Louis Farrakhan

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Malformed

"My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes."
--Douglas Adams,
"Life, the Universe and Everything"

Friday, April 26, 2019

Final

When your mother has grown old
and with her so have you,
When that which once came easy
has at last become a burden,
When her loving, true eyes
no longer see life as once they did
When her weary feet
no longer want to wear her as she stands,
then reach an arm to her shoulder,
escort her gently, with happiness and passion
The hour will come, when you, crying,
must take her on her final walk.
And if she asks you, then give her an answer
And if she asks you again, listen!
And if she asks you again, take in her words
not impetuously, but gently and in peace!
And if she cannot quite understand you,
explain all to her gladly
For the hour will come, the bitter hour
when her mouth will ask for nothing more.

--Adolf Hitler, "Denk' es!" (Be Reminded!) 1923

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Washing

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
--Pablo Picasso

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spectators II

"The world belongs to optimists. Pessimists are only spectators."
--Francois Guizot

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Degenerates II

"Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity."
--Lord Acton
 [John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton] (1834-1902),
First Baron Acton of Aldenham
Source: Letter, January 23, 1861