Sunday, October 23, 2016


"In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and for angels to be lookers-on."
--Francis Bacon

Saturday, October 22, 2016


"It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people [the Filipinos] free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land."
--Mark Twain,
New York Herald, October 15, 1900

Friday, October 21, 2016


"School programs the schooled to type a CV. Life inspires the unschooled to type a business plan."
--Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Thursday, October 20, 2016


"My girlfriend always laughs during sex — no matter what she's reading."
--Emo Philips,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


"Academies that are founded at public expense are instituted not so
much to cultivate men's natural abilities as to restrain them."
--Baruch Spinoza

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


"My mind is alert and my body is sensitive and I should have been richly feathered. In nature or even a farmyard I would have had sociable, cleansing dust baths with my flock mates, a need so strong that I perform 'vacuum' dust bathing on the wire floor of my cage. Free, I would have ranged my ancestral jungles and fields with my mates, devouring plants, earthworms, and insects from sunrise to dusk. I would have exercised my body and expressed my nature, and I would have given, and received, pleasure as a whole being. I am only a year old, but I am already a 'spent hen.' Humans, I wish I were dead, and soon I will be dead. Look for pieces of my wounded flesh wherever chicken pies and soups are sold."
--Karen Davis

Monday, October 17, 2016

Terms III

"Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion?"
--William Lloyd Garrison
(1805-1879) American abolitionist, journalist, and social reformer

Sunday, October 16, 2016


So now, Athenian men, more than on my own behalf must I defend myself, as some may think, but on your behalf, so that you may not make a mistake concerning the gift of god by condemning me. For if you kill me, you will not easily find another such person at all, even if to say in a ludicrous way, attached on the city by the god, like on a large and well-bred horse, by its size and laziness both needing arousing by some gadfly; in this way the god seems to have fastened me on the city, some such one who arousing and persuading and reproaching each one of you I do not stop the whole day settling down all over. Thus such another will not easily come to you, men, but if you believe me, you will spare me; but perhaps you might possibly be offended, like the sleeping who are awakened, striking me, believing Anytus, you might easily kill, then the rest of your lives you might continue sleeping, unless the god caring for you should send you another.

--Socrates, from Plato's account of the trial of Socrates

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Think IV

"Don't let them tell you what to think, no matter how 'different' your own views may be in relation to the official line. If you are not different in this world of stunning uniformity what on earth are you doing? Baaaaaaa,"
--David Icke

Friday, October 14, 2016

Complicated II

Thursday, October 13, 2016


"They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they."
--Malcolm X

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


"Woe to that nation whose literature is disturbed by the intervention of power. Because that is not just a violation against 'freedom of print', it is the closing down of the heart of the nation, a slashing to pieces of its memory. The nation ceases to be mindful of itself, it is deprived of its spiritual unity, and despite a supposedly common language, compatriots suddenly cease to understand one another."
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by others."
--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, October 10, 2016


"Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly."
--Author Unknown

Sunday, October 09, 2016


"The '80s were about acquiring — acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul."
--Lee Atwater
Interview in Life (January 1991)

Saturday, October 08, 2016


"It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume...that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they become aware of a definite citizen, John Doe, seeking what is his right under the law, they begin searching feverishly for an excuse for withholding it from him."
--H. L. Mencken
(1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

Friday, October 07, 2016

Facing II

"Congress is continually appointing fact-finding committees,
when what we really need are some fact-facing committees."
--Roger Allen

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Happy II

"You can't make everyone happy. You are not a pizza."
--Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 05, 2016


"The truth, when you finally chase it down is almost always far worse than your darkest visions and fears."
--Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


"So debated Doremus, like some hundreds of thousands of other craftsmen, teachers, lawyers, what-not, in some dozens of countries under a dictatorship, who were aware enough to resent the tyranny, conscientious enough not to take its bribes cynically, yet not so abnormally courageous as to go willingly to exile or dungeon or chopping-block--particularly when they 'had wives and families to support.'"
--Sinclair Lewis
"It Can't Happen Here" (1935)

Monday, October 03, 2016

Broken II

"'I've broken an arm before, but no one wanted to shoot me!' Suzie says. 'I mean, when you go to the emergency room I hope to God the doctors don't decide it might cost too much to care for.'"
--Suzie Schwab co-owner of East Maui Animal Refuge

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Embrace II

"I say, embrace fear as a friend. It is nature's gift to us. It is the best weapon for liberty. We do not give our permission to be enslaved by acknowledging its presence. Instead, it permits us to escape into the forest if we must. But it does not prevent the boy from rising off the ground one more time to defeat the bully. Fear is presented to us as a signal of danger. It permits us to escape or to fight with power beyond our ability."
--Gerry Spence
"Give Me Liberty! Freeing Ourselves in the Twenty-First Century" (1998)

Saturday, October 01, 2016


"We do not, of course, write literary criticism at all now. Academe has won the battle in which Wilson fought so fiercely on the other side. Ambitious English teachers now invent systems that have nothing to do with literature or life but everything to do with those games that must be played in order for them to rise in the academic bureaucracy. Their works are empty indeed. But then, their works are not meant to be full. They are to be taught, not read. The long dialogue has broken down. Fortunately, as Flaubert pointed out, the worst thing about the present is the future. One day there will be no... But I have been asked not to give the game away. Meanwhile, I shall drop a single hint: Only construct!"
--Gore Vidal
"Edmund Wilson: This Critic and This Gin and These Shoes", closing lines
Published in "United States - Essays 1952-1992" (1992)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Chance II

"The man who leaves nothing to chance will do few things badly, but he will do very few things."
--Lord Halifax (1881-1959)
English statesman

Thursday, September 29, 2016


You know it's true that politics does make for strange bedfellows. I read a quote from Saddam Hussein two days after the [Clinton] election, we had to wait two days for him to quit gut laughing. "Aaaahahahahaha, the elephant is dead," Saddam Hussein says in his quote, "we have nothing against America, we just want to see George Bush beheaded and his head kicked down the road like a soccerball." And I thought: that's so weird, 'cause … that's what I wanted to see! Wow, me and Hussein, we're like this! Who would'a thunk it?!
--Bill Hicks

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


"I don't like film. Film is too clankingly real, too permanent, too industrial for me. … The worst thing about film, from my point of view, is that it cripples illusions which I have encouraged people to create in their heads. Film doesn't create illusions. It makes them impossible. It's a bullying form of reality, like the model rooms in the furniture department of Bloomingdale's."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Between Time and Timbuktu" (1972)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


"[There can be no] rational administration of government when good men are held in the same esteem as bad ones."
(ca. 203-120 BC,) Greek historian

Monday, September 26, 2016

Marched II

"Our form of compulsory schooling is an invention of the State of Massachusetts around 1850. It was resisted--sometimes with guns--by an estimated eighty percent of the Massachusetts population, the last outpost in Barnstable on Cape Cod not surrendering its children until the 1880s, when the area was seized by militia and children marched to school under guard."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"

Sunday, September 25, 2016


"Think of what's stored in an 80- or a 90-year-old mind. Just marvel at it. You've got to get out this information, this knowledge, because you've got something to pass on. There'll be nobody like you ever again. Make the most of every molecule you've got as long as you've got a second to go. That's your charge."
--David R. Brower, in an interview with Studs Terkel, but much of it is sometimes misattributed to Terkel himself.


"Many people profess Christianity. Very few live it-almost none. And when you live it people may think you're crazy. It has been truthfully said that the world is equally shocked by one who repudiates Christianity as by one who practices it."
--Peace Pilgrim

Friday, September 23, 2016


"Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either."
--Mark Twain
[Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Superior II

"The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honour you can bestow on him.  It means that you recognise his superiority to yourself."
--Joseph Sobran
(1946-2010) Columnist