Saturday, February 06, 2016

Dreadful

"Dreadful will be the day when the world becomes contented, when one great universal satisfaction spreads itself over the world. Sad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life that he is living, with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is a child of God."
--Phillips Brooks

Friday, February 05, 2016

Prophetic

"Aldous Huxley was uncannily prophetic, a more astute guide to the future than any other 20th- century novelist. Even his casual asides have a surprising relevance to our own times. During the first world war, after America's entry, he warned: 'I dread the inevitable acceleration of American world domination which will be the result of it all...Europe will no longer be Europe.' His sentiment is widely echoed today, though too late for us to do anything about it. The worst fate for a prophet is for his predictions to come true, when everyone resents him for being so clear-eyed."
--J. G. Ballard, quoted in
"Prophet of Our Present. Review of Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual" by Nicholas Murray. The Guardian, April 13, 2002.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Shilling

"The Rothschilds, and that class of money-lenders of whom they are the representatives and agents -- men who never think of lending a shilling to their next-door neighbors, for purposes of honest industry, unless upon the most ample security, and at the highest rate of interest -- stand ready, at all times, to lend money in unlimited amounts to those robbers and murderers, who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved."
--Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist
Source: "No Treason #6" (1870)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Crime II

"He remembered a friend of his father’s, a brave high-ranking officer and a good commander, who had often said that war was a crime, which the Army ought to prevent, instead of trying to bring it on."
--Sinclair Lewis
"Hike & The Aeroplane" (1912)

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Proportion II

"Government can't do anything for you except in proportion as it can do something to you."
--William F. Buckley
As quoted in "Broken Government: Where the right went wrong," CNN (November 3, 2006).

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sunlight

"Empathy is the sunlight to the vampire of culture."
--Stefan Molyneux

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Harbor

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
-- John A. Shedd

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Scratch

"Man has lost the basic skill of the ape, the ability to scratch its back. Which gave it extraordinary independence, and the liberty to associate for reasons other than the need for mutual back-scratching."
--Jean Baudrillard

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tendencies

"We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents."
--Thomas B. Macaulay

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Product III

"You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal. Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have."
--P. J. O'Rourke
(1947- ) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator
Source: "The Liberty Manifesto"

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Within II

"Totalitarianism is never content to rule by external means, namely, through the state and a machinery of violence; thanks to its peculiar ideology and the role assigned to it in this apparatus of coercion, totalitarianism has discovered a means of dominating and terrorizing human beings from within."
--Hannah Arendt

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tanks

"If they took all the drugs, nicotine, alcohol and caffeine off the market for six days, they'd have to bring out the tanks to control you."
--Dick Gregory

Monday, January 25, 2016

Middle

"Remember that the worst accidents occur in the middle of the road."
--Eugene McCarthy

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Richest

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me."
--Steve Jobs
On the success of Bill Gates and Microsoft, as quoted in The Wall Street Journal (Summer 1993)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tomcat

"Do Androids [Dream Of Electric Sheep?] has sold very well and has been eyed intently by a film company who has in fact purchased an option on it. My wife thinks it's a good book. I like it for one thing: It deals with a society in which animals are adored and rare, and a man who owns a real sheep is Somebody. . . and feels for that sheep a vast bond of love and empathy. Willis, my tomcat, strides silently over the pages of that book, being important as he is, with his long golden twitching tail. Make them understand, he says to me, that animals are really that important right now. He says this, and then eats up all the food we had been warming for our baby. Some cats are far too pushy. The next thing he'll want to do is write SF novels. I hope he does. None of them will sell."
--Philip K. Dick
"Self Portrait" (1968), reprinted in The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick (1995), ed. Lawrence Sutin

Friday, January 22, 2016

Glaring

"There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Unheard

"I'm absolutely convinced that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt. And I feel that we must always work with an effective, powerful weapon and method that brings about tangible results. But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speech at Grosse Pointe High School (March 14, 1968)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Imperishable

"If our nation had done nothing more in its whole history than to create just two documents, its contribution to civilization would be imperishable. The first of these documents is the Declaration of Independence and the other is that which we are here to honor tonight, the Emancipation Proclamation. All tyrants, past, present and future, are powerless to bury the truths in these declarations, no matter how extensive their legions, how vast their power and how malignant their evil."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
New York Civil War Centennial Commission’s Emancipation Proclamation Observance, New York City, September 12, 1962.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Outdistanced

"The great problem facing modern man is that, that the means by which we live have outdistanced the spiritual ends for which we live. So we find ourselves caught in a messed-up world. The problem is with man himself and man's soul. We haven't learned how to be just and honest and kind and true and loving. And that is the basis of our problem. The real problem is that through our scientific genius we've made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we've failed to make of it a brotherhood."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rediscovering Lost Values, Sermon delivered at Detroit's Second Baptist Church (February 28, 1954).

Monday, January 18, 2016

Absence II

"Tolstoy, the Russian writer, said in War and Peace: 'I cannot conceive of a man not being free unless he is dead.'  While this statement sounds a bit exaggerated, it gets at a basic truth. What Tolstoy is saying in substance is that the absence of freedom is the presence of death. Any nation or government that deprives an individual of freedom is in that moment committing an act of moral and spiritual murder. Any individual who is not concerned about his freedom commits an act of moral and spiritual suicide.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Address at the Fiftieth Annual NAACP Convention, July 17, 1959, New York.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Competition

"Jesus himself saw the power that competition hold over men, He did not ignore it. Yet he does something with the conception of competition that had it been done before. He takes the conception, which has been used for lower purposes and rescues it from many of its dangers, by suggesting a higher method of its use. This is how he applied the term to his disciples. He saw them in danger of using it for low purposes. They wanted to complete for reputation and position. Which of them should be accepted greatest? Jesus say so, if you must use the power of competition, if you must compete with one another: make it as noble as you can by using it [in] noble things. Use it for a fine unselfish thing. He that is greatest among you shall serve. Use it for human good. Shall be the most useful; compete with one another in humility. See which can be the trust servant. It seems that Christ says- use it but use it for higher and holier purpose. Use it not to surpass one another in esteem, but use it to increase the comment of usefulness and brother’s help..."

 Imagine the change that would come about if the Churches applied this truth. Now we are bogged not in competitive denominationalism, which is a destroying the warm blood of Protestant Church. Which of them shall be accounted greatest? Let the churches stop trying to outstrip each other in the number of their adherents, the size of its sanctuary, the abundance of wealth. If we must compete let us compete to see which can move toward the greatest attainment of truth, the greatest service of the poor, and the greatest salvation of the soul and bodies of men.
   
Suppose the teaching of Jesus should be accepted by competing nations of the world, particularly Russia and Am[er]ica. They would no longer compete to see which could make the bigger atom bombs, or which cold best perpetuate its imperialism, but which could best serve humanity. This would be a better world.
     
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Outline of a sermon on "Cooperative/Noble Competition." King takes Luke 22:24 as the basis of this message.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Disinherited

"We, the disinherited of this land, we who have been oppressed so long, are tired of going through the long night of captivity. And now we are reaching out for the daybreak of freedom and justice and equality."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Montgomery Bus Boycott speech, at Holt Street Baptist Church
December 5, 1955

Friday, January 15, 2016

Forward II

"If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these precious values: that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Opera

"Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it."
--Hannah More

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Twist II

"And we love to dance -- especially that new one called the Civil War Twist. The Northern part of you stands still while the Southern part tries to secede."
--Dick Gregory

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Statues II

"America loves the representation of its heroes to be not just larger than life, but stupendously, awesomely bigger than anything else. If blue whales built statues to each other they'd be smaller then these."
--Simon Hoggart

Monday, January 11, 2016

Advantage

"Listen Jake... don't you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you are not taking advantage of it?"
--Ernest Hemingway, "The Sun Also Rises"
Robert Cohn to Jake Barnes

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wither

"To me, the irony of this involvement with size, as I observed earlier, is the unwillingness or inability of so many Americans to identify themselves with something as vast as the United States. Bigger cars, bigger parking lots, bigger corporate structures, bigger farms, bigger drug stores, bigger supermarkets, bigger motion-picture screens. The tangible and the functional expand, while the intangible and the beautiful shrink. Left to wither is the national purpose, national educational needs, literature and theater, and our critical faculties. The national dialogue is gradually being lost in a froth of misleading self-congratulation and cliche. National needs and interests are slowly being submerged by the national preoccupation with the irrelevant.
--J. William Fulbright

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Fitness

"For physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound bodies."
--John F. Kennedy
"Sport at the New Frontier: The Soft American", published in Sports Illustrated, December 26, 1960

Friday, January 08, 2016

Deriving

"The War between the States... produced the foundation for the kind of government we have today: consolidated and absolute, based on the unrestrained will of the majority, with force, threats, and intimidation being the order of the day. Today's federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. ... [The War] also laid to rest the great principle enunciated in the Declaration of Independence that 'Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed'."
--Walter E. Williams
(1936- ) Columnist, Professor of Economics at George Mason University

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Water II

"Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it."
--Lao-Tzu