Saturday, November 03, 2018

Battlefield

"You cannot choose your battlefield,
God does that for you;
But you can plant a standard
Where a standard never flew."
--Nathalia Crane,
"The Colors"

Friday, November 02, 2018

Joint

"If somebody smokes a joint, we're gonna go in and bust them? We're gonna raid houses in case somebody has a banned substance? Confiscate their houses? My God, if people don't see that as an abuse of force, of too much government, then we're just not communicating."
--Charles Koch
(1935-) American businessman and philanthropist
Source: USA TODAY April 24, 2015

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Queer

"You have some queer friends, Dorothy," she said.

"The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they're friends," was the answer.

--L. Frank Baum,
"The Road to Oz"

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Subsidiary

"In socialism of the future...what counts is the whole, the community of the Volk. The individual and his life play only a subsidiary role. He can be sacrificed--he is prepared to sacrifice himself should the whole demand it."
--Adolph Hitler

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sadist

"You damn sadist!" said Mr. Cummings,
"you try to make people think."
--Ezra Pound

Monday, October 29, 2018

Dependent II

"If we aren't being taught how to grow our own food, how to take care of ourselves and our families, and how to live without the need for huge governments, banks or corporations--as out ancestors once did--then we aren't being educated; We are being indoctrinated to be dependent and subservient to the system."
--Gavin Nascimento

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Shell

"The shell must break before the bird can fly."
--Alfred Tennyson,
from "The Ancient Sage" (1885)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Originality

"It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. And if it be said, that continual success is a proof that a man wisely knows his powers, --it is only to be added, that, in that case, he knows them to be small. Let us believe it, then, once for all, that there is no hope for us in these smooth pleasing writers that know their powers."
--Herman Melville

Friday, October 26, 2018

Trouble

"My zombies will never take over the world because I need the humans. The humans are the ones I dislike the most, and they're where the trouble really lies."
--George A. Romero

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Disturbed II

"The FBI was most disturbed by the Panthers' survival programs providing community service. The popular free breakfast program, in which the party provided free hot breakfasts to children in Black communities throughout the United States, was, as already noted, a particular thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover. Finding little to criticize about the program objectively, the Bureau decided to destroy it."
--Huey P. Newton

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Equilibrium

"Maybe those nihilist philosophers are right; maybe this is all we can expect of the universe, a relentless crushing of life and spirit, because the equilibrium state of the cosmos is death..."
--Arthur C. Clarke,
"The Light of Other Days" (2000)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Behavior

"Don’t ever make the mistake with people like me thinking we are looking for heroes. There aren’t any and if there were, they would be killed immediately. I’m never surprised by bad behavior. I expect it."
--Gore Vidal

Monday, October 22, 2018

Independence

"[C]hild labor becomes a label of condemnation in spite of its ancient function as the quickest, most reliable way to human independence"
--John Taylor Gatto,
"The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling"

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Irrevocable

"Time is the most precious gift in our possession, for it is the most irrevocable. This is what makes it so disturbing to look back upon the time which we have lost. Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering. Time lost is time not filled, time left empty."
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Monkeys

"We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."
--Stephen Hawking

Friday, October 19, 2018

Irrelevancies

"Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies."
--Dalton Camp

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Experiment II

"You know how it is when you go to be the subject of a psychology experiment and nobody else shows up and you think maybe that's part of the experiment? I'm like that all the time."
--Steven Wright

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Secure II

"If those in charge of our society--politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television--can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves."
--Howard Zinn

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Best IV

"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be."
--C. S. Lewis

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fiends

"There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already."
--Robert Anton Wilson

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Burning

"I am amazed that Congressmen can pass a bill imposing severe penalties on anyone who burns the American flag, whereas they are responsible for burning that for which the flag stands: the United States as a territory, as a people, and as a biological manifestation. That is an example of our perennial confusion of symbols with realities."
--Alan Watts

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Spawned

"In the great flood of human life that is spawned upon the earth, it is not often that a man is born."
--Clarence Darrow

Friday, October 12, 2018

Crawl

Capt. Picard: I understand what you've done here, Q. But I think the lesson could have been learned without the loss of 18 members of my crew.

Q: If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid.

--Star Trek: The Next Generation,
"Q Who" Episode

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Commuter

"Commuter--one who spends his life
In riding to and from his wife;
A man who shaves and takes a train
And then rides back to shave again."
--E.B. White,
"Commuter", "The Lady Is Cold" (1929)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Topple

"Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants."
--Maggie Kuhn

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Anarchists

"Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children."
--Robert Higgs

Monday, October 08, 2018

Founded

"Under the crust of that portion of Earth called the United States of America—"from California . . . to the Gulf Stream waters"—are interred the bones, villages, fields, and sacred objects of American Indians. They cry out for their stories to be heard through their descendants who carry the memories of how the country was founded and how it came to be as it is today."
--Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz,
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Ended

"I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream..."
--Black Elk

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Purpose VIII

"I don't think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for."
--Norman Mailer

Friday, October 05, 2018

Believe II

"What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done."
--Arthur Conan Doyle,
"A Study in Scarlet" (Sherlock Holmes, #1)

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Disobedience

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. "
--Henry David Thoreau