Saturday, June 16, 2018

Command

"Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party."
--Chairman Mao

Friday, June 15, 2018

Prey

"Take, for example, the African jungle, the home of the cheetah. On whom does the cheetah prey? The old, the sick, the wounded, the weak, the very young, but never the strong. Lesson: If you would not be prey, you had better be strong."
--G. Gordon Liddy

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Traits

"Lawyers should be chosen because they can demonstrate a history rich in human traits, the ability to care, the courage to fight, the will to win, a concern for the human condition, a passion for justice and simple uncompromising honesty. These are the traits of the lawyer."
--Gerry Spence

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Revealed

"Don’t turn your face away.
Once you've seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.

Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care."
--Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Successful II

"Have you any idea how successful censorship is on TV? Don't know the answer? Hmm... successful, isn't it?"
--Max Headroom

Monday, June 11, 2018

Interest

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."
--Pericles

Divided

"It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people. The good ones slept better... while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more."
--Woody Allen

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Columns

"We have ceased to be a nation under law but instead a homeland where the withered Bill of Rights, like a dead trumpet vine, clings to our pseudo-Roman columns."
--Gore Vidal,
"The State of the Union," The Nation (September 13, 2004)

Friday, June 08, 2018

Rise II

"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable."
--Aldous Huxley,
"Ends and Means" (1937)

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Formidable

"By the time his campaign reached the pivotal California primary, Bobby Kennedy was beginning to wrestle with a variety of formidable problems that he knew would confront him as president. One of them was the CIA. What was he going to do with it, he wondered out loud one day on the campaign plane with Pete Hamill, one of the journalists who grew so close to Kennedy that he briefly wrote speeches for him. 'I have to decide whether to eliminate the operations arm of the agency or what the hell to do with it,' Kennedy told Hamill. 'We can’t have these cowboys wandering around and shooting people and doing all these unauthorized things.'"
--David Talbot,
"Brothers"

Division

"What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black."
--Robert F. Kennedy,
November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Own III

"The future is not completely beyond our control. It is the work of our own hands."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Monday, June 04, 2018

Rising

"We must continue to prove to the world that we can provide a rising standard of living for all men without loss of civil rights or human dignity to any man."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Trustee

"Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Tracks

"There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Friday, June 01, 2018

Easy IV

"The travail of freedom and justice is not easy, but nothing serious and important in life is easy. The history of humanity has been a continuing struggle against temptation and tyranny - and very little worthwhile has ever been achieved without pain."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Citizen

"Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word 'citizen' was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities."
--Robert F. Kennedy

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

State's

"Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community."
--H.G. Wells,
"A Modern Utopia" (1905)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Specialists II

"... if the majority of men cannot know what is good for them, each for himself, how can they know what is good for others by proxy? If they are to be controlled by specialists, how and by what standard can they choose the specialist?"
--Ayn Randv

Monday, May 28, 2018

Forever III

"He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt."
--Joseph Heller,
"Catch-22"

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mayhem

"In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous."
--Robert Higgs

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Dignity IV

"Historical, religious, and existential treatises suggest that for some persons at some times, it is rational not to avoid physical death at all costs. Indeed the spark of humanity can maximize its essence by choosing an alternative that preserves the greatest dignity and some tranquility of mind."
--Norman Mailer,
"The Executioner's Song" (1979)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Vigor

"A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later."
--George S. Patton

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tool II

"We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch."
--John F. Kennedy

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Taste II

"You tasted it. Isn't that enough? Of what do you ever get more than a taste? That's all we're given in life, that's all we're given of life. A taste. There is no more."
--Philip Roth,
March 19, 1933 - May 22, 2018
"The Dying Animal"

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Rope

"Nixon's the kind of guy that if you were drowning 50 feet off shore, he'd throw you a 30 foot rope. Then Kissinger would go on TV the next night and say that the President had met you more than half-way."
--Mort Sahl (1973)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Disappears

" sometimes even in the habitual course of life, the reality of this world disappears all at once, and we feel ourselves in the middle of its interests as we should at a ball, where we did not hear the music; the dancing that we saw there would appear insane."
--Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Anything VI

"I return one last time to the places of death all around us, the places of slaughter to which, in a huge communal effort, we close our hearts. Each day a fresh holocaust, yet, as far as I can see, our moral being is untouched. We do not feel tainted. We can do anything, it seems, and come away clean."
--J.M. Coetzee

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Invitation

"I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan... I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered."
--Margaret Sanger,
"An Autobiography" (1936)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Defense II

They call me "a teacher, a fomenter of violence." I would say point blank, "That is a lie. I'm not for wanton violence, I'm for justice." I feel that if white people were attacked by Negroes — if the forces of law prove unable, or inadequate, or reluctant to protect those whites from those Negroes — then those white people should protect and defend themselves from those Negroes, using arms if necessary. And I feel that when the law fails to protect Negroes from whites' attacks, then those Negroes should use arms if necessary to defend themselves. "Malcolm X advocates armed Negroes!" What was wrong with that? I'll tell you what's wrong. I was a black man talking about physical defense against the white man. The white man can lynch and burn and bomb and beat Negroes — that's all right: "Have patience"..."The customs are entrenched"..."Things will get better."
--Malcolm X,
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X" (1965)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Proles

"But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it? And yet --!"
--George Orwell

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Strangest

"This is the strangest life I've ever known."
--Jim Morrison,
"Waiting for the Sun"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gladiatorial

The demolition derby is, pure and simple, a form of gladiatorial combat for our times.
--Tom Wolfe
(March 2, 1931 - May 14, 2018)
"Clean Fun at Riverhead"