Monday, December 11, 2017

Remedy III

"There is only one remedy for ignorance and thoughtlessness, and that is literacy. Millions and millions of children would today stand in no need of sex education or consumer education or anti-racism education or any of those fake educations, if they had had in the first place 'an' education."
--Richard Mitchell
(1929-2002) Professor at Glassboro State College, NJ, author, founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian
Source: The Underground Grammarian

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Balance IV

"The lack of balance between the birth-rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to the civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. The example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit, and therefore less fertile, parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem to-day is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective."
--Margaret Sanger,
"The Pivot of Civilization"

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Architects

"All are architects of Fate,
Working in these walls of Time;
some with massive deeds and great,
Some with ornaments of rhyme."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Friday, December 08, 2017

Compassion III

"We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet."
--Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Grotesque

"The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception."
--Mark Twain,
"The Mysterious Stranger" (1910)

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Ice

"For those of you who don't understand Reaganomics, it's based on the principle that the rich and the poor will get the same amount of ice. In Reaganomics, however, the poor get all of theirs in winter."
--Mo Udall

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Consensus III

"Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus."
--Michael Crichton
(1942-2008) American author, producer, director, and screenwriter

Monday, December 04, 2017

Damages

"Mass schooling damages children. We don’t need any more of it. And under the guise that it is the same thing as education, it has been picking our pockets just as Socrates predicted it would thousands of years ago. One of the surest ways to recognize real education is by the fact that it doesn't cost very much, doesn't depend on expensive toys or gadgets. The experiences that produce it and the self-awareness that propels it are nearly free. It is hard to turn a dollar on education. But schooling is a wonderful hustle, getting sharper all the time."
--John Taylor Gatto,
"Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling"

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Opportunity III

"Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time. Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. However, knowing this, one must attend to medical practice not primarily to plausible theories, but to experience combined with reason. For a theory is a composite memory of things apprehended with sense perception."
--Hippocrates

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Effective V

"Hunger is the most effective disease."
--Pol Pot

Friday, December 01, 2017

Question II

"I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."
--Douglas Adams,
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Growing II

"When a child first catches adults out--when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just--his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child’s world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing."
--John Steinbeck,
"East Of Eden"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Acquisition

"'The acquisition by dishonest means and cunning,' said Levin, feeling that he was incapable of clearly defining the borderline between honesty and dishonesty. 'Like the profits made by banks,' he went on. 'This is evil, I mean, the acquisition of enormous fortunes without work, as it used to be with the spirit monopolists. Only the form has changed. Le roi est mort, vive le roi! Hardly were the monopolies abolished before railways and banks appeared: just another way of making money without work.'"
--Leo Tolstoy,
"Anna Karenina"

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Participation II

"Psychologically, nothing is darker or more menacing, or harder to accept, than the participation of physicians in mass murder. However technicized or commercial the modern physician may have become, he or she is still supposed to be a healer--and one responsible to a tradition of healing, which all cultures revere and depend upon."
--Robert Jay Lifton

Monday, November 27, 2017

Enforced

"No one ever heard of the truth being enforced by law. When the secular is called in to sustain an idea, whether new or old, it is always a bad idea, and not infrequently it is downright idiotic."
--H. L. Mencken

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Responsibility VII

"What the people wanted was a government which would provide a comfortable life for them, and with this as the foremost object ideas of freedom and self-reliance and service to the community were obscured to the point of disappearing. Athens was more and more looked on as a co-operative business, possessed of great wealth, in which all citizens had a right to share... Athens had reached the point of rejecting independence, and the freedom she now wanted was freedom from responsibility. There could be only one result... If men insisted on being free from the burden of a life that was self-dependent and also responsible for the common good, they would cease to be free at all. Responsibility was the price every man must pay for freedom. It was to be had on no other terms."
--Edith Hamilton,
"The Echo of Greece" (1957)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Victory III

"We improve ourselves by victory over our self. There must be contests, and you must win."
--Edward Gibbon

Friday, November 24, 2017

Autobiography

"A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."
--Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Decent IV

"What we have done with the American Indian is its way as bad as what we imposed on the Negroes. We took a proud and independent race and virtually destroyed them. We have to find ways to bring them back into decent lives in this country."
--Richard Nixon

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lives

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
-- John F. Kennedy,
May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Abolished

"Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable .. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us."
--John F. Kennedy

Monday, November 20, 2017

Afraid II

"Conservatives are afraid the people WON'T understand; Liberals are afraid the people WILL understand!!!"
--Author Unknown

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Atrocities II

"We point to the Germans and Poles and Ukrainians who did and did not know of the atrocities around them. We like to think they were inwardly marked by the after-effects of that special form of ignorance. We like to think that in their nightmares the ones whose suffering they had refused to enter came back to haunt them. We like to think they woke up haggard in the mornings and died of gnawing cancers. But probably it was not so. The evidence points in the opposite direction: that we can do anything and get away with it; that there is no punishment."
--J.M. Coetzee,
"The Lives of Animals"

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Paradoxes

"One of the paradoxes of our age is the fact that the intellectuals, the politicians, and all the sundry voices that choke like asthma the throat of our communications media, have never gasped and stuttered so loudly about their devotion to the public good, and about the people's will as the supreme criterion of value - and never have they been so grossly indifferent to the people. The reason, obviously, is that collectivist slogans serve as the rationalization for those who intend, not to follow the people, but to rule them."
--Ayn Rand,
"Apollo and Dionysus" (1969)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweaty

"The best things in life make you sweaty."
--Author Unknown

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Center

"The arts put man at the center of the universe, whether he belongs there or not. Military science, on the other hand, treats man as garbage--and his children, and his cities, too. Military science is probably right about the contemptibility of man in the vastness of the universe. Still--I deny that contemptibility, and I beg you to deny it, through the creation of appreciation of art."
--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.,
Bennington College address (1970)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Races

"There are only two races (and they are not distinguished by color): those who are free and those who are not."
--Gerry Spence

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Extreme

"Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty."
--Groucho Marx

Monday, November 13, 2017

Advocate

"Without an advocate for the poor, without a new state of mind in America, the country lies on the brink of anarchy."
--Louis Farrakhan

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Separates

"From the internal reality, by which I means the totality of psychological experiences, it [science] actually separates us. Art, for example, deals with many more aspects of this internal reality than does science, which confines itself deliberately and by convention to the study of one very limited class of experiences--the experiences of sense."
--Aldous Huxley,
"One and Many"

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dangerous V

"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different,' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants."
--Edward R. Murrow,
Speech to his staff (1954)