Sunday, June 28, 2009
We have done this before and will probably do it again. It’s fun to tap the wisdom (?) of people who have gained measurable significance. Please give each its proper deference. There may be some repetition of former entries but only because they are more applicable today.
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; [if] it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."
- Supreme Court Justice Learned Hand, 1944.
"Our freedom was not won a century ago, it is not won today, but is in our hands, and we are no longer marching by ones and twos but in legions of thousands, convinced now it cannot be denied by human force."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I think we'll find a Martian sooner than we'll find a politician with the courage to say that the drug war is an overblown fraud."
-Charley Reese, a nationally syndicated columnist
"You cannot build character and courage by taking away a person's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
-Abraham Lincoln, 1861.
"There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness."
"Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders."
"Stress management: it is the difference between pushing your husband down the stairs and just thinking about it."
"Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops."
"I got a good Christian raisin' and an eighth grade education, and I don't need y'all treatin' me this way."
"It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a daughter listen to reason."
-Empire of the Sultans Exhibit at Portland Museum of Art
"Think globally, shoot locally.."
"Genius is the capacity for seeing what is not there."
"It has been said on television recently that we should thank our veterans. If you want to thank your veterans, the best way is by refusing to willingly give up the freedoms they died for, in exchange for a false sense of security." -President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, January 17, 1961
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Essayist
"I came to see that my quarrel was never with the Christ, but with his foolish and narrow priests who mistook their own narrowness for his."
-Mists of Avalon
"You know the world's gone mad when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the USA of arrogance and the Germans don't want to go to war!"
"Unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers."
"Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once."
-Stephen King,Kingdom Hospital
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
-Theodore Roosevelt ,May 7, 1918 (Emphasis added)
Thanks for taking this time to indulge in provocative thought.
In His abiding love,
Posted by One of the Moons at 6:12 AM