WIKI QUOTE - "Beam
me up, Scotty" From the Star Trek science-fiction TV series.
Several variants of this do occur in the series, such as "Beam
me aboard" or "Two to beam up", but never "Beam
me up, Scotty".
"Blood, Sweat and
Tears" Correct quote: "I have nothing to offer but
blood, toil, tears and sweat." - Winston Churchill
"Elementary, my dear
Watson" Correct quote: "Elementary", on one occasion;
"my dear Watson" on another. Never together - Sherlock
Holmes. Notes: According to the Sherlock Holmes series of books,
the expression was uttered in some derivative works such as Sherlock
Holmes films and television programmes.
"Me Tarzan, you Jane."
Occurs in none of the Tarzan films nor in the book by Edgar Rice
"Methinks the lady
doth protest too much" Correct quote: "The lady doth
protest too much, methinks" - William Shakespeare (Hamlet)
"Play it again, Sam"
Correct quote: "You played it for her, you can play it for
me. ... If she can stand it, I can! Play it!" - Humphrey
Bogart (Casablanca) . . .Another correct quote: "Play it
once, Sam. For old times' sake. ... Play 'As Time Goes By'."
- Ingrid Bergman (Casablanca)
"To gild the lily"
Correct quote: "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily"
- William Shakespeare
"You dirty rat!"
Never said by James Cagney in any film.
Sure, we were young. We
were arrogant. We were ridiculous. There were excesses. We were
brash. We were foolish. We had factional fights. But we were
right. - Abbie Hoffman
Ability is the art of getting
credit for all the home runs that somebody else hits - Casey
An abnormal reaction to
an abnormal situation is normal behavior. - Psychiatrist Viktor
E. Frankl, who lived through four concentration camps in World
I must be getting absent
minded. Whenever I complain that things aren't what they used
to be, I always forget to include myself - George Burns
The absurd is born of the
confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence
of the world - Albert Camus
Those who can make you
believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire
It is dangerous to be right
in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. -
Nobody made a greater mistake
than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. --
What you do is of little
significance. But it is very important that you do it - Gandhi
It is not the critic who
counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles
or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who
errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no
effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great
enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy
cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high
achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he
fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor
defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, 1910
Activism is my rent for
living on this planet - Alice Walker
If it looks like a duck,
and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility
that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our
My doctor says that I have
a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral
fibre, and that I am therefore excused from saving Universes
There is a theory which
states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe
is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be
replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable. There
is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Man had always assumed
that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved
so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the
dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good
time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more
intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.
In the beginning the Universe
was created. This has made a lot of people very angry.
In those days spirits were
brave, the stakes were high, men were REAL men, women were REAL
women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were REAL
small furry creatures from Aplha Centauri.'
You know,' said Arthur,
`it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock
with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die from asphyxiation
in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother
told me when I was young.' `Why, what did she tell you?' `I don't
know, I didn't listen.'
I consider always the adult
life to be the continuous retrieval of childhood. - Umberto
Few people at the beginning
of the 19th century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted
- John Kenneth Galbraith
Never play cards with a
man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep
with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own -- Nelson
Depends on whether you're
pouring or drinking -- Bill Cosby's grandmother when the young
Cosby, fresh from college, attempted to stump her with a question
about whether the glass was half empty or half full.
The only thing to do with
good advice is to pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
-- Oscar Wilde
What another would have
done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said
as well as you, do not say it. What another would have written
as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere
but in yourself - thus make yourself indispensable - André
When you're wounded and
left on Afghanistan's plains,
and the women come out to cut up what remains,
jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
and go to your gawd like a soldier. - Rudyard Kipling
The family which takes
its mauve and cerise, air conditioned power-steered and power-braked
automobile out for a tour passes through cities that are badly
paved, made hideous by litter, blighted buildings, billboards
and posts for wires that should long since have been put underground.
They pass on into a country that has long been rendered largely
invisible by commercial art. . . They picnic on exquisitely packaged
food from a portable icebox by a polluted stream and go on to
spend the night at a park which is a menace to public health
and morals. Just before dozing off on an air mattress, beneath
a nylon tent, amid the stench of decaying refuse, they may reflect
on the curious unevenness of their blessings. Is this, indeed,
the American genius?' - John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent
At seventy, men are just
beginning to grow liberal again, after a decade or two of conservatism.
Their usefulness to the state is likely to improve after the
span of life when the Bible allows them to complete. The men
of eighty whom we know are on the whole a more radical, rip snorting
lot than the men of seventy. They hold life cheaply, and hence
are able to entertain generous thoughts about the state. It is
in his fifty-to-seventy phase that a man pulls in his ears, lashes
down his principles, and gets ready for dirty weather. Octogenarians
have a more devil-may-care tactic: they are sometimes quite willing
to crowd on some sail and see if they can't get a burst of speed
out of the old hooker yet.
A man's liberal and conservative
phases seem to follow each other in a succession of waves from
the time he is born. Children are radicals. Youths are conservatives,
with a dash of criminal negligence. Men in their prime are liberals
(as long as their digestion keeps pace with their intellect).
The middle-aged, except in rare cases, run to shelter: they ensure
their life, draft a will, accumulate mementos and occasional
tables, and hope for security. And then comes old age, which
repeats childhood - a time full of humors and sadness, but often
full of courage and even prophecy. - EB White, 1937
The secret of staying young
is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. - Lucille
"Age is strictly a
case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
- Jack Benny
if you live to be one hundred,
you've got it made. Very few people die past that age. - George
If I'd known I was gonna
live this long I'd have taken better care of myself. - Eubie
Blake at age 100
There was no respect for
youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect
for age. I missed it coming and going. - JD Priestly
Do Not Go Gentle into that
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. - Dylan Thomas
We don't stop playing because
we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. - George
Fortunately, we don't need
to know how bad an age is. There is something we can always be
doing without reference to how good or bad the age is. -- Robert
When you are young you
get blamed for crimes you never committed, and when you are old
you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens
itself out. -- I.F. Stone
What shall I do with this
O heart, O trouble heart -- this caricature,
Decrepit age that has been tied to me
As to a dog's tail?
Never had I more
Excited, passionate, fantastical
Imagination, nor an ear and eye
That more expected the impossible...
It seems that I must bid the Muse go pack...
As life runs on,
The road grows strange
With faces new,
And near the end
The milestones into headstones change,
'Neath everyone a friends -- James Russell Lowell
Old age is an island surrounded
by death - Juan Montalvo
It's time to be old, to
take in sail - RW Emerson
How old would you be if
you didn't know how old you were? - Satchel Paige
The tragedy of old age
is not that one is old, but that one is young - Oscar Wilde
The years between 50 &
70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things &
yet are not decrepit enough to turn them down. - TS Eliot
Thoughts on being 71
It's better now, death
I no longer have to look for it,
no longer have to challenge
it, taunt it, play with it.
it's right here with me
like a pet cat or a wall calendar
I've had a good run.
I can toss it in without regret.
odd, though, I feel no
then I did at 35 or 47 or 62:
I am only truly conscious of my
age when I look into a
baleful eyes, grinning
it's nice my friend, the
lightning flashes about
I've washed up on the golden
everything here is miracle,
a hard miracle,
as was what
- Charles Bukowski
To an old man any place
that's warm is homeland - Maxim Gorky
The days of our years are
threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be
fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for
it is soon cut off, and we fly away.- Psalm 90
Those who profess to favor
freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want rain without
thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of
its many waters." -- Frederick Douglass
Tell a man whose house
is on fire to give moderate alarm; tel1 him to moderately rescue
his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually
extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen. --
William Lloyd Garrison
My aim is to agitate and
disturb people. I'm not selling bread, I'm selling yeast. - Miguel
Whenever people agree with
me, I always feel I must be wrong Oscar Wilde
One heart, many minds --
Civil rights movement saying
If you don't disagree with
me, how will I know I'm right? -- Samuel Goldwyn
The right of liberty and
pursuing happiness secured by the [Indiana] constitution, embraces
the right, in each compos mentis individual, of selecting what
he will eat and drink, in short, his beverages, so far as he
may be capable of producing them, or they may be within his reach,
and that the legislature cannot take away that right by direct
enactment. If the constitution does not secure this right to
the people, it secures nothing of value.
If the people are subject
to be controlled by the legislature in the matter of their beverages,
so they are as to their articles of dress, and in their hours
of sleeping and waking. And if the people are incompetent to
select their own beverages, they are also incompetent to determine
anything in relation to their living, and should be placed at
once in a state of pupilage to a set of government sumptuary
officers; eulogies upon the dignity of human nature should cease;
and the doctrine of the competency of the people for self-government
be declared a deluding rhetorical flourish.
If the government can prohibit
any practice it pleases, it can prohibit the drinking of cold
water. Can it do that? If not, why not? If we are right in this,
that the constitution restrains the legislature from passing
a law regulating the diet of the people, a sumptuary law, (for
that under consideration is such, no matter whether its object
be morals or economy, or both,) then the legislature cannot prohibit
the manufacture and sale, for use as a beverage, of ale, porter,
beer, &c., and cannot declare those manufactured, kept and
sold for that purpose, a nuisance, if such is the use to which
those articles are put by the people....
We think the constitution
furnishes the protection [in this case]. If it does not in this
particular, it does, as we have said, as to nothing of any importance,
and tea, coffee, tobacco, corn-bread, ham and eggs, may next
be placed under the ban. The very extent to which a concession
of the power in this case would carry its exercise, shows it
cannot exist. - Decision in Herman v. State, 8 Ind. 545 (1855)
Alienation as we find it
in modern society is almost total... Man has created a world
of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed
a complication social machine to administer the technical machine
he built. The more powerful and gigantic the forces are which
he unleashes, the more powerless he feels himself as a human
being. He is owned by his own creations, and has lost ownership
of himself. --Erich Fromm
I drink to make other people
interesting - George Jean Nathan
Malt does more than Milton
To justify God's ways to man
- A. E. Housman
Illegal aliens have always
been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian. - Robert
You have just taken an
oath of allegiance to the United States. Of allegiance to whom?
Of allegiance to no one, unless it be God. Certainly not of allegiance
to those who temporarily represent this great government. You
have taken an oath of allegiance to a great ideal, to a great
body of principles, to a great hope of the human race. -- Woodrow
Wilson speaking to a group of newly naturalized citizens
I don't want to achieve
immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through
"That's quite a lovely
Jackson Pollock, isn't it?" . . ."Yes, it is."
. . . "What does it say to you?" . . "It restates
the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness
of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live
in a barren Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in
an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation
forming a useless bleak straightjacket in a black absurd cosmos."
"What are you doing
Saturday night?" . . . "Committing suicide." .
. ."What about Friday night?"
All ambitions are lawful
except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities
of mankind -- Joseph Conrad
All my life I wanted to
be somebody, but now I see I should have been more specific -
The United States is a
nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced. - Frank
The reason they call it
the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe
it. - George Carlin
The United States seems
destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name
of liberty - Simon Bolívar
The Americans who are the
most efficient people on earth. . . have invented so wide a range
of pithy and hackneyed phrases that they can carry on a conversation
without giving a moment's reflection to what they are saying
and so leave their minds free to consider the more important
matters of big business and fornication - Somerset Maugham
Wherever the standard of
freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there
will [America's] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.
But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. -
John Quincy Adams
The Americans, in their
intercourse with strangers, appear impatient of the smallest
censure and insatiable of praise. . . . They unceasingly harass
you to extort praise, and if you resist their entreaties they
fall to praising themselves. It would seem as if, doubting their
own merit, they wished to have it constantly exhibited before
their eyes. - Alexis de Tocqueville
You can not spill a drop
of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world.
-- Herman Melville
Only in America -- Yogi
Berra upon hearing that the mayor of Dublin was Jewish
It's an America which no
longer exists except in Greyhound bus terminals, except in small
dusty towns seen from the window of a speeding car -- Alan
Don't you get the idea
I'm one of these goddamn radicals. Don't get the idea I'm knocking
the American system -- Al Capone
In America there is more
space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes
America what it is. - Gertrude Stein
There is nothing the matter
with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all
right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong -- G.K. Chesterton
There must be two Americas:
one that sets the captive free, and one that takes a once-captive's
new freedom away from him, and picks a quarrel with him with
nothing to found it on; then kills him to get his land - Mark
I am waiting for my case
to come up
and I am waiting for
a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting for someone
to really discover America
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Americans keep telling
us how successful their system is - then they remind us not to
stray too far from our hotel at night. - A European official
during the G-8 economic summit in Denver, 1997
Right now I'm having amnesia
and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before.
- Steven Wright
AMORALITY: A quality admired
and rewarded in modern organizations, where it is referred to
through metaphors such as professionalism and efficiency . .
. Immorality is doing wrong of our own volition. Amorality is
doing it because a structure or an organization expects us to
do it. Amorality is thus worse than immorality because it involves
denying our responsibility and therefore our existence as anything
more than an animal - John Ralston Saul, "The Doubter's
The ordinary man is an
anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor
to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. -
George Bernard Shaw
If I rule out violent anarchism,
there remains pacifist, anti-nationalist, anti-capitalist, moral,
and anti-democratic anarchism (i.e., that which is hostile to
the falsified democracy of bourgeois states). There remains the
anarchism which acts by means of persuasion, by the creation
of small groups and networks, denouncing falsehood and oppression,
aiming at a true overturning of authorities of all kinds as people
at the bottom speak and organize themselves. - Jacques Ellul
Anarchism is not a romantic
fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand
years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of
our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, & county
commissioners." - Edward Abbey
It is easy to fly into
a passion-- anybody can do that. But to be angry with the right
person to the right extent and at the right time and with the
right object and in the right way -- that is not easy, and it
is not everyone who can do it. -- Aristotle
There ain't no answer.
there ain't going to be any answer. There never has been an answer.
That's the answer. -- Gertrude Stein
It is better to know some
of the questions than all of the answers. - James Thurber
Anthropology is the most
humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities?
- Alfred L. Kroeber
Anxiety is the interest
paid on trouble before it is due - William R. Inge
Appeasement' is the policy
of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes
that the crocodile will eat you last. -- F D Roosevelt
A doctor can bury his mistakes.
An architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. -- F.
The country is headed toward
a single and splendid government of an aristocracy founded on
banking institutions and monied incorporations and if this tendency
continues it will be the end of freedom and democracy, the few
will be ruling and riding over the plundered plowman and the
beggar . . . I hope we shall take warning from the example of
England and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed
corporations which dare already to challenge our government to
trial and bid defiance to the laws of our country. I sincerely
believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing
armies - Thomas Jefferson
The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl'd.
But now I can only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! For the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
- Matthew Arnold, "Dover
Painting: The art of protecting
flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critics
- Ambrose Bierce
Art is either plagiarism
or revolution - Paul Guaguin
Art lives only on the restraints
it imposes on itself, and dies of all others - Albert Camus
Art is by nature somewhat
destructive. Every artist while seeking to add to the sum of
art, attempts to take away your memory and appreciation of what
went before, saying, "Look at me, I am new." - Lou
If you really want to hurt
your parents and you don't have nerve enough to be homosexual,
the least you can do is go into the arts. - Kurt Vonnegut
Anarchism and art are in
the world for exactly the same kind of reason - Margaret Anderson
The people who run our
cities don't understand graffiti because they think nothing has
the right to exist unless it makes a profit. The people who truly
deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant
slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate
unless we buy their stuff.... Any advertisement in public space
that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours,
it belongs to you, It's yours to take, rearrange and re use.
Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just
threw at your head. - Banksy
The true artist is known
by the use he makes of what he annexes and he annexes everything.
-- Oscar Wilde
An artist is a creature
driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's
usually too busy to wonder why - William Faulkner
No artist is ahead of his
time. He is his time. It is just that others are behind the time.
- Martha Graham
A supermarket of conventional
wisdom for middle-level executives - John Ralston Saul
Just remember, the toe
you step on today may be connected to the ass you're kissing
tomorrow - Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci
You dont want atheism
shoved down your throat? OK. We will stock knocking on doors
spreading our Truth, and having tax-exempt organizations
dedicated to atheism that have influential political action committees.
We will also stop printing In atheism we trust on
all US currency and saying, One nation, under atheism
in the pledge of allegiance. We will also stop insisting that
everyone who disagrees with us will be sentence to eternal damnation
- David G. McAfee
The universe is
made of stories, not of atoms - Muriel Rukeyser
The best defense against
the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off - British
Army Journal 1949
And we will all bake together
when we bake
There'll be nobody present at the wake
With complete participation in that grand incineration
Nearly three billion hunks of well-done steak
Oh we will all char together
when we char
And let there be no moaning of the bar
Just sing out a Te Deum when you see that ICBM
And the party will be "come as you are"
Oh we will all burn together
when we burn
There'll be no need to stand and wait your turn
When it's time for the fallout
And Saint Peter calls us all out
We'll just drop our agendas and adjourn
- Tom Lehrer
The chief product of an
automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
- Cyril Parkinson
Never try to walk across
a river because it has an average depth of four feet. -- Martin
Thou must be emptied of
that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with
that whereof thou art empty. - Saint Augustine
It stands to reason that
self-righteous, inflexible, single-minded, authoritarian true
believers are politically organized. Open-minded, flexible, complex,
ambiguous, anti-authoritarian people would just as soon be left
to mind their own fucking business. - R.U. Sirius in 'How
To Mutate and Take Over The World'
Everybody's an authority
in a free land - Hüsker Dü
You should have done nothing
to deserve it. -- Editor of Le Canard firing a staffer who
had just won the Legion d'Honneur explaining that he had not
sought the honor.
I've not won different
awards - many, many times - so luckily I've practiced that whenever
you are nominated for anything, you enter into this marvelous,
fantabulous bubble called the bubble of nomination. The minute
the envelope is opened and your name isn't called out, the bubble
bursts. And no one calls you up the next day to say, 'So sorry
you didn't win,' or 'You looked gorgeous - nothing. If you win,
you get about another 24 hours in that lovely bubble and then
- pop - you are slightly wet all over from the bubble and realize
that you have to get on with real life. - Helen Mirren
A baby is God's opinion
that the world should go on - Carl Sandburg
A banker is a fellow who
lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back
the minute it begins to rain. - Mark Twain
I believe that banking
institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing
armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that
has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should
be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it
properly belongs. - Thomas Jefferson
Baseball is different from
other games. Its strength is inherent, metaphysical. Why? First,
because the game has a singular and distinctive relationship
to time. Only baseball, among all games, can be called a "pastime."
For baseball is above or outside time. Football, basketball,
hockey, soccer games are arbitrarily divided into measured quarters,
halves, or periods. They are controlled, even dominated by time.
Not so baseball, which either ignores time or dominates it. An
inning theoretically can go on forever. The same is true of the
game. Interruptions are generally limited to acts of God, such
as darkness or rain, or to cultural, religious and quasi-natural
occurrences such as curfew or midnight. . .Baseball is also played
in a unique spatial frame. Other games are restricted to limited,
defined areas, rectangular or near rectangular, floors or rinks.
Not so baseball. Baseball is played within the lines of a projection
from home plate, starting from the point of a 90 degrees and
extending to infinity. Were it not for the intervention of fences,
buildings, mountains, and other obstacles in space, a baseball
traveling within the ultimate projection of the first and third
baselines could be fair and fully and infinitely in play. Baseballs
never absolutely go out of bounds. They are either fair or foul;
and even foul balls are, within limits, playable and part of
the game. Baseball is distinguished from other games, too in
the way in which it is controlled by umpires. An umpire is very
different from a referee, a field judge, or a linesman. One occasionally
hears the cry "fire the referee" but seldom the cry
"kill the referee." That cry is reserved for umpires.
Umpires have to be dealt with absolutely, for their power is
absolute. Referees are men called or appointed. Umpires, by contrast,
seem to exist in their own right and exercise undelegated power
which is not to be reviewed and from which there is no appeal.
- Eugene McCarthy, Forward to Lawrence Frank's "Playing
Hardball: The Dynamics of Baseball Folk Speech (1984)
It breaks your heart.
It is designed to break your heart.
The game begins in the
spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in
the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings and then as soon
as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the
You count on it, rely on
it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine
and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight,
when you need it most, it stops . . . . and summer is gone. -
A. Bartlett Giamatti on baseball in "The Green Fields
of the Mind"
Baseball is 90% mental,
the other half is physical - Yogi Berra
Throwing a fastball to
Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster. -
Curt Simmons, pitcher
Let there be joy in baseball
again, like in the days when Babe Ruth chased an enemy sportswriter
down the streets of Boston and ended up getting drunk with him
on the waterfront and came back the next day munching on hotdogs
and boomed homeruns to the glory of God. - - Jack Kerouac
Baseball is the ideal forum
for teachiing the art of failure; the very best fail to get a
hit seven out of ten times. -- Sam Dunn
We were a generation of
crazy, illuminated hipsters, suddenly rising and roaming America:
serious, curious, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere. It never
meant 'juvenile delinquents.' 'Beat,' doesn't mean tired or bushed,
so much as it means beato the Italian for beatific, to be in
a state of beatitude, like Saint Francis: trying to love all
life, trying to be utterly sincere with everyone, practicing
endurance, kindness, cultivating joy of heart - the subterranean
heroes who were taking drugs, digging bop, having flashes of
insight, experiencing the derangement of the senses, talking
strange, being poor and glad." - Jack Kerouac
I meant beaten. The world
against me.- Jack Kerouac
Woe onto those who spit
on the Beat Generation. The wind'll blow it back. - Jack Kerouac,
whose birthday it is.
By avoiding society you
become separate from society and being separate from society
is being beat - Gregory Corso
We were leaving confusion
and nonsense behind and performing our one and noble function
of the time, move - Jack Kerouac
The psychic outlaw . .
. the rebel cell in our social body - Norman Mailer
The draft dodgers of commercial
civilization - Ned Plotsky
Malt does more than Milton
can to justify God's ways to man -- A.E. Houseman
A thing may be too sad
to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be
believed; but it cannot be too absurd to be believed in this
planet of frogs and elephants, of crocodiles and cuttle-fish
You should always go to
other people's funerals; otherwise they won't come to yours.
Baseball is 90% mental,
the other half is physical
You've got to be careful
if you don't know where you're going, because you might end up
If you come to a fork in
the road, take it.
I never make predictions,
especially about the future
Only in America -- Upon
hearing that the mayor of Dublin was Jewish
I ain't in no slump. I
just ain't hittin'
I want to thank everybody
for making this day necessary.
Ninety percent of the game
is half mental.
If you cant imitate
him, dont copy him.
I cant think and
hit at the same time.
I brought you into a plentiful
country, to eat the fruit thereof & the goodness thereof;
but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, & made mine heritage
an abomination. Jeremiah 2:7
Say what you will about
the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant
fact that there are only ten of them. - HL Mencken
He that is wounded in the
stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into
the congregation of the Lord. -- The Bible
But the fruit of the spirit
is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. -- Galatians
And gladness is taken away,
and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there
shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders
shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage
shouting to cease. Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp
for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh. -- Isaiah 16:11
"As for your male
and female slaves whom you may have; You may buy your male and
female slaves from among the nations around you.....You may bequeath
them to your sons after you, to inherit as a possession forever."
-- Leviticus 25:44-46
But woe to you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven
against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow
those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense
make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel
land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make
him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. -- Matthew 23:13-15
If the King James version
was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me. - Ma Ferguson,
Inaugurated as Texas' first woman governor. Married to the impeached
governor Pa Ferguson, Ma ran on the slogan "two governors
for the price of one."
It takes some perspective
to think in billions. Keep the following in mind: one thousand
seconds is about 17 minutes. One million seconds is about eleven
and a half days. One billion seconds is about 32 years -- Tim
The creative person should
have no other biography than his works. - B Traven
Whenever a fellow tells
me he is bipartisan, I know he is going to vote against me --
Bob and Ray
RAY: We're fortunate to
have with us today the world- renowned Komodo dragon authority
from Upper Montclair, New Jersey. His name is Doctor Daryll Dexter.
Doctor, would you tell our listeners all about the Komodo dragon,
BOB: The Komodo dragon,
the world's largest living lizard, is a ferocious carnivore.
It's found on the steep-sloped island of Komodo in the lesser
Sunda chain of the Indonesian Archipelago and the nearby islands
of Rinja, Padar, and Flores.
R: Where do they come from?
B: The Komodo dragon, the
world's largest living lizard, is found on the steep-sloped island
of Komodo . . . in the lesser Sunda chain of the Indonesian Archipelago..
. . and the nearby islands of Rinja, Padar, and Flores. We have
two in this country at the National Zoo in Washington. . . which
were given to the U.S. by the late former premier of Indonesia.
. . Sukarno. . . some years ago.
R: I believe I read somewhere....that
a foreign potentate gave America some Komodo dragons. Is that
B: Yes. . . the former
premier of Indonesia, Sukarno, gifted this country with two Komodo
dragons. . . world's largest living lizards. . . some years back.
. . and they're now residing at the National Zoo in Washington.
R: Well, now, if we wanted
to take the children to see a Komodo dragon....where would we
take the children to see a Komodo dragon?
B: If you were in the vicinity
of our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. . . you would take
the kiddos to the National Zoo, and there you would see two Komodo
dragons. . . the world's largest living lizard. There is a stuffed
Komodo dragon in the lobby of the Royal Hotel in Katmandu, Nepal.
R: Er. . . they're of the
B: Yes. They are the world's
largest living lizard and a ferocious carnivore. They have red
darting tongues which suck in air and take it to their smelling
glands in their throats.
R: Do they eat other animals,
these Komodo dragons?
B: Yes, they're ferocious
carnivores. In fact, they can gulp down the hindquarters of a
deer in one bite.
No knowledge can be more
satisfactory to a man than that of his own from, its parts, their
functions and actions -- Thomas Jefferson
A fertilizer bomb that
kills hundreds in Oklahoma. Fuel-laden civil jets that kill 4000
in New York. A sanctions policy that kills one and a half million
in Iraq. A trade policy that immiserates continents. You can
make a bomb out of anything. The ones on paper hurt the most.
- Raj Patel
I suppose that even the
most pleasurable of imaginable occupations, that of batting baseballs
through the windows of the RCA Building, would pall a little
as the days ran on. -- James Thurber
The book has existed in
its present format--essentially sheaves of paper between a binding
of some sort--for over two millennia. It has done so because
it is a perfect artifact of information technology. It is portable,
permanent, nearly indestructible, easily shared. It suffers no
damage near magnetic fields, and when opened its boot-up time
is instantaneous--just open it and you are reading; close it
and reopen and you are reading immediately once again. It uses
no electricity and never crashes. When you are reading its pages,
they never go blue or black and you never get a message "fatal
error; system shutting down." - Lawrence G. Smith, author
of Cesare Pavese And America
The worm thinks it strange
and foolish that man does not eat his books. - Rabindranath
Printer's ink has been
running a race against gunpowder these many, many years. Ink
is handicapped, in a way, because you can blow up a man with
gunpowder in half a second, while it may take twenty years to
blow him up with a book. But the gunpowder destroys itself along
with its victim, while a book can keep on exploding for centuries.
- Christopher Morley
All good books are alike
in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after
you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened
to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the
bad, the ecstacy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the
places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can
give that to people, then you are a writer. - Ernest Hemingway
Deeply versed in books
and shallow in himself - John Milton
Writing a book is an adventure.
To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a
mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant.
The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled
to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the
public. -Winston Churchill
Some books are to be tasted,
others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed & digested.
- Francis Bacon
When you come before us
and tell us that we are about to disturb your business, we say
to you that you have made the definition of a businessman too
limited in its application. The man who is employed for wages
is as much a businessman as his employer; the attorney in a country
town is as much a businessman as the corporation counsel in a
great metropolis; the merchant at the crossroads store is as
much a businessman as the merchant of New York; the farmer who
goes forth in the morning and toils all day ... is as much a
businessman as the man who goes upon the board of trade and bets
upon the price of grain ... We come to speak for this broader
class of businessmen. We do not come as aggressors. Our war is
not a war of conquest; we are fighting in the defense of our
homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our
petitions have been scorned; we have entreated, and our entreaties
have been disregarded; we have begged, and they have mocked when
our calamity came. We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition
no more. We defy them.- William Jennings Bryan
I went home and saw my
wife and then dined with the Colonel at his lodgings, and as
he was to be busy, just drank half a bottle of port; then sallied
forth between four and five with an avidity for drinking from
the habit of some days before. I went to Fortune's; found nobody
in the house but Captain James Gordon of Ellon. He and I drank
five bottles of claret and were most profound politicians. He
pressed me to take another; but my stomach was against it. I
walked off very gravely though much intoxicated. Ranged through
the streets til, having run hard down the Advocates' Close, which
is very steep, I found myself on a sudden bouncing down an almost
perpendicular stone stair. I could not stop, but when I came
to the bottom of it, fell with a good deal of violence, which
sobered me much. It was amazing that I was not killed or very
much hurt; I only bruised my right heel severely. - James
Boswell, 4 November 1774
You can hope to bend or
twist/thank god the British journalist./ But seeing what the
man will do/unbribed there is no reason to. -- Humbert Wolfe
Winston Churchill said
the Royal Navy ran on "rum, buggery and the lash."
One of the basic troubles
with radio and television news is that both instruments have
grown up as an incompatible combination of show business, advertising
and news. Each of the three is a rather bizarre and demanding
profession. And when you get all three under one roof, the dust
never settles. The top management of the networks with a few
notable exceptions, has been trained in advertising, research,
sales or show business. But by the nature of the coporate structure,
they also make the final and crucial decisions having to do with
news and public affairs. Frequently they have neither the time
nor the competence to do this. It is not easy for the same small
group of men to decide whether to buy a new station for millions
of dollars, build a new building, alter the rate card, buy a
new Western, sell a soap opera, decide what defensive line to
take in connection with the latest Congressional inquiry, how
much money to spend on promoting a new program, what additions
or deletions should be made in the existing covey or clutch of
vice-presidents, and at the same time-- frequently on the same
long day--to give mature, thoughtful consideration to the manifold
problems that confront those who are charged with the responsibility
for news and public affairs. - Edward R. Murrow, 1958
Too bad that all the people
who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and
cutting hair - George Burns
See, one of the problems
we've had that shows -- what we found out in New Orleans there's
not -- there wasn't a lot of -- we take -- some things we take
for granted like the generations passing assets from one generation
to the next just didn't happen in the African American community,
and should. We ought to encourage -- we take that for granted,
don't we? Some of us do. You know, you pass the house on. A lot
of these people didn't own their own homes. A lot of them didn't
have checking accounts. And yet one of the things we ought to
encourage is systems -- is reforms that enable somebody to own
something so they can pass it on to their child. It's part of
creating stability and healthy families and strength. And so
I want to be known as an ownership guy.
Don't know that atheists
should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered
patriots. This is one nation under God. -
See, in my line of work
you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again
for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
Either you are with us
or you are with the terrorists.
They never stop thinking
about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither
We actually misnamed the
war on terror. It ought to be the Struggle Against Ideological
Extremists Who Do Not Believe in Free Societies Who Happen to
Use Terror as a Weapon to Try to Shake the Conscience of the
Free World.. . .
We stand for things.
As you know, we don't have
relationships with Iran. I mean, that's -- ever since the late
'70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned
them. In other words, there's no sanctions -- you can't -- we're
out of sanctions.
Let me put it to you bluntly.
In a changing world, we want more people to have control over
your own life.
I cut the taxes on everybody.
I didn't cut them. The Congress cut them. I asked them to cut
Our enemies are innovative
and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about
new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
I'm telling you, when you
start asking the question, can you read and write and add and
subtract, all of a sudden, people start learning better.
REPORTER: Thank you, Mr.
President ... What would your biggest mistake be, would you say,
and what lessons have you learned from it?. . . BUSH: Hmm. I
wish you would have given me this written question ahead of time,
so I could plan for it. ... You know, I just, uh, I'm sure something
will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference,
with all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer, but
it hadn't yet. .. I, uh, hope I -- I don't want to sound like
I've made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't --
you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick
on my feet as I should be in coming up with one.
I'm not a lawyer.
I'm not a member of the
I'm not a numbers cruncher.
I'm not one of these bean counters.
I'm not a stockbroker or
a stock picker.
I'm not a very formal guy
to begin with.
I'm not an Iraqi citizen.
If this were a dictatorship,
it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator
There's an old saying in
Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that
says: Fool me once, shame on . . . shame on you. . . . Fool me
. . . you can't get fooled again.
the judge who loves money, the scribe who loves war,
Chiefs who do not guard their subjects, and nations without vigor.
houses without dwellers, lands untilled, fields that bear no
Landless clans, the agents of error, the oppressors of truth.
him who respects not father or mother, those who make strife
A country in anarchy, lost learning, and uncertain boundaries.
journeys without safety, families without strength, lawsuits
Ambushes and treasons, faults in counsel, and justice unhonored.
a man without a trade, a laborer without freedom, a society without
teachers, false witness before a judge, the undeserving
exalted to high position.
the Wise, a 6th century Celtic monk
all from California now -- Character in a Walker Percy novel
walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I
may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert
is given to mankind and what little men can conquer must be paid
for with unjust death. But man's grandeur lies elsewhere, in
his decision to rise above his condition. - Albert Camus
are so benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are
malevolently well informed about the United States. - J. Bartlet
Canada is like a nice family
living over a biker bar . . . They keep telling the downstairs
neighbors to keep down the noise, people are trying to sleep.
- Dustin Hoffman
is a person who gets money from the rich and votes from the poor
to protect them from each other - Anonymous
and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared
for - not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to
whom God in His infinite wisdom has given the control of the
property interests of the country." - George Baer, President
of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, 1902
is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit
of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first
existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much
the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as
worthy of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that
there is, and probably always will be, a relation between labor
and capital producing mutual benefits. The error is in assuming
that the whole labor of community exists within that relation.-
Abraham Lincoln, State of the Union Address, 1861
is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will
do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
- John Maynard Keynes
me neither food nor drink - intellectual nor spiritual consolation...
[Conservatism] leads nowhere; it satisfies no ideal; it conforms
to no intellectual standard, it is not safe, or calculated to
preserve from the spoilers that degree of civilization which
we have already attained. - John Maynard Keynes
men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual
influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling
their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.
- John aynard Keynes
we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the
existence of trusts, combinations and monopolies, while the citizen
is struggling far in the rear, or is trampled beneath an iron
heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained
creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast
becoming the people's masters. - President Grover Cleveland,
capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists
- GK Chesterton
hire half the working class to kill the other half. -- Jay Gould
punishment is the most premeditated of murders - Albert Camus
fear the cold and the things we do not understand. But most of
all we fear the doings of the heedless ones among ourselves."
-- Inuit shaman to the explorer Knut Rasmussen
careless people -- they smashed up things and creatures and then
retreated into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever
it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up
the mess they had made. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
I've been uplinked and
downloaded. I've been inputted and outsourced. I know the upside
of downsizing; I know the downside of upgrading. I'm a high-tech
lowlife. A cutting-edge, state-of-the-art, bicoastal multi-tasker,
and I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond.
who see a drawing in the "New Yorker" will think automatically
that it's funny because it is a cartoon. If they see it in a
museum, they think it is artistic; and if they find it in a fortune
cookie they think it is a prediction. - Saul Steinberg
Louis Renault: What on earth brought you to Casablanca? Rick
Blaine: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Capt.
Louis Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick Blaine: I was misinformed.
I stick my neck out for nobody.
Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she
walks into mine.
How can you close me up? On what grounds?
Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going
on in here!
hands Renault a pile of money]
Your winnings, sir.
Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
Renault: [aloud] Everybody out at once!
it's a family, Catholics around the country won't give up on
it very easily. There will be outrage and embarrassment and anger,
but the church is often referred to as Holy Mother Church. And
you might get angry with your mother, but it's your mother. --
R. Scott Appleby
are on the outside - the late Rep. Mo Udall explaining how a
cactus differs from a caucus.
rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a
cause that will some day lose. -- Woodrow Wilson
careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation
and social standing, never can bring about reform. Those who
are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing
in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season
and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas
and their advocates, and bear the consequences. -- Susan B. Anthony,
is a person who works hard all his life to become well known,
then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. - Fred
power is in the people over the government and not in the government
over the people -- James Madison
you can say anything you want -- as long as it doesn't have any
effect -- Paul Goodman
exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions
and institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging conceptions
and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently
the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
There is the whole case against censorship in a nutshell. - George
who undertake to pry into, or cleanse out all the filth of the
common sewer, either cannot have very nice noses, or will soon
lose them - William Hazlitt
censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- General William Westmoreland
trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the
intelligent are full of doubt. - Bertrand Russell
of faith is not doubt. The opposite of faith is certainty. A
person who claims to know the mind or will of God is pathological.
- The Rev. Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral
you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play
or not - Fran Lebowitz
finished changing, you're finished. - Benjamin Franklin
cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people,
who have a right . . and a desire to know; but besides this,
they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible,
divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge,
I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers." --
man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which
he has, and that which he thinks he has - Alphonse Kan
is that which can do without success - Emerson
is the pseudonym of God when he does not want to sign - Anatole
In a time
of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future.
The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world
that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer
doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can
change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that has -- Margaret
be fond of the world, even in order to change it -- G. K. Chesterton
come to a fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra
people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it's
pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting. --
Laura Ingalls Wilder
is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to
worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage coach, that it
is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in
a new place. -- Washington Irving
we cannot hope for order, let us withdraw with style from chaos.
-- Lord Malquist in `Lord Malquist and Mr. Moon' by Tom Stoppard
of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would
never be found out. --Thomas Babington Macaulay
is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles,
I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he was sure
of it. If at the end your cheerfulness is not justified, at any
rate you will have been cheerful. H.G. Wells
chemistry is the study of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the
study of carbon compounds that crawl -- Mike Adams
It's never too late to
have a happy childhood, and age only matters if you're a cheese.
- Rick Steves
I was thirteen, I thought my name was 'shut up' - Joe Namath
way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant,
and let the air out of their tires - Dorothy Parker
want your children to be brilliant, tell them fairy tales. If
you want them to be very brilliant, tell them even more fairy
tales. - Albert Einstein
it Jake, it's Chinatown -- 'Chinatown'
world were merely seductive that would be easy. If it were merely
challenging, that would be no problem. But I rise in the morning
torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy
the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. -- E. B. White
Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a
tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. His responses
was a question: "Where do you want to go?" "I
don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the
cat, "it doesn't matter." -- Lewis Carroll
Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually
reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree."
- Jefuchs, Reddit
simple way of presenting Christianity is to do it. -- Soren Kierkegaard
One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired
book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.
- Ambrose Bierce
your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are
so unlike your Christ. - Gandhi
children of the rich have grown critical with overabundance,
and nothing short of an electric tree with fairy effects produced
by that wizard bower, satisfies them. It is easy to spend $100
on the electricity alone if it is brought into the house for
this single service. - NY Times, 1894
no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with
God's work. - Brooks Atkinson
the Idler, UK]
As president of the Board of Trade, he nails his colors to the
mast with the following statement. "There is no reason at
all why people should wander about in a loafing and Idle manner;
if they are not earning their living they ought to be put under
some sort of control."
Churchill's time as Home Secretary was marred by Industrial unrest.
His hard-line response to the strikers is still remembered with
bitterness in many working class communities - none more so that
the Welsh town of Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley where, it has
been said, Churchill used soldiers against striking miners. Contemporary
evidence shows that it was the police and not the army who were
used at Tonypandy, but the troops were ready. Two miners are
reported to have died in the ensuing violence. This year, Churchill
also orders the breaking of the suffragettes. "The women's
suffrage movement is only the small end of the wedge," Churchill
proclaimed at the time. "If we allow women to vote it will
mean the loss of social structure and the rise of every liberal
cause under the sun. Women are well represented by their fathers,
brothers and husbands."
perhaps inherited these attitudes from his fearsome mother. "Lady
Churchill was an ardent opponent of women's suffrage and appeared
at anti-suffrage meetings, "reported the New York Times
at the time of Churchill's death in 1965. "She was often
accompanied by her son Winston at meetings where both were heckled
and booed by suffragettes."
Writes the following letter to his son Randolph. His sentiments
weakly echo those voiced by his own father about him forty years
earlier. "My dear Randolph, Your Idle and lazy life is v(er)y
offensive to me. You appear to be leading a completely useless
existence. You do not value or profit by the opportunities wh(ich)
Oxford offers for those who care for learning. You are not acquiring
any habits of industry or concentration. Even in Idleness you
find it trying to pass the day."
As foreign secretary, Churchill orders the use of mustard gas
against Kurdish Villages, "I do not understand this squeamishness
about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using gases
against uncivilised tribes."
Far from being hero-worshipped by the people of England, the
working classes hated him as a lackey of the ruling classes.
"Come World War Two most working class people's feelings
were that the Nazis had to be defeated," writes Frank Henderson,
a young soldier during the Second World War. "But that did
not mean we lost our hatred of Winston Churchill. The general
view was that, while we were stuck with him during the war, we
would get him out once it was over."
Defeated in the post-war general election.
we were fairly well penetrated. But the point is, so what? It
didn't save the USSR. And it didn't bring down the US -- Ex-CIA
officer Victor Marchetti
lounge in the cities! There is room & health in the country,
away from the crowds of idlers & imbeciles. Go west, before
you are fitted for no life but that of the factory. (New York
Tribune, 1841) - Horace Greely
our Lord's disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed
Him. If our Lord couldn't have perfection, how are you going
to have it in city government? - Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
cities must ever be centres of light and darkness; the repositories
of piety and wickedness; the home of the best and the worst of
our race -- Matthew Hale Smith, Sunshine and Shadow, 1868
is infested by gangs of hardened wretches [who] patrol the streets
making night hideous and insulting all who are not strong enough
to defend themselves -- NYC Mayor Philip Home, 1839
have the capability of providing something for everybody, only
because, and only when, they are created by everybody."
is composed of different kinds of men; similar people cannot
bring a city into existence. -- Aristotle
the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.
- Lewis Mumford
As a remedy
to life in society, I would suggest the big city. Nowadays it
is the only desert within our reach - Albert Camus
of a city street is formed over time from many, many little public
sidewalk contacts. It grows out of people stopping by at the
bar for a beer, getting advice from the grocer and giving advice
to the newsstand man, comparing opinions with other customers
at the bakery and nodding hello to the two boys drinking pop
on the stoop, hearing about a job from the hardware man and borrowing
a dollar from the druggist. Most of it is ostensibly utterly
trivial but the sum is not trivial at all. The sum of such casual,
public contact at a local level, most of it fortuitous, most
of it associated with errands, all of it metered by the person
concerned and not thrust upon him by anyone, is a feeling for
the public identity of people, a web of public respect and trust,
and a resource in time of personal or neighborhood need. - Jane
of arbitrary imprisonments, has been, in all ages, one of the
favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny. ~Alexander
dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained
dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.
-- George Orwell
there is something out there watching over us. Unfortunately
it's the government. -- Woody Allen
the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect
- Historian George Bancroft 1834
the machinery of law enforcement and indeed the nature of crime
itself have changed dramatically since the Fourth Amendment became
part of the Nation's fundamental law in 1791, what the Framers
understood then remains true today - that the task of combating
crime and convicting the guilty will in every era seem of such
critical and pressing concern that we may be lured by the temptations
of expediency into forsaking our commitment to protecting individual
liberty and privacy. - Justice William Brennan, 1984
man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the force of the crown.
It may be frail - its roof may shake - the wind may blow through
it - the storm may enter - the rain may enter - but the King
of England cannot enter! - all his force dares not cross the
threshold of the ruined tenement! - William Pitt
MORE CIVIL LIBERTIES QUOTATIONS
and tired of being sick and tired - Fannie Lou Hamer
confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed
with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable
conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride
toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku
Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order"
than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence
of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice;
who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek,
but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who
paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another
man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly
advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."
Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating
than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm
acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from the Birmingham
of the civil service is the orderly management of decline --
Peter Hennessy Whitehall, former head of the British Civil Service
is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities
- Edward R Murrow
civilization is destroyed, it will not be by barbarians from
below. Our barbarians come from above. - Henry Demarest Lloyd
is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants
to read. - Mark Twain
of all enterprises that require new clothes. - Henry David
there is a class war, but it's my class, the rich class, that
is waging the war, and we're winning. - Warren Buffet
You had but the moon
Stuck in Your cap for a lamp,
Even You'd tire of it soon,
Down in the dark and the damp.
but blackness above
And nothing that moves but the cars. . ..
God, if You wish for our love,
Fling us a handful of stars.
Untermeyer, Caliban in the Coal Mines
had known it would come to this he never would have discovered
us. - Clarence King to Henry Adams ca. 1892.
well-built, with good bodies and handsome features. . . They
do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword,
they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance.
They have no iron. Their spears are made out of cane. . . They
would make fine servants. . . With fifty men we could subjugate
them all and make them do whatever we want." - Christopher
Columbus writing in his logbook of what would be later called
is simply a funny way of being serious - Peter Ustinov
in the New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus
act, outlining the victim." -- EB White
is a social act. Whoever undertakes to sell any description of
any goods to the public, does what affects the interest of other
persons, and of society in general; and thus his conduct, in
principal, comes within the jurisdiction of society. - John Stuart
of presidential commissions on 'social problems' have a characteristic
style. Since the style is essential to the form, it can't be
transcended by the impressive intelligence, erudition, insight,
and humanity that at least some of its members bring to it. The
assumptions that create such commissions are typical of American
social thinking. The first of these assumptions is that 'social
problems' can be defined in isolation. This is based on contemporary
medical thinking, which in turn comes from the theory of auto
repair. That is: One does not see the problem as an ailing system,
one seeks a malfunctioning part which is then repaired or replaced.
When the system continues to ail, another part is sought, and
so on, ad infinitum. Although an inefficient and self-defeating
approach, it is highly lucrative. The excessive cost of human
and mechanical repair in our society is rooted in this peculiar
approach to systems and wholes. - Philip Slater, "Footholds:
Understanding The Shifting Sexual And Family Tensions In Our
is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
- Sir Barnett Cocks
is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing
but together can decide that nothing can be done. - Fred Allen
the Communists said about Communism was a lie, but everything
they said about capitalism turned out to be the truth. - 21st
century Russian proverb
belongs to us and whether it is mean or majestic, whether arrayed
in glory or covered in shame, we cannot but share its character
and destiny. -- Frederick Douglass
An event in which there are more losers than winners. Otherwise
it's not a competition. A society based on competition is therefore
primarily a society based on losers. - John Ralston Saul
are useless. They can only give you answers. - Pablo Picasso
to be enough for anyone. -- Bill Gates, 1981
of philosophy and literature is the talk of people trying to
convince themselves that they really like the cage they were
tricked into entering. - Gary Snyder
Junction, what's your function?
Hookin' up words and phrases and clauses.
Conjunction Junction, how's that function?
I got three favorite cars that get most of my job done.
Conjunction Junction, what's their function?
I got And, But, and Or.
They'll get you pretty far.
And! That's an additive, like "this and that"
But! That's sort of the opposite, "not this but that"
And then there's Or, O-R,
When you have a choice like "this or that".
And, But, and Or, get you pretty far!
after conquest, deeper and deeper into molasses... Flies conquer
the flypaper. Flies capture two hundred miles of new flypaper.
-- Lt. Tonder in 'The Moon is Down' by John Steinbeck
is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good - Steven
conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory - Steven Wright
asks, is it popular? Politics ask, will it work? But conscience
and morality ask, is it right? -- Martin Luther King Jr.
all but essentials - Description of by a contemporary of Gladstone
shits in a road will meet flies on his return - African proverb
of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the
line from a sufficient distance and it straightens itself to
the average tendency. -- R W Emerson
consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little
statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great
soul has nothing to do - Ralph Waldo Emerson
we can do right now; the unconstituional will take a little longer
-- Henry Kissinger
about 'constitutional rights,' 'free speech,' and the 'free press.'
Every time I hear these words I say to myself, 'That man is a
Red....' You never hear a real American talk like that. - Frank
Hague, Mayor of Jersey City 1917-47
Do I contradict
Very well, then, I contradict myself;
(I am large -- I contain multitudes)
myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my
own taste.- Marcel Duchamp
St. George and kept the dragon -- GK Chesterton of the Puritans
Everything has been said but not everyone has said it yet --
Rep. Morris Udall, 1988 Democratic convention
of futility that lies in wait for men's speeches had fallen upon
our conversation and made it a thing of empty sounds. -- Joseph
were we talking about?
Midge: We wasn't talkin. You was talkin.
Nat: What was I saying?
Midge: I wasn't listening either. -- Herb Gardner, 'I'm Not Rappaport'
self-assurance of certain people who think that because they
were completely wrong 20 years ago, they must be completely right
now that they entertain diametrically opposite opinions. It has
apparently not occurred to them that they could be completely
wrong both times -- Elmer Davis
here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness -- Thich
Bell was so fast he could get out of bed, turn out the lights
across the room and be back in bed under the covers before the
lights went out. - Josh Gibson of the Negro Baseball League
player who batted .400 several years and once stole 175 bases
in a season. It was said that he was so fast he once was hit
by a ball he had just batted as he headed for second base.
is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital
to form a corporation Clarence Darrow
Corporations are not people.
But they do like fucking you. - Daily
[These men] combine to
bring about as much financial stress as possible, in order to
discredit the policy of the government and thereby secure a reversal
of that policy, so that they may enjoy unmolested the fruits
of their own evil-doing. . . I regard this contest as one to
determine who shall rule this free country-the people through
their governmental agents, or a few ruthless and domineering
men whose wealth makes them peculiarly formidable because they
hide behind the breastworks of corporate organization. - Theodore
A corporation is an ingenious
device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
- Ambrose Bierce
is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood
is the legal fiction that property is a person - David Cobb
difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of
the few and the unscrupulous who represent or control capital.
Hundreds of laws of Congress and the state legislatures are in
the interest of these men and against the interests of workingmen.
These need to be exposed and repealed. All laws on corporations,
on taxation, on trusts, wills, descent, and the like, need examination
and extensive change. This is a government of the people, by
the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government
of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations. - How
is this? - Diary of Rutherford B Hayes
of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market
award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm
personal gesture by the individual to himself - John Kenneth
long been recognized, however, that the special status of corporations
has placed them in a position to control vast amounts of economic
power which may, if not regulated, dominate not only the economy
but also the very heart of our democracy, the electoral process
. . .The state need not permit it own creation to consume it.
-- Justices White, Brennan and Marshall in First National Bank
of Boston vs. Belotti, 1978
cannot be ethical; its only responsibility is to turn a profit
- Milton Friedman
is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital
to form a corporation -- Howard Scott.
you become more watchful in your states and check this spirit
of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges, you will in
the end find that the most important powers of government have
been given or bartered away, and the control of your dearest
interests have been passed into the hands of these corporations.
-- Andrew Jackson
is headed toward a single and splendid government of an aristocracy
founded on banking institutions and monied incorporations and
if this tendency continues it will be the end of freedom and
democracy, the few will be ruling and riding over the plundered
plowman and the beggar.-Thomas Jefferson
we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in
its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare
already to challenge our government to trial and bid defiance
to the laws of our country. I sincerely believe that banking
establishments are more dangerous than standing armies - Thomas
I hope we shall crush
in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which
dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength,
and bid defiance to the laws of our country. -Thomas Jefferson
does not imply causation. -- Statistician's maxim
mixture of sand and cement -- Boston mayor James Michael Curley
explaining why a highway overpass collapsed
beyond politics now" -- Richard Nixon in the movie 'Nixon'
talking about the involvement of the CIA and Mafia in Watergate.
I stole. But I stole it for you. - Georgia Gov. Eugene Talmadge
Three chords and the truth
- Harland Howard's definition of a country song
& Western song titles
Exes Live In Texas
Guys that Turn Me On Turn Me Down
Drinkin With Me Jesus? [I know you can walk on the water but
can you walk on this much beer?]
Broke My Heart at Walgreens and I Cried All the Way to Sears
Shave my Legs for This?
Me Jesus Through The Goal Posts Of Life
Biscuits In The Oven, And Your Buns In The Bed
is Lubbock in a rear view mirror.
I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?
the Shoes that Just Walked Out on Me
Her Oil, She Changed My Life
Care if it Rains or Freezes 'Long as I Have My Plastic Jesus
Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
for Her, She Fell for Him, and He Fell for Me
In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me
Tears In My Ears From Lying On My Bed Crying On My Pillow Over
Miss You On The Days That End In " Y "
Pass a Kidney Stone than Another Night With You
Killed You When I Wanted To, I'd be Out of Jail By Now
Were Oil, I'd Be A Quart Low
You Tomorrow, But Let's Honeymoon Tonight.
My Last Ten Dollars on Birth Control and Beer
Miserable Without You, it's Almost like Having you Here
a Beer as Cold as My Ex-Wife's Heart
Looking Back to See If You Were Looking Back to See If I Was
Looking Back to See if You Were Looking Back at Me
Back to My Fourth Wife for the Third Time and Gave Her a Second
Chance to Make a First
If I Can't
Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You
Were Oil, I'd Be A Quart Low
Nose Was Running Money, Honey, I'd Blow It All on You
Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me
Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead?
Don't Leave Me, I'll Find Someone Who Will
Loves Me But He Can't Stand You
here, living there, and lying in between --
to turn me to Jesus, but I turned to the devil's ways. And I
turned out to be the only hell my mama ever raised
Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking
Went to Bed With an Ugly Woman but I Sure Woke Up With a Few
Of My Double-Wide Trailer
White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer
Across My Heart Like It Was Texas
God and Greyhound You're Gone
to the Cathouse, I'm in the Doghouse With You
Ain't Enough Room in my Fruit Of The Looms to Hold All My Lovin'
for New York, Too Ugly for L.A.
Arms, Teflon Heart
Milwaukee Famous Has Made a Loser Out of Me
Jesus Wear A Rolex On His Television Show?
Stomped on My Heart and Mashed That Sucker Flat
the TV but You Were Aiming at Me
think my Bed was a Bus Stop, the Way You Come and Go
the Hangnail In My Life, And I Can't Bite You Off
the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Miss Him.
is the art of being the only one who knows you''re scared to
death - Earl Wilson
either I was crazy or the world was crazy; and I picked on the
world. And of course I was right. - Jack Kerouac
salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted - Martin
Luther King Jr.
two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in
the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and
the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the
side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out
and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men
still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who
are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and
the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called
umpires who stay all out the time and they decide when the men
who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the
men have been given out, and both sides have been out twice after
all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that
is the end of the game! - Washington Cricket League
more than a crime; it was a blunder -- Joseph Fouche. Also
attributed to Tallyrand
who dares commit a crime is guilty in a two-fold sense; first,
he is guilty against human conscience, and, above all, he is
guilty against the State in arrogating to himself one of its
most precious privileges. --- Mikhail Bakunin
was as solitary as a cry of protest; now it is as universal as
science. Yesterday it was put on trial; today it determines the
law. - Albert Camus
is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital
to form a corporation. - Clarence Darrow
idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears
you out." -Anton Chekhov
that the trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama,
is the most degraded of all trades, and that it has no real value.
However, let it go. It is the will of God that we must have critics,
and missionaries, and Congressmen, and humorists, and we must
bear the burden.- Mark Twain
is prejudice made plausible -- Mark Twain
are like a woodpecker, who, instead of enjoying the fruit and
shadow of a tree, hop incessantly around the trunk pecking holes
in the bark to discover some little worm or other - Henry
goes there anymore. It's too crowded. --Yogi Berra
while you're out smashing the state keep a smile on your lips
and a song in your hearts. - R Crumb
is a religion with no political power - Tom Wolfe
I added spaghetti, the detained Italians sent me an engrossed
testimonial and everybody else objected. If I put pierogi and
mazovian noodles on the table, the Poles were happy and the rest
disconsolate. Irish stew was no good for the English and English
marmalade was gunpowder to the Irish. The Scotch mistrusted both.
The Welsh took what they could get." -- Henry Curran,
Ellis Island commissioner. Found on the menu of Kelly's Ellis
Island Restaurant & Pub, which offers everything from St.
Louis spare ribs to vegetarian baked penne pasta.
who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn
to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams -
Mary Ellen Kelly
culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when
perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation
is a gift to the future. - Albert Camus
reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped
nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities.
They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but
they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy.
They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. . . They attack
maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. . . Nature,
having failed to equip them with a serviceable denial mechanism,
has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit. Curmudgeons
are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather
than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't
manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness.
Their awareness is a curse - Jon Winokur
Danger lies not in what
we don't know, but in what we think we know that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain
I was trying to daydream,
but my mind kept wandering. - Steven Wright
Ninety percent of the people
you meet in this town spend 100 percent of their time telling
you how great they are, and they can't move and talk at the same
time. So they stop to brag and you can just slide right on past
them. -- Jerry 'Bama' Washington
Without a deadline, baby,
I wouldn't do nothing. -- Duke Ellington.
I love deadlines. I like
the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. - Douglas Adams
What's important is the
journey, not the destination - Odysey
The idea is to die young
as late as possible - Ashley Montague
I've left this life with
no rancour, I'll never have toothache again, Now I lie in the
communal grave, the communal grave of time. - Georges Brassens
We thought the years would
They are all gone now, the days
We thought would not come for us are here.
- Kenneth Rexroth, elegy
in memory of his first wife, Andrée
Don't let it end like this.
Tell them I said something. - - last words of Pancho Villa
I would rather be
ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stifled by dryrot.
I would rather be a superb meteor,
every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time
London, sailor, tramp, gold miner, author
[On the other
hand, London committed suicide at age 40 leading Ford Maddox
Ford to say, "Like Peter Pan, he never grew up, and he lived
his own stories with such intensity that he ended by believing
I bequeath myself to
the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again
look for me under your boot-soles. - WALT WHITMAN
If I shouldn't be alive
When the robins come,
Give the one in red cravat
A memorial crumb.
If I couldn't thank you,
Being just asleep,
You will know I 'm trying
With my granite lip! - Emily Dickinson
I've seen a dying eye
Run round and round a room
In search of something as it seemed,
Then cloudier become
And then be soldered down
Without disclosing what it be
'Twere blessed to have seen. - Emily Dickinson
No man is an island,
entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part
of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the
less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor
of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man\'s death diminishes
me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send
to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. -John
Peace, peace! he is not
dead, he doth not sleep -
he hath awakened from the dream of life -
'Tis we, who lost in stormy visions,
keep with phantoms an unprofitable strife,
And in mad trance, strike with our spirit's knife
Invulnerable nothings. - We decay
Like corpses in a charnel; fear and grief
Convulse us and consume us day by day,
And cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay. --
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his Civility. -- Emily Dickinson
After the first death there
is no other -- Dylan Thomas after an air raid.
Donations may be sent to
the John Silber campaign or Humanitarian Aid to the Contras or
play your favorite lottery number. -- Death notice in Boston
Globe for former Cambridge City Councilmember Daniel J. Murphy,
Many men die at twenty-five
and aren't buried until they are seventy-five -- Benjamin Franklin
If to live is to be influenced
and to influence . . . surely to die is to be no longer able
either to influence or be influenced, and a man cannot be held
dead until both these two factors of death are present. If failure
of the power to be influenced vitiates life, presence of the
power to influence vitiates death. And no one will deny that
a man can influence for many a long year after he is vulgarly
reputed dead. -- Dr. Gurgoyle in Samuel Butler's 'Erewhon
Do not go gentle into that
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their
end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave
by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas
Sacred to the memory of
my husband John Barnes who died January 3, 1803 His comely young
widow, aged 23, has many qualifications of a good wife, and yearns
to be comforted. - Vermont gravestone
No dark colors and no crying
- Funeral instructions from New Orleans jazz musician Lionel
Death of a Salesman
CHARLEY - "Nobody
dast blame this man.... For a salesman, there is no rock bottom
to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you
the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the
blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start
not smiling back. . . that's an earthquake. And then you get
yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished.
Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy.
It comes with the territory."
The smart way to keep people
passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable
opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum -
even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives
people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all
the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced
by the limits put on the range of the debate. -- Noam Chomsky
Freedom to differ is not
limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere
shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to
differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.
If there is any fixed star in our constellation, it is that no
official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox
in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion,
or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
- Justice Robert Jackson
I never listen to
debates. They are dreadful things indeed. The plain truth is
that I am not a fair man, and don't want to hear both sides.
On all known subjects, ranging from aviation to xylophone-playing,
I have fixed and invariable ideas. They have not changed since
I was four or five. - HL Mencken
One must have some occupation
nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think
about. - Oscar Wilde
Years ago, I recognized
my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that
I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth... While there
is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element,
I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
- Eugene Debs
Implicit in the term `national
defense' is the notion of defending those values and ideals which
set this nation apart -- Justice Potter Stewart, 1967
The problem in defense
is how far you can go without destroying from within what you
are trying to defend from without. -- Dwight Eisenhower
Deeflation is inflated
the dollar so the sovereignity on the fundaments is entire in
escrow. So even if you gives a thing away you still gotta git
paid for it or the whole fiascal system becomes a automatic infield
out or a groun' rule double - Albert Alligator, Pogo, 1953
Never do tomorrow what
you can do the day after tomorrow - Mark Twain
An elected despotism is
not the government we fought for. - Thomas Jefferson
I know of no safe depository
of the ultimate power of the society but the people themselves;
and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise that
control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not take it
from them, but to inform their discretion. - Thomas Jefferson
Man's capacity for justice
makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice
makes democracy necessary. -- Reinhold Niebuhr
We can have democracy in
this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the
hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Louis Brandeis
It's republic if you can
keep it --Benjamin Franklin, asked what sort of government the
constitutional convention had chosen.
Democracy must be a sound
scheme at bottom, else it would not survive such cruel strains.
-- H. L. Mencken
Democracy is the recurrent
suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than
half of the time. -- EB White
In a democracy, men do
not seek authority so that they may impose a policy. They seek
a policy so that they may achieve authority. -- Gilbert Pinfold
in "The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold" by Evelyn Waugh
In a democracy, anyone
can be an elitist - Christopher Knight
No one pretends that democracy
is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy
is the worst form of government except all those other forms
that have been tried from time to time. -- Winston Churchill,
House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947.
We will have a liberal
democracy, or we will return to the Dark Ages - FDR, 1940
[The capability of the
NSA] any time could be turned around on the American people,
and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability
to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it
doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide. . . . There
would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort
to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter
how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government
to know. I don't want to see this country ever go across the
bridge. I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total
in America, and we must see to it that this agency [the National
Security Agency] and all agencies that possess this technology
operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that
we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which
there is no return. - Senator Frank Church (D-Idaho), investigating
the National Security Agency, 1975
All our political forms
are exhausted and practically nonexistent. Our parliamentary
and electoral system and our political parties are just as futile
as dictatorships are intolerable. Nothing is left. And this nothing
is increasingly aggressive, totalitarian, and omnipresent. Our
experience today is the strange one of empty political institutions
in which no one has any confidence any more, of a system of government
which functions only in the interests of a political class, and
at the same time of the almost infinite growth of power, authority,
and social control which makes any one of our democracies a more
authoritarian mechanism than the Napoleonic state. - Jacques
We received a letter from
the Writers War Board the other day asking for a statement
on The Meaning of Democracy. It presumably is our
duty to comply with such a request, and it is certainly our pleasure.
Surely the Board knows what democracy is. It is the line that
forms on the right. It is the dont in dont shove.
It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust
slowly trickles; it is the dent in the high hat. Democracy is
the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are
right more than half of the time. It is the feeling of privacy
in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries,
the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is a letter to
the editor. Democracy is the score at the beginning of the ninth.
It is an idea which hasnt been disproved yet, a song the
words of which have not gone bad. Its the mustard on the
hot dog and the cream in the rationed coffee. Democracy is a
request from a War Board, in the middle of a morning in the middle
of a war, wanting to know what democracy is. - E. B. White,
New Yorker, 1943:
The Democratic Party is
like a mule -- without pride of ancestry or hope of posterity
-- Ignatius Donnelly, 19th century politician
It's not denial. I'm just
very selective about the reality I accept - Calvin Trillan
Good design keeps the user
happy, the manufacturer in the black, and the aesthete unoffended.
-- Raymond Loewy
I'm decked in despair,
fraught with frenzy and replete with rue. -- Churchy LaFemme
Despair is the price
one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is
told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil
man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the
freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of good
will carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation
- Graham Greene'
she began, rather timidly. . . "would you tell me, please,
which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a
good deal on where you want to get to," said the cat. "I
don't care where..." said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter
which way you go," said the cat. - Lewis Carroll //
You don't get rich, you
don't often have much fun. Sometimes you get beaten up or shot
at or tossed into the jail house. Once in a long while you get
dead. Every other month you decide to give it up and find some
sensible occupation while you can still walk without shaking
your head. Then the door buzzer rings and you open the inner
door to the waiting room and there stands a new face with a new
problem, a new load of grief, and a small piece of money. - Raymond
"He has a sense of
character, or he would not know his job. He will take no man's
money dishonestly and no man's insolence without a due and dispassionate
revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is that you will treat
him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him. He talks
as the man of his age talks -- that is, with a rude wit, a lively
sense of the grotesque, a disgust for sham, and a contempt for
pettiness. The story is this man's adventure in search of a hidden
truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a
man fit for adventure. He has a range of awareness that startles
you, but it belongs to him by right, because it belongs to the
world he lives in. If there were enough like him, the world would
be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to
be worth living in." - Raymond Chandler
"The average detective story is
probably no worse than the average novel, but you never see the
average novel. It doesn't get published. The average -- or only
slightly above average -- detective story does.... Whereas the
good novel is not at all the same kind of book as the bad novel.
It is about entirely different things. But the good detective
story and the bad detective story are about exactly the same
things, and they are about them in very much the same way."-
You have to take the long
view. First, when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, man has already
progressed to the point where a commandment against cannibalism
was no longer necessary. And, second, it's like pissing on a
boulder. For the first few thousand years, you don't see any
effect. But after that, you start to see a definite impact."
-- I.F. Stone, when asked by journalist John Neary how "he
could stand shoveling the same shit year after year after year,
covering the same poltroons explaining and miscreants committing
the same miserable malfeasances."
The devil never comes offering
you something evil. The devil comes offering you a larger audience
-- Murray Kempton
I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything. - -Steven Wright
The Party seeks
power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the
good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth
or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power.
What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different
from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we
are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves,
were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian
Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never
had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended,
perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly
and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there
lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We
are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with
the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is
an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard
a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish
the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The
object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. -
George Orwell, 1984
You don't need
a totalitarian dictatorship like Hitler's to get by with murder
. . . You can do it in a democracy as long as the Congress and
the people Congress is supposed to represent don't give a damn
- William Shirer
The biggest things are
always the easiest to do because there is no competition -- William
Although he learned Italian
first, Joe, now 24, speaks English without an accent, and is
otherwise well adapted to most U.S. mores. Instead of olive oil
or smelly bear grease he keeps his hair slick with water. He
never reeks of garlic and prefers chicken chow mein to spaghetti.--
Life Magazine, 1939
Diplomacy is saying 'nice
doggy' until you find a rock -- Wyn Catlin
I'm convinced there's a
small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats
are taught to stammer. - Peter Ustinov
Even when he was peering
down a woman's dress at her breasts [he] managed to look as though
he was thinking about India. - Rebecca West, description of a
Unless we change direction,
we are likely to end up where we are headed -- Chinese proverb
You got to be careful if
you don't know where you're going, because you might not get
there. -- Yogi Berra
Unless you know the road
you've come down, you cannot know where you are going - Temne
proverb, Sierra Leone
I bequeath myself to
the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again
look for me under your boot-soles. - Walt Whitman
Disobedience, in the eyes
of any one who has read history, is man's original virtue. It
is through disobedience that progress has been made, through
disobedience and through rebellion. - Oscar Wilde
One of the advantages of
being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries
- A.A. Milne
Everywhere is walking distance
if you have the time. - Steven Wright
SAC Commander Jack D.
Ripper: A decision
is being made by the President and the Joint Chiefs in the War
Room at the Pentagon. And when they realize there is no possibility
of recalling the Wing, there will be only one course of action
open. Total commitment. Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau
once said about war? . . . He said war was too important to be
left to the generals. When he said that, fifty years ago, he
might have been right. But today, war is too important to be
left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training,
nor the inclination for strategic thought
I can no longer sit back
and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist
subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap
and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
Major Kong: "Look boys I ain't much of
a hand at making speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that
something doggoned important is goin' on back there. And I got
a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas
may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human beings
if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelings about
nuclear combat. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back
at home are counting on you and by golly we ain't about to let
them down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out
to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say
that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal
citations when this thing is over with. That goes for ever' last
one of you regardless of your race, color or creed. Now let's
get this thing on the hump...we got some flying to do."
"Survival kit contents
check. In them you'll find: one 45 caliber automatic, two boxes
of ammunition, four days concentrated emergency rations, one
drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep
pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills, one miniature combination
Russian phrase book and Bible, one hundred dollars in rubles,
one hundred in gold, nine packs of chewing gum, one issue of
prophylactics, three lipsticks, three pairs of nylon stockings.
Shoot! A fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with
all that stuff."
If you want a friend in
Washington, get a dog - Harry S, Truman
A dog teaches a
boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before
lying down - Robert Benchley
The average dog
is a nicer person than the average person. - Andy Rooney
Every dogma has its day
- Abraham Rotstein
Of all modern notions,
the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the house,
they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and
variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of
liberty, the only spot on earth where a man can alter arrangements
suddenly, make an experiment or engage in a whim. The home is
not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one
wild place in a world of rules and set tasks. - GK Chesterton
When we can't dream any
longer we die. - Emma Goldman
If you dream alone,
it's just a dream. If you dream together, it's reality - Brazilian
What happens to a dream
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore- and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
Like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load
Or does it just explode?
- Langston Hughes
The dreamer is the designer
of tomorrow. Practical men . . . can laugh at him; they do not
know that he is the true dynamic force that pushes the world
forward. Suppress him, and the world will deteriorate towards
barbarism. Despised, impoverished, he leads the way . . . sowing,
sowing, sowing, the seeds that will be harvested, not by him,
but by the practical men of tomorrow, who will at the same time
laugh at another indefatigable dreamer busy seeding, seeding,
seeding." - Ricardo Flores Magon
I envy people who
drink - at least they know what to blame everything on. - Oscar
Ah, lives there a man with
soul so dead, who never to himself hath said As he hunched and
rolled in his comfortable bed: To hell with the rent . . . I'll
drink instead! - Hunter S. Thompson.
When I was growing up,
drunkenness was not regarded as a social disgrace. To get enough
to eat was regarded as an achievement; to get drunk was a victory
- Brendan Behan
I saw more drug use at
Georgetown University Law Center when I was a student there than
I've seen anywhere else in my life. And some of those people
are judges. - Senator James Webb
If the words "life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don¹t include
the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the
Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written
on. - Terence McKenna
Sir, he was dull
in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull
in a new way and that made people think him great. - Samuel
Johnson's opinion of the later poet Thomas Gray