Archive for December, 2011

Quote of the day, Jan. 1

December 31, 2011

Jacob Bronowski, on dissent

“Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 31

December 30, 2011

John F. Kennedy, on dissent

“Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 30

December 30, 2011

Cicero, on expression

“I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 29

December 29, 2011

Benjamin Disraeli, on expression

“Never apologize for showing feeling. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 28

December 27, 2011

Edward Gibbon, on the Athenians

“In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 27

December 25, 2011

Ambrose Bierce, on history (from The Devil’s Dictionary)

“History. n. An account, mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 26

December 25, 2011


“Laws are silent in times of war.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 25

December 24, 2011

Liu Xiaobo, on freedom of expression

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth.”


Quote of the day, Dec. 24

December 22, 2011

Jeremy Bentham, on open government

“Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 23

December 22, 2011

Robert Frost, on education

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”