Archive for November, 2016

Quote of the day, Dec. 1

November 30, 2016

John F. Kennedy, on history (1963)

“There is an old saying that things don’t happen, they are made to happen. And we in our years have to make the same wise judgments about what policies will ensure us a growing prosperity as were made in the years before. The whole experience between two world wars, which were so tragic for this country, should tell us that we cannot leave it to mere chance and accident. It requires the long range judgment of all of us, the public judgment, not only the pursuit of our private interests but the public judgment of what it takes to keep 180 million people gradually rising. And anyone who thinks it can be done by accident and chance should look back on the history of 1919 to 1939 to know what can happen when we let natural forces operate completely freely.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 30

November 29, 2016

Ronald Reagan, on mankind

“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 28, 2016

Charles Babbage, on education and innovation

“If we look at the fact, we shall find that the great inventions of the age are not, with us at least, always produced in universities. The doctrines of ‘definite proportions,’ and of the ‘chemical agency of electricity,’—principles of a high order, which have immortalized the names of their discoverers,—were not produced by the meditations of the cloister: nor is it in the least a reproach to those valuable institutions to mention truths like these. Fortunate circumstances must concur, even to the greatest, to render them eminently successful. It is not permitted to all to be born, like Archimedes, when a science was to be created; nor, like Newton, to find the system of the world ‘without form and void’; and, by disclosing gravitation, to shed throughout that system the same irresistible radiance as that with which the Almighty Creator had illumined its material substance. It can happen to but few philosophers, and but at distant intervals, to snatch a science, like Dalton, from the chaos of indefinite combination, and binding it in the chains of number, to exalt it to rank amongst the exact.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 28

November 28, 2016

Proverbs, 17:28

“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2016

Ralph Richardson, on acting

“Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 26, 2016

Paulo Freire, on the oppressed (from Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968)

“The oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 25

November 25, 2016

Bart Starr, on hard work

“If you work harder than somebody else, chances are you’ll beat him though he has more talent than you.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 24, 2016

Chuck Jones, on being Bugs Bunny

“I have to think as Bugs Bunny, not of Bugs Bunny.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 23

November 24, 2016

Jim Henson, on life

“Life’s like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 22

November 22, 2016

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from “The Sign of Four”

Holmes: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”