Archive for March, 2017

Quote of the day, April 1

March 31, 2017

John Stuart Mill, from On Liberty (1859)

“The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

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Quote of the day, March 31

March 31, 2017

Horace Greeley, on the press

“Then hail to the Press! chosen guardian of freedom! Strong sword-arm of justice! bright sunbeam of truth!”

Quote of the day, March 30

March 30, 2017

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, on science

“Our true mentor in life is science.”

Quote of the day, March 29

March 28, 2017

Thomas Campbell, from “Men of England”

Men of England! who inherit
Rights that cost your sires their blood!
Men whose undegenerate spirit
Has been proved on field and flood …

Quote of the day, March 28

March 28, 2017

Winston S. Churchill, from A History of the English-Speaking Peoples: The Birth of Britain (1956)

“Unlike the remainder of Western Europe, which still retains the imprint and tradition of Roman law and the Roman system of government, the English-speaking peoples had at the close of the period covered by this volume [699-1485] achieved a body of legal and what might also be called democratic principles which survived the upheavals and onslaught of the French and Spanish Empires. Parliament, trial by jury, local government run by local citizens, and even the beginnings of a free Press, may be discerned, at any rate in primitive form, by the time Christopher Columbus set sail for the American continent.”

Quote of the day, March 27

March 27, 2017

David Brinkley, on the successful man

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

Quote of the day, March 26

March 26, 2017

Steven Wright, on research

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.”

Quote of the day, March 25

March 25, 2017

Charles Dickens, from Our Mutual Friend

“He could not be a lighterman or river-carrier; there was no clue to what he looked for, but he looked for something with a most intent and searching gaze.”

Quote of the day, March 24

March 25, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May, after the Westminster attack

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our  Capital City, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.   These streets of Westminster—home to the world’s oldest Parliament—are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents—democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law—command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.  That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.  But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

Quote of the day, March 23

March 23, 2017

William E. Gladstone

“Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.”