Archive for November, 2017

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 29, 2017

Harry S. Truman, on censorship

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 28

November 29, 2017

Midnight Oil, from “Beds Are Burning”

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty five degrees
The time has come
To say fair’s fair
To pay the rent
To pay our share
The time has come
A fact’s a fact
It belongs to them
Let’s give it back …

Quote of the day, Nov. 27

November 27, 2017

Lord Chesterfield, from Letters to His Son (1774)

“An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 27, 2017

Oliver Wendell Holmes, on power

“The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 25

November 27, 2017

James Otway, from Venice Preserved

“Justice is lame as well as blond, amongst us.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 24, 2017

J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 23

November 23, 2017

Wendell Berry, from The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members—among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 22

November 22, 2017

Toni Morrison, from Beloved

“In Ohio seasons are theatrical. Each one enters like a prima donna, convinced its performance is the reason the world has people in it.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 21

November 21, 2017

William L. Shirer, from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

“A people who had so lightly given up their political and cultural and economic freedoms were not, except for a relatively few, going to die or even risk imprisonment to preserve freedom of worship.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 20

November 21, 2017

Thomas Carlyle, on narrative

“Narrative is linear, and action is solid.”