Archive for December, 2017

Quote of the day, Dec. 21

December 21, 2017

John Steinbeck, on winter

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”


Quote of the day, Dec. 20

December 21, 2017

T.S. Eliot

“These fragments I have shored against my ruins.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 19

December 19, 2017

Tommy Keene, from “Places That Are Gone”

Because, these are places that are gone
Now we can go on and on
Back before you knew me well
I was trapped inside a shell …

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man

“When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 17

December 17, 2017

Patrick Henry, on transparency

“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”


Quote of the day, Dec. 16

December 17, 2017

Albert Camus, on rebellion (from The Rebel)

“What is a rebel? A man who says no.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2017

James Madison, on liberty (1792)

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example . . . of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 14

December 15, 2017

John F. Kennedy, on the free exchange of ideas

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 13

December 15, 2017

Robert E. Lee, on war

“To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 12

December 12, 2017

Christopher Hitchens, on freedom of expression

“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time.”