Friday, October 09, 2015
Thursday, October 08, 2015
"I kno plenty ov folks who are so kondem kontrary, that if they should fall into the river, they would insist upon floating up stream."
— Josh Billings (1818-1885) Affurisms: "Phish Bawls"
|Fred Phelps (center), infamous leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, being creatively photobombed (circa 2006)|
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
"When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him Vandal. When he wantonly destroys one of the works of God we call him Sportsman."
— Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) "The Vandal and the Sportsman," The Great Chain of Life
|Dr. Walter Palmer, dentist and avid big game hunter from Minnesota, who is accused of killing a protected lion named Cecil, in Zimbabwe in June 2015.|
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
"It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness."
— John Milton (1608-1674) The Second Defense of the People of England, page 32
|Hope by George Frederic Watts (1886)|
Monday, October 05, 2015
"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother."
— Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) Women and the New Race
|Cover of the Birth Control Review for November 1923, from The American Birth Control League, the precursor to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America|
Sunday, October 04, 2015
"It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes."
— Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," The Chameleon, December 1894, Page 2
|Tracey Walter as Miller and Emilio Estevez as Otto, in Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984)|
Saturday, October 03, 2015
"We must be on our guard against giving interpretations [of scripture] which are hazardous or opposed to science, and so exposing the word of God to the ridicule of unbelievers."
— Saint Augustine (354-430) The Catholic Encyclopedia's terse distillation of De Genesi ad Litteram, volume 1, chapter 19, paragraph 39
|Greeting card by Dan Regan for the Shoebox division of Hallmark.|
Friday, October 02, 2015
"Defoe says that there were a hundred thousand stout country fellows in his time ready to fight to the death against popery without knowing whether popery was a man or a horse."
— William Hazlitt (1778-1830) "On Prejudice," Sketches and Essays
|Provenance of this image is unknown. If anyone knows its origin, please contact me and I will give proper credit.|
Thursday, October 01, 2015
"Autobiography—that unrivalled vehicle for telling the truth about other people."
— Philip Guedalla (1889-1944) "Biographers and Their Victims," Debate with A.G. Gardiner at The London School of Economics, June 1923
|For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington by Donald Regan, White House Chief of Staff under Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1987.|
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
"With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another."
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) Miscellaneous Writings, Notebook L, number 81
|Beginner's Bible Coloring Book by Derek Chatwood|
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
"The flow'rs anew, returning seasons bring; / But beauty faded has no second spring."
— Ambrose Philips (1674-1749) "Lobbin," Pastorals (first set)
|Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks canoeing on the pool at their Pickfair estate (circa 1920s).|
Monday, September 28, 2015
"Necessity never made a good bargain"
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard's Almanack, 1735
|Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, and John Cleese in the "Won't Haggle" scene from Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979).|
Sunday, September 27, 2015
"There's one thing about baldness; it's neat."
— Don Herold (1889-1966) There Ought to be a Law
|Promotional picture of Cynthia Nixon, who played Vivian Bearing in the Broadway play Wit (2012)|
Saturday, September 26, 2015
"'Come, come,' said Tom's father, 'at your time of life, / There's no longer excuse for thus playing the rake— / It is time you should think, boy, of taking a wife.' / 'Why, so it is father—whose wife shall I take?'"
— Thomas Moore (1779-1852) "A Joke Versified," Fables for the Holy Alliance
|Illustration and title page of The Country Wife by William Wycherley.|
Friday, September 25, 2015
"A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
— Father Ronald Knox (1888-1957) Quoted by Colin Blakemore in his 1976 Reith Lecture: Mechanics of the Mind, lecture 5: "A Burning Fire", chapter 5, page 137
Thursday, September 24, 2015
"Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war—for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more."
— John Lennon (1940-1980) Quoted in The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
|John Lennon as Pvt. Gripweed in How I Won the War (1967)|
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
"Assassination is the extreme form of censorship."
— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet, Preface
|The blood stained lyrics to Shir La’Shalom (Song of Peace) found in Yitzhak Rabin's pocket, after his assassination by Yigal Amir at Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv, following a rally in support of the Oslo Peace Accord (November 4, 1995).|
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
"Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist there is no God."
— Heywood Broun (1888-1939) "A New Preface to an Old Story," Broun's Nutmeg, August 19, 1939
|Terry Gilliam's conception of God, purportedly based on cricketer W.G. Grace, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.|
Monday, September 21, 2015
"There is a great deal to be said for the Arts. For one thing they offer the only career in which commercial failure is not necessarily discreditable."
— Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) "The Way to Fame"
|Andy Warhol, Self-Portraits in Drag, 1980-1982 Polaroid. (In collaboration with Christopher Makos)|
Sunday, September 20, 2015
"But what experience and historians teach is this—that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on the principles deduced from it."
— Georg Hegel (1770-1831) Lectures on the Philosophy of History, "Introduction"
|George W. Bush and his inner circle, photographed in the Cabinet Room of the White House in December 2001. From left: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vice President Dick Cheney, the president, National-Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, White House chief of staff Andrew Card, C.I.A. director George Tenet (seated), and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld., Photograph by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.|
Saturday, September 19, 2015
"Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
— Daniel Daly (1874-1937) During the Battle of Belleau Wood, June 6, 1918. Quoted by Floyd Gibbons in And They Thought We Wouldn't Fight
|La Brigade Marine Americaine au Bois de Belleau by Georges Scott (1918), published in L'Illustration|
Friday, September 18, 2015
"The soul, too, has her virginity and must bleed a little before bearing fruit."
— George Santayana (1863-1952) "Normal Madness," Dialogues in Limbo
|The Two Fridas by Frida Kahlo (1939). It was painted the same year she divorced Diego Rivera.|
Thursday, September 17, 2015
"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
— Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Speech at the Royal Academy of Arts banquet, April 30, 1953
|Her Last Supper from the series Her by Marjorie Salvaterra (2014)|
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
"Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own."
— Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986) "Purely Personal Prejudices," Strictly Personal
|Hippasus after being thrown overboard by the disciples of Pythagoras for arguing that irrational numbers exist -OR- by the gods as punishment for disseminating the knowledge of said numbers.|
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) The "Chance for Peace" address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
|"Camels search for untainted shrubs and water in the burning oil fields of" Al Ahmadi, Kuwait after the Gulf War. Photograph taken by Steve McCurry and published in National Geographic, August 1991.|
Monday, September 14, 2015
"There are bad manners everywhere, but an aristocracy is bad manners organized."
— Henry James (1843-1916) The Point of View
|The Bush Family in the Red Room of the White House on January 6, 2005. (Photograph by Eric Draper)|
Sunday, September 13, 2015
"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him."
— John, Lord Morley (1838-1923) On Compromise
|Martin Luther King, Jr., arrested for "loitering" at the Montgomery, Alabama court house awaiting a hearing for Ralph Abernathy, September 3, 1958. An anxious Coretta Scott King looks on at right. (Photograph by Charles Moore/Black Star)|
Saturday, September 12, 2015
"Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building."
— Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) The Holy State, Book 2, chapter 7
|The living room from Frances W. Little's summer house in Wayzata, Minnesota, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1912, and rebuilt inside the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.|
Friday, September 11, 2015
"They named it Ovation from the Latin Ovis, [a sheep]."
— Plutarch (46-120) Parallel Lives, "Marcellus," section 22
|Festa di Pales, o L'Estate by Joseph-Benoît Suvée (1783). After an Ovation the subject would sacrifice a sheep, as opposed to a triumph where the animal was an ox.|
Thursday, September 10, 2015
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
— Winston Churchill (1874-1965) Quoted in Reader's Digest, December 1954
|British prime minister Neville Chamberlain displaying the Anglo-German Declaration to a crowd at|
the Heston Aerodrome on September 30, 1938. Later that day, in front of 10 Downing Street, he would
declare "I believe it is peace for our time." Within a year Britain would be engulfed in World War II.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
"To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves."
— Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) The Doors of Perception, Page 13
|Members of Anonymous with Guy Fawkes masks at the Baldwin Research Institute|
(Church of Scientology) in Los Angeles, CA. (Photograph by Vincent Diamante)
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
"A stiff apology is a second insult."
— G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) "The Real Dr. Johnson," The Common Man
|A humorous take on Alfred Leete's Lord Kitchener Wants You recruiting poster.|
Monday, September 07, 2015
"This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper."
— T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) "The Hollow Men," Poems: 1909-1925
|The Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and the Taking of Guy Fawkes by Henry Perronet Briggs (circa 1823)|
Sunday, September 06, 2015
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy of human beings."
— Helen Keller (1880-1968) My Religion, chapter 6
|The decomposed body of a German soldier, killed near the village of Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, November 1, 1916.|
Saturday, September 05, 2015
"I've never met a healthy person who worried much about his health, or a good person who worried much about his soul."
— J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) Attributed
|Life Simplified by Matthieu Barrère|
Friday, September 04, 2015
"Violent antipathies are always suspicious, and betray a secret affinity"
— William Hazlitt (1778-1830) "On Vulgarity and Affectation," Table-Talk, volume 1
|Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman|
Thursday, September 03, 2015
"A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements in that sentence are connected by an and and not by a but."
— John Berger (1926- ) About Looking
|Swimming pigs of Big Major Cay in Exuma, Bahamas (Photograph by Christopher Dorobek)|
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
"Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future."
— Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) "War Situation," speech in the House of Commons, June 18, 1940. After the fall of France.
|Aftermath of the Dieppe Raid, August 19, 1942.|
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
"As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before."
— Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) Les Caractères
|Marie Antoinette au Tribunal Révolutionnaire|
Engraving by Alphonse François, from a painting by Paul Delaroche (1857)
Monday, August 31, 2015
"Where all think alike, no one thinks very much."
— Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) The Stakes of Diplomacy
|A flock of sheep, photographed on June 3, 2014 in Karsdorf, Germany by Jan Woitas (DPA/AFP/Getty Images)|
Sunday, August 30, 2015
"A good storyteller is a person who has a good memory and hopes other people haven't."
— Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) Quoted in Reader's Digest, 1939
|George W. Bush declares "New Orleans is back, and better than ever" at Warren Easton High School on|
August 28, 2015, a day before the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Saturday, August 29, 2015
"I don't know who my grandfather was, and am more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
— Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Quoted by Ida Tarbell in The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln
|Slave children, probably in North Carolina, cira 1860.|
Friday, August 28, 2015
"[America is] just a nation of 220 million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns, and no qualms at all about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."
— Hunter S. Thompson (1939-2005) Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, September
|President Nixon, while Vietnam War protesters interrupted a campaign rally at the Nassau Coliseum|
on Long Island, NY, October 23, 1972. (Photograph by Michael Evans for The New York Times)
Thursday, August 27, 2015
"Ambition, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead."
— Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) The Devil's Dictionary, "A" section
|George W. Bush flipping off the camera while getting ready for a local television|
appearance. The never-aired footage was uploaded to YouTube on March 5th, 2006.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
"No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good."
— Mandell Creighton (1843-1901) Quoted by Louise Creighton in Life and letters of Mandell Creighton
|Jesus doesn't love you.|
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
"An ally has to be watched just like an enemy."
— Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Quoted by Adam Bruno Ulam in Expansion and Coexistence
|Chancellor Merkel as Maria Von Trapp, singing The Sound of Music for President Obama at the G7 Summit in 2015.|
Near the end of 2013, it was reported the NSA had bugged her cell phone.
Monday, August 24, 2015
"When you say that you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice."
— Prince Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) Attributed
|The seagull attraction at Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park. (2015)|
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
"The past is never dead. It's not even past."
— William Faulkner (1897-1962) Requiem for a Nun, Act 1, scene 3
|David Duke attending a Louisiana Ku Klux Klan rally in 1979 (Photograph by Michael P. Smith)|
Friday, August 21, 2015
"It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other."
— Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) Speech before the House of Commons, April 11, 1845
|Punch cartoon of Prime Minister William E. Gladstone and the Landlord and Tenant (Ireland) Act 1870.|
Thursday, August 20, 2015
"The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything."
— Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young," The Chameleon, December 1894, Page 3
|Monty Python Live (mostly) (2014) Left to right, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.|
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
"Never did Christ utter a single word attesting to a personal resurrection and a life beyond the grave."
— Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) What I Believe, Chapter 8
|The resurrection of Jesus (photograph by Giedrius Blagnys)|
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
"Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."
— George Orwell (1903-1950) Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Chapter 3
|Scene from They Live (1988)|
Monday, August 17, 2015
"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself."
— Voltaire (1694-1778) La Femme Qui a Raison, Act 1, scene 2