Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-31


"Every body is a critic."

Robert Southey (1774-1843) Letter to Robert Rickman (May 30, 1804)

Waldorf and Statler from The Muppet Show (circa 1975)
Waldorf and Statler from The Muppet Show (circa 1975)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-30, Memorial Day


"I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here, beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung."

James A. Garfield (1831-1881) Speech at Arlington Cemetery on Decoration Day (May 30, 1868)

Twilight at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (2012)
Twilight at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (2012)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-29


"Every great scientific truth goes through three stages. First, people say it conflicts with the Bible. Next they say it had been discovered before. Lastly they say they always believed it."

Louis Agassiz (1807-1873) Quoted in Harper's Bazaar (August 6, 1870)

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition by Cristiano Banti (1857)
Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition by Cristiano Banti (1857)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-28


"Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else—and failing."

Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923) Quoted by Jean Cocteau in his acceptance speech to the Académie Française (October 20, 1955)

Slim Pickins as Major T.J. Kong in Dr. Strangelove, riding an atomic bomb as it falls to Earth (1964)
Slim Pickins as Major T.J. Kong in Dr. Strangelove, riding an atomic bomb as it falls to Earth (1964)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-26


"The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) "The Conservative," A Lecture delivered at the Masonic Temple, Boston (December 9, 1841)

The Third-Term Panic by Thomas Nast, from Harper's Weekly (November 7, 1874)
The Third-Term Panic by Thomas Nast, from Harper's Weekly (November 7, 1874)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-24


"It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) Journal entry, "Cambridge, July 1842"

Portrait of a young man representing the nativist ideal of the Know Nothing party (1854)
Portrait of a young man representing the nativist ideal of the Know Nothing party (1854)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-23


"I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense."

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) Journal entry (November 17, 1896)

Letter to three year old Eric Moore, one of the children of Potter's last governess, Annie Carter-Moore (August 21, 1892)
Letter to three year old Eric Moore, one of the children of Potter's last governess, Annie Carter-Moore (August 21, 1892)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-22


"Party is the madness of many, for the gain of a few."

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) "Thoughts on Various Subjects," published by Jonathan Swift in Miscellanies, volume 2 (1727)

Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and Melania Trump during the Trump's wedding reception at their Mar-a-Lago estate (January 22, 2005) Photograph by Maring Photography

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-21


"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) On Liberty, chapter 2 (1859)

Mug shot of Emma Goldman, after being falsely implicated in the McKinley assassination (September 10, 1901)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-16


"At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation, and prejudice."

Gore Vidal (1925-2012) "Sex and the Law," Partisan Review (Summer 1965)

Students burn desegregation literature at the University of Alabama while protesting the enrollment of Autherine Lucy (February 6, 1956)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-15


"Defend your opinion only if it can be shown to be true, not because it is your opinion."

Jack McDevitt (1935-    ) Omega, chapter 33 (2003)

Artist is unknown (cira 2013). If anyone has any information about them, please contact me, and I will give proper credit

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-14


"Fate will not be confined by paragraphs."

Alfred Rosenberg (1893-1946) On the limitations of written constitutions. Memoirs of Alfred Rosenberg (1946)

American hostages are paraded before the news media after Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran (November 4, 1979)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-12


"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral."

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Letter to Eugen Heinrich Schmitt (October 12, 1896)

Anti factory farming ad campaign created by Voiceless (2012)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-11


"We are dealing with [veterans], not procedures; with their problems, not ours."

Omar Bradley (1893-1981) "General Bradley Speaks of Personnel Affairs," Veterans Administration Personnel Bulletin IB-5, Volume 11 (May 31, 1947)

Original caption: "At the Bronx VA Hospital veteran Frank Stoppiello, wounded in the Ashau Valley in Vietnam, gives a cigarette to quadriplegic Andrew Kmetz, an Army veteran, as they wait for treatment. Because of overcrowding, they must share a corner with trash cans." (May 22, 1970) Photo by Co Rentmeester for Life magazine

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday, May 09, 2016

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-07


"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better."

Edsger W. Dijkstra (1930-2002) "On the nature of Computing Science" (EWD896) August 10, 1984

Form RFC791 for Internet Protocol (circa 1999)

Friday, May 06, 2016

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-04


"Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made."

John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) Quoted in "An Impeachment Trial" by the editors of The Chronicle, University of Michigan (March 17, 1869)

Street art by Mogul, in Stockholm, Sweden

Monday, May 02, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-02


"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."

Max Planck (1858-1947) "Epilogue: A Socratic Dialogue," Where is Science Going? (1932)

Hand with Reflecting Sphere by M.C. Escher (January 1935)

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-05-01


"Whenever I stumble over my own feet, or blurt out a thought that makes no sense at all, or leave the house wearing one pattern too many, I always think, It's okay, I'm from New Jersey. I love New Jersey, because it's not just an all-purpose punch line, but probably a handy legal defense, as in, 'Yes, I shot my wife because I thought she was Bigfoot, but I'm from New Jersey.'"

Paul Rudnick (1957-    ) I Shudder (2009)

Promotional image with Vincent Schiavelli as John O'Connor, John Lithgow as Lord John Whorfin, and Christopher Lloyd as John Bigbooté from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-29


"Most armies are in fact run by their sergeants—the officers are there just to give things a bit of tone and prevent warfare from becoming a mere lower-class brawl."

Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) The Carpet People, chapter 16 (1971)

British soldiers marching into Colesberg, South Africa during the Second Boer War (December 31, 1901)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-26


"The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue."

Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) Speech during the Protestant Council of the City of New York banquet at the Astor Hotel after accepting its Family of Man award (October 28, 1964)

Screenshot from the season 25 episode of The Simpsons, Four Regrettings and a Funeral (November 3, 2013)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-24


"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."

Epistle of James, chapter 1, verses 19-20

While Captain America mourns Sharon Carter, the Hulk has other plans (November 11, 2013) PVP by Scott R. Kurtz

Friday, April 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-22


"Constant and frequent questioning is the first key to wisdom. … For through doubting we are led to inquire, and by inquiry we perceive the truth."

Peter Abelard (1079-1142) Sic et Non, Prologue (1120)

Abelard and his Pupil Heloise by Edmund Leighton (1882)
Abelard and his Pupil Heloise by Edmund Leighton (1882)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-20


"The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself."

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982) "In Praise of Dissent," The New York Times Book Review (December 16, 1956)

Mug shot of Ezra Pound after his surrender to the U.S. Military in northwestern Italy (May 26, 1945)
Mug shot of Ezra Pound after his surrender to the U.S. Military in northwestern Italy (May 26, 1945)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-19


"That worst evil of long dictatorships: the loss of all political experience."

James Cameron (1911-1985) "Spain Under Franco," News Chronicle, March 3, 1954

A Moscow woman rests her bag on a discarded symbol of Communism (November 1, 1990) Photograph by Alexander Nemenov
A Moscow woman rests her bag on a discarded symbol of Communism (Nov 1, 1990) Photo by Alexander Nemenov

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-16


"The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known."

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Notebooks, "Morals"


The HAL-9000 being interviewed in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The HAL-9000 computer being interviewed in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-04-12


"Through [Pennsylvania Station] one entered the city like a god. Perhaps it was really too much. One scuttles in now like a rat."

Vincent Scully (1920-    ) American Architecture and Urbanism (1969)

Pennsylvania Station concourse from the southeast (April 24, 1962, 1:43 PM) Photograph by Cervin Robinson