Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-28


"Authoritarianism and secrecy breed incompetence; the two feed on each other. It's a vicious cycle. Governments with authoritarian tendencies point to what is in fact their own incompetence as the rationale for giving them yet more power."

Josh Marshall (1969-    ) "I Was Finally Able," Talking Points Memo (January 17, 2006)

Interior of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, after housing refugees of Hurricane Katrina "in lawless squalor" (September 2, 2005) Photograph by James Nielsen
Interior of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, after housing refugees of Hurricane Katrina "in lawless squalor" (September 2, 2005) Photograph by James Nielsen

Monday, June 27, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-27


"I have Immortal longings in me."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Antony and Cleopatra, act 4, scene 2 (circa 1607)

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse (1896)
Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse (1896)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-26


"Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people that you never met."

Doug Stanhope (1967-    ) No Refunds, recorded at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City (March 12, 2007)

Donald Trump holding a bible while speaking at a Faith and Freedom Coalition forum in Des Moines, Iowa (September 19, 2015) Photograph by Brian C. Frank
Donald Trump holding a bible while speaking at a Faith and Freedom Coalition forum in Des Moines, Iowa (September 19, 2015) Photograph by Brian C. Frank

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-25


"Virginity, virginity, when you leave me, where do you go? / I am gone and never come back to you. / I never return."

Sappho (circa 630-570 BCE) Fragment

The Vestal Virgin Tuccia by Giovanni Battista Moroni (circa 1555)
The Vestal Virgin Tuccia by Giovanni Battista Moroni (circa 1555)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-22


"What is hateful to thee, do not unto thy fellow; this is the whole law. All the rest is a commentary to this law."

Hillel the Elder (circa 110-10 BCE) Quoted in the Talmud, "Tractate Shabbat," chapter 2

La justice by Bernard d’Agesci
La Justice by Bernard d'Agesci

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-20


"Of what use is freedom of speech to those who fear to offend?"

Roger Ebert (1942-2013) Review of Talk Radio in the Chicago Sun-Times (December 21, 1988)

Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) getting his mouth taped by trainer Angelo Dundee during the weigh-in before his fight with Doug Jones (March 1963) Photograph by George Silk
Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) getting his mouth taped by trainer Angelo Dundee during the weigh-in before his boxing match with Doug Jones (March 1963) Photograph by George Silk

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-17


"I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul."

James Joyce (1882-1941) "Ireland, Island of Saints and Sages," a lecture at Università Popolare, Trieste, Austria-Hungary (April 27, 1907)

An unidentified Magdalene Laundry in Ireland (circa 1900)
An unidentified Magdalene Laundry in Ireland (circa 1900)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-15


"People don't ever seem to realise that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune."

William McFee (1881-1966) Casuals of the Sea, book 2, chapter 6 (1916)

The crew of Black Hawk helicopter Super 6-4 a month before the Battle of Mogadishu; from left: Winn Mahuron, Tommy Field, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Mike Durant (September 1993) Photograph by Army Ranger Phil Lepre
The crew of Black Hawk helicopter Super 6-4 a month before the Battle of Mogadishu; from left: Winn Mahuron, Tommy Field, Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Mike Durant (September 1993) Photograph by Army Ranger Phil Lepre

Monday, June 13, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-13


"For someone like me, it is a very strange habit to write in a diary. Not only that I have never written before, but it strikes me that later neither I, nor anyone else, will care for the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl."

Anne Frank (1929-1944) The Diary of a Young Girl, June 20, 1942 (1947)

Bronze sculpture of Anne Frank by Sara Pons Arnal (2001) near the corner of Travessia de Sant Antoni and Plaça d'Anna Frank in Barcelona
Bronze sculpture of Anne Frank by Sara Pons Arnal (2001) near the corner of Travessia de Sant Antoni and Plaça d'Anna Frank in Barcelona (Photograph by Enfo)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-11


"He who inflicts a vile and unjust harm by using the power and the force with which he is invested, does not conquer; the true victory is to have on one's side Right naked and entire."

Luís de Camões (1524-1580) Os Lusíadas, canto 10, stanza 58 (1572)

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An unknown protester facing down a column of tanks on Chang'an Avenue near the Beijing Hotel, during the Tiananmen Square Protests (June 5, 1989) Photograph by Jeff Widener

Friday, June 10, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-10


"As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself."

Larry Flynt (1942-    ) "Don't Execute the Man Who Paralyzed Me," The Hollywood Reporter (October 17, 2013)

Electric Chair at Sing Sing by William van der Weyde (circa 1900)
Electric Chair at Sing Sing by William van der Weyde (circa 1900)

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-09


"The way society is organized at the moment, we have no choice but to blame men for bad behavior. If we allowed men to act like unrestrained horny animals, all hell would break loose. All I'm saying is that society has evolved to keep males in a state of continuous unfulfilled urges, more commonly known as unhappiness."

Scott Adams (1957-    ) "Pegs and Holes," Scott Adams' Blog (June 15, 2011)

John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the "Mark it Zero" scene from The Big Lebowski (1998)
John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the "Mark it Zero" scene from The Big Lebowski (1998)

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-07


"It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory."

Thomas Mann (1875-1955) "The War and the Future," Order of the Day (1942)

Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1830)
Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix (1830)

Monday, June 06, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-06


"Perhaps a revolution can overthrow autocratic despotism and profiteering or power-grabbing oppression, but it can never truly reform a manner of thinking; instead, new prejudices, just like the old ones they replace, will serve as a leash for the great unthinking mass."

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) "Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment?," Berlinische Monatsschrift (December 1784)

Illustration for the Women's March on Versailles by an unknown artist (1789)
Illustration for the Women's March on Versailles by an unknown artist (1789)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-05


"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be."

Robert Fulghum (1937-    ) It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It (1988)

Pastorale by Rupert Bunny (1893)
Pastorale by Rupert Bunny (1893)

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-04


"One thing we know about incentives is you can't incent a dead person. No matter what we do, Hawthorne will not produce any more works, [even if] we can give him all the money in the world."

Lawrence Lessig (1961-    ) Debate with Jack Valenti on "The Future of Intellectual Property on the Internet" at Harvard University Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society (October 1, 2000)

Stereoscopic portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne (circa 1860-1865)
Stereoscopic portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne (circa 1860-1865)

Friday, June 03, 2016

Quote of the Day for 2016-06-03


"Before the civil war commenced, the United States of America were colonies, and we should not forget that such communities do not cease to be colonies because they are independent."

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) Speech in the House of Commons (February 5, 1863)

Alma Parens (The Motherland) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1883)
Alma Parens (The Motherland) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1883)

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