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Quotation Of The Day

A place to post quotations that inspired you, made your day better, or made you pause and think.

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 13. 9 Replies

The Last American

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 8. 4 Replies

Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by eric stone Mar 6. 37 Replies

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 6, 2017 at 8:10am

I found the following a couple years ago and posted it on a blog, but it's worth repeating. Once again, I think it is very applicable to the current time:

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
-- Frederick Douglass

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2017 at 11:05am

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (often attributed to George Eliot)

Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2017 at 9:58am

Oh, gad!  In going through my Babylon 5 quotes, I ran onto one which is too apropos not to post!

Centauri Attache Vir Cotto: I thought the purpose of filing these reports was to provide accurate intelligence.
Centauri Ambassador Londo Mollari: Vir, intelligence has nothing to do with politics.

-- Babylon 5, "Point of No Return"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2017 at 9:48am

Loren - you reminded me of a favorite from Aleister Crowley: The universe is a practical joke on the part of the general at the expense of the particular.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2017 at 9:34am

Daniel, your Margaret Mead quote reminded me of one from one of my favorite writers, J. Michael Straczynski:

The avalanche has started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote.
-- Vorlon Ambassador Kosh, Babylon 5, "Believers"

And while I'm thinking about that brilliant series:

The universe is driven by the complex interaction between three ingredients: matter, energy, and enlightened self-interest.
-- Narn Ambassador G'Kar, Babylon 5, "Survivors"

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2017 at 8:41am

BB, we can use that expression for "The Tremendous One".  If you want to claim him.

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand - Kurt Vonnegut
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2017 at 7:19am

On of my favorite quotes of multiple attributions (and in this case, with multiple referents as well) is from some conversation about some despicable dictator we were upholding - He may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch.

Kevin Drum with Washington Monthly did some research.

by Kevin Drum May 16, 2006 5:36 PM POLITICS
“BUT HE’S OUR SON OF A BITCH”….I’d never thought about this before, but inspired by an offhand comment here I went looking for the origin of the famous “son of a bitch” quote. Here are three contenders:

Reference.com: It was Roosevelt who made the often-quoted remark about the dictator of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza: “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

Dick Morris: FDR?s memorable characterization of Spain?s brutal dictator Francisco Franco: ?Sure he?s a son of a bitch, but he?s our son of a bitch.?

Michael Wood: Rafael Le?nidas Trujillo, long-term dictator of the Dominican Republic….The Americans supported him because, as Cordell Hull said, in a phrase since used countless times of other unappealing figures, ‘he was a son of a bitch, but he was our son of a bitch.’

Bottom line: we don’t know who said it, who it was said of, or where it came from. Or whether anyone ever said it at all. Apparently the best we can do is this guy, who tracked it back to a 1966 biography of Trujillo written by Robert Crassweller. However, when he contacted the author, Crassweller told him that although the quote had “acquired a great deal of generality,” he didn’t have any way of tracking it down.

Yet another famous quote that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. How many more are there?

Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2017 at 9:16pm

I have a copy of Good Night and Good Luck but haven't made myself watch it yet.  More something wrong with me than the movie.

I wanted to comment on a trend, which is some great quotations seem to have multiple sources.  I noted that a long time ago with one means a lot to me.  I first saw it attributed to Margaret Mead, "Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads 'Not Guilty'.  Later, I saw that attributed to Stanislaw Jerzy Lec:  "No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."    Then I found the same quotation attributed to Voltaire, centuries earlier.  My guess - only a guess - is that the others did not intentionally plagiarize, but were quoting, possibly without attribution.  The listener or readers attributed the originality to the person quoting, and perpetuated the mistake.  Mikey Weinstein also wrote a book titled "No Snowflake in an Avalanche".   Maybe a great quotation, like a victory, can have one thousand fathers - or mothers - while one that falls flat is an orphan.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 4, 2017 at 11:58am

Eisenhower was something of a religious nut, or so it seems to me.  The way One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Created Religious America paints him as a critical player in that whole business ... and frankly reduces his stature in my eyes by more than a little.

As for Murrow, if you haven't seen it already, I urge you to watch Good Night and Good Luck, which tells the story of the contretemps between the reporter and the junior senator from Wisconsin.  Potent stuff.

Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2017 at 11:17am

Great quotations Joan and Loren!

I remember reading that Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex.  He was right.  I don't know how he rated as a president.  He apparently expanded the role of religion in American life.  The country was at it's historic most prosperous for white people, but black people were yet to experience even the most basic civil rights.  Women and LGBT people were yet to have the kind of progress that happened later, too.

Murrow's quotation reminds us that the fake "equal time" that pervades our news in the name of supposed fairness, is not a new thing.  It's like someone says the earth is round, so you have to round up people to claim it's flat, or is really a tortoise balanced on three little elephants.

Some time I will add a favorite of mine from Voltaire. 

Keep 'em coming!  This is great!

 

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