Quotes of the day: Anthony Kennedy

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 @ 10:42 PM EDT
Jul 22 2014

Anthony McLeod Kennedy (b. July 23, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Kennedy has often been the swing vote on many of the Court's 5–4 decisions. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.

The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight- out lie, the simple truth.

The Constitution doesn't belong to a bunch of judges and lawyers. It belongs to you.

As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom.

First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.

Our system presumes that there are certain principles that are more important than the temper of the times. And you must have a judge who is detached, who is independent, who is fair, who is committed only to those principles, and not public pressures of other sort.

We must never lose sight of the fact that the law has a moral foundation, and we must never fail to ask ourselves not only what the law is, but what the law should be.

At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life...

Sometimes you don't know if you're Caesar about to cross the Rubicon or Captain Queeg cutting your own tow line.

One can conclude that certain essential, or fundamental, rights should exist in any just society. It does not follow that each of those essential rights is one that we as judges can enforce under the written Constitution

You have plaintiffs attorneys, you have defense attorneys. So there is no unified bar that will protect a particular judge who has made a courageous decision that's unpopular.

The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation. The work of freedom is never done.

Democracy is something that you must learn each generation. It has to be taught.

We think it's important that America understand the strength it has in the arts as well as the sciences. We have to show the rest of the world that this is a civilization of great attainments and great accomplishments.

When Congress alters the federal balance, it must carefully consider the consequences of doing so.

In seeking rational explanations for irrational acts, an explanation becomes the excuse.

There's a time for debate and a time for consensus. There's a time for advocacy and time for first principles.

It's interesting that the more technologically advanced we become the more vulnerable our freedoms are. I just don't know quite what to do about that.

Why should world opinion care that the American Administration wants to bring freedom to oppressed peoples? Is that not because there’s some underlying common mutual interest, some underlying common shared idea, some underlying common shared aspiration, underlying unified concept of what human dignity means?

An activist court is a court that makes a decision you don't like.

Lawyers and judges have come to believe the basic principles of human rights are common to the peoples of world.

(Today is also the birthday of Raymond Chandler.)

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The party's over

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 @ 8:31 PM EDT
Jul 22 2014

(by Farley Katz in The New Yorker)

Categories: Cartoons; Farley Katz; The New Yorker; Weird Al Yankovic

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Quotes of the day: Albert Brooks

Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 @ 12:18 AM EDT
Jul 22 2014

Albert Lawrence Brooks (born Albert Lawrence Einstein; July 22, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, writer, comedian, and director. He received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for his role in Broadcast News. His voice acting credits include Marlin the clownfish in Finding Nemo, and recurring guest voices for the animated television series The Simpsons, including Russ Cargill in The Simpsons Movie. He has written, directed and starred in several comedy films (Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), and Defending Your Life (1991)) and is the author of the satire 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America (2011). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Art and resistance are great together. That's what art's made for. Look at Vincent van Gogh: He didn't cut off his ear because he was selling well.

Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.

Being a screenwriter in Hollywood is like being a eunuch at an orgy. Worse, actually, at least the eunuch is allowed to watch.

Even the earthquakes in L.A. are shallow.

Ever try and be funny to a guy on meth?

Had an unexplained burst of happiness today. Doctor said not to worry it will go away.

I don't want to be the one to break it to you, but the future ain't that funny.

I had a very wise person tell me that he thinks marriage, when you're younger, you keep thinking you can fix things. That's what people do. And you can't really fix anything. It shouldn't be a massive difficult thing every day. Life's difficult enough.

I think I envy my dog, because my dog is 16 and she's limping and she's still living, but she doesn't look at me like she knows. She's not thinking what I'm thinking. It's a cruel trick, that we all know the ending.

If anything happens to me tell every woman I've ever gone out with I was talking about her at the end. That way they'll have to reevaluate me.

If we had three million exhibitionists and only one voyeur, nobody could make any money.

In the beginning of any career, in every job, people are always forcing you to the middle.

Just saw a story where Subway's foot longs are only measuring 11 inches. Subway's response: It was cold.

Kids have the opposite of Alzheimer's: They remember too much.

Most entertainment is trying to get you. It's tested, like toothpaste.

My email was hacked but the guy was funnier so I left it alone.

Relaxation is the absence of worry.

The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable.

There are so many people on Twitter now that are offended by everything so to save time, f**k you.

There's nothing funny about flying to Houston.

Twitter is the Devil's playground... It's a horrible waste of time for the writer of it, the reader of it. We will lose the war to China because of Twitter.

When I die, if the word 'thong' appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up.

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Quotes of the day: Marshall McLuhan

Published Monday, July 21, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jul 21 2014

Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC (July 21, 1911 - December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions "the medium is the message" and "the global village," and for predicting the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. Although he was a fixture in media discourse in the late 1960s, his influence began to wane in the early 1970s. In the years after his death, he continued to be a controversial figure in academic circles. With the arrival of the internet, however, interest in his work and perspective has renewed. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perception and arbitrary values.

All words, in every language, are metaphors.

Any loss of identity prompts people to seek reassurance and rediscovery of themselves by testing, and even by violence. Today, the electric revolution, the wired planet, and the information environment involve everybody in everybody to the point of individual extinction. (1975)

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.

Art is whatever you can get away with.

At the very high speed of living, everybody needs a new career and a new job and a totally new personality every ten years. (1973)

Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.

Computers can do better than ever what needn't be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.

Good taste is the first refuge of the non-creative.

Great ages of innovation are the ages in which entire cultures are junked or scrapped.

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.

I've always been careful never to predict anything that had not already happened.

In television, images are projected at you. You are the screen. The images wrap around you. You are the vanishing point.

Instead of scurrying into a corner and wailing about what media are doing to us, one should charge straight ahead and kick them in the electrodes

Language is a form of organized stutter.

Man in the electronic age has no possible environment except the globe and no possible occupation except information-gathering

Man works when he is partially involved. When he is totally involved he is at play or leisure.

Money is a poor man's credit card.

Mysticism is just tomorrow's science dreamed today.

New media are new archetypes, at first disguised as degradations of older media.

Omnipresence has become an ordinary human dimension.

One of the effects of living with electric information is that we live habitually in a state of information overload. There's always more than you can cope with.

Only puny secrets need protection. Big secrets are protected by public incredulity.

Only the vanquished remember history.

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.

Poetry and the arts can't exist in America. Mere exposure to the arts does nothing for a mentality which is incorrigibly dialectical.

School is the advertising agency which makes you believe you need the society as it is.

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America- not on the battlefields of Vietnam.

The bible belt is oral territory and therefore despised by the literati.

The global village is a place of very arduous interfaces and very abrasive situations.

The inner trip is not the sole prerogative of the LSD traveler; it's the universal experience of TV watchers.

The media have substituted themselves for the older world.

The more data banks record about us, the less we exist.

The more you make people alike, the more competition you have. Competition is based on the principle of conformity.

The most human thing about us is our technology.

The mother tongue is propaganda.

The percept takes priority of the concept.

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

There is a real, living unity in our time, as in any other, but it lies submerged under a superficial hubbub of sensation.

We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.

We have become like the most primitive Palaeolithic man, once more global wanderers, but information gatherers rather than food gatherers. From now on the source of food, wealth and life itself will be information.

What disqualifies war from being a true game is probably what also disqualifies the stock market and business- the rules are not fully known nor accepted by all the players.

When new technologies impose themselves on societies long habituated to older technologies, anxieties of all kinds result.

World War III is a guerrilla information war, with no division between military and civilian participation.

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Requiem for a fictional Scotsman

Published Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 12:50 AM EDT
Jul 20 2014

Other kids worshipped baseball players. My hero was a fictional Scottish engineer from the 23rd century.

Before the terms geek and nerd entered the vernacular, we were called brains, or, more cruelly, weirdos. We built Heathkits, disassembled televisions and tape recorders, and bribed the librarian to give us first crack at the new issues of Popular Science and Popular Electronics, usually by changing the ribbon or switching the golf balls on her newfangled IBM Selectric.

The normal people left us alone until they needed their eight tracks fixed, or someone to set up the projector for health class, or install a new ink pad on the mimeograph machine. Task completed, we would be summarily dismissed with a curt thank you. We'd return to the backstage of the auditorium/gym, the traditional sanctuary of the oddballs on the audio/visual team.

Scotty was our hero because he was one of us. Instead of the backstage, he was buried in the bowels of the Enterprise's engineering section, which wasn't even in the main part of the ship. There he ruled, serenely, totally in control, obtaining supreme satisfaction in the knowledge that while the idiots on the bridge were supposedly in charge, he was the one who made possible their continued existence.

And then there was the Spock business. We Scotty aficionados resented the Vulcan science officer. In the first place, the whole "I'm totally in control and have no emotions" thing was patently dishonest. He was like the guy on the AV squad who discovered girls over the summer and was suddenly Mr. Cool. Yeah, right. When his girlfriend dumped him for the football team towel manager (quasi-athlete is still better than certified nerd), he nearly fried the pre-amp in the PA system by replacing the 1 megohm resistor in the main power supply with a 1K unit while in his emotionally distraught state.

Spock was our high school principal, a pointy eared deus ex machina who appeared and broke the rules of the game. I recall spending days overhauling the motor and drive assembly of an old Wollensak reel-to-reel mono tape recorder, finally getting its wow and flutter back within specs. Rather than praise my efforts, the principal said "Oh, we'll just buy a new one." Buy a new one? The possibility had never even been presented to me! This is the parsimonious wretch who only two weeks ago made me use rubber bands to replace the capstan drive belt to save 50 cents! No wonder Scotty drank himself into oblivion when he was off duty!

The Star Trek writers used Spock and abused Scotty in the same manner. They placed the Enterprise in some ludicrous situation which had no resolution, then sent Spock down into engineering to order Scotty to perform some action totally in violation of Trek's already delusional laws of physics.

Until the arrival of Bill Gates, Scotty was the first expression of the belief that the nerds could probably run things better, but were disinclined to deal with such mundane challenges. Notice that when he was forced to take the con of the Enterprise- usually because Kirk was being held captive by the father of the native princess he'd just boinked into delirium, and the hyper-intelligent Spock had been rendered unconscious by a judiciously applied blunt object wielded by an alien with the appearance and IQ of a turnip- Scotty was by far the best strategic commander of the lot.

When you saw him in the captain's chair, you knew Kirk and Spock had screwed up yet again- but you also knew things would turn out fine because the Scotsman would handily defeat the enemy du jour and would beam his sorry superiors' behinds back up to ship before the last commercial break. And then what would happen? The episode would end with Kirk and Spock congratulating themselves on their ingenuity while Scotty had already disappeared back into the depths of engineering to deal with the real responsibility of keeping the ship running.

Those of you who have saved customer presentations, demos and initial installations from ten-thumbed marketing types know what I'm talking about. The suits go out for a night on the town to celebrate their technical savvy and sales skills, while you're stuck in the cheap hotel room with a poorly stocked mini-bar that you're not permitted to access anyway because of the cost, on the phone resolving a customer crisis while simultaneously answering inane support questions via e-mail. And frankly, you're happy about it. Who wants to listen to salesmen talk about sports?

But I digress.

Scotty embodied the benefits of technology and the "can do" attitude that pervaded the 60s. Oh, he might complain mightily about some absurd demand being placed upon him: what geek isn't conservative when it comes to maintaining stable environments for critical systems? But he believed, as did his real-world counterpart Gene Krantz, that "Failure is not an option." It's the unspoken challenge that motivates those of us for whom Scotty is the ultimate role model.

Montgomery Scott, the fictional character, will continue to perform engineering miracles indefinitely on film, video, DVD, and media yet to be devised. For that, we are grateful. But I sincerely mourn the passing of James Montgomery Doohan- ironically, on the 36th anniversary of the first manned moon landing- who made Scotty the cultural icon he became.

The word is given, Mr. Scott. Warp speed.

(Originally published July 24, 2005.)

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Quotes of the day: Frantz Fanon

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 9:38 PM EDT
Jul 19 2014

Frantz Fanon (July 20, 1925 - December 6, 1961) was a Martinique-born, French Creole psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer whose works are influential in the fields of post-colonial studies, critical theory, and Marxism. As an intellectual, Fanon was a political radical, and an existentialist humanist concerning the psychopathology of colonization, and the human, social, and cultural consequences of decolonization. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.

Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.

Fervor is the weapon of choice for the impotent.

He who is reluctant to recognize me opposes me.

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.

Imperialism leaves behind germs of rot which we must clinically detect and remove from our land but from our minds as well.

Mastery of language affords remarkable power.

Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.

The business of obscuring language is a mask behind which stands the much bigger business of plunder.

The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.

The peasants alone are revolutionary, for they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps.

There is a point at which methods devour themselves.

They realize at last that change does not mean reform, that change does not mean improvement.

Violence is man re-creating himself.

We believe that an individual must endeavor to assume the universalism inherent in the human condition.

What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.

What matters is not to know the world but to change it.

When people like me, they like me 'in spite of my color.' When they dislike me; they point out that it isn't because of my color. Either way, I am locked in to the infernal circle.


(Today is also the birthday of Ernest Hemingway.)

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On tolerance and intolerance...

Published Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 7:39 PM EDT
Jul 18 2014

A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant.
-Albert Einstein

Because we have sought to cover up past evil, though it still persists, we have been powerless to check the new evil of today. Evil unchecked grows, Evil tolerated poisons the whole system.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

Clever men will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness; every authority rouses their ridicule, every superstition amuses them, every convention moves them to contradiction.
-Henri Frédéric Amiel

Endurance is not toleration.

History balances the frustration of 'how far we have to go' with the satisfaction of 'how far we have come.' It teaches us tolerance for the human shortcomings and imperfections which are not uniquely of our generation, but of all time.
-Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

I believe that the fundamental alternative for man is the choice between 'life' and 'death;' between creativity and destructive violence; between reality and illusions; between objectivity and intolerance; between brotherhood-independence and dominance- submission.
-Erich Fromm

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind, yet strangely, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
-Kahlil Gibran

I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I have zero tolerance for self-inflicted drama.
-Tina Roth Eisenberg

I respect those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them.
-Charles de Gaulle

If it was necessary to tolerate in other people everything one permits in oneself, life would be unbearable.
-Georges Courteline

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
-Theodor W. Adorno

It is our utopias that make the world tolerable to us: the cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.
-Lewis Mumford

It's a stupid word... tolerance.
-Phyllis Schlafly

Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
-Bergen Evans

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on 'I am not too sure.'
-H.L. Mencken

New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
-James Agate

No man has a right in America to treat any other man 'tolerantly,' for tolerance is the assumption of superiority.
-Wendell Willkie

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.
-Rex Stout

Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.
-Franklin P. Adams

Our universities are so determined to impose tolerance that they'll expel you for saying what you think and never notice the irony.
-John Perry Barlow

Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty.
-Will Durant

Southerners have a genius for psychological alchemy. If something intolerable simply cannot be changed, driven away or shot they will not only tolerate it but take pride in it as well.
-Florence King

Stop tolerating in your leaders what you would not tolerate in your friends.
-Michael Ventura

The bleak fact is that new tolerances often resemble the old intolerances. In many instances, bitterness over having been 'the oppressed' seems to be little more than jealousy over not having been the oppressor.
-Jim Goad

The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.
-Frank Kent

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
-Anthony Kennedy

The highest result of education is tolerance.
-Helen Keller

The idea that horrors are required to give zest to life and interest to art is the idea of savages, men of no experience worth mentioning, and of merely servile, limited sensibilities. Don't tolerate it.
-George Santayana

The most intolerable pain is produced by prolonging the keenest pleasure.
-George Bernard Shaw

The perception of poverty as morally intolerable in a rich society had to await the emergence of a rich society.
-Nathan Rosenberg

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
-Oscar Wilde

The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
-John Gardner

The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
-Albert Einstein

The world tolerates conceit from those who are successful, but not from anybody else.
-John Blake

The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
-H.L. Mencken

There are three intolerable things in life- cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women.
-Orson Welles

There's no one more intolerant than a liberal in San Francisco.
-Tim Goodman

To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.
-Eric Hoffer

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.
-Thomas Mann

Tolerance comes with age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tolerance does not... do anything, embrace anyone, champion any issue. It wipes the notes off the score of life and replaces them with one long bar of rest. It does not attack error, it does not champion truth, it does not hate evil, it does not love good.
-Walter Farrell

Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.
-Will Durant

Tolerance is an admirable intellectual gift, but it is worth little in politics.
-Woodrow Wilson

Tolerance is just a makeshift, suitable for an overcrowded and overheated planet. It carries on when love gives out, and love generally gives out as soon as we move away from our home and our friends.
-E.M. Forster

Tolerance is only another name for indifference.
-W. Somerset Maugham

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
-G.K. Chesterton

Tolerance, good temper and sympathy are no longer enough in a world where ignorance rules, and Science, which ought to have ruled, plays the pimp.
-E.M. Forster

Tolerance: (n) Openness to all ideas from the Left.
-Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley

Tolerating those who will not tolerate you is more correctly known as cowardice.
-Perry de Havilland

Toleration is a good thing in its place; but you cannot tolerate what will not tolerate you, and is trying to cut your throat.
-J.A. Froude

Too much of what passes as tolerance in America is not the result of principled judgment but is simple moral indifference.
-Daniel Taylor

True Patriotism, it seems to me, is based on tolerance and a large measure of humility.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

We have to go forth and crush every world view that doesn't believe in tolerance and free speech.
-David Brin

We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.
-Margaret Chase Smith

We tend to idealize tolerance, then wonder why we find ourselves infested with losers and nut cases.
-Patrick Nielsen Hayden

While the American system may be forgivingly tolerant of people with wild and dangerous ideas, it doesn't generally let them run the country.
-Gerard Baker

Who teaches you tolerance? Maybe sometimes your children teach you patience, but always your enemy will teach you tolerance. So your enemy is really your teacher.
-Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama)

Whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in America is lighting a fire underneath his own home.
-Harold E. Stassen

You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry.
-Susan B. Anthony

You would not even tolerate for one moment the conduct in an individual that is commonplace in the acts of some nations. You would lock up such a person.
-L. Ron Hubbard

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Published Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 8:50 AM EDT
Jul 18 2014

Forgot to mention- today is also the birthday of Hunter S. Thompson and Nelson Mandela.

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Quotes of the day: Jane Austen

Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 7:43 PM EDT
Jul 17 2014

Jane Austen (December 16, 1775 – July 18, 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lady, without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others.

A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.

But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.

Handsome is as handsome does; he is therefore a very ill-looking man.

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit.

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

I speak what appears to me the general opinion; and where an opinion is general, it is usually correct.

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.

One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

People always live forever when there is an annuity to be paid them.

Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor, which is one very strong argument in favour of matrimony.

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.

Those who do not complain are never pitied.

We do not look in great cities for our best morality.

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation?

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Quotes of the day: Walter Cronkite

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 8:52 PM EDT
Jul 16 2014

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchor of the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). He was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll. He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including World War II; the Nuremberg trials; the Vietnam War; Watergate; the Iran hostage crisis; and the murders of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A lack of good news? What do they want us to do? Cover all the cats that didn't get stuck in trees today?

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.

And that's the way it is.

For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling 'civilized?' And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.

Freedom is a package deal- with it comes responsibilities and consequences

I regret that, in our attempt to establish some standards, we didn't make them stick. We couldn't find a way to pass them on to another generation, really.

I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it's a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.

I think somebody ought to do a survey as to how many great, important men have quit to spend time with their families who spent any more time with their family.

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.

It is not the reporter's job to be a patriot or to presume to determine where patriotism lies. His job is to relate the facts.

Justice was born outside the home and a long way from it; and it has never been adopted there.

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine

Television... is not a substitute for print.

The battle for the airwaves cannot be limited to only those who have the bank accounts to pay for the battle and win it.

The first priority of humankind in this era is to establish an effective system of world law that will assure peace with justice among the peoples of the world.

There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.

Those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war.

We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.

While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace.

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