Posts Tagged ‘quotes’

…Yet even in the stress of work it is often sound policy for a man to halt for a moment and collect his thoughts. There must be some diagnosis of the problem before him, the end to which his work is directed, the conditions under which he labours. While it is useless to tell the story of a task before it is done, it is often politic to re-examine the difficulties and to get the mind clear as to what the object of all this strife and expense of money may be. Ideals are all very well in their way, but they are apt to become very dim lamps unless often replenished from the world of facts and trimmed and adjusted by wholesome criticism. — John Buchan.

Found in the “Introductory” to The African Colony: Studies in the Reconstruction, 1903.

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This snippet of John Wayne monologue from “The Alamo” has a pointed way of describing what happens to a man when he decides to do wrong.

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From Randy Alcorn, on his Facebook page:

Unfortunately, many nonbelievers know only two kinds of Christians: those who speak the truth without grace and those who are very nice but never share the truth. What they need to see is a third type of Christian—one who, in a spirit of grace, loves them enough to tell them the truth. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” http://ref.ly/Ep4.15

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‘America was designed by Providence for the theatre on which man was to make his true figure, on which science, virtue, liberty, happiness, and glory were to exist in peace.’

– John Adams, quoted in ‘The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution’, by Bernard Bailyn, p. 20

hat tip: Scott Ott (on Facebook)

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So, what’s more thrilling than hitting a home run to win a World Series game? Carlton Fisk said…(click through to find out).

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From a Mere Comments post by James M. Kushiner:

Heads, hearts, not to mention C. S. Lewis’s “chest” need to be properly formed, that is to say, informed. Those who object that this amounts to indoctrination are probably most likely to be the most eager to educate your children.


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I have been hearing that Saul Alinsky dedicated Rules for Radicals to Lucifer.

Well, yes and no.

I went over to browse the book on Amazon, and this is what I found. On an introductory page, prominently featured, are three quotes. The first, from Rabbi Hillel, urges, “Where there are no men, be thou a man.” The second is from Thomas Paine (ellipsis in original): “Let them call me a rebel, and welcome, I feel no concern for it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul…” The third is attributed to Saul Alinsky: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

Uhm. While not quite being a bald dedication of the book to Satan, I think it’s fair to say that to list Lucifer as the first radical – not to mention an effective one – in a book laying out rules for self-proclaimed radicals, is neither a profession of faith in God Almighty (aka “the establishment”?); nor an invitation to loyally serve Him or His children here on Earth.

God have mercy.

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The following is from a letter Donald J. Boudreaux sent to the Washington Post:

Speculations centered on party struggles are tiresome.

The real struggle is between persons who love liberty and persons enthralled with power.  A liberty lover refuses to exercise power over others and, therefore, has solid principles upon which he can stand when defending himself against those who would exercise power over him.  In contrast, someone enthralled with power – by endorsing its exercise over others – kicks out from beneath his own feet the principles he will need to stand on when the time comes for him to defend himself against the power of those who would force him to submit to their will.

Full letter here.

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In the 1904 novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill, G.K. Chesterton explained the game of “Cheat the Prophet”:

The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is going to happen in the next generation. The players wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.

Hat tip: the essay “Politics and ‘Cheat the Prophet'” in The Pursuit of Virtue & Other Tory Notions, George F. Will (Touchstone, 1982).

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So true

This quote is used to introduce the novel The Proposal, by Angela Hunt (Tyndale House, 1996):

It is not the lie that passeth through the mind, but the lie that sinketh in, and settleth in it, that doth the hurt. – Francis Bacon, “Of Truth”

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