Magnificent Monday Quotes – One Great Quote

I can’t remember when I first stumbled across this one…but it’s a doozy.

“He is a man with a gun. He is a killer, a slayer. Patient and gentle as he is, he is a slayer. Self-effacing, self-forgetting, still he is a killer. . . All the other stuff, the love, the democracy, the floundering into lust, is a sort of by-play. The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted.” — D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (1923)

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Magnificent Monday Quotes – Anglosphere Edition

Since I’m currently reading The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon, I thought that I would do a post of quotes about and from the Anglosphere.

“God bless America. God save the Queen. God defend New Zealand and thank Christ for Australia.”– Russell Crowe

“Seldom have so few done so much for so many” – Winston Churchill

“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will Lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.” – William Somerset Maugham

“None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.” – John Milton

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine

Breathes there the man with soul so dead

Who never to himself hath said,

This is my own, my native land!

Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d

As home his footsteps he hath turn’d

From wandering on a foreign strand?

Sir Walter Scott

Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,

Our love where we spent our toil,

And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,

We pledge to our native soil.

God gave all men all earth to love,

But since our hearts are small,

Ordained for each one spot should prove

Beloved over all.

Rudyard Kipling

Magnificent Monday Quotes – George F. Will Edition

“A politician’s words reveal less about what he thinks about his subject than what he thinks about his audience.”

“A society that thinks the choice between ways of living is just a choice between equally eligible ‘lifestyles’ turns universities into academic cafeterias offering junk food for the mind.”

“Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.”

“As advertising blather becomes the nation’s normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.”

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”

“Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one’s friends.”

“Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.”

“Conservatives define themselves in terms of what they oppose.”

“Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings.”

“If you seek [Alexander] Hamilton’s monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton’s country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.”

“If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.”

“In the lexicon of the political class, the word “sacrifice” means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.”

“Leadership is, among other things, the ability to inflict pain and get away with it – short-term pain for long-term gain.”

“Pessimism is as American as apple pie – frozen apple pie with a slice of processed cheese.”

“Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.”

“Politics should share one purpose with religion: the steady emancipation of the individual through the education of his passions.”

“Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout ‘Bang!'”

“The future has a way of arriving unannounced.”

“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.”

“The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.”

“There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.”

“Today more Americans are imprisoned for drug offenses than for property crimes.”

“Voters don’t decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.”

“World War II was the last government program that really worked.”

Magnificent Monday Quotes – Entertainment Edition

(From Curb Your Enthusiasm) –

Donald: You know what you are? You’re a self-loathing Jew.
Larry David: Hey, I may loathe myself, but it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m Jewish.

“You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.'” – Jerry Seinfeld

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” – W. C. Fields

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” – W. C. Fields

(An ironic quote from Disney considering I just had to buy The Little Mermaid 15: Ariel’s Great-Great-Great Granddaughter Returns To The Sea Because Of Global Warming) –  “I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.” – Walt Disney

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.” – Steve Martin

“I’d be curious to find out, but I don’t think people in the entertainment industry are proportionally more or less serious politically than anyone in the landscaping industry.” – David Cross

“It’s important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. ‘The West Wing’ isn’t meant to be good for you.” – Aaron Sorkin

“Movies and television shows based on comic books constitute the worst single genre in the history of filmed entertainment (with the exception of porn).” – John Podhoretz

“Fill your hand, you son of a bitch!” – John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit

“Life is tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

“Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home” – John Wayne

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, ‘Why the hell not?'” – John Wayne

“It’s much easier, for example, to play a heroin addict and you’re withdrawing – you tear the ceiling off – that’s much easier than it is to come in and say, ‘Hello.’ Or, ‘I love you’. When you judge it in that way, the heavy isn’t as difficult.” – Jimmy Stewart

Let’s end this edition with some quotes from one of my favorite actors, Gary Cooper.

[February, 1942, accepting his Academy Award for Sergeant York (1941) from James Stewart] “It was Sergeant Alvin York who won this award. Because to the best of my ability, I tried to be Sergeant York. Shucks, I`ve been in the business 16 years and sometimes dreamed I might get one of these things. That`s all I can say … Funny, when I was dreaming I always made a good speech.” – Gary Cooper

“Nan Collins, my manager, came from Gary, Indiana and suggested I adopt that name. She felt it was more exciting than Frank. I figured I`d give it a try. Good thing she didn`t come from Poughkeepsie.” – Gary Cooper

[on turning down the role of Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind] “Rhett Butler was one of the best roles ever offered in Hollywood and my screen character saw himself emerging from the film as a dashing-type fellow. But I said no. I didn`t see myself as quite that dashing, and later, when I saw Clark Gable play the role to perfection, I knew I was right.” – Gary Cooper

“Until I came along all the leading men were handsome, but luckily they wrote a lot of stories about the fellow next door.” – Gary Cooper

Magnificent Monday Quotes – Finance and Industry Edition

Since it looks like the government is going to force GM into bankruptcy (only after giving them billions in taxpayers $), and rightly so, I thought today’s quote page would focus on finance and industry.

“Give me control of a nation’s money supply and I care not who makes its laws.” – Mayer Amschel Rothschild

“I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expense, and my expense is equal to my wishes.” – Edward Gibbon

“Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers (six if one went to Harvard).” – Edgar R. Fiedler”

“Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.” – Robert W. Sarnoff

“Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse” – Joseph Roux

This one’s for C: “The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people.” – Ron Paul

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.” – John D. Rockefeller

“I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” – John D. Rockefeller

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” – Henry Ford

“And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.” – Andrew Carnegie

“What do I care about law? Ain’t I got the power?” – Cornelius Vanderbilt

Magnificent Monday Quotes – G. K. Chesterton Edition

Chesterton is one of those authors that Conservatives are supposed to have read. I have not. I want to, I just haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, here are some thought provoking quotes from G. K.

“‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.'”

“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”

“Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.”

“There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.”

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”

“A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.”

“A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.”

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

“Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.”

“Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.”

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

“The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog.”

“Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.”

This one is for “C” – “Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it.”

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”

“Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men.”

Magnificent Monday Quotes

I’ve been thinking about doing a post a week that is basically just quotes that I’ve run across over the past week. And since I already had a few saved up and today is Monday, I guess the weekly quote post will be on Mondays. So enjoy “Magnificent Monday Quotes”.

“Is not the fanaticism of your irreligion more absurd and more dangerous than the fanaticism of superstition? Begin by tolerating the faith of your fathers. You talk of nothing but tolerance, and never was a sect more intolerant.” – Elie Catherine Freron

I didn’t know who Freron was when I came across this but, thanks to the magic of the internet, I quickly found out that he was a French philosopher and critic of the French Enlightenment movement of of Voltaire especially.

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” – Abraham Lincoln

“You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.” – General Charles Napier

That’s one of my favorite quotes. Napier is referring to the Indian practice of “suttee” – the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands.

“All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.” – Edmund Burke

I included the above for a co-worker of mine who has the maddening policy of never giving anyone a direct answer to any question. You know who I’m talking about LO III.

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

Since baseball season is right around the corner, I’ll call it a post with two quotes about the Great Game.

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” – Walt Whitman

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.” – Dave Barry