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Monday, February 19, 2018

February 2018 Quotations (64)

"The crux of the matter: The battle around the treasonous actions of the Trump Team - and for the Constitution - is being fought between propagandists who lie and public servants who are vilified for telling the truth."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The ballooning costs of health-care act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy."
~~ Warren Buffett, chairman & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

“A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
~~ fantasy author Madeleine L'Engle [1918-2007]

"Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power."
~~ René Descartes [1596-1650]

"Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

“Imperfections we all have, but we also have compensations.”
~~ Hans Christian Andersen [1805-75]

“Nothing is more perplexing to a man than the mental process of a woman who reasons her emotions.”
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it."
~~ Haruki Murakami

"Failure in the theater is more dramatic and uglier than any other form of writing. It costs so much, you feel so guilty."
~~ playwright Lillian Hellman [1905-84]

“Life is for the living / Death is for the dead / Let life be like music / And death a note unsaid.”
~~ Langston Hughes [1902-67]

"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
~~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer [1940-2015]

"Republicans in Congress . . . want us to trust the Russians and question the FBI – it’s anti-American."
~~ Sen. Martin Heinrich [Dem-NM]

"Humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind."
~~ E.B. White [1899-1985]

"Religion is for primitives."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not."
~~ Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"This [Trump] administration poses one of the greatest threats to civil rights and liberties [that] the A.C.L.U. has faced in our nearly 100 years."
~~ Anthony D. Romero, A.C.L.U. Executive Director

"You can't fix stupid. But you can stop voting for it."
~~ Young Americans for Liberty [est. 2008]

"The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters."
~~ Italian neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci [1891-1937]

"Fascism is itself less ‘ideological’, in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed."
~~ German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno [1903-69]

“I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.”
~~ Judge Learned Hand [1872-1961]

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
~~ Augustine of Hippo [354-430 C.E.]

"There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything."
~~ George Washington Carver [1864-1943]

"The same people who think [that] Obama is a Muslim think [that Trump] is a Christian."
~~ new internet meme

"If the Dow Joans ever falls more than 1,000 'points' in a Single Day the sitting president should be loaded into a very big cannon and Shot into the sun at TREMENDOUS SPEED! No Excuses!" {sic}
~~ tweet from {hash} realDonaldTrump on 29 February 2015

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto, or "I am human, and I think nothing [that] is human is alien to me."
~~ Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer [185? – 159? B.C.E.] known as Terence

"Do your utmost and let Providence do the rest."
~~ Henry Miller [1891-1980]

"Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull."
~~ W. Somerset Maugham [1874-1965]

“Whatever gets [kids] excited about reading is good! If you want them to read my books don't tell them so. Maybe just leave around a paperback with a new cover and say, 'I'm not sure you're ready for that'."
~~ Judy Blume

"They invented hugs to let people know [that] you love them without saying anything."
~~ cartoonist Bil Keane [1922-2011]

"We know ourselves only insofar as we have been tested.”
~~ Polish Nobel-laureate Wislawa Symborska [1923-2012]

"By all means let's be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”
~~ biologist Richard Dawkins

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"Everything can be taken from a man but . . . the last of the human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances."
~~ Viktor Frankl [1905-97]

“Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.”
~~ poet Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950]

"Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom."
~~ Nikola Tesla [1856-1943]

"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace."
~~ Franklin D. Roosevelt [1882-1945]

"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
~~ H.L. Mencken [1880-1956]

"Rockets are cool. There's no getting around that."
~~ serial entrepreneur Elon Musk

"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."
~~ physicist Niels Bohr [1885-1962]

"Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break."
~~ columnist Earl Wilson [1907-87]

"Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science – in all of biology."
~~ Bill Nye, The Science Guy

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."
~~ educator John Dewey [1859-1952]

"The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
~~ Arnold H. Glasow [1905-98]

"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines."
~~ Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"I'm not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living."
~~ George Lucas

"The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler."
~~ physicist Edward Teller [1908-2003]

"I do not believe in God; his existence has been disproved by Science. But in the concentration camp, I learned to believe in men."
~~ Jean-Paul Sartre [1905-80]

"Science is the captain, and practice the soldiers."
~~ Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]

"You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.
~~ educator Sir Ken Robinson, PhD of Los Angeles, California

"Art is 'I'; science is 'we'."
~~ Claude Bernard [1813-78]

"From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go."
~~ astronaut Jim Lovell

"Freedom is absolutely necessary for the progress in science and the liberal arts."
~~ philosopher Baruch Spinoza [1632-77]

"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof."
~~ anthropologist Ashley Montagu [1905-99]

"When I die, I'm gonna leave my body to science fiction."
~~ comedian Steven Wright

"Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences."
~~ Plato [427-347 BCE]

"Reason, observation, and experience [are] the holy trinity of science."
~~ Robert Green Ingersoll [1833-99]

"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education."
~~ George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]

"Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics."
~~ Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.]

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.”
~~ Adam Smith [1723-90]

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”
~~ Louis Pasteur [1822-95]

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.”
~~ Nobel-laureate Marie Curie [1867-1934]

"The rich are the scum of the earth in every country."
~~ G.K. Chesterton [1874-1936]

"Times change quicker than people do.”
~~ book review in The Library Journal

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Bad News Friday on February 2

After the Monday & Tuesday Dow Jones Industrial Average Index two-day, 540-point (2.04%) selloff, on Friday the Dow closed at $25,520.96, down 665.75 points (2.54%), the S&P 500 Index fell 2.12 percent, and the NASDAQ Composite Index registered a 5-day loss of 3.53% – making this the worst week for market measures in two years.


The House Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Republican Cong. Devin Nunes, released a four-page 'spin' memo alleging surveillance abuses by the F.B.I.
{ full text of the Nunes 'spin' memofull text with N.P.R. fact-checking }

Friday, February 02, 2018

The Crux of The Matter

"The battle around the treasonous actions of the Trump Team - and for the Constitution - is being fought between propagandists who lie and public servants who are vilified for telling the truth."  —  G.E. Nordell