Monday, May 28, 2007


It's been a while since I posted some quotes. Here is the latest batch...............Enjoy and use as you will...............some are currently pertinent and others will be topical in time or in retrospect...............Share with abandon....................PEACE...................Scott

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave
little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only
different, but have different origins ... Society is in every state a
blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary
evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. - - Thomas Paine

The business of the civil service is the orderly management of decline
-- Peter Hennessy Whitehall, former head of the British Civil Service

Everything the Communists said about Communism was a lie, but everything
they said about capitalism turned out to be the truth. - 21st century
Russian proverb

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it
and then misapplying the wrong remedies - Eugene McCarthy

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. - Henry David

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody
wants to read. - Mark Twain

If the world were merely seductive that would be easy. If it were merely
challenging, that would be no problem. But I rise in the morning torn
between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day. -- E. B. White

We must be fond of the world, even in order to change it -- G. K.

Character is that which can do without success - Emerson

Genius is childhood recaptured - Charles Baudelaire

What is virtue but the lack of strong temptation; better to leave us
with our lie of being good - Stephen Dobyns

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain. - T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well
known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized. - Fred Allen

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their
reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Those who
are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the
world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow
their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates,
and bear the consequences. -- Susan B. Anthony

The pricks are on the outside - the late Rep. Mo Udall explaining how a
cactus differs from a caucus.

We fear the cold and the things we do not understand. But most of all we
fear the doings of the heedless ones among ourselves. -- Eskimo shaman
to the explorer Knut Rasmussen

They were careless people - they smashed up things and creatures and
then retreated into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever
it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess
they had made. - F Scott Fitzgerald

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