April 18, 2007

Quote For Today Quotes
We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap. — Kurt Vonnegut

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May 16, 2006

What's So Great About Blogs Media  Quotes

From Dave Winer (via Big Gav):

99 percent of blogs are about what someone has to say. 99 percent of traditional media is about making money. — Mark Cuban

Can I get that as a tattoo?

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April 14, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. — Sinclair Lewis

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March 15, 2006

Best. Quote. Ever. Quotes  Rights, Law

Via AmericaBlog:

Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

— Jamie Raskin, testifying Wednesday, March 1, 2006 before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in response to a question from Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs about whether marriage discrimination against gay people is required by "God's Law."

That quote's so good I just may have to get it as a tattoo.

Ok, a t-shirt.

Read Raskin's full statement here.

[Thanks, Charyn]

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February 04, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
It's never really one or the other
There's a paradox in every paradigm

— Ani DiFranco

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January 27, 2006

Summer Vacation Quotes

Has it really been twenty years since the Challenger disaster? Unreal. Reminds me of what the character Easy Wind had to say in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead — a movie filled with wonderful speeches:

Remember when you was a kid and you would spend the whole year waiting for summer vacation and when it finally came it would fly by just like that? It's funny, Jimmy, life has a way of flying by faster than any old summer vacation. Really fucking does.

Guess so.

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January 26, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes

I'm still on the road through tomorrow, but here's a quote for today from one of my heroes:

Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy. — Wendell Berry

Amen.

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January 25, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
Every tool is a weapon
     if you hold it right.

— Ani DiFranco

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January 22, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
Bush, Cheney and Co. will continue to play the patriotic bully card just as long as you let them. War brings out the patriotic bullies. In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds because they were "German dogs." They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds. — Molly Ivins

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January 21, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. — Madeleine L'Engle

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January 16, 2006

Quotes For MLK Day Quotes

Three quotes from Martin Luther King:

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. — Nobel Acceptance Speech, 1964
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. — "Letter From Birmingham Jail," 1964
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. — Source unknown

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January 15, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
I think the sky is blue because it's a shift from black through purple to blue, and it has to do with where the light is. You know, the farther we get into darkness, and there's a shifting of color of light into the blueness, and I think as you go farther and farther away from the reflected light we have from the sun or the light that's bouncing off this earth, uh, the darker it gets...I think if you look at the color scale, you start at black, move it through purple, move it on out, it's the shifting of color. We mentioned before about the stars singing, and that's one of the effects of the shifting of colors.

— Pat Robertson, "700 Club" telecast (via Pharyngula)

Renaissance man.

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January 14, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
The "environmental crisis" is a misnomer, since it is (of course) a crisis of ourselves, not of the environment. — Wendell Berry

[Thanks, Carita]

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January 13, 2006

Quote For Today Quotes
We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all — by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians — be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so, and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us.

How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.

— Wendell Berry, in "Compromise, Hell!"

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December 24, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes
Leadership passes into empire; empire begets insolence; insolence brings ruin. — William Carlos Williams, Paterson I

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November 09, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes

God's work isn't done by God, it's done by people. — Ani DiFranco

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November 03, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes

Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men. — Voltaire

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August 05, 2005

Specialization Is For Insects Quotes

A memorable quote from Robert A. Heinlein, via RedefiningCraft:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Something to think about as we head for the peak in world oil production.

[Thanks, Kent]

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July 11, 2005

Quotes For Today Activism  Quotes

From ICH:

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. — Alice Walker

Action is the antidote to despair. — Joan Baez


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May 10, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes

My creed is that: Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so. — Robert Ingersoll (quoted in Susan Jacoby's Freethinkers)

[Via James Wolcott]

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April 15, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

— John Kenneth Galbraith

[Via The Talent Show]

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January 28, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes

This really brought me up short:

Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war. — Andrew Holmes

Hard to argue with, and harder still to comprehend. What is it about human beings and war?

[Via ICH]

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January 24, 2005

Quote For Today Quotes

"I can train a monkey to wave an American flag. That does not make the monkey patriotic." — Scott Ritter [via ICH]

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November 20, 2004

Protest That Endures Activism  Quotes

A friend of mine, in a moment of discouragement the other day, remarked that having put so much effort into this election and having failed, he didn't know if he'd have it in him to do it again next time. I was reminded of this quote from Wendell Berry:

Protest that endures...is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.

We work to change them, but we also work to keep them from changing us. You gotta be able to look in the mirror. Besides, where else are you going to meet so many good-hearted people?

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November 12, 2004

Orwell On Atrocities Quotes

The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them. — George Orwell

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November 03, 2004

Apt Quote For This Day Quotes

If I knew the world were going to end tomorrow, I would plant a tree. — Martin Luther

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October 23, 2004

Food For Thought Politics  Quotes

"If one wants to recognize effortlessly the essence of politics, let one reflect upon the fact that it was a Hitler who was able to make the world hold its breath for many years. The fact that Hitler was a political genius unmasks the nature of politics in general as no other fact can." — Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism

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October 11, 2004

Usually On A Battlefield Quotes

"[W]e are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield." — George Orwell

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