Sam Houston once jokingly described James K. Polk as a “victim of the use of water as a beverage” (Quoted in De Bruhl 1993, 131)
August 16, 2011
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Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded–here and there, now and then–are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as “bad luck.”
— Robert Heinlein, in “Time Enough for Love,” 1973
August 4, 2011
In the academic world, you think now and decide never; and in the government, it’s just exactly the other way around.
G. Warren Nutter, economist and former Assistant Secretary of Defense
July 29, 2011
Moral progress in history lies not so much in the improvement of the moral code as in the enlargement of the area within which it is applied.
— Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage, p. 101
June 23, 2011
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. – Groucho Marx
May 19, 2011
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
Paul Valery, French poet
April 29, 2011
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Margaret Thatcher, God bless her, still can hit the nail on the head … and with her delightful acerbic flair!
“Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians.” – Margaret Thatcher