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Entries from June 2021

June 28th, 2021 · No Comments

“One does not regret anything as long as one does not notice what one has lost.“ – Guy de Maupassant, “In the Wood” (trans. McMaster, et al.) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Guy de Maupassant · Lit & Crit

June 24th, 2021 · No Comments

“Men I find to be a Sort of Beings very badly constructed, as they are generally more easily provok’d than reconcil’d, more disposed to do Mischief to each other than to make Reparation, much more easily deceiv’d than undeceiv’d, and having more Pride and even Pleasure in killing than in begetting one another; for without […]

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Tags: Benjamin Franklin · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

June 23rd, 2021 · No Comments

“No one is safe. The world is corrupt. All we can do is dance. “ – Tammy Heejae Lee, “Roe Soup Dance” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

June 22nd, 2021 · No Comments

“I hate to tell you, mister, but only dead men are free.” – Bob Dylan, “Murder Most Foul” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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June 21st, 2021 · No Comments

“If Five Louis-d’ors may be of present Service to you, please draw on me for that Sum, and your Bill shall be paid on Sight. Some time or other you may have an Opportunity of assisting with an equal Sum a stranger who has equal need of it. Do so. By that means you will […]

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Tags: Benjamin Franklin · Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

June 20th, 2021 · No Comments

“If fortune should smile upon us, it will do us no harm to have been prepared for adversity; if she frowns upon us, by being prepared, we shall encounter it without the chagrin of disappointment.” – Alexander Hamilton, “Letter to Elizabeth Schuyler”, August 1780 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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June 19th, 2021 · No Comments

“From Socrates forward, there are countless witnesses to the value of irony for the private individual: as a complex, serious method of seeking and holding one’s truth, and as a method of saving one’s sanity. But as irony becomes the good taste of what is, after all, an essentially collective activity — the making of […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Susan Sontag

June 18th, 2021 · No Comments

“Of everything that’s said, one can ask: why? (Including: why should I say that? And: why should I say anything at all?)” – Susan Sontag, “The Aesthetics of Silence” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Susan Sontag

June 17th, 2021 · No Comments

“A landscape doesn’t demand from the spectator his ‘understanding,’ his imputations of significance, his anxieties and sympathies; it demands, rather, his absence, that he not add anything to it. Contemplation, strictly speaking, entails self-forgetfulness on the part of the spectator: an object worthy of contemplation is one which, in effect, annihilates the perceiving subject.” – […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Susan Sontag

June 16th, 2021 · No Comments

“There remains the inescapable truth about perception: the positivity of all experience at every moment of it. As John Cage has insisted, ‘there is no such thing as silence. Something is always happening that makes a sound.’ (Cage has described how, even in a soundless chamber, he still heard at least two things: his heartbeat […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Susan Sontag

June 15th, 2021 · No Comments

“Is there such an agent as a single agent? Each individual admittedly houses several identities or role-players. Is the agent an individual or does his individuality reside in a part he plays? Is he a cluster of attitudes seen through time, or a single facet caught in action and engagement?” – George Kubler, “Style and […]

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June 14th, 2021 · No Comments

“The rapid Progress true Science now makes, occasions my regretting sometimes that I was born so soon. It is impossible to imagine the Height to which may be carried, in a thousand years, the Power of Man over Matter. We may perhaps learn to deprive large Masses of their Gravity, and give them absolute Levity, […]

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Tags: Benjamin Franklin · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

June 13th, 2021 · No Comments

“This is what I know: If you spend your entire life on a leash, then all that matters is the length of the chain.” – Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, “How to Be Royal” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law

June 12th, 2021 · No Comments

“Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Thomas Jefferson

June 11th, 2021 · No Comments

“It is not only vain, but wicked, in a legislator to frame laws in opposition to the laws of nature, and to arm them with the terrors of death. This is truly creating crimes in order to punish them.” – Thomas Jefferson, “A Bill for Proportioning Crimes and Punishments” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Thomas Jefferson

June 10th, 2021 · No Comments

“As soon as one likes a woman one sincerely believes that they could not get along without her for the rest of their life. One knows that one has felt the same way before and that disgust invariably succeeded gratification; that in order to pass one’s existence side by side with another there must be […]

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Tags: Guy de Maupassant · Lit & Crit

June 9th, 2021 · No Comments

“This is what I know: Some people live to break fragile things, and some people yearn to shatter. Tell me which one you are, and I’ll tell you your kink.” – Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, “How to Be Royal” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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June 8th, 2021 · No Comments

“This is what I know: Most men are talkers. They explain everything, answering every question you never asked like it’s their last chance to speak, eyes shiny with desperation. The king’s tongue is a tool for soft power; a whip, a bludgeon, a bucket brigade dumping flora and fauna into my ever-waiting ears.” – Daniel […]

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June 7th, 2021 · No Comments

“He had squandered a little money, which action, in a poor family, is one of the greatest crimes. With rich people a man who amuses himself only sows his wild oats. He is what is generally called a sport. But among needy families a boy who forces his parents to break into the capital becomes […]

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Tags: Economics · Guy de Maupassant · Lit & Crit

June 6th, 2021 · No Comments

“I think our political system may be compared to the mechanism of a Clock; and that our conduct should derive a lesson from it for it answers no good purpose to keep the smaller Wheels in order if the greater one which is the support and prime mover of the whole is neglected.” – George […]

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Tags: George Washington · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

June 5th, 2021 · No Comments

“It is a maxim founded on the universal experience of mankind, that no nation is to be trusted farther than it is bound by its interest; and no prudent statesman or politician will venture to depart from it.” – George Washington, “Letter to Henry Laurens”, November 14, 1778 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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June 4th, 2021 · No Comments

“My observations do not enable me to say I think integrity the characteristic of wealth. In general I believe the decisions of the people, in a body, will be more honest & more disinterested than those of wealthy men.” – Thomas Jefferson, “Letter to Edmund Pendleton”, August 26, 1776 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Thomas Jefferson

June 3rd, 2021 · No Comments

“The General most earnestly requires, and expects, a due observance of those articles of war, established for the Government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing & drunkeness; And in like manner requires & expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine service, to implore the […]

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Tags: George Washington · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

June 2nd, 2021 · No Comments

“Must a few bad men be left to do what they please, contrary to the general sense of the people, without any persons to controul them, or to look into their behaviour and mark them out to the public? The man that desires to screen his knavery from the public eye, will answer yes; but […]

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Tags: Alexander Hamilton · Politics & Law · The American Constitution

June 1st, 2021 · No Comments

“When the political salvation of any community is depending, it is incumbent upon those who are set up as its guardians, to embrace such measures, as have justice, vigour, and a probability of success to recommend them: If instead of this, they take those methods which are in themselves feeble, and little likely to succeed; […]

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Tags: Alexander Hamilton · Politics & Law · The American Constitution