Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quotes of the Day

  • I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.
  •  It [the press] has scoffed at religion till it has made scoffing popular. It has defended official criminals, on party pretexts, until it has created a United States Senate whose members are incapable of determining what crime against law and the dignity of their own body is—they are so morally blind—and it has made light of dishonesty till we have as a result a Congress which contracts to work for a certain sum and then deliberately steals additional wages out of the public pocket and is pained and surprised that anybody should worry about a little thing like that. 
  • Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.  
  • To put it in rude, plain, unpalatable words — true patriotism, real patriotism: loyalty not to a Family and a Fiction, but a loyalty to the Nation itself!
    ..."Remember this, take this to heart, live by it, die for it if necessary: that our patriotism is medieval, outworn, obsolete; that the modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism, is loyalty to the Nation ALL the time, loyalty to the Government when it deserves it."
  • It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. 
-- Samuel Clemons, AKA Mark Twain, November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

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