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when the swine overwhelm, retreat into the wisdom of these words

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.

April is the cruellest month.

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.

At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths -your abilities and your failings.

Business today consists in persuading crowds.

Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage which we did not take, towards the door we never opened Into the rose-garden.

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them.

Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.

I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.

I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

In my beginning is my end.

It is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.

Let's not be narrow, nasty, and negative.

My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment.

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.

People to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.

Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tell you to.

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.

The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.

The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.

The Nobel is a ticket to one's own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.

There is no method but to be very intelligent.

There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

This love is silent.

Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values.

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.

Where is all the knowledge we lost with information?

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

You are the music while the music lasts.

~T. S. Eliot

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.

Even a little dog can piss on a big building.

Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day you can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start with a large one.

Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom.

The Bible declares that on the sixth day God created man. Right then and there, God should have demanded a damage deposit.

The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.

The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.

~Jim Hightower

“If is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it”

“Fascism is capitalism plus murder.”

“The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery”

“Consider Christmas—could Satan in his most malignant mood have devised a worse combination of graft plus bunkum than the system whereby several hundred million people get a billion or so gifts for which they have no use, and some thousands of shop clerks die of exhaustion while selling them, and every other child in the Western world is made ill from overeating—all in the name of the lowly Jesus?”

~Upton Sinclair

Monday, September 18, 2006

"The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have
been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless." ~U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." ~Thomas Jefferson

We’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy.” ~Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another, ~Joseph Addison

"We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world - no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men." ~Woodrow Wilson

"It would be some time before I fully realized that the United States sees little need for diplomacy. Power is enough. Only the weak rely on diplomacy ... The Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States." ~Boutros Boutros-Ghali

"Our position is that whatever grievances a nation may have, however objectionable it finds the status quo, aggressive warfare is an illegal means for settling those grievances or for altering those conditions." ~Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, American prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, in his opening statement to the tribunal

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. ~James Madison, Federalist 47.

"Going to church no more makes you a Christian than sleeping in your garage
makes you a car." ~Garrison Keiler

"Some explanations of a crime are not explanations: they’re part of the crime." ~Olavo de Cavarlho

"In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection
it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to
serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the
press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the
Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of
government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the
government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to
die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell." ~Justice Black. NYT v. US. 403
US 713

Do not fear the enemy, for your enemy can only take your life. It is far better
that you fear the media, for they will steal your Honor. That awful power, the
public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant,
self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up
in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. ~Mark Twain

Friday, September 15, 2006

"Ability wins us the esteem of the true men; luck that of the people."

"Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example."

"If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength."

"No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does."

"Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise."

"Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side."

"The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so."

"The intellect is always fooled by the heart."

"We all have the strength to endure the misfortunes of others."

"We always get bored with those whom we bore."

"We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves."

"We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all."

"Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person."

~François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, September 02, 2006

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear -- kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor -- with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant funds demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real." ~General Douglas MacArthur, 1957

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