[Note: This quote exists in a number of different versions, with various attributions, but this is the only one for which I've found any degree of verification. The most widely distributed version is:
America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneracy [or "decadence"] without the usual interval of civilization.
This is most often attributed to Georges Clemenceau (who was quoted in the Saturday Review of Literature (12/1/45) [CQ]), Oscar Wilde or George Bernard Shaw. Other attributions are to Mark Twain (of course), John O'Hara and Frank Lloyd Wright. See also the next quote.]
937) America is the only country to pass from childhood to senility without ever becoming adult.
[unknown] posted by oddsbotkin [UAQ] (5/23/95)
[Note: Cf. the quote above, #936]
938) Poets and artists live on the frontiers. they have no feedback; they have only feed-forward. They have no identity; they are probes.
Marshall McLuhan (attributed) posted by Howard J. Lambert [IQM] (5/23/95)
939) An ecological trap occurs when biological evolution moves too slowly to adapt a species to the rate of environmental change around it. A similar thing is happening to the human species since their skills, institutions and ideas are not growing fast enough to cope with the rate of change in their total environment.
Geoffrey Vickers (attributed) posted by Howard J. Lambert [IQM] (5/23/95)
940) When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
941) Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.
Louise Beal (widely attributed) posted by Kevin Anthony Boudreaux [IQM] (5/24/95)
942) It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "Scandal in Bohemia" The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) [CQ] posted by Kevin Anthony Boudreaux [IQM] (5/24/95)
943) There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
Alfred North Whitehead Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead (1953) [B16]
944) In a democracy everybody has a right to be represented, including the jerks.
Chris Patten (British Conservative politician) London Evening Standard (5/2/91) [CQ]
945) Even if he is mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't all have Brandeises, Cardozos and Frankfurters and stuff like that there.
Roman Hruska U.S. Senator from Nebraska, defending President Richard Nixon's nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court (1970) [B16]
946) Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans. Me, I say the stiffening of the notochord in the Cambrian was where it all went wrong, it was all downhill from there.
Douglas Adams and Chris Nedin partly from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), seen on the Internet Dinosaur mailing list
[Note: "Yes [the quote] is mine, sort of. The first part is well known as a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy quote ... I added the bit about the stiffening of the notochord. It is a celebration of invertebrates (since I am an invertebrate paleontologist) and a reminder that there is more to paleontology than vertebrates and dinosaurs." Chris Nedin, e-mail, 5/26/95 (Note that the "notochord" is a primitive precursor to the spine.)]
[B16] - Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (1993) [CQ] - Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) [IQM] - Internet Quotations mailing list [UAQ] - Usenet alt.quotations newsgroup
Note: "3089/898" is the designation I've given to the project of posting all my collected quotes, excerpts and ideas (3089 of them) in the remaining days of the Bush administration (of which there were 898 left when I began). As of today, there are 630 days remaining in the administration of the worst American President ever.
hostile to science
lacking in empathy
lacking in public spirit
out of control
Thanks to: Breeze, Chuck, Ivan Raikov, Kaiju, Kathy, Roger, Shirley, S.M. Dixon
i've got a little list...
Steven Abrams (Kansas BofE)
Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson
Roger Ailes (FNC)
Alan Bonsell (Dover BofE)
Bill Buckingham (Dover BofE)
George W. Bush
Bruce Chapman (DI)
The Coors Family
William A. Dembski
Leonard Downie (WaPo)
John Gibson (FNC)
Fred Hiatt (WaPo)
James F. Inhofe
Philip E. Johnson
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Stephen C. Meyer (DI)
Judith Miller (ex-NYT)
Sun Myung Moon
Elspeth Reeve (TNR)
Martin Peretz (TNR)
Richard Mellon Scaife
Susan Schmidt (WaPo)
John Solomon (WaPo)
Richard Thompson (TMLC)
Bob Woodward (WaPo)
All the fine sites I've
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Arthur C. Clarke
Daniel C. Dennett
Philip K. Dick
Stephen Jay Gould
"The Harder They Come"
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Marx Brothers
Michael C. Penta
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
"The Red Shoes"
"Singin' in the Rain"
Talking Heads/David Byrne
Hunter S. Thompson
"2001: A Space Odyssey"
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