1249) She knew that insofar as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not - the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.
Ursula K. LeGuin The Lathe of Heaven (1971) Howard J. Lambert [IQM] (8/28/95)
1250) Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
Laurens van der Post The Lost World of the Kalahari (1958) Howard J. Lambert [IQM] (8/28/95)
1251) Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations. The protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibilities.
John F. Kennedy speech at Vanderbilt University (5/18/1963) Todd McMasters [IQM] (9/1/95)
1252) What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Self-Reliance" Essays: First Series (1841) [WQ] Todd McMasters [IQM] (9/1/95)
1253) No one to blame [...] That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. [...] How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right! You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
Erica Jong How To Save Your Own Life (1977) [CQ] Todd McMasters [IQM] (9/1/95)
1254) In any free society where terrible wrongs exist, some are guilty - all are responsible.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (widely attributed) Todd McMasters [IQM] (9/1/95)
1255) Finish what you begin. Public confidence in government isn't guaranteed; it has to be earned. I know of no other way to earn the trust and cooperation of the public than first, to say what you intend to do, and second, to do it.
Neil Goldschmidt (attributed) George Osner [ISQ] (8/28/95)
[Note: I haven't been able to find a citation for this quote, and there's only one Google hit for it. Presumably, the Neil Goldschmidt being credited is the former politician and businessman who was Governor of Oregon and Secretary of Transportation. In 2004, Goldschmidt admitted that in the mid-70s, during his first term as mayor of Portland, he had a lengthy sexual relationship with a girl who was 14 years old when it began.]
[CQ] - Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) [IQM] - Internet Quotations mailing list [ISQ] - Internet Serial-Quotations mailing list [WQ] - Wikiquote
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 490 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
by Joel Pelletier
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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
Be sure to visit them all!!
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"
If you read unfutz at least once a week, without fail, your teeth will be whiter and your love life more satisfying.
If you read it daily, I will come to your house, kiss you on the forehead, bathe your feet, and cook pancakes for you, with yummy syrup and everything.
(You might want to keep a watch on me, though, just to avoid the syrup ending up on your feet and the pancakes on your forehead.)
Finally, on a more mundane level, since I don't believe that anyone actually reads this stuff, I make this offer: I'll give five bucks to the first person who contacts me and asks for it -- and, believe me, right now five bucks might as well be five hundred, so this is no trivial offer.