I can’t die but once.
I can’t die but once.
It’s the Simple things that are really effective. Try to remember that.
If you can paint a really good picture of a cow, you don’t have to write the word “cow” under it.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.
–George S. Patton
Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.
—C. S. Lewis
No power can maintain itself if only hypocrites represent it.
The Capitol Police have issued a response to an Inspector General’s report on counter-surveillance and threat assessments.
The fact that the response contains the word impactful should tell us all we need to know about the real problem with the leadership of the Capitol Police.
One can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.
—G. K. Chesterton
Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.
—John W. Campbell
Nowhere have the riots won any concrete improvement such as have the organized protest demonstrations. When one tries to pin down advocates of violence as to what acts would be effective, the answers are blatantly illogical. Sometimes they talk of overthrowing racist state and local governments and they talk about guerrilla warfare. They fail to see that no internal revolution has ever succeeded in overthrowing a government by violence unless the government had already lost the allegiance and effective control of its armed forces.Anyone in his right mind knows that this will not happen in the United States. Furthermore, few, if any, violent revolutions have been successful unless the violent minority had the sympathy and support of the non-resisting majority.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
People who refuse to rest honorably on their laurels when they reach “retirement” age seem very admirable to me.
Quodsi ea mihi maxime inpenderet tamen hoc animo fui semper, ut invidiam virtute partam gloriam, non invidiam putarem. I have always been of the opinion that infamy earned by doing what is right is not infamy at all, but glory.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
Αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν καὶ ὑπείροχον ἔμμεναι ἄλλων.
Now always be the best, my boy, the bravest,
and hold your head up high above the others.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
—Henry David Thoreau
Contempt for an assailant is best shown by bravery in action.
It is not good to settle into a set of opinions. It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting forth great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so that they may come to fruition is something that will never stop for your whole lifetime. Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, “This is not enough.”
Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one’s balance in spite of them.
—Carl von Clausewitz
There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
In all human affairs, and especially in those that relate to war, … leave always some room to fortune, and to accidents which cannot be foreseen.
Remember that the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.
—Ho Chi Minh
Sed fortuna, quae plurimum potest cum in reliquis rebus tum praecipue in bello, parvis momentis magnas rerum commutationes efficit; ut tum accidit. Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.
There is no constitutional or legal requirement that the President shall take the oath of office in the presence of the people, but there is so manifest an appropriateness in the public induction to office of the chief executive officer of the nation that from the beginning of the Government the people, to whose service the official oath consecrates the officer, have been called to witness the solemn ceremonial. The oath taken in the presence of the people becomes a mutual covenant.