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September 5, 2011

Tho'ts on a vanishing president

Have recently run into some particularly apt quotations, which I shall simply use to amplify the title of this little missive:

"Most political disputes boil down to a contest between the party of hope and the party of memory."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (c.1850-not much change, huh?)

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Margaret Thatcher

"From an early age, smart people are reminded of their intelligence, separated from their peers in gifted classes, and presented with opportunities unavailable to others. For these and other reasons, intellectuals tend to have an inflated sense of their own wisdom."
Daniel J. Flynn

"Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one."

"Amid all the concerns about the skyrocketing government debt, a front-page headline in the Wall Street Journal said: "Families Slice Debt to Lowest in 6 Years." It is remarkable how differently people behave when they are spending their own money compared to the way politicians behave when spending the government's money. "
Thomas Sowell

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
Ben Franklin

"All charming people have something to conceal, usually their dependence on the appreciation of others."
Cyril Connolly

and, finally:

Progressivism is the belief that we have too much freedom with which to make too many stupid choices.
David Harsanyi

"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap."

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid."
Benjamin Franklin

Posted by Curmudgeon at September 5, 2011 11:50 AM