Archive for January, 2018

Thomas More

« 31 January 2018 | 22:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.

Friedrich Nietzsche

« 30 January 2018 | 10:45 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.


« 29 January 2018 | 6:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

She told him that she loved him Only she told him that she loved him She only told him that she loved him She told only him that she loved him She told him only that she loved him She told him that only she loved him She told him that she only loved him […]

Richard Rorty (1998)

« 28 January 2018 | 6:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

…members of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers—themselves desperately afraid of being downsized—are not going to let themselves be taxed […]

Assar Lindbeck

« 27 January 2018 | 10:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In many cases, rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city — except for bombing

Arthur Ransome

« 26 January 2018 | 7:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting-place.

Freeman Dyson

« 25 January 2018 | 9:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The conservative has little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of passions. These are the wreckers of outworn empires.

Michael Oakeshott

« 24 January 2018 | 15:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.

Leo Tolstoy

« 23 January 2018 | 14:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.

Jordan Peterson

« 22 January 2018 | 13:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In answer to the question “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?” Tell the truth. Do not do things that you hate. Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient. If you have to choose, be the one who does things, […]

Meister Eckhart

« 21 January 2018 | 9:39 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away.


« 20 January 2018 | 7:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.

Robert Quillen

« 19 January 2018 | 11:11 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Self-written “Obituary” He was a writer of paragraphs and short editorials. He always hoped to write something of permanent value, but the business of making a living took most of his time and he never got around to it. In his youth he felt an urge to reform the world, but during the latter years […]

Arthur Ransome

« 17 January 2018 | 21:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

They found, like many explorers before them, that somehow, in their absence, they had got into trouble at home.

Freeman Dyson

« 16 January 2018 | 1:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fifty years ago Kurt Gödel… proved that the world of pure mathematics is inexhaustible. … I hope that the notion of a final statement of the laws of physics will prove as illusory as the notion of a formal decision process for all mathematics. If it should turn out that the whole of physical reality […]

Michael Oakeshott

« 15 January 2018 | 12:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Poetry is a sort of truancy, a dream within the dream of life, a wild flower planted among our wheat.

Michael Sandel

« 14 January 2018 | 14:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We have heard a lot about anger against elites – and I think that anger has a certain shape it’s an anger at the meritocratic hubris of those on top who have inhaled quite deeply of their success who are pretty confident that they deserve to have landed on top and by implication that those […]

John F Kennedy

« 13 January 2018 | 17:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

G K Chesterton

« 8 January 2018 | 21:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is, perhaps, in our world a little too much of the practice of poring over new ideas until they become old. We require a little of the practice of poring over old ideas until they become new.

Daniel Hannan

« 7 January 2018 | 21:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

When the esteem of our peers matters more than the opinion of strangers, we start looking for traitors rather than converts, striving to outdo one another in the intensity of our rage.


« 5 January 2018 | 21:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We were all rich. There are not two kinds of rich people. All rich people are the same. You give it all away and cease being rich, or you don’t. Jesus was no idiot.