Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The Truthful Man

The truthful man is usually a liar.

-- Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833 - 1896), Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer, and inventor of dynamite.  In his last will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes, "Aphorisms by Alfred Nobel",, Nobel Media AB 2020

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Most Valuable Trait

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

-- Euripides (c. 480 BC-406 BC), Greek playwright, The Complete Greek Tragedies: Euripides II: Helen. Hecuba. Andromache. The Trojan women. Ion. Rhesus. The suppliant women by David Grene, Richmond Alexander Lattimore (eds.), Modern Library, 1963, p. 73

Monday, July 06, 2020

Born As Many

Every man is born as many men, and dies as a single one.

-- Martin Heidegger (1889 - 1976), German philosopher, quoted in Journey Through Dread: A Study of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Sartre by Arland Ussher (1955)

Friday, July 03, 2020

Unbeatable Determination

America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

-- Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972), 33rd President of the United States (1945-53), Special Message to the Congress: The President's First Economic Report (1947)

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Fragile Beings

Numbers are fragile beings which, being tortured, end up admitting all we want them to say.

[Original: Les chiffres sont des êtres fragiles qui, à force d'être torturés, finissent par avouer tout ce qu'on veut leur faire dire.]

-- Alfred Sauvy (1898 - 1990), demographer, anthropologist, and historian of the French economy; he coined the term Third World ("Tiers Monde") in reference to countries that were unaligned with either the Communist Soviet bloc or the Capitalist NATO bloc during the Cold War

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Half-Life On Software

Basically, a lot of the problems that computing has had in the last 25 years comes from systems where the designers were trying to fix some short-term thing and didn't think about whether the idea would scale if it were adopted.  There should be a half-life on software so old software just melts away over 10 or 15 years.

-- Alan Curtis Kay (17 May 1940 -), American computer scientist best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design, ACM Queue - A Conversation with Alan Kay, Vol. 2, No. 9 - Dec/Jan 2004-2005

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A New Symbol

This is not a political moment to me but a solemn occasion to lead our Mississippi family to come together and move on.  A flag is a symbol of our past, our present and our future.  For those reasons, we need a new symbol.

-- Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves at a ceremony at which he signed a measure removing the current state flag, the last in the nation to bear the battle emblem of the Confederacy, 30 June 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Like Cases Alike

Stare decisis instructs us to treat like cases alike.  The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years ago invalidating a nearly identical Texas law.  The Louisiana law burdens women seeking previability abortions to the same extent as the Texas law, according to factual findings that are not clearly erroneous.  For that reason, I concur in the judgment of the Court that the Louisiana law is unconstitutional.

-- Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, concurring in a 5-4 judgement against strict abortion limitations in Louisana, 29 June 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

Good And Evil

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

-- Socrates (c. 470 BC - 399 BC), classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, as quoted in Diogenes Laertius' Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Socrates II: xxxi. Original Greek: ἓν μόνον ἀγαθὸν εἶναι, τὴν ἐπιστήμην, καὶ ἓν μόνον κακόν, τὴν ἀμαθίαν

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Stable Timelines

One reason why time travel is never invented could be that the only stable timelines are those that remain after increasingly recursive time travel terminates all timelines in which it is eventually invented.

-- Jens Wiechers, posting on Twitter as @jwiechers, 22 June 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

When Health Is Absent

When health is absent wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.

-- Herophilus, medical practitioner in Alexandria, 3rd Century BCE

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

More Than Once

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

-- Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, DStJ, PC, FRS, HonFRSC (née Roberts; 1925 - 2013), British stateswoman who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, attributed

Monday, June 22, 2020

A Reasoned Explanation

We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. "The wisdom" of those decisions "is none of our concern." Chenery II, 332 U. S., at 207.  We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.  Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.  That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner.  The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to DHS so that it may consider the problem anew.

It is so ordered.

-- Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the 5-4 majority in a ruling that upholds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, 18 June 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

General Order No. 3

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.  This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.  The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages.  They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

-- General Order No. 3, issued in Galveston, TX by U.S. Major General Gordon Granger, the inspiration for Juneteenth, US National Archives via NPR, 19 June 1865

Thursday, June 18, 2020

We Have Decided

[W]ith considerable thought and broad consultation, we have decided that we will resume on-campus instruction for the Fall 2020 semester in a manner modified to address the ongoing pandemic concerns.  This semester will consist of a blend of in-person and remote instruction. Along with a successful transition of our region of Illinois into Phase IV of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, resuming on-campus instruction is predicated upon our ability to provide adequate COVID-19 testing for our entire community of faculty, staff and students, coupled with a comprehensive plan that looks after the vulnerable and aims at mitigating and containing any outbreaks.  The COVID-19 SHIELD Team is advancing this plan, and they will be providing specific information about the plan in the weeks ahead.

-- Robert J. Jones, Chancellor, and Andreas C. Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois, in an email announcing plans to resume on-campus instruction this fall, 18 June 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Allow The King To Err

Those who knowingly allow the King to err deserve the same punishment as traitors.

-- Alfonso X (1221 - 1284), Spanish monarch who ruled as the King of Galicia, Castile and León from 1252 until his death, quoted in Diccionario ilustrado de frases célebres y citas literarias (1952), by Vicente Vega

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Useful Hints

Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.

-- Alfonso X (1221 - 1284), Spanish monarch who ruled as the King of Galicia, Castile and León from 1252 until his death, after studying Ptolemy's treatise on astronomy; reported in Thomas Carlyle, History of Frederick the Great, book ii. chap. vii

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Answer Is Clear

Sometimes small gestures can have unexpected consequences.  Major initiatives practically guarantee them.  In our time, few pieces of federal legislation rank in significance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  There, in Title VII, Congress outlawed discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender.  The answer is clear.  An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex.  Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids.

-- Justice Neil Gorsuch, writing for the 6-3 majority in Bostock v Clayton County, affirming civil rights protections for gay and transgender employees, 15 June 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

Without Fear Or Favor

The Department of Justice has a solemn responsibility to prosecute this case -- like every other case -- without fear or favor and, to quote the Department's motto, solely "on behalf of justice."  It has abdicated that responsibility through a gross abuse of prosecutorial power, attempting to provide special treatment to a favored friend and political ally of the President of the United States.  It has treated the case like no other, and in doing so has undermined the public's confidence in the rule of law.  I respectfully suggest that the best response to Flynn's perjury is not to respond in kind.  Ordering a defendant to show cause why he should not be held in contempt based on a perjurious effort to withdraw a guilty plea is not what judges typically do.  To help restore confidence in the integrity of the judicial process, the Court should return regularity to that process.  And the Court can best do that by denying the government's Rule 48(a) motion to dismiss, adjudicating any pending motions, proceeding to sentencing, and factoring the defendant's contemptuous conduct into the appropriate punishment.

-- John Gleeson, in his amicus curiae brief to the US District Court in DC, in US v Michael T. Flynn, 10 June 2020

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Everyone Is In

For the first time in history, the human species as a whole has gone into politics.  Everyone is in the act, and there is no telling what may come of it.

-- Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005), Canadian-born American writer, Nobel Laureate in Literature in 1976 and National Medal of Arts winner in 1988, To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account (1976), p. 38

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.

-- Isaac D'Israeli (1766 - 1848), British writer, scholar and man of letters, father of the British prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, Curiosities of Literature (1791-1834)

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Hidden Treasure

It sounds like a plot lifted straight from Hollywood.  A decade ago, a New Mexico art collector named Forrest Fenn buried treasure in the Rocky Mountains and self-published a book challenging people to find it.  According to Fenn, the chest -- filled with gold, gems and artifacts -- is worth around $2 million.  Over the weekend, he said, someone found it.

"I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot," Fenn wrote on his website.  He created the treasure hunt after recovering from kidney cancer.

At least two people died trying to find the treasure, and Fenn still refused to retrieve the chest.  "If someone drowns in the swimming pool we shouldn’t drain the pool," he said in 2017.  "We should teach people to swim."

-- Tidbit from the New York Times, 9 June 2020

Monday, June 08, 2020

That Mercy

Teach me to feel another's woe,
To right the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.

-- Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744), English poet, The Universal Prayer, Stanza 10 (1738)

Friday, June 05, 2020


A curious point to ponder.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen from below 24,000 to above 24,000 in every year of the Trump presidency.  That mark was first crossed on 30 November 2017, and was most recently crossed on 27 April 2020.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

A New Path

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens -- much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people -- does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.

We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.

Only by adopting a new path -- which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals -- will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

-- James Mattis, retired United States Marine Corps general, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, in a statement, "In Union there is Strength", Times-Standard, 3 June 2020

Wednesday, June 03, 2020


I've always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations in support of local law enforcement.

The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations.  We are not in one of those situations now.  I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.

-- US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper in a statement regarding civil unrest, 3 June 2020

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Peace Rooted In Justice

Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason.  Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions.  We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means.  Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress.  But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice.  The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system.  And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.

This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort.  We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience.  We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion.  There is a better way -- the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice.  I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.

-- Statement by President George W. Bush, 2 June 2020

Monday, June 01, 2020

Not A Leader

It's so clear what needs to be done.  We need a president to come out and say simply that "black lives matter."  Just say those three words.  But he won't and he can't . He can't because it's more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity.  But it's more than just Trump.  The system has to change.  I'll do whatever I can do to help, because that's what leaders do.  But he can't do anything to put us on a positive path, because he's not a leader.

-- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, in an interview with The Nation, 1 June 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Certain Injustices

There are certain injustices in this life you've got to do something about.  You can't just say that you can't fight it, or it's too much trouble, or that you don't have the time or the effort, or that you can't win.  Forget all that.  Fight them all!

-- Harlan Jay Ellison (1934 - 2018), American author and media critic, profile in Autograph Magazine (2 January 2010)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Waste No More Time

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be.  Be one.

-- Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121 - 180), Stoic philosopher, and Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180, Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book X

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Not As It Should Be

 11,137 - April 6
 20,814 - April 11
 30.087 - April 14
 41,179 - April 19
 50,359 - April 23
 61,594 - April 29
 72,204 - May 5
 80,504 - May 10
 90,482 - May 17
101,850 - May 27 

This is *not* something I want to get used to.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


There is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.

-- Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 - 1915), American political leader, educator, and author of African ancestry, most famous for his tenure as President of Tuskegee University (1880-1915), Up From Slavery: An Autobiography (1901)

This quote was included in an email I received today from the UI Provost, discussing the university's hope to return to on-campus instruction in the fall.

Monday, May 25, 2020

272 Sincere Words

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.  We are met on a great battle-field of that war.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.  It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

-- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), 16th President of the United States, address at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg (19 November 1863)

Friday, May 22, 2020

American Dream

Obviously, I believe that to pursue the American Dream is not only futile but self-destructive because ultimately it destroys everything and everyone involved with it.  By definition it must, because it nurtures everything except those things that are important: integrity, ethics, truth, our very heart and soul.  Why?  The reason is simple: because Life/life is giving, not getting.

-- Hubert "Cubby" Selby, Jr. (1928 - 2004), 20th Century American writer, Requiem for a Dream (1978)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Impetuosity And Inertia

At least half of my life's many mistakes can be safely put down to impetuosity: the other half derive from inertia.

-- Donald James (1931 - 2008), aka Donald James Wheal, British author and screenwriter, Vadim

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Done Or Left Undone

An idealist believes the short run doesn't count.  A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter.  A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.

-- Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986), syndicated essayist and drama critic, Reader's Digest (May 1979)

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Obsessed With Magic Bullets

But punishing the [CDC] by marginalising and hobbling it is not the solution.  The Administration is obsessed with magic bullets -- vaccines, new medicines, or a hope that the virus will simply disappear.  But only a steadfast reliance on basic public health principles, like test, trace, and isolate, will see the emergency brought to an end, and this requires an effective national public health agency.  The CDC needs a director who can provide leadership without the threat of being silenced and who has the technical capacity to lead today's complicated effort.

The Trump administration's further erosion of the CDC will harm global cooperation in science and public health, as it is trying to do by defunding WHO.  A strong CDC is needed to respond to public health threats, both domestic and international, and to help prevent the next inevitable pandemic.  Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics.

-- Editorial published in The Lancet, "Reviving the US CDC", 16 May 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Taking The Zinc And The Hydroxy

A lot of people to take it a lot of frontline workers are taking hydroxychloroquine.  So, I'm taking the zinc and the hydroxy.  And all I can tell you is, so far I seem to be okay.

And it seems to have an impact -- and maybe it does, maybe it doesn't -- but if it doesn't, you're not going to get sick or die.  This is a, a pill that's been used for a long time for 30, 40 years on the malaria and or lupus to, and even on arthritis I guess from what I understand, so it's been heavily tested ....  What do you have to lose?

-- President Trump, speaking to reporters about his use of hydroxychloroquine, ABC News, 18 May 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times

If we judge by wealth and power, our times are the best of times; if the times have made us willing to judge by wealth and power, they are the worst of times.

-- Randall Jarrell (1914 - 1965), American poet, novelist, critic, children's book author and essayist, "The Taste of the Age," The Saturday Evening Post (26 July 1958), p. 290

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Last Window

Congressman, I'll never forget the emails I received from him from Mike Bowen indicating that are our mask supplier, N95 respiratory supplier, was completely decimated.  He said, "We're in deep shit, the world is, and we need to act." I pushed that forward to the highest levels I could in HHS and got no response.  From that moment I knew that we were going to have a crisis for our healthcare workers because we were not taking action.  We were already behind the ball.  That was our last window of opportunity to turn on that production, to save the lives of those healthcare workers and we didn't act.

-- Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testifying before Congress about a moment in January when he realized the federal government was failing to respond appropriately to covid-19, 14 May 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Bridge

The bridge between knowledge and skill is repetition. The bridge between skill and mastery is time.

-- Unattributed, heard on the Whistlekick Martials Arts podcast, episode 500 "What Advice Would You Give Martial Artists 100 Years from Now?" 11 May 2020

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

We Are Not Ready

We'll be ready to re-open when bus drivers can tell riders to wear a mask and not get spit upon.
We'll be ready when McDonalds workers can say the dining room is closed without being shot.
We'll be ready when park rangers can ask people to social distance without being shoved in a lake.
We'll be ready store employees can ask people to wear a mask before entering without being killed.
We'll be ready when we can show we can listen and follow safety guidelines.
I don't know when the virus will be ready for us to re-open but clearly we are not ready.
Freedom is a responsibility not just an unearned privilege to do as we please.
We are acting like a bunch of spoiled whiny brats who are more than willing to hurt others and put others at risk.
We’ll be ready when we treat each other with love and respect.
We are not ready.

-- Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker, pastor serving at Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, PA, on Facebook, 7 May 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

RIP Little Richard

Wop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bom-bom!
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, woo!
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bom-bom!

-- Richard Wayne Penniman (5 December 1932 - 9 May 2020), known by the stage name Little Richard; American singer, songwriter and pianist, whose hits in the mid-1950s were defining moments in the development of rock and roll, "Tutti Frutti", co-written with Dorothy LaBostrie and Joe Lubin, Here's Little Richard (1957)

Friday, May 08, 2020

Great Puzzle

How queer everything is to-day!  And yesterday things went on just as usual.  I wonder if I've been changed in the night?  Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning?  I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.  But if I'm not the same, the next question is, "Who in the world am I?"  Ah, that's the great puzzle!

-- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1898), British author and mathematician, writing as Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland (1865), chapter 2; reprinted in Logical Nonsense: The Works of Lewis Carroll (1934), p. 177

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Security For Happiness

You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger security for happiness.

-- Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), English novelist who recorded the domestic manners of the landed gentry, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 24

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Poke Holes In This

Someone poke holes in this scenario: we keep losing 1-2k a day to coronavirus.  People get used to it.  We get less vigilant as it very slowly spreads.  By December we're close to normal, but still losing 1500 a day, and as we tick past 300,000 dead, most people aren't concerned.

-- Eric Nelson posting as @literaryeric on Twitter, 1 May 2020

Tuesday, May 05, 2020


Today's date can be made with only four 9-segment displays and a mirror

-- u/repsaj99, posting in r/mildlyinteresting, on Reddit

I'll note that today is also my birthday.  I took the day off of work to stay home, make chili, and read a book.  In the afternoon the kids and grandkids came by and decorated the outside of the house with posters and balloons.  And in the evening we gathered on Zoom for the singing of Happy Birthday.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Essential Powerful Tools

In this type of testing we need to remember a few things.  First, let us remember we have faced times of testing before.  Following 9-11 I saw a great nation rise as one to honor the brave, to grieve with the grieving and to embrace unavoidable new duties, and I have no doubt, none at all, that this spirit of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America.  Second, let us remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential powerful tools of national recovery.  Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others, to ease their anxiety and share their burdens.  Third, let’s remember that the suffering we experience as a nation does not fall evenly.  In the days to come it will be especially important to care in practical ways for the elderly, the ill and the unemployed.  Finally, let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat.  In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants, we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God.  We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise.  God bless you all.

-- Former President George W. Bush, in a video with a message on coronavirus, released by his Presidential Library, 2 May 2020

Friday, May 01, 2020

Yet The Same

We're all leading lives that are different and yet the same.

-- Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (1929 - 1945) German-Dutch diarist of Jewish origin, The Diary of a Young Girl (1942 - 1944), 6 July 1944

Thursday, April 30, 2020

It Was Miraculous

It was miraculous.  It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice.  Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all.  It merely required no character.

-- Joseph Heller (1 May 1923 - 12 December 1999), American novelist and playwright, Catch-22 (1961)