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No, He Didn’t Actually Say That

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Published on: 2015.03.17

Oh how it bugs me when folks attribute a quote to Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson, as if that lends more power to the words. “If someone as important as Jefferson said it, then it must be true!” they seem to indicate. Most of them are likely just passing along what they’ve heard without looking[…]

Violence Is (Sometimes) The Answer

Military weapons on display, Ft. Hood, Texas (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) I am at heart a non-violent person, a pacifist if you will, and this has been my bent since I was a child. I suspect it’s partly due to observing my father’s behavior — always willing to talk before acting, to[…]

The Opposite Of Science

Categories: History, Quotations, Science
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Published on: 2014.05.08

“In retrospect we can see that any system like Ptolemy‘s had to be wrong. He and others of his time were trying to squeeze the facts into a false theory in order to fit a belief. They were starting with a rigid conviction and attempting to make the universe suit their dogma. Ptolemy himself wrote,[…]

John Adams On Our Two-Party System

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Published on: 2013.11.21

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”   — John Adams, 1780.10.02

Have We Been “Fundamentally Transformed”?

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Published on: 2013.11.02

Just over five years ago (October 2008), almost-President Barack Obama said at a a campaign rally in Missouri: “After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush … we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” (source, emphasis mine) His critics keep[…]

Quote: It’s No Use

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Published on: 2013.11.02

“It’s no use arguing with policemen.” — Sir Topham Hatt, Toby the Tram Engine, 1952, by The Reverend W. Awdry — Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas In Trouble, 1984, Thomas and Friends TV Series

Day 13: Obama Could Have Phrased This Better

As Congress continues to drag its feet, ignoring the easy solution, I still can’t help but blame Republicans for the shutdown — since they planned it in advance. However, one phrase from the left has been bugging me a bit during this nationally embarrassing debacle. That’s the notion of “settled law”.

Some Things I Underlined (‘Time Enough For Love’)

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of Time Enough For Love (1973) by Robert A. Heinlein. Most of these are from the character Lazarus Long (a.k.a. Woodrow Wilson Smith, Aaron Sheffield, Ted Bronson, Lafe Hubert, etc.), oldest member of the human race. “…humans hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They[…]

Some Things I Underlined (‘To Sail Beyond The Sunset’)

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Published on: 2013.05.09

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of To Sail Beyond The Sunset (1987) by Robert A. Heinlein, the last novel he published before dying in 1988: “I remember Earth. I knew her when she was clean and green, mankind’s beautiful bride, sweet and lush and lovable… It is futile to mourn over[…]

Some Things I Underlined (‘The Cat Who Walks Through Walls’)

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Published on: 2013.05.07

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls: A Comedy of Manners (1985) by Robert A. Heinlein: “It does not do to encourage bad banners; one should retaliate, urbanely but firmly.”

Some Things I Underlined (‘I Will Fear No Evil’)

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Published on: 2013.05.06

Following are some passages I underlined during a reading of I Will Fear No Evil (1970) by Robert Heinlein: “…most people think of money as something to pay the rent. But a money man thinks of money in terms of what he can do with it.” “…it’s impossible for a woman to lay it on[…]

Quotes From A Stranger

Categories: Book Reviews, Quotations
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Published on: 2013.04.27

Following are some passages I underlined during my 2002 reading of Stranger In A Strange Land (1961) by Robert Heinlein, of which I wrote on Nov. 14, 2002, “Perhaps the best book ever written.” (I no longer feel that way, but it’s still a pretty good book.)

Specialization Is for Insects

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Published on: 2005.10.18

One of my favorite quotes of all time: How many people do you know who come close to this description? “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the[…]

Quotation: Herman Wouk

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Published on: 2002.07.01

“Life was a colorful painful pageant to her, in which right and wrong were wobbly yardsticks. Values and morals varied with time and place. Sweeping righteous views, like Victor Henry’s Christian morality and Rule’s militant socialism, tended to cause much hell and to cramp what little happiness there was to be had. So she thought.”[…]

Some Quotes

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Published on: 2002.04.28

People vs. Larry Flynt: “Murder is illegal. But, you take a picture of somebody committing the act of murder and they’ll put you on the cover of Newsweek. You might even win a Pulitzer Prize. And yet . . . sex is legal … Yet, you take a picture of two people in the act[…]

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