Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Quips and Quotations (Election Day Edition)

 We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

--Declaration of Independence.

 We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

--Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Convention

Whoever degrades another degrades me,
and whatever is done or said returns at last to me…
I speak the pass-word primeval--I give the sign of democracy;
By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have their counterpart of on the same terms…

--Walt Whitman

I believe the only way to protect my own rights is to protect the rights of others.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower

 It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.

--Harvey Milk

 O, let America be America again--
The land that never has been yet--
And yet must be--the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine--the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME

--Langston Hughes

A republic, if you can keep it.

--Benjamin Franklin, when asked just what kind of government had come out of that Constitutional Convention. 

Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.

--Thomas Paine

Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

...government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--Abraham Lincoln


  1. An exceptional collection. My favorites are always Langston Hughes and Eleanor Roosevelt.

    1. Mitchell, Langston Hughes is a treasure trove of interesting quotes. I don't think the man could say something banal if he wanted to. And Eleanor? Just one helluva an amazing woman.

  2. Hi, Kirk!

    Katy bar the door. We have arrived at yet another pivotal moment in our nation's history, another election that many are calling the most important of our lifetime.

    I have a dream... that a magnificent blue wave will sweep across our great land from sea to shining sea, and drive away the red tide and with it the stench of rotting fish. I have a dream...

    As Obama says, "Don't boo - VOTE!"

    1. Well, Shady, I tried to mix it up partisan-wise, but I'd like to think the two Republicans I quote from would see the need for a blue victory this year.

      Incidentally, I find it ironic that "red" now means right-wing. I'm old enough to remember when it meant quite the opposite.

  3. Putin is pulling for a Russian victory tonight

  4. I would like equal. Some of each.
    I have been living under the liberal California DNC for so long. They only know me at tax time.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

    1. Sorry you had to pay so much tax in California, parsnip. Hope things got more inexpensive once you moved elsewhere.

      But when a public official, such as a President, starts encouraging bigotry, well, that can prove taxing for some people, too.