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Friday March 28, 2014

A Certain Something

“In short, the savage is free to imagine anything; the civilized man is constrained by evidence. The known unknown “usher[s] in the era of investigation and discovery;” the unknown known is the savage’s false belief that he can explain everything.”

-- Errol Morris, from his must-read, four-part New York Times series on “The Certainty of Donald Rumsfeld,” which is a forerunner to his must-see documentary on Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known,” which opens in select cities (and on iTunes and OnDemand) April 4th. (Compare the above with “Reality-based community.”)

Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld, certain. Colin Powell, certain of something else.

Posted at 01:47 PM on Mar 28, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Wednesday March 26, 2014

Add Another Quote and Make It a Gallon

An exchange between Garson Kanin (first line) and Billy Wilder (last) in Garson Kanin's “Hollywood”:

“I quoted. ‘Work strengthens us, pleasure consumes us. Let us choose.’ You know who said that?”
“Hitler.”
“No. Goethe.”
“Same thing.”

That cracks me up. On some level, I think of shenanigans like this. Too often people consider the quoter the trump card rather than the quote. It's only gotten worse in the Internet age.

Still, not a bad quote. But only if your work isn't repetitive and soul-draining.

Posted at 05:51 AM on Mar 26, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Tuesday March 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

“The [Georgia] bill, passed on Thursday and awaiting the governor’s signature, will, among other things, allow people to carry concealed weapons into more places — including ones, like bars, which conveniently enough are spots where they are likely to be put to use ...

”This bill is evidence that cynics were wrong when they said nothing would come of the surge of attention to guns after the Newtown, Conn., massacre in December 2012. Since then, The Times reported, 70 laws have been passed to loosen restrictions.“

-- New York Times editorial, ”In Georgia, Carry a Gun, Just Not in the Capitol," March 25, 2014. All of this is happening on our watch.

Posted at 04:00 PM on Mar 25, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday March 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Those who deal with the mass audience tend to become cynical as they search for the lowest common denominator of appeal.”

-- Garson Kanin, “Hollywood,” his memoir and warts-and-all love letter to Samuel Goldwyn, who never suffered the above problem. In fact, Kanin gives him the last line: “The public is f'Chrissake smarter than we are!” Would that I believed that. Would that it were true.

Posted at 03:04 PM on Mar 24, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday March 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Just to be clear, there’s no evidence that Mr. Ryan is personally a racist, and his dog-whistle may not even have been deliberate. But it doesn’t matter. He said what he said because that’s the kind of thing conservatives say to each other all the time. And why do they say such things? Because American conservatism is still, after all these years, largely driven by claims that liberals are taking away your hard-earned money and giving it to Those People.”

-- Paul Krugman, “That Old-Time Whistle,” New York Times, March 17, 2014. Read the whole thing.

Posted at 09:23 AM on Mar 17, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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