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Friday October 03, 2008

Literary Quote of the Day

“George F. Will writes: 'Bush's terseness is Ernest Hemingway seasoned with John Wesley.'

”Well, one is hardly familiar with John Wesley's sermons, but I do know that to put George W. Bush's prose next to Hemingway's is equal to saying that Jackie Susann is right up there with Jane Austen. Did a sense of shame ever reside in our Republican toadies? You can't stop people who are never embarrassed by themselves."

Norman Mailer, in a letter to The Boston Globe, March 13, 2002, and reprinted in a section of the Oct. 6 New Yorker. The last sentence in particular made me wonder what Norman would've made of Sarah Palin.

Posted at 04:51 PM on Oct 03, 2008 in category Quote of the Day
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Thursday September 25, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

“It would be the easiest thing for me as president to ask for a declaration of war. A man on a horseback is always a hero. But I wouldn't have to do the fighting. Some poor farmer's boy, or the son of some great family would have to do the fighting — and the dying. When I ask them to do that, I want to be very sure that what they're dying for is worthwhile.”

— Pres. Woodrow Wilson (Alexander Knox) after the sinking of the Lusitania in Wilson (1944) 

Posted at 07:03 AM on Sep 25, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Movies
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Wednesday September 24, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

"I often think of something Woodrow Wilson said to me. 'It is only once in a generation that people can be lifted above material things. That is why conservative government is in the saddle for two-thirds of the time.'"

—Franklin (Ralph Bellamy) to Eleanor Roosevelt (Greer Garson), in Sunrise at Campbello (1960)

Posted at 08:47 AM on Sep 24, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Movies, Politics
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Tuesday September 23, 2008

Movie Quote of the Day

"There is no expert on the subject. I mean, there is no wise old man. There's... Shit, there's just us."

—Kenny O'Donnell (Kevin Costner) to JFK and RFK on the first day of the Cuban Missile Crisis, after Truman's Secretary of State Dean Acheson, despite what he sees as the inevitable consequences of the act, recommends bombing Cuba, in the movie Thirteen Days

Posted at 07:40 AM on Sep 23, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Movies
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Tuesday September 16, 2008

Literary Quote of the Day

"People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster."

James Baldwin, from the essay "Stranger in the Village" in Notes of a Native Son. He wrote it about America in the 1950s, and I first read it in the 1980s when it seemed truer than in the 1950s. Today it seems truer still. 

Posted at 07:03 AM on Sep 16, 2008 in category Quote of the Day, Books
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