A.D. 2023 Quotes of the Week

Posted January 1

Don't try to add more years to your life. Better add more life to your years." — Blaise Pascal

Posted January 8

"The curtain has been lifted" is an idiom that aptly portrays when a hidden truth is revealed. On the public side of a curtain called "biological science," the perception of scientists for decades was that of rational, ideologically neutral researchers who were admirably dead to ambition and were driven to discover biological truths beneficial to all mankind. People trusted them.

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic and the curtain was lifted. Many scientists were revealed to be biased, political ideologues in white lab coats given over to group think. They hypocritically admonished others to "follow the science" while they selectively ignored scientific data contrary to their agenda. — Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.

Posted January 15

Steel screams when it is forged, it gasps when it's quenched. It creaks when it goes under load. I think even steel is scared, son. — Jethrah Zerchi, character in Walter M. Miller' Jr.'s novel 'A Canticle for Leibowitz'

Posted January 22

The transformation of charity into legal entitlement has produced donors without love and recipients without gratitude. — Justice Antonin Scalia

Posted January 29

Ignorance is king. Many would not profit by his abdication. Many enrich themselves by means of his dark monarchy. They are his Court, and in his name they defraud and govern, enrich themselves and perpetuate their power. Even literacy they fear, for the written word is another channel of communication that might cause their enemies to become united. Their weapons are keen-honed, and they use them with skill. They will press the battle upon the world when their interests are threatened, and the violence which follows will last until the structure of society as it now exists is leveled to rubble, and a new society emerges. I am sorry. But that is how I see it. — Thon Thaddeo Pfardentrott, character in Walter M. Miller' Jr.'s novel A Canticle for Leibowitz

Posted February 5

What is right to be done cannot be done too soon. — Jane Austen

Posted February 12

There are multitudes of men who always quarrel with any kind of ministry that God may send to them. This man's style is much too florid; he has a superabundance of the flowers of oratory. That other man is much too dull; there is nothing interesting about his discourses. This man is too coarse; he is so rough as even to be vulgar. That other man is too refined, and uses language which shoots over people's heads. It is easy to find fault when you want to do so. Any stick will do to beat a dog, and any kind of excuse will do to allow your conscience to escape from the message of an earnest ministry. — Charles Spurgeon

Posted February 19

The accumulation of all powers – legislative, executive, and judiciary – in the same hands whether of one, a few, or many and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. — 'Publius,' in Federalist Paper no. 47

Posted March 7

The literature of the Apocalypse, especially in English, is immense, but mostly impository rather than expository, and hence worthless or even mischievous, because confounding and misleading. — Philip Schaff

Posted March 12

Smiles are the foundation of beauty. — E.R. Burroughs

Posted March 19

Even a band of robbers can only exist if within its own organization it respects the rules. A liar always garbs himself or herself in the guise of truth. A sinner pursues evil under pretense of the good. Satan himself appears as an angel of light. In its operation and appearance, sin is always doomed to borrow, despite itself, from the treasury of virtue. It is subject to the unalterable fate – while striving for the destruction of all good – of working simultaneously on its own demise. It is a parasite of the good. — Herman Bavinck

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