"A farmer traveling with his load
Picked up a horseshoe on the road,
And nailed it fast to his barn door,
That luck might down upon him pour;
That every blessing known in life
Might crown his homestead and his wife,
And never any kind of harm
Descend upon his growing farm."
~~~~~ James Thomas Fields
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
"A half truth, like half a brick, is always more forcible as an argument than a whole one. It carries better."
~~~~~ Stephen Leacock (anticipating Donald Trump?)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects."
~~~~~ Andrew Johnson
Monday, December 28, 2015
"Oh leave the Wise our measures to collate.
One thing at least is certain, light has weight.
One thing is certain and the rest debate.
Light rays, when near the Sun, do not go straight."
~~~~~ Arthur Eddington
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
"The accumulation of skill and science which has been directed to diminish the difficulty of producing manufactured goods, has not been beneficial to that country alone in which it is concentrated; distant kingdoms have participated in its advantages."
~~~~~ Charles Babbage
Friday, December 25, 2015
"Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do."
~~~~~ Clara Barton
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
~~~~~ Samuel Smiles
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
"I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.'"
~~~~~ Abigail Adams
Monday, December 21, 2015
"There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour."
~~~~~ Benjamin Disraeli
Sunday, December 20, 2015
"I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations and socialism by its hopes and aspirations; capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature."
~~~~~ Sidney Hook
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
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Friday, December 11, 2015
"A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings."
~~~~~ George Mason
Thursday, December 10, 2015
"It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellow men."
~~~~~ George MacDonald
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
"He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day:
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself his own dungeon."
~~~~~ John Milton