Thursday, June 4, 2009
A Few Thoughts To Ponder...
I started off to post something a little silly and fun, but I decided that with everything that's going on in the world, and especially here at home, maybe instead we should look back at some quote made by some men that saw our present status long ago.
I think that they are worth a second look!
"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom to worship here."
"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government."
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers."
"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.... While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved.This will be their great security."
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."
George Orwell - 1984
"Ridicule is the tribute that mediocrity pays to genius."
"All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally it is accepted as self-evident."
"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on."
"Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance."
Like I said, they deserve a second look! Of course, that's just my opinion, for what it's worth!
Now, my friend, let's get some fresh coffee and sit on the patio for a while. I'm having a double helping today!