Curtis Dahlgren
Odds and Ends (very odd); Words Without Comment, part II
By Curtis Dahlgren
February 5, 2016

"Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; a fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby." – George Herbert (1593-1633)

P.R. "EXPERTS" IN POLITICS, this year, "are as confused as a baby in a topless bar." – (paraphrased)

"In Hollywood the favorite word is 'sex'; in the Midwest it is 'cheese'; in the South, 'honey'; in Manhattan, money." – Amy Vanderbilt

"Christianity is always out of fashion because it is always sane, and all fashions are mild insanities." – not sure of author

"To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education." – John Ruskin (1819-1900)

"To be in awe of creation's Designer iis the beginning of wisdom." – Psalms

"Education is the motor-force of revolution." – Bill Ayres

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virute is the sharing of misery." – Winston Churchill

"Jealousy, envy, and greed are the unholy trinity of socialism." – Cal Thomas

"When any group asserts rights without commensurate responsibilities, a privileged class emerges, creating an atmosphere of abuse, paving the way to the ultimate abuse that is totalitarianism." – author unknown

Well, fancy giving money to the Government!
Might as well have put it down the drain;
Fancy giving money to the Government!
Nobody will see the stuff again.
- Sir Alan Patrick Herbert (1890-?)

Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne;
. . Who but must laugh if such a man there be?

. . The people's voice is odd; it is, and is not, the voice of God.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty." – Saul of Tarsus

"Build your house upon a Rock." – Jesus

"Our Founders founded something that was a departure from everything that had gone before. A written Constitution was meant to be a bulwark against tyranny." – President Reagan (a paraphrase)

"The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is [usurped] by the executive." – Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

"Freedom and not servitude is the cure for anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition . . . Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle." – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

As if rules were not in the schools

Derived from truth, but truth from rules.

- Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

"The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error." – William Jennings Bryan (1896)

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm . .
Go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.
- William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau;
Mock on, mock on, 'tis all in vain!
You throw the sand against the wind,
And the wind blows it back again.

- William Blake (1723-1780)

"Naphtali is like a deer let loose; he brings forth goodly words." – Jacob (Genesis 49:21)

[BUT] "Fine words never buttered any parsnips." – old southern saying

CONCLUSION: "Let him who reads, RUN!"

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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