Curtis Dahlgren
Words without comment, worlds without end, Part I
By Curtis Dahlgren
January 24, 2016

All glory, laud, and honour
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of [58 million] unborn children
Made sweet Hosannas ring.
James Neale (1818-1866, paraphrased)

"THE PRESIDENT CANNOT make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow; he cannot make business good." – Wm. Howard Taft (1916)

"Methought it lessoned my esteem of a King, that he should not be able to command the rain." – Samuel Pepys (1662-1703)

"There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself." – Wm. Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1708-1778)

"I should like to see the last king strangled with the guts of the last priest." – in the will of a Frenchman in 1733

"Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children . . . The country life if to be preferred, for there we see the works of God, but in cities little else but the works of men." – Wm. Penn

"In France I had always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found that they were intimately united and they reigned in common over the same country." – Alexis de Toqueville ("Religion in American Public Life")

"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty." – Paul (II Corinthians 3:17)

"I am no orator, as Brutus is; but, as you know me all, a plain blunt man . . I tell you that which you yourselves do know: We are at the stake and bayed about with many enemies; and some that smile have in their hearts, I fear, millions of mischiefs." – Wm. Shakespeare

"We don't have a skin problem; we have a SIN problem." – author unknown

"I am pleased God made my skin black. I only wish He had made it thicker." – Curt Flood

"If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave." – Fulton J. Sheen

"x#*@ &Xu" – Charlie Sheen (paraphrased)

"Only he who obeys, believes." – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Fame is proof that people are gullible." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When two egotists meet it's an I for an I." – unknown

"The reason we accepted Darwinism even without proof is because we didn't want God to interfere with our sexual mores." – Aldous Huxley

"Las Trahison des clercs [the treason of the educated classes]." – Julian Benda (1868- ? )

"Some people think that the world is a mess, but that's only if you're watching the news every day." – Pres. Oboma (only slightly paraphrased)

"All of what we observe in the mirror of recent history about political leadership recalls day-flies warming themselves in the autumnal sunshine without an inkling that winter is coming." – Dr. Arthur Voobus (Estonian Theological Society in Exile)

"I didn't realize until I came to the West that we actually are first and foremost not collectives. We are individuals. We are individual girls . . And before you assume the collective, assume the individual. That is the greatest thing about America." – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"For thousands of years society has depended upon individuals for those creative achievements of mind and spirit that have guided us along the path of civilization. The spark from heaven falls. Who picks it up? The Crowd? Never. The individual? Always." – Balfour

"The so-called nihilistic movement in Russia [in 1860s] was strictly a university student movement. Nihil is Latin for 'nothing,' or in Russian, Nichevo . . Not unlike American hippies, the majority of nihilists were sons and daughters of well-to-do parents. Thsi movement based itself in the work of Darwin and Spencer which implied that possibly homo sapiens, man, is a descendent of the apes . . Thus an unlimited permissiveness was declared by the nihilists as the new religion . . [so] they were against any type of 'establishment,' family, or church." – Boris Sokoloff ("The Permissive Society," 1971)

"They called it 'free love,' but it wasn't FREE!" – aging hippie (2002)

"Many presidents survive sexual escapades with their popularity intact, as did Clinton . . as well as Roosevelt and Kennedy . . Harding, however, is considered one of the worst presidents." – Thomas Emery column (12-24-15)

"Mrs. Clinton clearly wasn't expecting it, and she bobbled. She has never gone up against a competitor like Mr. Trump. The second thing . . something most people learn by their 20s: It matters what people think of you. It's essential that people have a high opinion of your essential integrity, trustworthiness, and good faith." – Peggy Noonan, "The High Cost of a Bad Reputation" (WSJ, 1/16/16)


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Curtis Dahlgren

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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