Selwyn Duke: “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” (Often incorrectly attributed to George Orwell)

We already know that dead people can vote, but here’s a new one for you: they can plagiarize, too.  A few years ago, I read a “George Orwell” quotation that had begun to gain some currency: “The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”  The problem is, […]

Santayana (in The Life of Reason, 1905): “Those Who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It.”

Santayana (in The Life of Reason, 1905): “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The Life of Reason, subtitled “the Phases of Human Progress”, is a book published in five volumes from 1905 to 1906, by Spanish-born American philosopher George Santayana (1863–1952). It consists of Reason in Common Sense, Reason in […]

James Madison: “…a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. —James Madison, Letter to W.T. Barry, 1822 Source: https://www.loc.gov/resource/mjm.20_0155_0159/?sp=1&st=text    

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “None are more Hopelessly Enslaved than Those who Falsely Believe They are Free.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  (28 Aug 1749 – 22 Mar 1832), a German writer and statesman wrote Elective Affinities. The title is taken from a scientific term once used to describe the tendency of chemical species to combine with certain substances or species in preference to others. The novel is based on the metaphor of human passions being governed or […]

Thomas Jefferson: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”

Quote from the Eighth Annual Message to Congress, delivered by Thomas Jefferson on November 8, 1808: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”