Category Archives: Quotation

So the Story Goes


According to some, there was a large gathering of those prominent in the publishing industry in the year 1880. The guest of honor, John Swinton, was a leader at the New York Times and had a significant career in journalism behind him. Someone offered a toast to America’s independent press. The guest of honor retorted:

“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

In Love


In love,  hurting from the truth is better than living a lie.

Thanks to Curly Miri for inspiring  today’s quote. I paraphrased something she said in her brave and vulnerable post entitled “Walking Away.” Read the entire post here: http://curlymiri.wordpress.com/2012/10/26/walking-away/#comment-1003

The Quote for 11-16-2012 Is Courtesy of Asklotta


 I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.

Thanks, Asklotta, for giving me a “nice” remark to replace my old, impolite saying: “There’s no help for stupid.”  Your words are much kinder. Since kindness, even in the face of self-selected ignorance, is my goal, I appreciate the help. Hugs.

Quote on the Eve of the Second Tuesday in November


It’s time for a bit o’ the American humorist Mark Twain. Enjoy!

  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
  • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
  • Barring that natural expression  of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.
  • . . .one of the first achievements of the legislature was to institute a ten thousand dollar agricultural fair to show off forty dollars’ worth of pumpkins. . .

The Power of the Media


Mind control? We don’t need mind control. We have T.V.”

–Central Intelligence Agency, 1970’s, as reported by Naval Intelligence physicist Dr. Richard Alan Miller

A Quote in Anticipation of Hurricane Sandy


Gee, thanks, Mother Nature. Just what this girl needed–a late October hurricane while Hubby still lies in the hospital.

Via Mark J. Grant, author of Out of the Box,

“No matter where you stand, no matter how far or how fast you flee, when it hits the fan, as much as possible will be propelled in your direction, and you will not possess a towel large enough to wipe all of it off.”                                      

 -The Wizard

“It Was Melancholy that Made Me Write”


Howard Jacobson believes melancholy is a required ingredient of the artist’s temperament. It is the melancholy person who thinks of creating art in the first place. Artistic endeavors are always imbued with melancholy. He says:

CHEERFUL PEOPLE DON’T WRITE NOVELS. CHEERFUL PEOPLE DON’T MAKE ART. THEY BECOME SPORTSMEN.