Quotes worth remembering, at least worth copying

Quotes from some of the writings that I came across over the years:

“The classical liberalism of the nineteenth century is widely and correctly admired, but we can now see that it was inevitably a transitional phase. The tendencies inherent in individualism were kept within bounds by the health of institutions other than the state, a common moral culture, and the strength of religion. Liberalism drained the power from the institutions. We no longer have a common moral culture and our religion, while pervasive, seems increasingly unable to affect actual behavior.

Modern liberalism is one branch of the rupture that occurred in liberalism in the last century. The other branch is today called conservatism. American conservatism, neo or otherwise, in fact represents the older classical liberal tradition. Conservatism of the American variety is simply liberalism that accepts the constraints that a clear view of reality, including a recognition of the nature of human beings, places upon the main thrusts of liberalism—liberty and equality. The difference, it has been said, is that between a hard-headed and a sentimental liberalism. Sentimental liberalism, with its sweet view of human nature, naturally evolves into the disaster of modern liberalism.”

—Robert H. Bork, in
Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism And American Decline
pp. 64 (bottom) to 65 (top)
Full text of book

“It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crisis is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated? Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen.”

Attributed to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

“A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.  The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.”

—Milton and Rose Friedman
in ‘Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

“It is true that liberty is precious — so precious that it must be rationed.”

— Lenin

“Who falls asleep in a democracy will wake up in a dictatorship.”

— Otto Gritschneder,
(when asked why he wanted to publicize
the system of terror in German military justice under the Nazis)

“A government is not the expression of the popular will, but rather the expression of what a nation’s people are willing to endure.”

 — Kurt Tucholsky

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Plato, in ‘Republic’, has Socrates offer this advice to philosopher kings: “Take all the children from their parents and rid the city of adults.”

“Who owns the youth controls the future.”

— Slogan used by Napoleon and
also by the founders of the Wandervogel
(“bird of passage”) the enormously popular youth movement that began
in about 1880 in Germany and produced many
of the prominent, and often homosexual, Nazi leaders

“Give me your four-year-olds, and within one generation I will build a socialist state.”

— Lenin

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

— Lenin

“[The State] must set race in the center of all life. It must take care to keep it pure. It must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. It must  see to it that only the healthy beget children….”

— Hitler, in ‘Mein Kampf

“President Obama is committed to helping states develop seamless, comprehensive, and coordinated ‘Zero to Five’ systems to improve developmental outcomes and early learning for all children….it will be the goal of this Administration to ensure that every child has access to a complete and competitive education — from the day they are born to the day they begin a career.”

— (Fact Sheet: Expanding the Promise of Education in America, Mar 10, 2009
see also: ‘Remarks of President Barack Obama –
As Prepared for Delivery Address to Joint Session of Congress, Tuesday, February 24th, 2009)

“First they came for the fathers, then for the mothers, and now for both parents in intact families.  In the end all children will be in the care, custody and control of the State.”

— Walter H. Schneider

“Make sure that when you get an erection you don’t lose your mind.  Always think of the consequences:

Is she someone you would want to face across the breakfast table ten years down the road?

Is she the woman who’ll be the best possible mother to your children?

Whether you’ll still be together ten years from now or not, you are trusting her with most of what you’ve got, with half of your genes, with more than half of all you’ll be able to earn for the rest of your life, and with your and your children’s physical and emotional health.

Will she be worthy of all that?

— Ruth Schneider

“Idiocy is a gift from the gods – one should not punish it.”

— German adage

“Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Moral indignation is a technique used to endow the idiot with dignity.”

— Marshall McLuhan

Quoted by Philip Marchand, MM’s biographer, in
Marshall McLuhan: The Medium And the Messenger

“Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.”


“But what difference does it make whether women rule, or the rulers are ruled by women? The result is the same.”

— Aristotle, in ‘Politics

Love is like an onion.
You taste it with delight,
And when it is all gone,
You wonder what made you bite.

— (One of Ruth Schneider’s favorites; author unknown)

“If we have gotten to the point in our desperate culture in which we feel obligated to kill children, regardless of why or of what color, then we do not deserve to survive and probably won’t.”

— William Faulkner

“One of the paradoxes of management is this: Most employees usually are happier and more comfortable in a well-structured environment than in one that operates with disorder and permissiveness.”

— Unknown author
Telephony, Feb. 6, 1978, p. 61

“I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘Women’s Rights,’ with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman to ‘unsex’ themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.”

— Queen Victoria, March, 1870

“Feminism is not about giving women freedom to choose; it is about taking away choices of which feminists disapprove. And one choice they disapprove is participation in a conventional family.”

—Robert H. Bork, in
Slouching Towards Gomorrah : Modern Liberalism and American Decline
p. 204;

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.”

— G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (1874-1936),
British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist;
Source: Illustrated London News, 1924

“Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense.”

— George Orwell, in 1984

The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed,
But swoln with wind, and the rank mist they draw,
Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread.

— Milton: Lycidias

The “family” in all ages and in all corners of the globe can be defined as a man and a woman bonded together through a socially approved covenant of marriage to regulate sexuality, to bear, raise, and protect children, to provide mutual care and protection, to create a small home economy, and to maintain continuity between the generations, those going before and those coming after.

It is out of the reciprocal, naturally recreated relations of the family that the broader communities–such as tribes, villages, peoples, and nations–grow.

— Allan Carlson, in
What’s Wrong With the United Nations Definition of ‘Family’?
The Family in America (August 1994), p. 3

The traditional marriage vows once meant much and were taken seriously:

The man:
“I, [name of groom], take thee, [name of bride], to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”

The woman:
“I, [name of bride], take thee, [name of groom], to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”

It’s official: The experiment has failed

For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in : the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.

— Rebecca O’Neill, Sept. 2002
Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family

Contemporary (or second wave) feminism has aptly been described as “Marxism without economics,” since feminists replace class with gender as the key social construct. Of course, what society constructs can be deconstructed. This is the feminist project: to abolish gender difference by transforming its institutional source — the patriarchal family. Certain streams of the Gay Rights movement have taken this analysis one step farther. The problem is not just sexism but heterosexism, and the solution is to dismantle not just the patriarchal family but the heterosexual family as such.

— F.L. Morton & Rainer Knopff in
The Charter Revolution & The Court Party (p. 75)

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