Madame Bovary (1857)
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Longer than nature craves; when ev'ry muse
And every blooming pleasure wait without,
To bless the wildly devious morning walk?”— Scottish poet and playwright James Thomson (1700-1748), “Summer,” in The Seasons (1726-1730)
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
: “What has the tyrant done now?”
Vera Sabouroff: “Tomorrow martial law is to be proclaimed in Russia.”
Everyone: “Martial law! We are lost! We are lost!”
Alexis Ivanacievitch: “Martial law! Impossible!”
Michael: “Fool, nothing is impossible in Russia but reform.” — Anglo-Irish dramatist, novelist, and poet Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Vera: Or, The Nihilists (1880)
Monday, July 4, 2022
TV Quote of the Day (‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ With Barney’s Foolproof Method for Remembering Dates Like 1776)
Deputy Barney Fife [played by Don Knotts]: “The first number... is one.”
Sheriff Andy Taylor [played by Andy Griffith]: “Yeah.”
Barney: “Now, that's easy to remember 'cause that's the first number in the alphabet.”
Barney: “Now, the second number... is... you just remember... lucky... seven.”
Andy: “Lucky seven.”
Barney: “See? Now you got one and seven.”
Barney: “Now, what's the third number? Seven. Now, that's easy to remember 'cause you just remembered seven, see?”
Andy: [chuckles] “Yeah, that's right. Yeah.”
Barney: “Now, you got one, seven and seven.”
Andy: “One and... two sevens, yeah.”
Barney: “Now, what's the last number? All right, here's how you remember that: What's one... from... seven?”
Andy: “Yeah, that's good.”
Barney: “Yeah, it works out, too.”
Andy: “Wouldn't it be just as easy just to go ahead and remember 1776?”
Barney: “Well, if you want to do things the easy way, you're never gonna learn anything!” —The Andy Griffith Show, Season 3, Episode 23, “Andy Discovers America,” original air date Mar. 4, 1963, teleplay by John Whedon, directed by Bob Sweeney
speech accepting the Liberty Medal, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 2017
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Spiritual Quote of the Day (Edmund Burke, on the Religious Dissenting Spirit Behind the American Revolution)
Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies, delivered March 22, 1775
The separation of church and state was one of the most tangled subjects in contemporary debates about government—a fact underscored by the explosion of commentary from both the left and right, much of it unhelpful, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.
It would be a stretch to say, as many on the right would have it, that America was founded as an explicitly “Christian nation.”
But habits of mind formed in Americans’ religious practice—principally, those related to resistance to “all implicit submission of mind and opinion”—lay at the heart of American colonists’ increasing alienation from England, and those instincts would make it impossible for the Mother Country to continue to impose punitive legislation on the colonists, warned Edmund Burke.
One month before British troops clashed with the Americans at Lexington and Concord, this father of modern conservatism cautioned the House of Commons about the futility of coercion. A key part of his argument against force was the temperament of the colonists in their environment. British North America, he noted, was disproportionately composed of "dissenters from the establishments of their several countries."
Saturday, July 2, 2022
Inaugural Address Delivered to the University of St. Andrews (Feb. 1, 1867)
More than a century and a half after its original publication, Mill’s On Liberty remains relevant as the best defense of free speech and, indeed, the foundation of modern notions of toleration and liberalism.
His views on what citizenship entails—and the need for information-based judgment on the part of anyone who hopes to have a voice in the governance of a country—in the above quote should be weighed and pondered all the more.