Quotes by Topic Selection

pk Ironies, Definitions, Daffynitions

Selection

Agriculture:

Agriculture requires land reserved for the purpose:
land subtracted from nature’s commons.

On astrology:

What’s your sign?
Stop!

Beer

the reason I get up every afternoon.

Brown’s Law of Public Health

Once a public health program has a disease on the run, it is the program, not the disease, which will be killed.

Chartres Cathedral:

We could never afford to build anything like that today. We’re much too rich.
John Kenneth Galbraith

on Democracy:

Everyone eventually gets a chance to make someone else miserable.
Catfarmer

Man:

They talked a lot.
Nigel Calder

the News:

Our most polluted resource.
Bucky Fuller

on Abraham Lincoln:

a first-rate second-rate man.
Wendell Phillips

Ai Wei Wei on Parenting (with his friend, not his wife):

It’s not nice, but it does happen.

Teller on Magic:

Lying as a form of art.

Bruce Spiegelberg on teachers:

The poverty of their minds [is] matched only by the poverty of their bodies.
That’s “teachers” not as in Jesus or in Socrates, Bateson, Illich, or Bucky, but as in “school teachers” (particularly public school teachers: and the bulk of university staff).

Murray N. Rothbard on libertarianism (with a lower-case “l”)

The immediate abolition of statism, while unlikely in practice, [is] to be sought after as the only possible moral position.

Murray N. Rothbard on socialism

The socialist State would install rule by the scientists of everyone else; not content with liberals setting the workers free to achieve undreamt-of prosperity, the socialist State would install rule by the workers of everyone else — or rather, rule by politicians, bureaucrats, and technocrats in their name.

William Lloyd Garrison on the abolition of slavery

Urge immediate abolition as earnestly as we may, it will, alas! be gradual abolition in the end. We have never said that slavery would be overthrown by a single blow; that it ought to be, we shall always contend.

Minorities’ joke on justice and jails:

Hey, it’s just-US!

Catfarmer on turning-the-other-cheek with kleptocracy

Forgiving them to death.

Wilhelm Reich on man under fascism (or any totalitarianism)

Honors his enemies and murders his friends.

Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, on Patience

A virtue very apt to be fatigued by exercise.

bkMarcus’ definition of the State

That organization that claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of force within a given geographic region.

Benjamin Tucker’s definition of government

The subjection of the noninvasive individual to an external will.

Joseph Sobran on state and government

Maybe we’re stuck with it. But do we have to worship it?

bkMarcus on definition

We have to be explicit in defining our terms if we don’t want more noise than signal in the communication.

Gerhard Richter, on Painting (his own):

I don’t like the ones I understand.

Gerhard Richter, on Painting):

Something you do in secret, but then reveal in public.

Gerhard Richter, on fame:

It’s wonderful; but you don’t have time to paint.

Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) on fame:

The thing about fame is: it’s boring.

Sir Miles Davis on having changed music: the way Picasso changed art:

I’m not a genius
I just can’t help it.
That’s as close to an exact quote as I could make it citing a bit of voice track from the DVD The Miles Davis Story. I recommend getting the disk and hearing the full thing in his rasp. But don’t bother unless you already know — in your guts — just how he changed music: and changed it again, and again.

Man Ray on how to be original

It’s simple. Just be yourself.
Ecology Which would you rather have: grandchildren? or a Baggie?

gal on radio

Ian McHarg on saving the evnvironment from Pennsylvania Power & Electric

Don’t shake hands;
Leap on him [the CEO] and bite his throat out!

Ian McHarg had given a lecture in Pennsylvania on ecology. An upper crust matron asked what she could about the plight of civilization. McHarg asked if she knew the president of Pennsylvania Power & Electric. “Of course,” she replied. “Next time you meet him,” McHard began … and told her what to do.

The Earth Will Shake on Obscenity Laws:

So that we do not experiment enough and inquire enough to understand ourselves fully. So that we all live with doubts and misgivings. That is the edge they use to govern us.

Robert Anton Wilson’s Sir John Babcock

Jared Diamond on genocide

People recoil at any explanation, because they confuse explanation with excuses.

A Conspiracy of Paper on the English and Jews:

For centuries they have herded us into dealing with their money for them, and they have hated us for doing what they permitted.

David Liss

Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian) on Veronica Guerin:

Another self-congratulatory “anti-drug” movie. Short of introducing mandatory drug-testing in their own industry, Hollywood can do no more.

Henry David Thoreau on property:

Property is a lot easier to acquire than it is to get rid of.

Big Brother Immortality (lower-case “l”)

We love Comrade Stalin more than Mommy and Daddy. May Conrade Stalin live to be one hundred!
No, two hundred!
No, three hundred!

Early ’50s Soviet childrens song
(PS: The children didn’t write it: it ain’t folk music.)

Young Women

are great: you don’t have to listen to them when they talk.

Errol Flynn

Knatz.com published a Definition / Daffynition section: / Knatz.com / Teaching /Scholarship / Glossary /
I’ll begin recreating that here, assigning it a fictitious post chronology beginning 2011 January: twenty-six letters in the alphabet, it should fit nicely into one month.


The force (so termed by magicians) in rhetoric:

You can have any color you want: so long as it’s black.

Henry Ford

There’s always one of two possibilities.

Adolph Hitler

What magicians call a “force”: the deck is fanned open before you, the magician says, “Pick a card, any card” … and you find the deuce of clubs in your hand.

On anarchism (so mis-termed by kleptocrats):

When compared with the suppression of anarchy every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind, and his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other. No immigrant is allowed to come to our shores if he is an anarchist; and no paper published here or abroad should be permitted circulation in this country if it propagates anarchist opinions

President Theodore Roosevelt

What’s better than freedom?
To live in chains, and sing hymns.

dialogue between Phil Rowe and Carol Tocstein
I loved Carol’s answer thanks to my imagining myself a Christian
in 1961, a servant of God: service,
worship being the ideal, not freedom.

On Christians: another hoard of the damned, boorishly browbeating everybody not only that they’re saved but that they’re The saved

Language and Jargon: talking as though the soiled sheets in the brothel were clean fresh
sheets in the palace

On Charles Dickens: Proof positive that a first rate creative genius can have a third rate mind

On magic: Initially magic simplifies explanation;
eventually magic makes everything equally Byzantine in causal complexity.

pk Ironies, Definitions, Daffynitions …:

Brown’s Law of Public Health

Once a public health program has a disease on the run, it is the program, not the disease, which will be killed.

Nigel Calder on Man:

They talked a lot.

Bucky Fuller on the News:

Our most polluted resource.

John Kenneth Galbraith on Chartres Cathedral:

We could never afford to build anything like that today. We’re much too rich.

Teller of Penn & Teller on Magic:

Lying as a form of art.

Bruce Spiegelberg on teachers:

… The poverty of their minds [is] matched only by the poverty of their bodies.

That’s “teachers” not as in Jesus or in Socrates, Bateson, Illich, or Bucky, but as in “school teachers” (particularly public school teachers: and the bulk of university staff).

Catfarmer on Democracy:

Everyone eventually gets a chance to make someone else miserable.

Murray N. Rothbard on libertarianism (with a lower-case “l”)

The immediate abolition of statism, while unlikely in practice, [is] to be sought after as the only possible moral position.

Murray N. Rothbard on socialism

The socialist State would install rule by the scientists of everyone else; not content with liberals setting the workers free to achieve undreamt-of prosperity, the socialist State would install rule by the workers of everyone else — or rather, rule by politicians, bureaucrats, and technocrats in their name.

William Lloyd Garrison on the abolition of slavery

Urge immediate abolition as earnestly as we may, it will, alas! be gradual abolition in the end. We have never said that slavery would be overthrown by a single blow; that it ought to be, we shall always contend.

Minorities’ joke on justice and jails

Hey, it’s just-US!

Catfarmer on turning-the-other-cheek with kleptocracy

Forgiving them to death.

Wilhelm Reich on man under fascism (or any totalitarianism)

Honors his enemies and murders his friends.

Tom Jones on Patience

A virtue very apt to be fatigued by exercise.

Henry Fielding

bkMarcus’ definition of the State

That organization that claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of force within a given geographic region.

Benjamin Tucker’s definition of government

The subjection of the noninvasive individual to an external will.

Joseph Sobran on state and government

Maybe we’re stuck with it. But do we have to worship it?

bkMarcus on definition

We have to be explicit in defining our terms if we don’t want more noise than signal in the communication.

Sir Miles Davis on having changed music: the way Picasso changed art:

I’m not a genius
I just can’t help it.

That’s as close to an exact quote as I could make it citing a bit of voice track from the DVD The Miles Davis Story. I recommend getting the disk and hearing the full thing in his rasp. But don’t bother unless you already know — in your guts — just how he changed music: and changed it again, and again.

Man Ray on how to be original

It’s simple. Just be yourself.

Ian McHarg on saving the evnvironment from Pennsylvania Power & Electric

Don’t shake hands;
Leap on him [the CEO] and bite his throat out!

Ian McHarg had given a lecture in Pennsylvania on ecology. An upper crust matron asked what she could about the plight of civilization. McHarg asked if she knew the president of Pennsylvania Power & Electric. “Of course,” she replied. “Next time you meet him,” McHard began … and told her what to do.

The Earth Will Shake on Obscenity Laws:

So that we do not experiment enough and inquire enough to understand ourselves fully. So that we all live with doubts and misgivings. That is the edge they use to govern us.

Robert Anton Wilson’s Sir John Babcock

Jared Diamond on genocide

People recoil at any explanation, because they confuse explanation with excuses.

A Conspiracy of Paper on the English and Jews:

For centuries they have herded us into dealing with their money for them, and they have hated us for doing what they permitted.

David Liss

Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian) on Veronica Guerin:

Another self-congratulatory “anti-drug” movie. Short of introducing mandatory drug-testing in their own industry, Hollywood can do no more.

Henry David Thoreau on property:

Property is a lot easier to acquire than it is to get rid of.

Big Brother Immortality (lower-case “l”)

We love Comrade Stalin more than Mommy and Daddy. May Conrade Stalin live to be one hundred!
No, two hundred!
No, three hundred!

Early ’50s Soviet “childrens'” song
(PS: The children didn’t write it: it ain’t folk music.)

On astrology:

What’s your sign?
Stop!

On war:

The greatest joy a man can know is to conquer his enemies and drive them before him. To ride their horses and take away their possessions, to see the faces of those who were dear to them bedewed with tears, and to clasp their wives and daughters in his arms.

Genghis Khan

We Saxons are not meant to be at peace. We feed ourselves on our enemy’s grain, we clothe ourselves with their wool, we pleasure ourselves on their women. What does peace offer us?

Enemy of God

I have to find and add the first paragraph of Primo Levy’s story, Lead!

On Charles Dickens

Proof positive that a first rate creative genius can have a third rate mind

On Christians

Another hoard of the damned, boorishly browbeating everybody not only that they’re saved but that they’re The saved

On magic:

Initially magic simplifies explanation;
eventually magic makes everything equally Byzantine in causal complexity.

I’ve always loved brother “Charlie”‘s ethics in On the Waterfront (paraphrase):

We’re entitled to it, if we can take it.

Earth wasn’t given to us by our parents; she was loaned to us by our children.

Yogi Bera on hotels:

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

Knatz.com published a Definition / Daffynition section: / Knatz.com / Teaching /Scholarship / Glossary /
pKnatz blog in time will merge them.
This post has been made and remade dozens of time, any editing could botch it big time. I need fresh backups, fresh originals.
I’ll get there, or I’ll die, or we’ll all die …

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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