— Eric Beaty (@TheEricBeaty) September 1, 2016
From the Movies
Show me the money!
~Jerry Maguire (1996)
I’ll wager you anything you like that if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight.
~J. Algernon Hawthorne, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
My name is Joel Goodsen. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night.
~Joel Goodsen, Risky Business (1983)
Science Fiction Writers
I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922–2007), American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called “Keep to-morrow dark,” and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) “Cheat the Prophet.” The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun.
~G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)
The younger lamas are naturally preoccupied with the past; it is a necessary step to envisaging the future.
~James Hilton, Lost Horizon (1933)
This was a Golden Age, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying . . . but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice . . . but nobody admitted it.
~Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956)
With feet of clay and hearts of lies
Men sally forth to seize the skies;
With broken legs and broken hearts
They hobble back, their dreams apart.
Without a thought to future men
They play their cards and practice Zen;
They tell their jokes and trade their lies,
While in each man his spirit dies.
Ignoring God while all is gain,
They look to Him in times of pain;
And when the LORD relieves their hurt,
They pack their bags and they desert.
They never know how much He cares,
They never know the dream’s still there;
They never know how sweet it is
To die each day, to be all His.
Among other rights essential to freedom, the First Amendment protects “the right of the people . . . to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” [ . . . ] Both speech and petition are integral to the democratic process, although not necessarily in the same way. The right to petition allows citizens to express their ideas, hopes, and concerns to their government and their elected representatives, whereas the right to speak fosters the public exchange of ideas that is integral to deliberative democracy as well as to the whole realm of ideas and human affairs. Beyond the political sphere, both speech and petition advance personal expression, although the right to petition is generally concerned with expression directed to the government seeking redress of a grievance. [ . . . ] A petition conveys the special concerns of its author to the government and, in its usual form, requests action by the government to address those concerns.
~Justice Anthony Kennedy, Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri, 131 S.Ct. 2488 (2011)
[T]he effect of the religious freedom Amendment to our Constitution was to take every form of propagation of religion out of the realm of things which could directly or indirectly be made public business, and thereby be supported in whole or in part at taxpayers’ expense. That is a difference which the Constitution sets up between religion and almost every other subject matter of legislation, a difference which goes to the very root of religious freedom[ . . . ] This freedom was first in the Bill of Rights because it was first in the forefathers’ minds; it was set forth in absolute terms, and its strength is its rigidity. It was intended not only to keep the states’ hands out of religion, but to keep religion’s hands off the state, and, above all, to keep bitter religious controversy out of public life by denying to every denomination any advantage from getting control of public policy or the public purse.
~Justice Robert H. Jackson, Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947) (dissenting)
The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect “a wall of separation between Church and State.”
~Justice Hugo L. Black, Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1, 15-16, 330 U.S. 1 (1947)