February 17: Holy Bible

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February 17
Holy Bible

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
~Mark 8:36

If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.
~Isaiah 1:19


February 16: Law and Lawyers: Legal Maxims

February 16
Legal Maxims



Male verum exammat omrus

Corruptus judex.

A corrupt judge does not carefully search for the truth.

~Horace, Satires, II, 2, 8. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 B.C. – 8 B.C. ), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.


132.                 For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.

~Third Institute [1644]


Learn that sacred law which is followed by men learned (in the Veda) and assented to in their hearts by the virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and inordinate affection.

~Anonymous author of The Laws of Manu, traditionally ascribed to Manu (or Brahma), as translated by F. Max Müller (1886), Ch. 2, p. 29


February 15: Futurists

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February 15

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
~R. Buckminster Fuller. Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895 – 1983) was an American philosopher, systems theorist, architect, and inventor, known to many of his friends and fans as “Bucky” Fuller. He created and popularized terms such as “Spaceship Earth,” ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the most famous of which is the geodesic dome.

I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for long
~Arthur C. Clarke, “The Sentinel“ (1948), originally titled “Sentinel of Eternity,” is the short story which later provided the fundamental ideas for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) written by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.

Others, one suspects, are afraid that the crossing of space, and above all contact with intelligent but nonhuman races, may destroy the foundations of their religious faith. They may be right, but in any event their attitude is one which does not bear logical examination — for a faith which cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
~Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space (1951)

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.
~Arthur C. Clarke, Foreword to The Collected Stories (June 2000)

Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.
~Arthur C. Clarke. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 – 2008) was a British author, inventor and futurist.

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February 14: Law and Lawyers: Constitution

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Men may believe what they cannot prove. They may not be put to the proof of their religious doctrines or beliefs. Religious experiences which are as real as life to some may be incomprehensible to others.

~Justice William O. Douglas, United States v. Ballard, 322 U.S. 78, 86 (1944)



Your Honours will find in the old book, concerning the office of a justice of peace, precedents of general warrants to search suspected houses. But in more modern books you will find only special warrants to search such and such houses specially named, in which the complainant has before sworn he suspects his goods are concealed; and you will find it adjudged that special warrants only are legal. In the same manner I rely on it, that the writ prayed for in this petition being general is illegal. It is a power that places the liberty of every man in the hands of every petty officer.

~James Otis, Argument against the writs of assistance, Boston, Feb. 1761, quoted in John Adams, “Abstract of the Argument for and against the Writts of Assistance,” 1761, in Legal Papers of John Adams 2:134, 141-42 (L. Kinvin Wroth & Hiller B. Zobel eds. 1965)



The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.

~Justice Hugo L. Black, International Association of Machinists v. Street, 367 U.S. 740 (1961)


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The patent system . . . added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.

~Abraham Lincoln, “Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions,” Jacksonville, Ill., 11 Feb.1859, in Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, 3:363 (Roy P. Basler ed. 1953)

February 13: Dishonesty

February 13

“Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the LORD.’”
–Leviticus 19:35-36

Wealth created by a lying tongue
is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.
–Prov. 21:6

For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter.
–James 5:4-5


February 12: Abundance

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Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

~Samuel Johnson. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history.” He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson.



The greatest power is often simple patience.

~E. Joseph Cossman



Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.

~Fernando Flores

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February 12: Space Travel

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February 12
Space Travel

In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle which it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York!
~Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Ch. XIX: “A Monster Meeting“ (Charles Scribner’s Sons “Uniform Edition,” 1890, p. 93)

Some say that we should stop exploring space, that the cost in human lives is too great. But Columbia’s crew would not have wanted that. We are a curious species, always wanting to know what is over the next hill, around the next corner, on the next island. And we have been that way for thousands of years.
~Stuart Atkinson, New Mars, Mar. 7, 2003

Only via continuing to probe every nook and cranny of the universe that is accessible to us will we truly build a useful appreciation of our own place in the cosmos.
~Lawrence M. Krauss,  A Universe from Nothing. Lawrence Maxwell Krauss (born 1954) is a Canadian-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is a professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He is an advocate of scientific skepticism, science education, and the science of morality.

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February 12: Honesty

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February 12

The man replied to Joab, “Even if I had the weight of 1,000 pieces of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the king’s son. For we heard the king command you, Abishai, and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for me.’”
–2 Samuel 18:12

Two things I ask of You;
don’t deny them to me before I die:
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need.
Otherwise, I might have too much
and deny You, saying, “Who is the LORD?”
or I might have nothing and steal,
profaning the name of my God.
–Proverbs 30:7-9

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
–Ephesians 4:14-15


February 11: Politicians (Money Matters)

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A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing about how wealth is created.
~Jeanne Kirkpatrick (1926−2006), American ambassador and first woman who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Inflation hasn’t ruined everything. A dime can still be used as a screwdriver.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., an American author best known for his inspirational book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller (1991–1994). Its sequel, Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2, also made it to the same best seller list in 1993.


February 9: Drama and Television

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February 9
Drama and Television

Now look here, Smithers. They’s two kind’s of stealing. They’s the small kind, like what you does, and the big kind, like I does. Fo’ de small stealing dey put you in jail soon or late. But fo’ de big stealin’ dey puts your picture in de paper and yo’ statue in de Hall of Fame when you croak. If dey’s one thing I learned in ten years on de Pullman cars, listenin’ to de white quality talk, it’s dat same fact. And when I gits a chance to use it . . . from stowaway to emperor in two years. Dat’s goin’ some!
~Eugene O’Neill, The Emperor Jones (1920)

If that ghost have money I tells him never to haunt you – less’n he wants to lose it!
~Eugene O’Neill, The Emperor Jones (1920)

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