January 11: Politicians

January 11

Let individuals create real wealth, empower them, create something that they can leave for their children.
~John Henry Sununu (born 1939) served as the 75th Governor of New Hampshire (1983–89) and later White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush.

We still have a great amount of work to do in social development, including resolving one of the biggest challenges we face in this area, namely, reducing the gap between high-income earners and people, citizens of our country, who are still living on very modest means indeed. But we cannot, of course, adopt the solution used 80 years ago and simply confiscate the riches of some to redistribute among others. We will use completely different means to resolve this problem, namely, we will ensure good economic growth.
~Vladimir Putin (born 1952), Russian politician who served as the second President of the Russian Federation. He became the President of Russia on May 7, 2012.

The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt modern civilization.
~Otto von Bismarck, German Chancellor (1815 – 1898), after Lincoln’s assassination


January 11: Predictions

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
January 11

This “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.
~Anonymous, 1876, Western Union internal memo

We can surely never hope to see the craft of surgery made much more perfect than it is today. We are at the end of a chapter.
~George Berkeley. George Berkeley (1685 – 1753), also known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne), was an Anglo-Irish philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called “immaterialism” (later referred to as “subjective idealism” by others). This theory denies the existence of material substance and instead contends that familiar objects like tables and chairs are only ideas in the minds of perceivers, and as a result cannot exist without being perceived. Thus, as Berkeley famously put it, for physical objects “esse est percipi” (“to be is to be perceived”). Berkeley is also known for his critique of abstraction, an important premise in his argument for immaterialism

The foolish idea of shooting at the moon is an example of the absurd length to which vicious specialization will carry scientists working in thought-tight compartments.
~A. W. Bickerton, 1926

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January 11: Justice

January 11



Whoever tells the best story wins.

~John Quincy Adams



That one hundred and fifty lawyers should do business together ought not to be expected.

~Thomas Jefferson (referring to the U.S. Congress)

The Albatross, poem by Charles Baudelaire

The Albatross

        Often, to amuse themselves, crew members
        Capture an albatross, large bird of seas,
        That follows, lazy friend of the voyage,
        The boat gliding along the bitter gulfs.

        Scarcely have they lain them down on the boards,
        That these kings of azure, awkward and shy,
        Piteously let out their great white wings
        Similar to oars dragging at their sides.

        This wingèd traveler, how clumsy and how weak!
        Him, lately so fine, how comic, how plain!
        The one leads on its beak with a pipe,
        One mimes, limping, the cripple who could fly!

        The Poet is like the prince of the clouds
        Who haunts tempests and laughs at the archer;
        Exiled onto the sun amid booing,
        His giant wings keeping him from walking.

~Charles Baudelaire
(trans. from French by Day Williams)