January 19: Benjamin Franklin (Money Matters)

January 19
Benjamin Franklin


One today is worth two tomorrows.

~Benjamin Franklin



Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

~Benjamin Franklin


54.          Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.

~Benjamin Franklin


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January 19: Robots and UFOs

January 19
Robots and UFOs

I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.
~Claude Shannon, The Mathematical Theory of Communication

Let’s start with the three fundamental Rules of Robotics. We have: one, a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. And three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
~Isaac Asimov, Astounding Science Fiction, Mar. 1942

The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man’s nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become “Golems.” They will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.
~Erich Fromm, The Sane Society


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January 19: “Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (124)” by Emily Dickinson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (124)

By Emily Dickinson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers –
Untouched by Morning –
and untouched by noon –
Sleep the meek members of the Resurrection,
Rafter of Satin and Roof of Stone –

Grand go the Years,
In the Crescent above them –
Worlds scoop their Arcs –
and Firmaments – row –
Diadems – drop –
And Doges surrender –
Soundless as Dots,
On a Disk of Snow.

January 19: Executed Criminals’ Last Words (from Law and Lawyers)

January 19
Executed Criminals’ Last Words



I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country . . . I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service . . . It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.

~Nathan Hale, American hero, d. 1776 (shot by the British as a spy)



I love my family. Potato, potato, potato.

~Robert Charles Towery, executed by lethal injection for murder in 2012. Towery and another man robbed and strangled philanthropist Mark Jones in his home. The word “potato” was apparently a reference to the sound that a Harley Davidson motorcycle makes, and was meant as a cryptic message to his nephew.



I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.

~Lionel Herrera, d. May 12, 1993 (executed by injection in Texas)


January 19: Humbled (Bible Passages)

January 19

He humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you the manna that neither you nor your ancestors had ever experienced, so he could teach you that people don’t live on bread alone.
–Deuteronomy 8:3

We humbled ourselves and asked God to bring us and our children safely to Jerusalem with all of our possessions.
–Ezra 8:21