The Quotes (read up from the last +++):
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu [in SojoMail 07.28.04]
Secularists, both liberal and conservative, fail because they see people as objects—either to be punished or to be serviced—whereas biblical justice is much grander, viewing people as humans made in God's image.
--Charles Colson "What Is Justice?" Christianity Today
Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.
--Wendell Berry in Daily Dig 11/14/05
Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
--H. L. Mencken
What is justice? It's a threshold question for any society. The classic definition handed down through the ages is simply seeing that "each person gets his due." Fair enough. But secular liberals and secular conservatives today interpret this very differently—and their views translate into very different public policies. For modern liberals, "getting their due" means giving benefits to the needy; for conservatives it's punishing wrongdoers.
--Charles Colson "What Is Justice?" Christianity Today
Justice this week – sadly, just as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.
People everywhere confuse what they read in the newspaper with news.
--A.J. Liebling quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 12/26/04
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
--Ben Hecht quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 2/26/06
We are called to be faithful, not famous. Bad behavior sells newspapers. Honesty and integrity honor the Lord. Don't make news!
--David McCasland in Our Daily Bread 11/20/05
I must say that among educated people, politics occupies far too great a proportion of time. All the periodicals, all the newspapers are saturated with politics, although many of the objects they are discussing are very transient and short-term. Of course, many people do occupy themselves with higher themes.... But in general, modern humankind is characterized by the loss of the ability to answer the principal problems of life and death. People are prepared to stuff their heads with anything, and to talk of any subject, but only to block off the contemplation of this subject. This is the reason for the increasing pettiness of our society, the concentration on the small and irrelevant.
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn quoted in SojoMail 8/5/04
Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Quotes about “the news” this week.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
--Harold Wilson quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/5/06
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
One man with courage makes a majority.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.
Courage is… our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.
Use the past as a springboard, not as a sofa.
Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love, and the future to his providence.
The book’s essential advice: learn from the past, live in the present and plan for the future.
--Jennifer Barrett on Spencer Johnson's The Present at http://www.msnbc.com/news/981215.asp?vts=101620031608
There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it.
It will not catch you--if you don't repeat it.
The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
--A. Whitney Brown
From the future last week to the past this week. Seems a little backward, but that’s not unusual for Carl’s Quote of the Day.
Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.
--Leo Buscaglia in John Maxwell's Leadership Wired v8i24
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
--Christian Nestell Bovee
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
--Charles F. Kettering
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
--Paul Valery quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/18/04
The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed.
Actually, the future is here and Carl’s Quote of the Day emails seem to be stuck there as opposed to being delivered when they’re supposed to be. Oh well, the future is our theme this week. Please visit the archives if you missed those “stuck in cyberspace” Carl’s Quote of the Day emails: www.QuoteOfTheDay.us.
Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry. It's not anger, it's motivation.
In Spring Training any team can still win the World Series. I know, I know, how can we call it a World Series when we don’t invite the rest of the world? At least this spring we also have the World Baseball Cup. The aforementioned Mr. Motivation is pitching for the US. I’ll root for the US anyway.
When they start the game, they don't yell, "Work ball."
They say, "Play ball."
A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings.
More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.
--Thomas Boswell in Inside Sports
Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball.
It may be snowing and freezing in the northern reaches of North America, but in Florida and here in Arizona it’s warm and sunny. Pitchers and Catchers have reported to spring training and the position players are dribbling in. I love this time of year – Baseball Season!
Across the United States, there are Saudi-funded mosques, teaching that nation's particularly intolerant brand of Islam. There are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia; they're against the law. In Iraq on Friday, the country's dwindling community of Chaldean Catholics prepared for more of the terrorist attacks that have become routine; there were no reported attacks on Muslims in any of the countries where the Danish caricatures were republished. Muslims in those places may have been affronted, but they are not in fear for their lives.
--Tim Rutten "Drawn into a religious conflict"
Let me get this straight:
Depicting a likeness of the Prophet Mohammed is considered an unspeakable crime in Islam. However, driving a bomb-laden automobile into a group of Muslim schoolchildren, to get at one American soldier, will get you a ticket to heaven with 70 virgins.
And we are the decadent infidels bereft of morality and common decency.
--R. Darrick Johnson, Tempe "Cartoons are bad, but bombs OK?" Letters to the Editor, Arizona Republic
There is no Quranic injunction against images, whether of Muhammad or anyone else.
-- Amir Taheri in his op-ed piece "Bonfire of the Pieties" in the Wall Street Journal quoted by Kobayashi Maru at http://kmaru.blogspot.com/
For contemporary conservative commentary, visit the blog of your fellow subscriber Kobayashi Maru at http://kmaru.blogspot.com/.
At the National Black Fine Art Show, a painting by Harlem artist "Tafa" depicts an upside down "Christ-like" figure with a face that resembles Osama bin Laden. No Christians have threatened the artist, or bombed the building where it is displayed, or attacked the city government.
Throughout the Middle East, state-controlled newspapers regularly depict Jews and Israeli leaders in despicable, stereotypical and anti-Semitic caricatures. These cartoons show Jews with hooked noses; Stars of David morphing into swastikas; Palestinian and Arab blood drips from Jewish hands and Jews are blamed for creating AIDS. Neither those newspapers, nor Arab embassies have been attacked by Jewish mobs.
When a Danish newspaper publishes several political cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, riots ensue and the artists and newspaper receive death threats.
-- Cal Thomas “Cartoon wars”
Our theme this week is not the “anti-Muslim” cartoons; it’s more the reporting on same. And this opinion piece is among the best I found.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
--US Constitution, First Amendment
Very infrequently do I quote current events, but this week is the exception. (And I mean events even more current than the US Constitution.) Any guesses as to what our theme will be this week? Hit reply and tell me your guess.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
--William Lyon Phelps Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 01/01/06
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
--Mortimer J. Adler Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 12/25/05
Books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.
--Barbara W. Tuchman in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 1/29/06
Books . . . are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, evidence of our earlier stage of development.
--Dorothy L. Sayers Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 12/11/05
Hmmm, looking around my home office makes more sense now. Although perhaps this quote is more appropriate:
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Looks like our theme will be books and reading this week.
No horse ever gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
--Harry Emerson Fosdick in Leadership Wired v8i18
All in vain is splendid preaching
And the noble things we say;
All our talk is wasted teaching
If we do not lead the way.
--Anonymous quoted in Our Daily Bread 09/10/05
[L]eaders today need to listen more. We have what we call the 51 percent rule, which is that more than 50 percent of communication from leaders should be listening, not talking or sending the message out.
--Chuck Martin in Leadership Wired v8n13
You cannot teach what you do not know, nor lead where you do not go.
Leadership is character in action.
--Warren Bennis in Leadership Wired v8i18
…as opposed to “Leadership is character inaction.” Right, then, leadership returns as the theme for this week’s Carl’s Quote of the Day.