“The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry, and I think it’s one of the reasons that some people don’t like the books, but I think that it’s a very healthy message to pass on to younger people that you should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth.” – J.K. Rowling, novelist (b. 1965)
“We need a state, a seat at the United Nations.” Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President., NY Times
“This merchant lived a long life in Egypt and was buried in the Saqqara necropolis.”
Nevine El-Aref; Ancient Egyptians in Arabia; Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo, Egypt); Nov 11, 2010.
“If ever there was a gifted polymath, it was Prof. Gift Siromoney. He may have been Professor of Mathematics at MCC (Madras Christian College), but his interests were from A to Z, from archaeology to zoology.” – S. Muthiah; A Gifted Polymath; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Apr 10, 2011.
“Batku’s response was to cast himself as a defender of the faith, railing against heterodox sects.” – Praveen Swami; Piety, Paranoia, and Kashmir’s Politics of Hate; The Hindu (Chennai, India); Jul 1, 2008.
“Coast Guard pilots who have flown over the spill describe it as an iridescent sheen on the water.” – Travis Griggs; Crist: ‘It is in God’s Hands’; Pensacola News Journal (Florida); Apr 28, 2010.
“Gloucester writer and editor David Rich will read from and discuss his new chapbook of poems.” – Ann Gail McCarthy; Rocky Neck Tradition Kicks Off Busy Weekend; Gloucester Times (Massachusetts); Aug 10, 2011.
“Of all the closures of independent stores that have left hundreds of British high streets a book-free wilderness, none has given rise to more celebrity keening than the imminent demise of The Travel Bookshop.” – Boyd Tonkin; Crimes Behind Closed Doors; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 9, 2011.
“Dan Gardner, for all his concern about prediction, has no qualms about retrodiction, even of the distant, unknowable past.” – Kathryn Schulz; What Lies Ahead?; The New York Times; Mar 27, 2011.
“Turning to comets, F. Richard Stephenson matches modern retrodiction against Babylonian and Chinese records to conclude that we have been sighting Halley’s comet on each of its returns since 240 BCE.” – Michael S. Mahoney; Standing on the Shoulders of Giants; Science (Washington, DC); May 17, 1991.
“Even the ancient onomasticon was of no help to her. While she was able to find all sorts of names for mythological and religious figures who aided and abetted the human world, there was no name to be found for what he did.” – Manya Steinkoler; The Body Retriever; Literature & Psychology; Jan 2002.
“A terminally sick humpback whale that became stranded on a beach in Western Australia two weeks ago was euthanized Thursday with an explosive charge.” – Stranded, Sick Whale Euthanized With Explosives; Associated Press (New York); Sep 3, 2010.
“‘I don’t mean to sound like a crapehanger, because I am an optimist by nature,’ said Thomas Emmel.” – William Mullen; Scientists Try for Butterfly Breakthrough; Chicago Tribune; Sep 3, 2002.
“Democrats are a lot more entertaining, but they suffer from a terminal case of flannelmouth. At the conventions last summer, the partying Republicans in San Diego did everything they could to keep the press away from their fun. By contrast, the Democrats in Chicago were dragging reporters in for drinks.” – Nicholas Von Hoffman; Republicans Are From Mars Democrats Are From Venus; Life Magazine; Nov 1996.
“In a lurid High Court case, the dirty linen was dragged out in spectacular fashion. Dorothy Dennistoun claimed her husband had forced her into having the affair with General Cowans.” – Christopher Wilson; Dark Past of the Real Downton Abbey Duchess; The Telegraph (London, UK); Aug 9, 2011.
“What Verizon will certainly do is unload the full weight of its legal might on 101 Monroe St. in a fit of pinstriped mutually assured destruction.” – Bruce Henoch; Why Verizon Picked Montgomery for Its Battle; The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Maryland); Jul 21, 2006.
“Mohammed Al Fayed may have turned the once chintzy department store into a successful luxury brand.” – Jan Moir; Sphinxes. A Diana Shrine. Piles of Tat; Daily Mail (London, UK); May 15, 2010.
“I wasn’t going to spend a nickel on anything else, so it treated me like any chintzy customer.” – Frank Gray; For $14.95, Get a Knife, Hard Time; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Aug 19, 2010.
“Other Democrats say the president must come up with an aggressive strategy to put himself back in the driver’s seat.” – Sheryl Stolberg and Helene Cooper; An Electoral Upheaval, but Few Signs of Change; The New York Times; Nov 17, 2010.
“Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.” — Harry Browne (1933-2006) American investment analyst and Libertarian candidate for President in 1996 and 2000
“Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.” – George Sewell, physician and writer (1690-1736)
“All she could say was thank you.” – Maria del Grasso, a lawyer for Amanda Knox, whose murder conviction was overturned in Italy.
“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a comin’.”
—–William J. McDonald
Captain, Texas Rangers from 1891 to 1907
“Absence diminishes commonplace passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire.” – Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld, moralist (1613-1680)