Thursday, September 4, 2008

Books and Wisdom

Did you guess that last week's quote was said by some contemporary? Some lonely inner-city child? An Iranian to a US soldier? Nope. It was Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 (1953). Isn't it amazing how something written 55 years ago can still ring so true today based on who might have said it?

For this week, I found so many fantastic statements from this astute person, that I couldn't decide on just one to post for you.

On the quality of clothing:
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.

On foreign affairs:
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.

More on foreign affairs:
Will it not be wise to allow the friendship between nations to rest upon deep and permanent things? Irritations of the cuticle must not be confounded with heart failure.

On the prejudices of the classes against each other:
The indiscriminate denunciation of the rich is mischievous.... No poor man was ever made richer or happier by it. It is quite as illogical to despise a man because he is rich as because he is poor. Not what a man has, but what he is, settles his class. We can not right matters by taking from one what he has honestly acquired to bestow upon another what he has not earned.

Who is this wise person??

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