I happened to look up the commentator and author George Will to demonstrate to a friend that his use of the word “bathetic” was neat but counterproductive, because it is simply too esoteric. It apparently means “insincere, intense emotional display.” I indicated that it was of limited utility in communication because it was so rare that it was obscure, myopic. It reminded me of George Will. I began to look up Will quotes I imagine for the first time, and wow, he said some interesting things! Much was politically-right, but still, neat stuff. It led me to Star Trek pioneer and social activist, George Takei. I then added George Bush, deep thinker George Orwell, and philosopher extraordinaire George Santayana quotes. Voila! — a blog! I present to you quotes from the five George’s: George Will quotes, George W. Bush quotes, George Takei quotes, George Orwell quotes, and George Santayana quotes. They will make you laugh; they will make you sad. But they certainly will make you think.
First up: George Will quotes.
- The realistic way to reduce the amount of money in politics is to reduce the amount of politics in money — the importance of government in allocating wealth and opportunity.
- When liberals’ presidential nominees consistently fail to carry Kansas, liberals do not rush to read a book titled What’s the Matter With Liberals’ Nominees? No, the book they turned into a bestseller is titled What’s the Matter With Kansas? Notice a pattern here?
- The people do not decide issues, they decide who shall decide.
- There is an elegant memorial in Washington to Jefferson, but none to Hamilton. However, if you seek Hamilton’s monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton’s country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.
- The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
- When a politician, on a subject implicating science — hard science, economic science, social science — says, ‘The debate is over,’ you may be sure of two things. It’s that the debate is raging and he’s losing it.” He also believes that “Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it.”
- Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it.
- Taking offense has become America’s national pastime; being theatrically offended supposedly signifies the exquisitely refined moral delicacy of people who feel entitled to pass through life without encountering ideas or practices that annoy them.
Those were the George Will quotes. Next up: George Takei quotes. He is an amazing man. From Japanese internment camp captive to Star Trek fame; from to social activist and humorist, he is one of a kind.
- Our differences in beliefs do not truly separate us, or elevate us over others. Rather, they highlight the rich tapestry that is humanity.
- The only thing worse than human ignorance is human pride in that ignorance.
- It’s really hard to hate someone for being different when you’re too busy laughing together.
- The starship Enterprise was a metaphor starship Earth, and the vision was that the strength of this starship lay in its diversity.
- Our democracy is a people’s democracy, and it can be as great as people can be, but it is also as fallible as people are.
- And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again.
- This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and if we’re not in there participating then the people that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.
- Pioneering is never done in front of cheerleaders urging on a roaring grandstand of popular approval.
- I think we learn more from those times in our history where we stumbled as a democracy than we learn from the glorious chapters.
I marvel at those George Takei quotes. Those are probably only 20% of the wonderful George Takei quotes that are available on the Internet. A few more George Takei quotes can be found in The Wisdom Archive, the 26,000-quote search engine with incredible searching capabilities and a rich depth. Always free.
Here are George W. Bush quotes. Don’t worry, I didn’t just collect his stupidest sayings. Some are actually well-thought-out and insightful. You have to figure out which are which. HINT: the one about journalism, information, and truth is a complicated one to assess.
- The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.
- Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.
- When it comes to the education of our children… failure is not an option.
- I think we agree, the past is over.
- There’s a sense that people in America aren’t getting the truth. I’m mindful of the filter through which some news travels, and sometimes you have to go over the heads of the filter and speak directly to the people.
- Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
Ok, that’s about all of that I can take. On to better presidents. George Washington was widely praised, and one thing probably stands tallest: his decision to relinquish power willingly. It was what made him the nation’s “founding father.” We miss that kind of integrity, now. Here are some George Washington quotes:
- Be Americans. Let there be no sectionalism, no North, South, East or West. You are all dependent on one another and should be one in union. In one word, be a nation.
- [The spirit of faction] opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions.” He also said: “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.
- I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.
- Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.
- What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States? Not the election of the first president but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world.
- As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
- Without virtue, and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect, and conciliate the esteem, of the truly valuable part of mankind.
If you think George Washinton quotes are trenchant, wait until you get a load of this guy! George Santayana quotes are some of the richest examples of philosophical thought in the English language. Truly a stellar intellect. Understandable in quotes but a bit obtuse in writings, I prefer reading these mandarin oranges to cracking the pistachio nuts of his philosophical works. Enjoy these George Santayana quotes.
- Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
- Skepticism is a discipline fit to purify the mind of prejudice and render it all the more apt, when the time comes, to believe and to act wisely.
- To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
- Truth is a jewel which should not be painted over; but it may be set to advantage and shown in a good light.
- Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer; there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.
- Keep me away from the wisdom which does not want; the joy which does not weep; and the greatness which does not bow before children.
- Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope.
- If artists and poets are unhappy, it is after all because happiness does not interest them.
- The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
- Professional philosophers are usually only apologists: that is, they are absorbed in defending some vested illusion or some eloquent idea. Like lawyers or detectives, they study the case for which they are retained.
- Religious doctrines would do well to withdraw their pretension to be dealing with matters of fact. That pretension is not only the source of the conflicts of religion with science and the vain and bitter controversies of sects; it is also the cause of the impurity and incoherence of religion in the soul.
- Religion is the natural reaction of the imagination when confronted by the difficulties in a truculent world.
- One of the peculiarities of recent speculation, especially in America, is that ideas are abandoned in virtue of a mere change of feeling, without any new evidence or new arguments. We do not nowadays refute our predecessors, we pleasantly bid them good-bye.
Wow, I feel like I did a mental workout reading those incredible thoughts. Truly an amazing mind. Speaking of “amazing mind,” few intellectuals of the 20th century provided richer food for thought than novelist George Orwell. The word Orwellian is firmly entrenched in our lexicon, if that is any indication of the influence this Socialist humanist had. It is gravely important in this time of Donald Trump that we internalize the deep lessons Orwell had to teach. I present you the “fourth George”: George Orwell quotes:
- The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.
- Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right.
- Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past. He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
- The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.
- The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.
- All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force.
- It’s not so much staying alive, it’s staying human that’s important. What counts is that we don’t betray each other.
- Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.
- The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
- Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.
- The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim — for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives — is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal.
- Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism as I understand it.
- A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened.
I hope you liked these George Takei quotes, George Will quotes, George Orwell quotes, and George Santayana quotes. There is a mountain of grist for your intellectual mill in there. Enjoy.
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