Saturday, May 28, 2005


The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.
— G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton (1874-1936), British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist; Source: Illustrated London News, 1924
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What is hateful […] is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who, having the enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men who, having the power to redress wrongs, refuse to listen to the petitioners that are sent to them; they are the men who, when they are asked for a loaf, give a stone.
— Wilfrid Laurier, Speech in the House of Commons, 16 March 1886. in Oscar Skelton, Life and Letters of Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
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