Quote of the Day

Police mentalities will always strive to impose correct readings, to align intentions with outcomes, and couple imaginary causes with putative effects, but we always have a choice.
-Dave Hickey, Air Guitar
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I sometimes ask myself whether I would be studying galaxies if they were ugly. I really do, and I’m not sure. I see ugly bugs. My garden is full of slugs. I sometimes think, well, maybe if I started studying them, they wouldn’t appear to be so ugly… I put that at the other extreme. I think it may not be irrelevant that galaxies are really very attractive.
-Vera Rubin

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Heaven, such as it is, is right here on earth. Behold, my revelation: I stand at the door in the morning, and lo, there is a newspaper, in sight like unto an emerald. And holy, holy, holy is the coffee, which was, and is, and is to come. And hark, I hear the voice of an angel round about the radio, saying ‘since my baby left me I found a new place to dwell.’ And lo, after this I beheld a great multitude, which no man could number, of shoes. And after these things I will hasten unto a taxicab and to a theater, where a ticket will be given unto me, and lo, it will be a matinee, and a film that doeth great wonders. And when it is finished, the heavens will open, and out will cometh a rain fragrant as myrrh, and yea, I have an umbrella.

-Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli

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The Declaration also conveys another lesson of paramount importance. It is this: language is one of the most potent resources each of us has for achieving our own political empowerment.
-Danielle Allen, Our Declaration

[Thus ends my week of exclusively politicking! Of course it’s important to stay politically aware year round, but sometimes it’s good to take a moment away from the normal hustle and reflect on the contract that binds us as members of a democracy. We’ll be back to the normal eclectic assortment of quotes next week.]