Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.
Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege.
The struggle to see things as they are is perhaps the fundamental driver of Western civilization. There is a long but direct line from Aristotle and Archimedes to Locke, Hume, Mill, and Darwin, and from there through Orwell and Churchill to Martin Luther King writing his “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”. It is the agreement that objective reality exists, that people of goodwill can perceive it, and that other people will change their views when presented with the facts of the matter.
Thomas E. Ricks
I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.