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Great Quotations Paperback – September, 2000
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Charles Austin Beard once wrote that anyone who repeated The Bill of Rights would be branded as a "red," and dangerous. Members of the US Congress refused to go record in quoting the Bill of Rights and the written of Thomas Jefferson-so much for being un-American. In other words the written expression of the "Founding Fathers" was too dangerous for ignoramuses. What was worse for the cowardly was Seldes' examination of fabricated quotes, Seldes also did a good job of locating original quotes and the fact the "apprehensively conventional" cowards altered the quotes to fit their political agenda. Seldes was well aware of how power destroys liberty, and, to paraphrase Bakunin (1814-1876), liberty destroys power. Or, As the state expands, liberty declines. As Seldes knew very well. most famous political leaders have been liars, hypocrites, and cowards. As Pierre de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) wrote, "Be commonplace and creeping, and you be a success." Or, as Max Beerbohm (1872-1956) wrote "The Nonconformist makes cowards of us all."
Seldes cited scathing denunciations of war. For example, Erasmus (1466-1536 wrote that war is delightful to those who have had no experience. Seldes often wrote about cowardly war mongers, war wimps, and chicken hawks. Seldes cited a phrase that those who are the most patriotic for war are those who get the profits from war. Readers should read the book titled MERCHANTS OF DEATH.to get a good look at the hypocrisy. Even Henry Ford (1863-1947) remarked that," We must get our boys out of the trenches by Christmas." In other words, men can be rationale when they view war from a distance. As an aside, Nietzche (1844-1900) once wrote that bad music sound good when war is in the air.
Seldes was well informed re labor movements and reform. He mentioned Mellon's remark that one cannot run a coal mine without machine guns. Another great quote was "A plowman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees." Seldes knew very well that wealth can be a servant or a master. Or, men do not master wealth so much as wealth masters men-at the expense of the poor.poor. Seldes noticed that the habits and conditions of the destitute were often made by by the well housed, war, and well fed.
As readers may know know, Seldes was critical of "organized religion," or organized hypocrisy. Women, the carriers of the race, have been treated contemptuous and degrading. Seldes cited numerous quotes of the cruelty imposed by religious fanatics. Harold E. Stassen once wrote,"whoever kindles the flames of intolerance in american is lighting a fire underneath his own home. Seldes showed considerable knowledge of the religious wars and the useless tragic bloodshed of these wars.
Seldes' book titled THE GREAT QUOTATIONS is thorough and well written. He arranged the quotes alphabetically, and the undersigned thinks the organization of the book should have been my historical sequence. That however should not discourage reading this tome. Seldes did not let his "leftist" sympathies interfere with the honesty of book. As an aside, Seldes resulted in his deportation from the Soviet Union and Fascist Italy. Again, readers should know that Seldes was historically knowledgeable which is now rare among current journalists who know nothing more than five minutes again.
James E. Egolf
July 2, 2015
"The Great Quotations" has it all. It is a one volume masterwork.
I found out the title of this book from a 'further reading suggestion', wrote the title down, conducted research, and determined I had made the right decision in purchasing it.
speechwriters, current events enthusiasts and a host of other
academics and professionals. Here are some gems:
o The great artist is the simplifier. (Ariel)
o The goal of all life is death. (Freud)
o Let us dare to read, think, speak and write. (Adams)
o All men naturally desire knowledge. (Aristotle)
o The wretched souls of those who lived
Without or praise or blame. (Dante)
o The greatest intellectual capacities are only found in
connection with a vehement and passionate will.(Schopenhauer)
Buy this book to round out your general knowledge of literature,
world leaders and the great speeches of our time and times past.