QOTD: On ancestors and descendants

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Major David French Boyd, 9th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States Army; First President of Louisiana State University

“He who feels no pride in his ancestors is unworthy to be remembered by his descendants.”

Maj. David French Boyd, CSA; 1st President of LSU

Particularly ironic, in light of current events in Louisiana (New Orleans, in particular)!

H.P. Lovecraft: “Agrarian feudalism” | WrathOfGnon

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H.P. Lovecraft is best known, when he is known at all, as an author of classic occult horror fiction – Call of Cthulhu and the like. Yet he was in fact quite the traditionalist, as this quote makes clear: indeed, as one commentator has put it, “his fiction about the terror of the great beyond is less of a fantasy and more of a warning.”

J.R.R. Tolkien was less extreme in his writings than Lovecraft, but expressed a similar warning, when for example he spoke of the Dwarves of Moria, who “delved too deep, and woke the Nameless Horror,” or when he spoke through Gandalf, counseling that “it is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.”

We contemporary humans tend to think that the fact that we have the ability to do something is in and of itself sufficient justification to attempt it. I strongly suspect that neither Tolkien nor Lovecraft would agree with that viewpoint.

At any rate, I quite agree with the quote pictured above.

Tasha Tudor on femininity

Source: Artaman: The Hyperborean Garden

A feminine woman

“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms? We get more accomplished by being charming than we would be flaunting around in pants and smoking. I’m very fond of men. I think they are wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error…”

Tasha Tudor


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A warning, from “Founding Father” John Adams

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“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either… Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”

~ John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

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C.S. Lewis – on being progressive

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“Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

American “Founding Father” James Madison, on property

“In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandize [sic], or money is called his property. In the latter sense, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them. He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person. He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them. In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.” ~ James Madison, 1792

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