Mar 1, 2011

The Quote Shelf

Medieval text with Latin script A frequent feature on this site; feel free to comment on the quote or to supply a competing quote.

There are only four ways in which a ruling group can fall from power. Either it is conquered from without, or it governs so inefficiently that the masses are stirred to revolt, or it allows a strong and discontented Middle group to come into being, or it loses its own self-confidence and willingness to govern. These causes do not operate singly, and as a rule all four of them are present in some degree. A ruling class which could guard against all of them would remain in power permanently. Ultimately the determining factor is the mental attitude of the ruling class itself.

-- George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four


Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Mike,
Great quote as I know the both of us love the "Predictions Come True" within George Orwell's book, "Nineteen Eighty-Four."

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Mike,
I will pass on this thought I had today from my own introspection.

Shakespeare's Richard II Speech Segment Quote:

For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings -
How some have been deposed, some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed,
Some poisoned by their wives, some sleeping killed;
All murdered. For within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court, and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be feared, and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,

This still plays well even after all these years!

Now an Engineer Of Knowledge Quote:
The Progressive Arts will out last Political Power that tries to hold down, stifles progresses; that which rules through lies and fears!!! Revolutions are not caused by revolutionaries, it is the demographic, economic, social, and political forces that create a revolutionary environment that anoint and propel someone to the status of revolutionary, or some may call radical liberals depending on their prospective. Either way, the progressive viewpoints of man will win….that is why it is call “Progress.”

Brian Schwartz said...

I agree Engineer. The last election is just the start of a peaceful revolution that will sweep the last vestiges of ancient, outmoded and outdated liberalism from our political process.

It will usher in a new era of American progress where each individual will be free to meet the ends of his own abilities and willingness to pursue them.

Let us hope for more elections like the one we just experienced that will free us from the tyranny of bureaucratic management of our lives and unleash a new era of American prosperity and peace.