Thoughts & Quotes of Blupete
the letter and you will be brought to the beginning of the thoughts beginning with that letter.
- Ratio Decidendi
- ¶ Ratio decidendi is a Latin expression, well known by lawyers and judges. It is the rationale of judgment; a principle underlying and determining a judicial decision. J. W. Salmond, New Zealand's best known jurist, the author of classic texts on jurisprudence and the law of Torts, wrote: " A precedent, therefore, is a judicial decision which contains in itself a principle. The underlying principle which thus forms its authoritative element is often termed the ratio decidendi." (1902, Jurisprudence, viii, 176.)
- ¶ "To me reading is a rest as to other people conversation or a game of cards. ... I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. ... I have spent many delightful hours poring over the price list of the Army and Navy stores, the lists of second-hand booksellers and the A.B.C. ... They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written." (Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up.)
- ¶ "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)
- ¶ "Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man." (Francis Bacon)
- ¶ "It is the Reader of this sort [a person who is continually taking notes] who underlines with thick pencil marks the book that he reads [his books], and comments down the side of the page on misprints, topographical inaccuracies and foolish philosophies."
- § See blupete's commentary of -- June 25th, 2000.
- ¶ "We begin to think and to act from reason and from nature alone." (Edmund Burke)
- ¶ "Reason is and ought to be the slave of the passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them." (David Hume)
- ¶ "Necessity calls, fear urges, reason exhorts." (David Hume)
- ¶ "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical ... [As for the rebels] The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them." (Thomas Jefferson)
- ¶ "Experience informs us that the first defense of weak minds is to recriminate." (Coleridge)
- ¶ "The only referendum which will prove of the slightest value to the people will be the referendum accompanied by the Initiative; in other words, the right of the people (as expressed by a certain number of electors) to determine on what subjects they shall vote. Such a right would indeed be of incalculable value; but before it is likely to be obtained the people must develop a sufficiently alert political sense to make their initiative a reality." [Belloc and Chesterton, The Party System (London: Stephen Swift, 1911).]
- ¶ "It is certainly an atmosphere [in the House of Parliament] in which it is much easier not to bother, and a man who partly wants reform, but partly also good fellowship, and a sense of ease in his surroundings, will find after a very few months that the proportion of his desire for reform to his other desires has sunk to zero." [Belloc and Chesterton, The Party System (London: Stephen Swift, 1911).]
- ¶ "'Leave well alone' should therefore be a standing motto, so far as primary institutions are concerned, with every patriotic man. Unless you have some clear alternative capable of giving as good a result as the institution you propose to overthrow, then an attack upon it is anarchic and profoundly unwise." (Belloc and Chesterton, The Party System).]
- ¶ "Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming." (Coleridge)
- ¶ "Reformers, not so well able to express as to think, would have had an answer to all questions relating to their views." (Cobbett)
- ¶ "Social reformers are missionaries who, in their zeal to lay about them, do not scruple to seize any weapon that they can lay their hands on; they would grab a crucifix to beat a dog. The dog is well beaten, no doubt ... but note the condition of the crucifix." (Ambrose Bierce, as quoted in O'Connor's biography, p. 161.)
- ¶ "All the men in the world should come and bring their greivances together, of body, mind, fortune, sores, ulcers, madness, elipepsies, agues, and all those common calamities of beggary, want, servitude, imprisonment, and lay them on a heap to be equally divided, wouldst thou share alike, and take thy portion, or be as thou art? Without question thou wouldst be as thou art." (Aristotle.)
- ¶ Regret, The Maddening Poison: "For my [Bertrand Russell] part, I am constructing a mental cloister, in which my inner soul is to dwell in peace, while an outer simulacrum goes forth to meet the world. In this inner sanctuary I sit and think spectral thoughts. Yesterday, talking on the terrace, the ghosts of all former occasions there rose and walked before me in solemn procession -- all dead, with their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their aspirations and their golden youth -- gone, gone into the great limbo of human folly. And as I talked, I felt myself and the others already faded into the Past and all seemed very small -- struggles, pains, everything, mere fatuity, noise and fury signifying nothing. And so calm is achieved, and Fate's thunders become mere nursery-tales to frighten children."
- § See blupete's commentary of -- May 6th, 2001.
- § See blupete's commentary of -- April, 1998.
- ¶ Religion and political stability:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." (Washington's Farewell Address, 1796