Assorted Quotes

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To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.
- John Henry Cardinal Newman (Anglican priest, converted to Catholicism)
Always act, never react.
- Douglas Wilson, quoting his father
But they then went on to wreck this insight by saying that this made marriage a glorified form of prostitution, when they should actually have made the connection in the opposite direction—pointing out that prostitution is of course a grotesque parody of marriage.
- Douglas Wilson
"They indeed will tell you that their researches have proved that if two things are similar, the fair one is always a copy of the foul one" (The Pilgrim’s Regress, p. 67).
On Writing:  
Count the hours spent in writing.  Ask yourself, how much writing have I done?  Write for yourself.  Write to defend the Faith.  Write your experiences.  Write what you want to remember.  So much of the writing is done by idiots; start writing!  We are to write and share the Faith we possess.  We are all naturally lazy; it takes work to write!  God made us rational creatures with certain experiences no one else has.  We must worship with our free will that makes us human beings.
- (Servant of God) Fr. James Hardon (http://www.hardonsj.org/)
Anytime you can make someone else feel something, you've got power over them.
- Lift, Edgedancer, Arcanum Unbounded, The Cosmere Collection
That hardy-oak Puritan once observed that if you tie an animal up, he will know the length of his tether by morning. 
- Douglas Wilson
As any thoughtful observer should be able to tell you, gestures, clothing, facial expressions, and mannerisms are all forms of communication. Because they are forms of communication, there are three basic elements involved: the “speaker,” the “receiver,” and the “medium.” As with all forms of human communication, the boundaries can be pretty fluid sometimes, but at the same time the basic point of it is to communicate something with someone else...
Manners, gestures, clothing, etc., while a means of true communication, are not as precise as other forms of communication.
- Douglas Wilson
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
- Quoted by Douglas Wilson as a plaque Ronald Reagan kept on  his desk
Once the idea is introduced that one may take the life of a person because he is not useful to the state, then it will not be long before we are taking his life because his ideas are not the same as those of the state.
- Fulton Sheen, in Life Is Worth Living
Every one of the popular modern phrases and ideals is a dodge in order to shirk the problem of what is good. We are fond of talking about "liberty"; that, as we talk of it, is a dodge to avoid discussing what is good. We are fond of talking about "progress"; that is a dodge to avoid discussing what is good. We are fond of talking about "education"; that is a dodge to avoid discussing what is good. The modern man says, "Let us leave all these arbitrary standards and embrace liberty." This is, logically rendered, "Let us not decide what is good, but let it be considered good not to decide it." He says, "Away with your old moral formulae; I am for progress." This, logically stated, means, "Let us not settle what is good; but let us settle whether we are getting more of it." He says, "Neither in religion nor morality, my friend, lie the hopes of the race, but in education." This, clearly expressed, means, "We cannot decide what is good, but let us give it to our children."

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It is quite certain the realists like Zola do in one sense promote morality--they promote it in the sense in which the hangman promotes it, in the sense in which the devil promotes it. But they only affect that small minority which will accept any virtue of courage. Most healthy people dismiss these moral dangers as they dismiss the possibility of bombs or microbes. Modern realists are indeed Terrorists, like the dynamiters; and they fail just as much in their effort to create a thrill. Both realists and dynamiters are well-meaning people engaged in the task, so obviously ultimately hopeless, of using science to promote morality.

- G.K. Chesterton, Heretics
Thucydides' dictum that people will swallow anything if it accords with their prior beliefs.
- Quoted from the Tof Spot, which quotes from Thucydudes, History of the Peloponnesian War, Book IV, 108
Temptation comes in tiny increments
- From here