Category Archives: Culture

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“The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.” The words of George Bernard Shaw which, albeit the … Continue reading

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Lethargy

“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.” The words of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. And if there is one person who … Continue reading

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Heritage

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, diseases, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” The words of US environmentalist John Muir. Different trees and different times, but the words … Continue reading

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Referendum

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” “We the people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow … Continue reading

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Accident

“Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.” The words of Joseph Addison. Nor, it appears, is he able to drive himself … Continue reading

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Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These well-known words of Thomas … Continue reading

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Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York,” the well-known opening lines of Shakespeare’s Richard III. In Poland, the summer has ended and absent a son of York, the stage seems set for … Continue reading

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History

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” The words of Thomas Jefferson. To be contrasted, of course, with the well-known dictum that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat … Continue reading

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Constitution

“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” The words of George Washington. Or, if you prefer something more modern, there is Gerald R. Ford: “Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not men.” … Continue reading

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March

“The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you’re someone. You hear them shouting “Heil, Spode!” and … Continue reading

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