June 6th, 2002


On Fealty -- Jack Beatty

Whether exploited by traditional religions or political religions, psychological totalism -- the unquestioning
fealty to one God, one truth, and one right, embodied in one faith, one cause, one party -- has everywhere provided the tinder of persecution.
    -- Jack Beatty, "The Tyranny of Belief," The Atlantic, September 13, 2000
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Final Words -- Benjamin Guggenheim


I am willing to remain and play the man's game if there are not enough boats for more than the women and children. Tell my wife I played the game straight out and to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim is a coward.
    -- Final words of Benjamin Guggenheim, millionaire, traveler aboard the ill-fated Titanic. As the boat began to sink, Guggenheim changed into formal dress and calmly faced death.

On Forgiveness -- Hannah Arendt


Without being forgiven, released from the consequences of what we have done, our capacity to act would ... be confined to one single deed from which we could never recover; we would remain the victims of its consequences forever, not unlike the sorcerer’s apprentice who lacked the magic formula to break the spell.
    -- Hannah Arendt (1906–1975), U.S. philosopher. The Human Condition, ch. 33 (1958).


On Forks in the Road -- Yogi Berra


When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
                                                                ~ Yogi Berra

NPR: Books Podcast, 3/6/2014

Justin Kaplan, who edited the last two editions of Bartlet’s Quotes, in a 1992 interview, when asked his favorite quote, he gave one attributed to Yogi Berra: When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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