“Baseball Is Our Game”

By |2017-06-28T12:07:08-06:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Culture, Quotation, Tradition|

"I like your interest in sports ball, chiefest of all base-ball particularly: base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character. Sports take people out of doors, get them filled with oxygen generate some of the brutal customs (so-called brutal customs) which, after all, tend to habituate people to a [...]

The State Will Take Care of Itself

By |2017-06-21T15:28:24-06:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Literature, Order, Quotation|

"If others play the fool, it is no reason why you should. The State will take care of itself. Mind your own business as you have heretofore done, and every thing will be better for yourself and for the State. There are men whose vocation it is, from taste, habit, and education, to be statesmen, [...]

Unfit for Liberty

By |2017-06-08T14:44:57-06:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Quotation|

“A people may prefer a free government but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out [...]

Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Last Man”

By |2017-05-10T13:42:28-06:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Quotation|

Editor's Note: In his essay “Nietzsche, the Crisis, and the War,” Eric Voegelin summarizes Friedrich Nietzsche’s disturbing description of "The Last Man”: Zarathustra preaches the gospel of the superman to the people, and the people are silent. He then tries to arouse them by an appeal to their pride and draws the picture of the most contemptible, [...]

Beethoven the Traditionalist?

By |2019-10-08T17:11:00-06:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: Books, Ludwig van Beethoven, Quotation|

What one conceives oneself to be doing and what one is perceived by one’s public to be doing are two different things. For Beethoven the New Path (what later history would name the Second, or “Heroic,” Period) was mainly a private matter between himself and his Muse. For the public it was a different and [...]

Don Quixote and Imaginative Places

By |2018-12-07T16:39:51-06:00March 29th, 2017|Categories: E.B., Featured, Great Books, Imagination, Quotation, St. John's College|

The one incident in Cervantes’s huge novel that has become American folklore is Don Quixote’s adventure with the windmills. As it happens, it contains, almost incidentally, the Don’s own statement of the crux of his life, the credo that makes his world one of high adventure. He is moved by his knight errant’s sense of [...]

Imagining the Father of Our Country

By |2017-02-22T14:14:26-06:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: George Washington, Imagination, John Quincy Adams, Quotation|

Would it be an unlicensed trespass of the imagination to conceive, that on the night preceding the day of which you now commemorate the fiftieth anniversary—on the night preceding that thirtieth of April, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine, when from the balcony of your city-hall, the chancellor of the state of New York, administered [...]

The Mother of All Books

By |2018-11-21T08:38:45-06:00February 8th, 2017|Categories: Books, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Great Books, Plato, Quotation, Senior Contributors, St. John's College|

So there are, at least in my experience, not many books that deal with the question “What’s the good of justice?” But there is one that deals with it preeminently. It is the mother of all books on constitution-making, on governance and education, on psychology, on the routes of moral decline, on the role of [...]

Fake News

By |2017-01-11T13:38:48-06:00January 11th, 2017|Categories: Journalism, Quotation|

“The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.” Books by and about H.L. Mencken can be [...]

My Hometown, My Church

By |2019-08-26T16:33:50-06:00November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Books, Bruce Springsteen, Quotation|

"When it rains, the moisture in the humid air blankets our town with the smell of damp coffee grounds wafting in from the Nescafé factory at the town’s eastern edge. I don’t like coffee but I like that smell. It’s comforting; it unites the town in a common sensory experience; it’s good industry, like the [...]