Words of Wisdom: September

  • September 1

    How do you make a colonial-style flip? This popular drink during the Colonial era was simple to make. Here’s how: Fill a pitcher with two beaten eggs, two ounces of rum, and a tablespoon of superfine sugar (or molasses) and beat to combine. In a saucepan, heat eight to 10 ounces of brown ale over a low flame until it begins to steam. Slowly pour the warm beer into the rum-egg mixture, then pour the drink back and forth between vessels until blended. Decant into a pint glass, shave some nutmeg over the top, and serve. Find similar recipes here.

    — drinks.seriouseats.com

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  • September 1

    “Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow, because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.”

    — Aaron Burr, US Senator and Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson

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  • September 2

    “The debt of the United States’ was the price of liberty.  The faith of America has been repeatedly pledged for it, and with solemnities that give peculiar force to the obligation.”

    — Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury, 1789 to 1795

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  • September 3

    “I promised to have no partisan affiliation and no subsidy except advertising.”

    — Benjamin Day, editor, New York Sun

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  • September 4

    “The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.”

    ― Rick Riordan, author, "The Lightning Thief"

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  • September 5

    “How about this? Hong Kong had been appropriated by British drug pushers in the 1840s. We wanted Chinese silk, porcelain, and spices. The Chinese didn’t want our clothes, tools, or salted herring, and who can blame them? They had no demand.

    “Our solution was to make a demand, by getting large sections of the populace addicted to opium, a drug which the Chinese government had outlawed. When the Chinese understandably objected to this arrangement, we kicked the &*%$ out of them, set up a puppet government in Peking that hung signs on parks saying NO DOGS OR CHINESE, and occupied this corner of their country as an import base. Godawful behavior, when you think about it. And we accuse them of xenophobia.

    “It would be like the Colombians invading Washington in the early twenty-first century and forcing the White House to legalize heroin. And saying, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll show ourselves out, and take Florida while we’re at it, okay? Thanks very much.’”

    ― David Mitchell, author, "Ghostwritten"

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  • September 6

    “I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned.”

    — Lucy Stone, a prominent American orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone became the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree.

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  • September 7

    “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

    — Abraham Lincoln

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  • September 8

    Legend has it that the founding expedition of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel was confronted by a large group of native Tongva peoples whose intention was to drive the strangers away. One of the padres laid a painting of “Our Lady of Sorrows” on the ground for all to see, whereupon the natives, designated by the settlers as the Gabrieliños, immediately made peace with the missionaries, because they were so moved by the painting’s beauty. Today the 300-year-old work hangs in front of and slightly to the left of the old high altar and reredos in the Mission’s sanctuary.

    — Our Lady of Sorrows

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  • September 9

    “Here burst upon my sight one of the most imposing views I have ever beheld. Call it majestic, splendid, or sublime, — invoke a Shakespeare’s mind to describe, or a painter’s to portray it, — they, and even thought must fail to conceive the rich downy softness and white fleecy accumulation of clouds piled in waves as far as the eye could reach, covering the earth, and closing to my sight the land, water, and everything, animate or inanimate, that I had so long and often viewed with delight.

    “Above me nothing but a clear, cerulean expanse, — the golden sun-beams spreading over the vast ocean of clouds, and extending through immensity of space where sight is bounded, and from whence even thought returns, unable to traverse the confines of the vast field beyond. Here was a scene sufficient for the writer to fill volumes, and the painter to exhaust his skill, in trying to delineate the infinitely delicate and mellow tints reaching to boundless extent.”

    — Charles Durant, the first American aeronaut to fly a hot-air balloon, September 9, 1830

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  • September 10

    “When the first inventor allows his discovery to slumber for eighteen years, with no probability of its ever being brought into useful activity, and when its only resurrected to supplant and strangle and invention which has been given to the public, and which has been made practically useful, all reasonable presumption should be in favor of the inventor who has been the means of conferring the real benefit upon the world.”

    — The Honorable Charles Mason, Commissioner of the Patent Office, in his decision and opinion offered on May 24, 1854 for the (Walter) Hunt vs. (Elias) Howe interference suit

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  • September 11

    “There never was a good war or bad peace.”

    — Benjamin Franklin

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  • September 12

    “The eyes of the United States are turned upon this assembly and their expectations raised to a very anxious degree. May God grant that we may be able to gratify them, by establishing a wise and just government.”

    — George Mason, in a letter to his son

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  • September 13

    “Seems to me if grate Men dont leeve off writing Pollyticks, breaking Heads, boxing Ears, ringing Noses and kicking Breeches, we shall by and by want a world of Hemp more for our own consumshon.”

    — John Adams, in a 1763 Boston Evening-Post column about the advantages of growing hemp.

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  • September 14

    OH, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars thro’ the perilous fight
    O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air 5
    Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there;
    Oh, say, does that Star Spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    — Francis Scott Key (1779–1843)

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  • September 15

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

    — Charles Darwin

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  • September 16

    Aye tear her tattered ensign down
    Long has it waved on high,
    And many an eye has danced to see
    That banner in the sky;
    Beneath it rung the battle shout,
    And burst the cannon’s roar;–
    The meteor of the ocean air
    Shall sweep the clouds no more.

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    — "Old Ironsides," by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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  • September 17

    “I prayed all night long for my master till the first of March; and all the time he was bringing people to look at me, and trying to sell me. First of March I began to pray, ‘Oh Lord, if you ain’t never going to change that man’s heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of the way.”

    — Harriet Tubman

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  • September 17

    “A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

    — James Madison, considered the “father” of the Constitution, laid out the three branches of government

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  • September 18

    “I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett, and this is no off-hand complimentary letter that I shall write, whatever else, no prompt matter-of-course recognition of your genius and there a graceful and natural end of the thing: since the day last week when I first read your poems, I quite laugh to remember how I have been turning and turning again in my mind what I should be able to tell you of their effect upon me…”

    — Robert Browning's first love letter to Elizabeth Barrett, on Jan. 10, 1845, immediately establishing the intensity that would characterize the relationship

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  • September 19

    “The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

    “I beg you, at the same time, to do me the justice to be assured that this resolution has not been taken without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation which binds a dutiful citizen to his country; and that in withdrawing the tender of service, which silence in my situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness, but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.”

    — George Washington's farewell address as president, September 19, 1796

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  • September 20

    “By periodical and migratory meetings, to promote intercourse between those who are cultivating science in different parts of the United States, to give a stronger and more general impulse, and a more systematic direction to scientific research in our country; and to procure for the labours of scientific men, increased facilities and a wider usefulness.”

    — William C. Redfield, president, on the rules and objects of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, September 20, 1848

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  • September 21

    “How beautiful is death, when earn’d by virtue!
    Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
    That we can die but once to serve our country.”

    — The last words of American spy Nathan Hale, after being led to the gallows upon being caught by the British, September 22, 1776

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  • September 22

    “. . . on the first day of January . . . all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

    — President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation in the midst of the Civil War, announcing on September 22, 1862, that if the rebels did not end the fighting and rejoin the Union by January 1, 1863, all slaves in the rebellious states would be free.

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  • September 23

    “Our camp is precisely on the spot that the Snake Indians were encamped at the time the Minnetares of the Knife River first came in sight of them five years since. From hence they retreated about three miles up Jefferson’s River and concealed themselves in the woods, the Minnetares pursued, attacked them, killed 4 men, 4 women, a number of boys, and made prisoners of all the females and four boys, Sacajawea was one of the female prisoners. I cannot discover that she shows any emotion of sorrow in recollecting this event, or of joy in being restored to her native country; if she has enough to eat and a few trinkets to wear I believe she would be perfectly content anywhere.”

    — Sacagawea, portrait of the young woman, by Marie Antoinette

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  • September 24

    “To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection. As a nation we have made peace and war; as a nation we have vanquished our common enemies; as a nation we have formed alliances, and made treaties, and entered into various compacts and conventions with foreign states.”

    — John Jay, The Federalist Papers Federalist No. 2, October 31, 1787

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  • September 25

    “In the experimental sciences, the epochs of the most brilliant progress are almost always separated by long intervals of almost absolute repose.”

    — French Physicist Francois Arago

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  • September 26

    “We were all born with webbed feet and a golf club in our hand.”

    — British Golf Open winner Old Tom Morris (16 June 1821 – 24 May 1908)

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  • September 27

    “I am proud to be able to announce, now that I have followed the course of the Nile from it mouth to the second cataract, that we need change nothing in our Letter on the hierogyphical alphabet. Our alphabet is good: it can be successfully applied to the Egyptian monuments dating from Roman and Ptolemaic times, and then which is of far greater importance, to the inscriptions on all the temples, places and tombs of the pharaonic era. All of this vindicates the encouragement you were so kind as to give my work on the hieroglyphs at a time when they were far from being favourably received.”

    — Jean-François Champollion, in a letter to Dacier, the head of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, January 1, 1829

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  • September 28

    “The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism…. It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.”

    — George Washington

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  • September 29

    Peelian Police Principle 7: “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

    — One of nine basic principles by British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, which are often referred to as “The Peelian Principles.”

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  • September 30

    “The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (First Award) to Ordinary Seaman Robert Augustus Sweeney, United States Navy, for gallant and heroic conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Virginia 26 October 1881. Ordinary Seaman Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide.”

    — War Department, General Orders No. 326 (October 18, 1884)

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