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Addison (1672–1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician, and the co-founder of The Spectator magazine in 1711. Yep: they had magazines in 1711.

Plato Speaks

Think before you speak. Plato (c425–c350 BC) was a Greek philosopher and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato’s entire … See the Meme

Orwell on Thinking

It’s Orwell Week (#3 of 3) George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Obviously, the term “Orwellian” – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – refers to his writing. He himself … See the Meme

Orwell on Alternative Facts

It’s Orwell Week (#2 of 3) George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Despite having spoken on BBC radio many, many times, no recordings of Orwell’s voice are known to exist. That … See the Meme

Orwell on Freedom

It’s Orwell Week (#1 of 3) George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Orwell understood policing. In 1922 Blair took a position as a police officer in Burma. A colleague there recalled … See the Meme

Demand Better

Ray Bradbury (1920–2012) was an American author and screenwriter. He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction, best known for Fahrenheit 451 (1953), The Martian Chronicles (1950), and The Illustrated Man (1951). The New York Times said Bradbury was “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction … See the Meme

Do You Have the Time?

But the time you spend wasted is definitely wasted time. Russell (1872–1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate (Literature, 1950).

Teach Them Well

Le Guin (1929–January 22, 2018) was an American novelist who worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She also authored children’s books, short stories, poetry, and essays. The quote’s larger context: “If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly. … See the Meme

Too Few Do

Eckhart von Hochheim OP (c1260–c1328), commonly known as Meister Eckhart or Eckehart, was a German theologian, philosopher, and mystic, born near Gotha in the Landgraviate of Thuringia (now central Germany) in the Holy Roman Empire. Eckhart as a preaching friar attempted to guide his flock, as well as monks and nuns under his jurisdiction, with … See the Meme

Is There in Truth No Beauty?

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828–1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. Tolstoy’s ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You (1894), had a profound impact on such pivotal 20th-century … See the Meme