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"Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick"
A statue on Pont des Invalides, the bridge on my way home. The quote is from Teddy Roosevelt.

P.S. I always like when it's a girl pictured holding the sword.

Posted by aalkon at October 27, 2006 1:51 PM

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Always been partial to the "Man in the Arena" quote myself.

From his CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC speech at the Sorbonne, 1910

Posted by: snakeman99 at October 27, 2006 7:27 AM

"Man in the Arena" makes me think of the Charlton Heston movie quote that Paglia used as the basis for an essay once: "There is no law in the arena." This translate for those of us how are simple-minded and drink too much as "Fuck political correctness."

And Amy, if you're still in Paris this weekend, know that Sister Cammy seems to have offered this exchange in Salon with you in mind:

Q.- Have the Democrats changed the longtime Republican characterization of them as godless?

A.- Well, as long as the Democrats are perceived as the anti-religion party, we're going to lose the culture wars. That's why Hillary has made such a show of churchgoing and wearing crucifixes -- even while there seems to be little connection between her Christian ideals and her backstage activities as a politician and money raiser. But religion is absolutely central to this country in ways that Europe's secularized intellectuals fail to understand. I'm speaking here as an atheist who studies religion and respects it enormously. In the history of mankind, the benefits that religion has brought to society in shaping behavior and moral choice are overwhelming in comparison to the negatives, which anyone can list -- like religious wars and bigotry. Without religion, we'd have anarchy.

Posted by: Crid at October 27, 2006 3:54 PM

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