Perhaps it is the “silent artillery of time” that has done the damage which Trump was able to take advantage of. And that suggests our task, the task of the descendants of the founders of American conservatism goes beyond that: It is to rebuild, or to build other pillars that will uphold the temple of American liberty in the 21st century.
~ William Kristol
It’s difficult to discuss China’s Olympic tradition without stumbling over politics and propaganda. When the first modern Games were launched, in Athens, a hundred and twenty years ago, the Chinese—enfeebled on the inside by an impotent government and threatened at their borders by Western powers—feared for the extinction of their millennia-old empire. They didn’t begin participating in the Olympics until 1932, under the flag of the Republic of China, and they won not a single gold. Shortly after the Communist revolution, they went on a twenty-four-year hiatus.
~ Jiayang Fan
What sometimes enrages me and always disappoints and grieves me is the preference of great schools of learning for the derivative as opposed to the original, for the conventional and thin which can be duplicated in many copies rather than the new and powerful, and for arid correctness and limitation of scope and method rather than for universal newness and beauty, wherever it may be seen.
~ Norbert Wiener