Posts Tagged 'Voltaire'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/17/22 (Jeff Knurek edition)

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The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors.”   —   Voltaire

(Alright, Frankie-Mae!  Simmer down there.  Sometimes I think ol’ Voltaire was a little full of himself.  This one didn’t resonate with me.  But, do you know what DOES resonate with me?  The fact that today is Jeff Knurek’s birthday!  I meant to greet him on today’s Jumble Spoiler, but I got sidetracked by my eau de cologne rant!  So, without further ado . . . Happy Birthday, Jeff!  Yer Uncle Rave, and all of us puzzle devotees, wish you LAL HET STEB on your special day!  🎈🎂🍰🎁🧨🎈  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Also, a happy birthday to Billy Joe Armstrong, of Green Day!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/14/21

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The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.)   —   Voltaire

(Put ’em in the past, and move on, folks.  Life is too short.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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We lost Jimmie Rodgers just this past January!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/06/21

About Voltaire - Voltaire Foundation

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:  it says more and in fewer words than prose.”   —   Voltaire

(For me, poetry implies and hints at a lot of things, and actually “says” very little.  Sure, there is some poetry that doesn’t require a degree in linguistics.  But heavy metaphors and similes, and subjective imagery, can be incomprehensible to me.  Just give it to me straight up.  No chaser.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Steve Vai!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/28/21


Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”   —   Voltaire

(Definitely explains Abu Ghraib and other war crimes committed by U.S. service personnel and “independent contractors”.  And, the scarier thing is the vast majority of Americans – still – believe the official narrative of the events of 9/11/01 and the need for “the war on terror”.  They crafted a nearly perfect “us vs. them” scenario, and most Americans swallowed the lies . . .  hook, line and sinker.  Not that this still isn’t an ongoing concern, but to add a slightly more recent example would be Trump’s insistence on referring to COVID-19 as “The China Flu”, or even worse “Kung Flu”, and how there has been a resulting 150% increase in Anti-Asian hate crimes in the U.S..  And, the years and years of being told that Blacks are “the bogeyman” has played a big part in our systemic racism.  I think that Voltaire might be my favorite source of quotes.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/16/20

Mike Newton Artist—Voltaire 1694-1778

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:  it says more, and in fewer words than prose.”   —   Voltaire

(Yeah, sure.  If you have a magic decoder ring.  For me, most poetry is an inside joke.  And, I’m always looking in from the outside.  But, at least with today’s Jumble and Cryptoquote we hit FEW, FEWER, and FEWEST.  That’s gotta count . . . for absolutely nothing!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/21/19

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The fate of a nation has often depended upon the good or bad digestion of a prime minister.”   —   Voltaire

(Very clever, and likely very true.  If something I eat gives me bad agita I might be more likely to declare war on someone!  But, if I have a tasty meal, that settles nicely in my tum-tum, then I’m as sweet as a pussycat.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/11/18

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Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”   —   Voltaire

(Voltaire was The Man!  Way ahead of his time, with an unbelievable set of cojones!  He knew how to rock the boat, and had a lot to do with modern democracy.  Plus, his name alone is awesome!

Unfortunately, appreciation is sorely lacking these days.  Just yesterday, I tried to give assistance to a pair of cars that appeared to be lost.  After turning around – because they had presumably passed the street they were looking for – and then creeping for a quarter of a mile, while traffic was building behind them, they pulled off onto a side street.  I followed them, and when they stopped I asked if they needed help with an address, or finding a street.  The trailing car said they were just following the lead car, so I then pulled up to the lead car, and asked the same questions, still with a smile on my face.  Instead of apologizing for holding up traffic, or thanking me for offering my assistance, the woman coldly said:  “I know where I’m going.”  “I’m showing a house.”  Still smiling, I said:  “You know where you’re going, huh?”  “Okay!” and drove off.  I had not honked my horn at them, or flashed my lights, or expressed anything but helpfulness, but that’s how she chose to handle the situation.  I feel sorry for her.  Too many in today’s society don’t know the value of appreciation.  So sad.  Her bad behavior is not going to stop me though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/16/16

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 “To forgive our enemies their virtues – that is a greater miracle.”   —   Voltaire

(Our government should try this tactic.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/17/16

Voltaire fought intolerance and fanaticism, an...

Voltaire fought intolerance and fanaticism, and was a prominent and very prolific philosopher of the Enlightenment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.”   —   Voltaire

(Yeah.  Frankie was never a big fan of Rap and Hip Hop.  I’m kidding, I’m kidding!  I meant . . . Country.  No, still . . . I’m just kidding!  Considering when Frankie lived, maybe he was talking about Opera!  I used to hate all Disco songs, but now they’re golden oldies.  I can take hearing them, now . . . in very small doses.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/13/15

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English: Lovers Deutsch: Liebespaar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.”   —   Voltaire

(Well, there is a lot of texture to love.  It’s rarely a steady, smooth surface.  All of the peaks and valleys make it more . . . exhilarating.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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