September 2017

Muhammad Ali: “No Viet Cong Ever Called Me Nigger.” Quote or No Quote?

By | September 25th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

  Muhammed Ali: No Vietcong Ever Called Me Nigger   Buzzkillers by the score have asked us here at the Institute for shows on the Vietnam War. The Ken Burns film [...]

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Chief Seattle “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children.” Quote or No Quote?

By | September 21st, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Chief Seattle, "We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children" Quote or No Quote? It's probably a sin, Buzzkillers, to think of some historical [...]

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Mark Twain: “Life is just one damn thing after another” Quote or No Quote?

By | September 13th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Sometimes, Buzzkillers, the stars just seem to align. There's a meteor shower and a rainbow on the same day. And a whole bunch of writers, pundits, journalists, and aphorists come up [...]

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Lincoln: “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Quote or No Quote?

By | September 7th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Ah, Buzzkillers, I have so much in common with Abraham Lincoln. Height (well, almost), a refusal to suffer fools (hence the founding of the Buzzkill Institute), we're both excellent wordsmiths, and [...]

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August 2017

Woodrow Wilson: “It is like writing history with lightning.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 30th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Upon seeing "The Birth of a Nation," the ground-breaking, if highly racist, piece of cinematography in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson is often quoted as saying, "It is like writing history with [...]

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Winston Churchill: “Some Chicken. Some Neck.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 30th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

In the aftermath of the Dunkirk evacuation and the fall of France in June 1940, things looked pretty bleak for the Allies, and indeed they were. The Battle of Britain followed [...]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. “I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 17th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

I like this week's "quote," Buzzkillers, because it's history is full of all the things we've been talking about on this show -- phrases and sentiments that "sound" like they were said by a [...]

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Zhou Enlai on the Effects of the French Revolution: “Too Early to Say.” Quote or No Quote?

By | August 7th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

In 1972, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai was asked about the impact of the French Revolution. "Too early to say," he replied. Given that the French Revolution of 1789 had occurred nearly 200 years before, [...]

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July 2017

Teddy Roosevelt: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick – Quote or No Quote?

By | July 29th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Finally a quote that's actually true! Yes, Teddy Roosevelt did say that the best advice he'd ever heard about dealing with foreign affairs and potentially hostile foreign powers is to, "speak softly and carry [...]

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June 2017

Oscar Wilde: Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Already Taken.

By | June 26th, 2017|Quote or No Quote|

Ah, Buzzkillers, good old Oscar Wilde, the author of so many excellent plays, novels, and poems. Dripping with epigrams, Oscar entertained literary circles in London, Paris and Dublin with his wit, often pairing philosophical [...]

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