Posted in Favorite Quotes on February 14th, 2012 by Jakemate

“Freedom is not a place to visit, or a thing to be achieved. Freedom is a commitment, a way of life that will endure only as long as men love it for themselves and their children, more than their weariness, or their fear, or vain comforts.”  – Michael Case

Posted in Favorite Quotes on February 10th, 2012 by Jakemate

“Miss Taggart, do you know the hallmark of the second-rater? It’s resentment of another man’s achievement.” -from Atlas Shrugged

Posted in Favorite Quotes on February 1st, 2012 by Jakemate

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” – Thucydides

Posted in Favorite Quotes on February 1st, 2012 by Jakemate

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”  – J.R.R. Tolkien

Posted in Favorite Quotes on January 20th, 2012 by Jakemate

“Less good there lies than most believe

In ale for mortal men:

For the more he drinks the less does man

Of his mind the mastery hold.” The Poetic Edda

Posted in Favorite Quotes on August 12th, 2011 by Jakemate

“Mankind as it is constituted,” Polynikes said, “is a boil and a canker.  Observe the specimens in any nation other than Lakedaemon.  Man is weak, greedy, craven, lustful, prey to every species of vice and depravity.  He will lie, steal, cheat, murder, melt down the very statues of the gods and coin their gold as money for whores.  This is man.  This is his nature, as all the poets attest.

“Fortunately God in his mercy has provided a counterpoise to our species’ innate depravity.  That gift, my young friend, is war.”

“War, not peace, produces virtue. War, not peace, purges vice.  War, and preparation for war, call forth all that is noble and honarable in a man.  It unites him with his brothers and binds them in selfless love, eradicating in the crucible of necessity all which is base and ignoble.  There in the holy mill of murder the meanest of men may seek and find that part of himself, concealed beneath the corrupt, which shines forth brilliant and virtuous, worthy of honor before the gods.  Do not despise war, my young friend, nor delude yourself that mercy and compassion are virtues superior to andreia, to many valor.” From Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield

Posted in Favorite Quotes on August 12th, 2011 by Jakemate

“Everyone is a genius.  But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -A.Einstein

Posted in Favorite Quotes on July 27th, 2011 by Jakemate

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

The Wind

Posted in Haiku on May 13th, 2011 by Jakemate
Like a giant brush,
the wind paints a path through the
dry, colorful leaves.

For Alicia

Posted in Haiku on May 6th, 2011 by Jakemate
The breeze reminds me
of your infinite arms….and
my thoughts drift to you.

*Inspired by Band of Horses “Infinite Arms”