Words of wisdom come back to taunt us

It’s been quite a week. A U.S. “presidential” debate for the ages, COVID cases surging again in many countries, and now we learn that the president of the world’s richest and most powerful country has contracted the virus himself. This would be the virus that he has continually said will disappear soon, like a miracle, so let’s just get on with life as normal. The virus for which he’s given his handling a score of 10. The virus for which he’s said people don’t need to wear masks or socially distance, that’s just for wimps. Let’s just hope he hasn’t infected too many people himself in the past few days before his positive test. And let’s hope he is one of the seniors who’s lucky enough to survive this virus.

This bruising week has brought to mind a few thought-provoking quotes I encountered recently on one of my favourite blogs: News from Ibonoco. I enjoy this blog for a few reasons. Every day its readers are presented with a quote, poem, song lyrics, or short narrative that makes you think. Even better, the daily offerings are presented first in French and then English. For someone like me, who’s always looking for ways to improve my French, it’s a gift to be able to read the daily entrée in French, knowing that I can check the English version afterwards to see if I’ve really understood it. Merci, John Ibonoco.

I’m going to share two recent quotes from his blog (in English) and then add a third. I’m not sure if you’ll find it reassuring or not to know that great minds had these thoughts long before the world’s current woes. I’ll let you decide for yourself!

“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) Writer and philosopher, 1957 Nobel Prize winner.

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) Theoretical physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize winner.

And another from Albert Einstein that I just couldn’t resist:

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

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27 Responses to Words of wisdom come back to taunt us

  1. bernieLynne says:

    Interesting quotes – one is usually able to find a quote that reflects from the past a light on where we are.

  2. alesiablogs says:

    Well you know who is out of the hospital. Walter Reed is ‘breathing a sign of relief’ and glad the President signed himself out early. What . One more month. One more month.

  3. Jean says:

    You know my partner doesn’t quite believe he has covid. He thinks it’s just way too coincidental just after an embarrassing national election debate with Biden..during election time.

    Anyway gotta see how events unfold.

  4. Oh, I just love that one from Einstein. I think I’ve seen it before, but it doesn’t matter. It’s wonderful and so perfect for right now. What a century this week has been, eh? – Marty

  5. K E Garland says:

    LOL about that last quote. I guess we’re all enacting, “hope against hope” these days.

  6. Excellent quotes and thanks for sharing. As I write this, news reports announce at least 10 guests from the rose garden event exposed plus 3 reporters and several staffs. There will be more, no doubt.

  7. susurrus says:

    I’m not sure about the universe either. I once told someone I didn’t believe in infinity. He was a car salesman and replied that he had two used Infinitis in his car lot.

  8. I particularly like that last quote. Thanks for the chuckle in the midst of it all. 🙂

  9. AMWatson207 says:

    Many of us in the USA wish Mr. Trump the same level of care and concern that his administration lavished on Black and Brown people.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      It’s hard not to have sympathy with that sentiment. Even with world class treatment, however, as someone in a highly vulnerable category despite his feeling of invincibility, he may well have met his match against COVID 19, physically as well as politically. The irresponsibility of flaunting public health recommendations – and then not telling people with whom he’s coming in contact with that there have been positive tests within his inner group – defies all standards of moral conduct, not to mention knowingly breaching state and municipal emergency regulations. There really are no words.

  10. As we Francos would say, you hit it right on the piton with this post. 2020 just keeps dishing it out. I am hoping some good will come out of this mess, but Camus reminds us not to expect too much. Still, can’t stop hoping. After all, the future is not set. At least I hope it isn’t.

  11. I’m a UK citizen living in a country governed by half-wits and incompetents’ (especially when dealing with viruses), but at least I’ve not witnessed the appalling first presidential debate, a truly awful disgusting performance from Trump…………. his sole aim was to bully Biden into submission!

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