Thursday, August 13, 2009

Quote of the unspecified temporal interval

Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report the words that they heard. . . . Mostly they remembered only that it was a delight to hear the voice speaking, all that it said seemed wise and reasonable."

-J. R. R. Tolkien
LOTR The Two Towers

Why is it I think of this quote now whenever I see a politician giving a speech that warrants TV air-time?


At 10:12 AM, Blogger Brigid said...

The other night I heard our fearless leader on TV talking about the health care plan saying "you shouldn't listen to people who frighten you and mislead you".

So I turned the TV off.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Mr. Engineering Johnson said...


I love it!

At 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eerily applicable to the current state of affairs (or affairs of state?).


At 4:38 PM, Blogger Mr. Engineering Johnson said...

Indeed, Tolkien captured what has become a very important part of politics. Of course I'm unsure as to what bothers me more, the fact that politicians often speak in this way, or that the people they represent allow them to get away with it.


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