Quotations is about words, written and spoken throughout history. Words speak to us through our eyes and our ears. They enrich our lives, allow us to communicate thoughts to others, and sometimes, last for generations.
This podcast explores not only the words, but the speaker, author, figure, or character who originated them. To whom were they said or written? What was their intended effect and on whom? What was the originator thinking? Find out each episode and we discover new quotations, some familiar, some not!
Episode 140 - Renana Brooks on The Character Myth
Renana Brooks is a practicing Psychologist and, in 2003, penned an article in The Nation entitled The Character Myth. In it, she describes how a fallacious outward appearance of morality and character does not necessarily indicate character beneath. This episode serves as a caution to us to be wary of those who claim to have ”strong character” without the sustained, outward manifestations of that character.
Episode 139 - Barbara Drescher on World-View Escrow
Barbara Drescher is a cognitive psychologist and writer for Skeptic.com. She is highly accomplished and published in her field and today’s quote is all about rational behavior. Sometimes we do stupid things, things we know better than to do, and yet we do them anyway. Why? And more importantly HOW do we avoid doing them? Drescher has a solution...escrow.
Episode 138 - Brian Greene on Scientific Progress
Brian Greene is the Director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics and the Chairman of the World Science Festival. In 2011, he published an article titled On Being a Physicist. In it, Greene lays out how he came to love the sciences and desire to ”push the rock” himself. His words are motivating and give us meaning and purpose in our sometimes seemingly pointless and unending endeavors.
Episode 137 - Poetry Explication #9: ”Hustlin’ and Bustlin’” by Nandini Sethi
Nandini Sethi is a poet and lead fundraiser at Justice Without Borders. She works tirelessly to raise money to help exploited and trafficked persons get what is rightfully theirs. Not only is poetry excellent, but her work is noble. I can’t think of a better challenge to start the new year than the one she lays out in this poem.
Episode 136 - Bertrand Russell on Hate
Happy New Year and welcome to 2023!
What’s a better way to start the new year than another challenge from a great thinker of the last century?
Bertrand Russell was a logician and philosopher who was known for his eloquent dissent and even suffered some jail time for his beliefs. But still, he kept on. He warns us this episode that hate can ruin us and the world....
Episode 135 - Frances Wright on Enquiry
Frances ”Fanny” Wright was a prolific feminist and abolitionist long before it was popular to be either. She spoke on equality and liberty in the 19th century and did so with compelling words. Her quote today is presented in challenge to ”blind faith,” though she did use that exact phrase. She implores us to question what we believe and why we believe it.
This is not only wise, but a worthwhile way to end this year and begin a new one!
It’s not just the words; it’s the person delivering them
This is a fantastic podcast. The quotations themselves serve as reminders of how important language is to our development of our sense of self. However, it’s the host, Matt, who makes the words feel like they are something we can and should strive for. This is a podcast to keep in your rotation.
You can def quote me on that. Matt has a wonderful podcast that focuses on some of the most important things said throughout history. This is one educaitonal and thought provoking show you won't want to miss
This episode made me think very deeply. I think it was a great explaination.