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Pith Helmet

Bland Adventurer / Man of Inaction

A Prospectus (of Sorts)
During the past year, in the intervals of an active life, I have amused myself with constructing this tale. It has been scribbled in every kind of odd place and moment - ... , during long journeys, in half-hours between graver tasks; and it bears, I fear, the mark of its gipsy begetting. But it has amused me to write, and I shall be well repaid if it amuses you - and a few others - to read.
--John Buchan, Greenmantle

But I think there are normal things a man ought to do, as he sleeps or wakes or walks. One of them ... is to be able to write down in pen and ink what he really thinks about public questions, and why he thinks it: which is all that I have done in this place.
--G. K. Chesterton, A Miscellany of Men

A Cartoon (of Sorts)
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I'm only 43. Still a young man. Maybe a little frayed around the edges, but who wouldn't be between my work and raising two boys. Crap, who am I kidding, my looks are going down the toilet faster than an unwanted pregnancy on prom night. I was Rusty Venture, boy friggin' wonder. Now look at me.
--Thaddeus Venture
"Tolerance is the virtue of the man with no convictions." - G.K. Chesterton
"Every well-bred petty crook knows -- the small concealable weapons always go to the far left of the place setting."
--Inara Serra
"I am here in my role as amateur knight errant. I have brought my sword-stick, and an ancient, but serviceable, revolver. Shall we be off?"
--Gilbert, from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: The Doll's House
"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
--G. K. Chesterton
"Truth is not determined by a majority vote"
--Pope Benedict XVI
"Invariably, it is the man who believes himself to be physically lacking in heroic attributes who speaks mockingly of the hero."
--Yukio Mishima, Sun and Steel
"Hitting things with a stick is the cornerstone of civilization."
--P. J. O'Rourke
"Discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me."
--Dr. Hannibal Lecter
"Don't tell me what I can't do."
--John Locke
"For every southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances . . . that moment doesn't need even a fourteen year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the gold dome of Washington itself . . .
--William Faulkner
I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has. That 'This government of the people, by the people and for the people' shall live always. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. That sooner or later... somewhere ...somehow ...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken. That all things change but truth...and that truth alone...lives on forever. In my Creator...my country...and my fellow man.
--The Lone Ranger's Creed

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