We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by 56 delegates of the Second Continental Congress.
If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, over a year, the effect on emissions would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road. (Another aside: if for two days a week you don’t eat any meat or cheese until dinnertime, you’ll accomplish something similar.)
—Mark Bittman, "More Weight on Less Meat" (7/18/11)
Writing is not like dancing or modeling; it’s not something where — if you missed it by age 19 — you’re finished. It’s never too late. Your writing will only get better as you get older and wiser. If you write something beautiful and important, and the right person somehow discovers it, they will clear room for you on the bookshelves of the world — at any age. At least try.
—Writer Elizabeth Gilbert, who today celebrates her 42nd birthday
Another good one, from Six Word Story Every Day.
…Sexual restraint rather than sexual prowess was once the measure of a man.
-NYT Op/Ed contributor, Prof. Sara Lipton, on why so many powerful men have been caught cheating, behaving badly, lately.
“Those Manly Men of Yore" 6/17/2011
I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights sleep, worked too long and too hard in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I’ve lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made love with joy and taken my hangovers as a consequence, not as a punishment.
This is not the future Minnesota wants for itself. Young people are appalled. It’s a sad day and my heart is broken…It’s a sad and shameful day. Those who voted for this are going to be ashamed of themselves.
— Sen. Dibble, after passage of an anti-gay marriage amendment