Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Found Wisdom


“[T]he way to get bolder and more daring in the future … is to continue quietly observing as faithfully as possible now.” -Vincent van Gogh, as quoted by Albert J. Lubin, Stranger on the Earth (1996)


“The world is filled with all kinds of people. You can’t know what’s happening in a man’s heart.” -Buck O’Neil, as told to Joe Posnanski, The Soul of Baseball (2007)


What advice do you wish you could pass on to your younger self? “Why did you ever get into this?” [Laughs.] To be serious about it, I’d probably say always look for the truth, even though truths can be elusive. I’m always inspired by the words of T.S. Eliot: “For us, there is only the […]


“You’re on an uphill climb, and this takes steady effort. Your contribution will feel like something you are doing for you and you alone, but when you elevate yourself, you elevate the collective spirit.” -Holiday Mathis, “Horoscope,” Star Tribune (June 27, 2021)


“The two most dynamic and cohesive liberal forces in the country are the labor movement and the Negro freedom movement. Together we can be architects of democracy in a South now rapidly industrializing. Together we can retool the political structure of the South, sending to Congress steadfast liberals who, joining with those from northern industrial […]


“From time immemorial men have lived by the principle that ‘self-preservation is the first law of life.’ But this is a false assumption. I would say that other-preservation is the first law of life. It is the first law of life precisely because we cannot preserve self without being concerned about preserving other selves. The […]


“I saw an ad for Haggar Slacks. They’re making pants now, where there’s a thing in the front of the pants that you pull, and the waistband pops open an extra couple of inches, in the middle of your meal. That’s where we are at now, my friends. We can’t wait until tomorrow to put […]


“Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become […]


“In this instance were your critics right in making the assumption that your following certain people on Twitter was evidence of ideological sympathy? I see the logic, but I don’t agree with it. You want to know what people you don’t agree with are saying, and you also want to know what people you don’t respect are saying. […]


“Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression of pure energy. Deeds uninformed by educated thought can take false directions. When we go into action and confront our adversaries, we must be as armed with knowledge as they. Our policies […]