Things That Matter To Me- My Facebook Quotes and About Section Before the 2017 Edits

As I was going through my Facebook “About” section figuring out how I’d like to present myself to the world, I realized that the clutter of original and stolen quotes on my “About You” and “Favorite Quotes” sections was too much. So I replaced it.

But not before saving that collection of gems and glimpses into my soul here, on my blog, a repository of my thoughts on the art of life. The following About You and Favorite Quotes sections are as they were on January 2nd, 2017- the result of probably about five or six years’ worth of additions and edits. I don’t really know why I’m saving them; perhaps to remind myself, in the future, about who I once was, and who I will be. For the rest of you, here’s a look at how eccentric I can be.



I study, read, and write about politics, policy, and culture. On the side, I help plan events and programs to facilitate other people’s studying, reading, and writing about those topics. That’s what I do and I love it.

“Luke is multifaceted.” -Aydin Celebi, MUN Boss and History colleague

“Luke is a naturally entertaining person.” -Ali DeGuide, Fellow Trojan Bandsman and Political colleague

“People don’t make me sad usually, but THIS guy…: -Artur Galystan, IR colleague and career mentor

“[Luke is] so freaking cool” -Jasmine McAlister, ACA Boss and Program Board trainer

“[Luke] is good with ideas and concepts, but when it comes to actual practical things he isn’t so good.” -Roger Brown, Fellow Trojan Bandsman and PSA colleague

“You’re going to have an eventful life, Luke. Fools will not like you. You better thicken your skin for the long haul.” -Dr. Adam Garfinkle, boss at The American Interest and mentor

“Prudence and Vigor
Honor and Duty
Goodwill to All
Humility Before God”
-Personal Ethos

“To know the ways of Man,
To write with fire in my pen
To lead with vigor in my chest
To live with prudence in my breast”
-Statement of Purpose

-Statement of Manliness




“Do, or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda
“Live Free or Die. Death is not the Worst of Evils.” -General John Stark

“I implore great leaders to lead with all the grace,
of which we’re capable and be the author of your fate,
band together and endeavor clasp our hands together,
as our ancestors have and stand the test of time forever.” -Dan Bull, Epic Civilization Rap

“Work at your tasks in due season, and in his own time the Lord will give you your reward.” -Jesus Ben Sirach

“Never let you sense of right and wrong prevent you from doing what is right.” -Salvor Hardin

“I have always thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be.” -Alexander Hamilton

“Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they do not apply themselves to me.” -Michel de Montaigne

“Given a choice between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness!” -Teddy Roosevelt

“Never let die in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.” -George Washington

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

“Alike for the nation and the individual the indispensable requisite is character.” -Teddy Roosevelt

“That which is both good and weak must soon cease to be weak, or it will soon cease to be good.” -Original

“You may break free of the shackles of oppression, but you shall never escape the chains of duty.” -Original

“On Earth, the closest things to demons are men who call themselves angels.” -Original

“The world really is more interesting, than it seems.” -Original

“The price of bad politics is shame, and the price of good politics is guilt.” -Original

“One foot in paradise, One in the waste…” -Catholic Hymn

“For Gold is Tested in Fire…” -Jesus Ben Sirach

“Cunning as a serpent, Innocent as a dove…” -Various

“Use Human means as though Divine ones did not exist, and use Divine means as though there were no human ones.” -Baltasar Gracian

“I’d forsake command of all else
to be a tyrant o’er myself” -Original

“Honesty is the best Policy.” -Various

“He who is not a liberal at age twenty has no heart; he who is not a conservative at age fifty has no brain.” -Various

“Those who CAN remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” -Arthur Schlesinger

“‘Tis the portion of Man assigned to him by the eternal allotment of Providence, that every good which he enjoys shall be alloyed with ills, that every source of his bliss shall be a source of his affliction- save Virtue alone, that only unmixed good permitted to his temporal condition.” -Alexander Hamilton

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight which knows neither victory nor defeat.” -Teddy Roosevelt

“This above all, To thine own self, be true! And it must follow, as the night the day, thou then canst not be false to any man.” -Shakespeare

“Be Prepared.” -Boy Scout Motto

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