“To err is human but to really screw up it takes the Berkeley City Council.”
Berkeley, California City Council member
Comment on the controversy over a resolution calling for the Berkeley City Council to send a letter to the . Marines saying that Marine recruiters were “unwelcome intruders” in the city. Quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle , February 14, 2008.
Of all the Causes which conspire to blind
Man's erring Judgment, and misguide the Mind,
What the weak Head with strongest Byass rules,
Is Pride, the never-failing Vice of Fools.
Whatever Nature has in Worth deny'd,
She gives in large Recruits of needful Pride;
For as in Bodies, thus in Souls, we find
What wants in Blood and Spirits, swell'd with Wind;
Pride, where Wit fails, steps in to our Defence,
And fills up all the mighty Void of Sense!
If once right Reason drives that Cloud away,
Truth breaks upon us with resistless Day;
Trust not your self; but your Defects to know,
Make use of ev'ry Friend--and ev'ry Foe.