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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Malagar » 2012-09-02 06:04pm

"What you don't know has power over you; knowing it brings it under your control, and makes it subject to your choice. Ignorance makes real choice impossible." Abraham Maslow

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby General Mung Beans » 2012-09-02 09:14pm

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Panzersharkcat » 2012-10-14 04:22pm

"American politics features a particularly boorish animal called a 'culture warrior,' who imagines that he is working to save Christendom from secularism, Islam, and sexual deviancy, but who, in his own life, doesn't know how to use a fork properly, doesn't chew with his mouth closed, and cannot be personally charming in social settings.

How does this happen? Like Keynesian economists who believe the whole has nothing to do with the parts, the culture warriors imagine that they can steer the culture while being personally piggish, pathetic, and crude -- as if the court of taste and manners will never judge them personally but they are entitled to judge, and to restore and save, the whole of society." - Jeffrey Tucker

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Ahriman238 » 2013-01-21 09:50pm

"We did these things, and they were glorious. We changed the world... and then we fucked up the endgame."- Rep. Wilson on funding the Mujhadeen resistance to the Russian invasion.

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"[Creationists] make it sound as though a "theory" is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night."- Asimov

"What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?"- Churchill

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Dalton » 2013-01-22 03:35pm

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby FaxModem1 » 2013-05-30 09:24am

"I don't think our troops ought to be used for what's called nation-building," George W. Bush, second presidential debate, 2000
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Zaune » 2013-08-06 09:14am

It's a bit long, but:

"Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay. In the modern state there are very few sites where this is possible. The only others that come readily to my mind require belief in an omnipotent creator as a condition for membership. It would seem the most obvious thing in the world to say that the reason why the market is not an efficient solution to libraries is because the market has no use for a library. But it seems we need, right now, to keep re-stating the obvious. There aren’t many institutions left that fit so precisely Keynes’ definition of things that no one else but the state is willing to take on. Nor can the experience of library life be recreated online. It’s not just a matter of free books. A library is a different kind of social reality (of the three dimensional kind), which by its very existence teaches a system of values beyond the fiscal."

Zadie Smith, in the New York Review of Books.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Haruko » 2013-08-07 01:24pm

Just read this on a book about modern German history:

The people have lost the confidence of the government. The government has decided to dissolve the people, and to appoint another one.

— Bertolt Brecht, German poet, in response to a merciless crackdown by the Soviets against pro-democracy protesters in East Germany, 1953.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Spekio » 2013-08-07 02:55pm

"You can't sleep with all the women int he world, but one must make the effort." - Jorge Amado, brazilian writer.

“I considered the case and realized that if something can exist in opinion without existing in reality, or exist in reality without existing in opinion, the conclusion is that of the two parallel lives, only opinion is necessary – not reality, which is only a secondary consideration.”
― Machado de Assis

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Thanas » 2013-11-28 03:54pm

"The purpose of work should be the common good" - Alfred Krupp
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Rogue 9 » 2013-11-28 05:35pm

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Thanas » 2014-01-07 01:05am

He stole that one unless he is a time traveller who got back in time 60 years before he was born.


Another suggestion:

You ask what is the proper limit to a person's wealth? First, having what is essential, and second, having what is enough.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Omeganian » 2014-01-18 12:13pm

In a Society in which there is no law, and in theory no compulsion, the only arbiter of behaviour is public opinion. But public opinion, because of the tremendous urge to conformity in gregarious animals, is less tolerant than any system of law. (George Orwell)
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Dominus Atheos » 2014-02-19 04:42am

Call me stupid, but I don't understand the current quote. Is it saying forgiveness is good or bad? On the one hand, hope is ussually supposed to be good; on the other hand, you can't change the past so there's no point in trying.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby The Grim Squeaker » 2014-02-19 06:22am

"Whatever you are, be a Good one".

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Elaro » 2014-02-27 01:35am

“Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
― Winston Churchill
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby StarSword » 2014-03-10 04:43pm

"Reality is often stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be believable." -- Mark Twain

"Passion has overthrown tyrants and freed prisoners and slaves. Passion has brought justice where there was savagery. Passion has created freedom where there was nothing but fear. Passion has helped souls rise from the ashes of their horrible lives and build something better, something stronger, more beautiful." -- Harry Dresden, White Night

"Many that live deserve death, and some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement." -- Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby StarSword » 2014-03-17 03:00pm

"I was never crazy about Hitler. If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win. That's what they do so well: they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter, they can't win. You show how crazy they are." -- Mel Brooks
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The Vortex Empire: I think the real question is obviously how a supervolcano eruption wiping out vast swathes of the country would affect the 2016 election.
Borgholio: The GOP would blame Obama and use the subsequent nuclear winter to debunk global warming.

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Rogue 9 » 2014-04-01 08:51pm

That looks familiar. Oh wait. :wink:
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Thanas » 2014-05-19 10:06pm

"If the real world isn't kind to new comers, than it's because of the people in it have chosen to be unkind. You and your future coworkers have the ability to change that. Over half the world's population is under 30 years old. The shear number of you creates a gigantic opportunity to change the work place as we know it. Shake it up. Be the ones to throw opens the shutters and let a little fresh air in. And while you're at it, make the work place a more civil place to be. You have the power to influence change in so many ways. Make kindness a priority, not a blurred line." - Peyton Manning, 2014
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Dominus Atheos » 2014-07-30 07:44am

Did someone forget to put the year of the current authors death? According to this webpage its 1989.

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Sir_Barnett_Cocks/
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Chardok » 2014-08-12 07:46am

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby Highlord Laan » 2015-02-27 12:57pm

"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby U.P. Cinnabar » 2016-02-16 05:47pm

"Politics is not like the nursery. In politics, obedience and support are the same."
—Hannah Arendt, Judgement At Nuremberg


"But, again, truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror."
—V, V For Vendetta


"You do not wish to know anything! You wish only to speak. That which you know, you ignore, because it is inconvenient. And that which you do not know, you invent."
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And, if the implications of that bother you, the time to do something about it is before you send him out."
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"Oh, but you did! You turn on any of my crew, you turn on me! But, since that's a concept you can't seem to wrap your head around, then, you've got no place here. You did it to me, Jayne, and that's a fact."

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Postby U.P. Cinnabar » 2016-02-22 10:18am

"War, children, is just a shot away."
—The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter"


"When you send a man out with a gun, you create a policymaker. When his ass is on the line, he will do whatever he needs to do."
David Drake, Afterword to Counting the Cost
"When you send a man out with a gun, you create a policymaker. When his ass is on the line, he will do whatever he needs to do.

And, if the implications of that bother you, the time to do something about it is before you send him out."
—David Drake


"Oh, but you did! You turn on any of my crew, you turn on me! But, since that's a concept you can't seem to wrap your head around, then, you've got no place here. You did it to me, Jayne, and that's a fact."

—Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the Firefly-class hauler Serenity,in a nutshell


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