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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Atlan » 2010-01-08 08:16pm

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
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Post by loomer » 2010-01-16 05:18am

"Why bother with newspapers, if this is all they offer? Agnew was right. The press is a gang of cruel faggots. Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits — a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage." - Hunter S. Thompson, written in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Might be a wee bit long and the language might be a bit much, but it still seems pretty fucking accurate to me.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Winston Blake » 2010-01-18 03:48pm

Re the crazy cortisol lady.
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man wrote:Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
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Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man wrote:Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
Robert Gilruth to Max Faget on the Apollo program: “Max, we’re going to go back there one day, and when we do, they’re going to find out how tough it is.”

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Lonestar » 2010-01-19 08:52am

I like Heinlein:

"Sin lies only in hurting others unnecessarily. All other "sins" are invented nonsense. "
"The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles."

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Post by Eleas » 2010-01-19 10:33am

Author Fritiof Nilsson Piraten's epitaph is a classic:
Här under askan av en man
som hade vanan att uppskjuta allt till morgondagen.
Dock bättrade han sig på sitt yttersta
och dog verkligen den 31 januari 1972
Translated:
Beneath, the dust of a man
who made a habit of postponing everything.
However, in the final days he mastered himself,
and really did die on the 31st of January, 1972.
More seriously, I think, another Heinlein quote. Heinlein said many stupid things. Also many wise things. It's the way of things when a person says a lot of things, period.
When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you may not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.
Then, of course, there's a quote attributed to Galileo, but I cannot verify it.
The Church says the earth is flat. But I know it is round, because I have seen its shadow on the moon. And I trust a shadow more than I trust the Church.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Rogue 9 » 2010-01-26 12:29am

Woody Allen is a directory? :razz:
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Post by Haruko » 2010-01-26 02:55am

"You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much."
-- Robin Williams as Sean Maguire, in Gus Van Sant (director), Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's (writers) Good Will Hunting
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Post by Darth Wong » 2010-01-26 10:24am

Rogue 9 wrote:Woody Allen is a directory? :razz:
Thanks for noticing that. Fixed.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Phantasee » 2010-01-26 09:43pm

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high. -Ayrton Senna, (1960 - 1994)
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Haruko » 2010-01-27 06:18pm

"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
-- Suzan Ertz, as quoted in "the Skeptic" v.24 #2 p.60
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Post by The Yosemite Bear » 2010-01-27 07:35pm

John Stienbeck, Travels with Charley wrote: The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe.... Respect - that's the word. One feels the need to bow to unquestioned sovereigns....
remember California/Oregon Redwoods=Mecca for Dogs.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Ace Pace » 2010-01-30 08:42am

Small note, the Quote of the Week archive page has no defined title and in FF and Opera displays purely by URL. Would be nice and could be solved by a simple <title>Quote of the Week</title> addition.
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Winston Blake » 2010-02-09 07:38am

Say, who wants some Bismarck? Do you want some Bismarck? I know I could use some Bismarck.

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the
battlefield will think hard before starting a war."

"People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an
election."

"Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied."
Robert Gilruth to Max Faget on the Apollo program: “Max, we’re going to go back there one day, and when we do, they’re going to find out how tough it is.”

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Sheridan » 2010-02-10 11:47pm

"...it is difficult to live in the present, pointless to live in the future and impossible to live in the past." --Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune (pg. 390 in the paperback version, Leto II to Hwi Noree concerning Moneo Atreides)

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Post by Rogue 9 » 2010-03-01 11:41am

"I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." - Thomas Jefferson
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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by joenye » 2010-03-01 05:35pm

"Life is like Stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink"
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"May you live in interesting times, and attract the attention of important people."
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"Anarchy means having to put up with things that really piss you off."
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-- Charles Babbage
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-- Woody Allen
"God made pot. Man made beer. Whom do you trust?"
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Post by Losonti Tokash » 2010-03-04 11:50am

I would just like to point out that Isaac Singer died in 1991, and is not in fact 106 years old. :P

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Post by aerius » 2010-03-05 01:25pm

Steak and Blowjob Day is coming up in 9 days. We should have another countdown timer for that.
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Post by Phantasee » 2010-03-15 07:31pm

In his book The Value of Nothing, author Raj Patel expresses concern for the psychological impact of Atlas Shrugged on young minds: "There are two novels that can transform a bookish fourteen-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel.The other is a book about orcs."
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Post by Instant Sunrise » 2010-03-24 02:37am

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Post by Night_stalker » 2010-03-25 06:38pm

"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue — and thoroughly immoral — doctrine that 'violence never solves anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee..."
Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois, M.I. (ret.)


How about this from Starship Troopers(the book, not the god-awful movie series)?
If Dr. Gatling was a nerd, then his most famous invention is the fucking Revenge of the Nerd, writ large...

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Post by Darth Wong » 2010-03-26 12:24am

Heinlein's war-wanking rhetoric may seem like brilliant prose to some, but it's still just war-wanking. If one wishes to find quotes against the practicality of pacifism, one could do far better than that. The Woody Allen quote from Jan 25 is much more clever, and says something quite similar.
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"Viagra commercials appear to save lives" - tharkûn on US health care.

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by The Spartan » 2010-03-26 09:32am

The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. -Omar Bradley (This one might be a bit long. Without the name it's over 200 characters)

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Post by Night_stalker » 2010-03-26 02:00pm

"The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult. "
Winston Churchill
If Dr. Gatling was a nerd, then his most famous invention is the fucking Revenge of the Nerd, writ large...

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Re: Quote of the Week suggestions and feedback

Post by Thanas » 2010-03-26 05:08pm

A few from George Bernard Shaw:
Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it…
We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
Martyrdom, sir, is what these people like: it is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
I have defined the 100 per cent American as 99 per cent an idiot.
He is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
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