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Author Topic: Your favorite quotes?  (Read 13779 times)
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« on: December 03, 2008, 01:26:03 PM »

Just came across this today and it's a good one:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. -  Upton Sinclair
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 01:29:07 PM »

Most of mine reside at http://quotes.dcmembers.com
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 11:50:39 PM »

Not stictly a quote per se, but my fave bumper sticker:
My Karma ran over my dogma
And I just love your avatar Josh.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2008, 12:18:05 AM »

This verbiage on this one is actually quoted differently depending on the source, but this is how I first heard it.

"People demand freedom of speech as compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use." - Kierkegaard
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2008, 12:24:19 AM »

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2008, 12:36:13 AM »

two of my favorites:
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Plato
If you meet your master on the road, kill him - Buddhist quote
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008, 03:19:56 AM »

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable - Plato
Gently removes tarnish - Brasso
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008, 07:22:36 AM »

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.  buddha
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2008, 07:35:49 AM »

  • Unix is user friendly, it is just picky who it's friends are
  • I am attempting to install a piece of software that said it required Windows 98 or better, but everytime I try and load it on ubuntu it fails. Why is that?
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2008, 09:41:37 AM »

Hrmmm.. Since I am re-reading "Snow Crash" I'll go with my two favorite from that book.

"Condensing fact from the vapor of nuance"

and the wise observation of when to concede an argument:

"In a fight for possession of a sword, the guy with the handle wins."



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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2008, 11:06:04 AM »

Anything by Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, or Oscar Wilde.


Looking at the political situation in the USA over the last eight years, I'm seeing a lot of truth in this famous quote:

"He who fights with monsters should be careful least he thereby becomes a monster. When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you." Friedrich Nietzsche from Beyond Good and Evil

On a lighter note:

"I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't work. Every time I turn it all the way up, the shows stay just as dumb."  - Leo Gallagher


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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2008, 11:32:04 AM »

The problem of youth is to get out of one extreme without falling into its opposite.
 - Aristotle

Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
 - Alfred North Whitehead
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2008, 11:57:54 AM »

  • Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church.
  • Those who believe absurdities will commit atrocities.
  • You keep believing, I'll keep evolving.
  • If god doesn't like the way I live, let him tell me, not you.
  • Doesn't it bother you that you put more logical thought into choosing a car than you do in choosing a god?

--- and most atheist/agnostic quotes... i just love that kind of wicked sense of humor.
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2008, 12:08:52 AM »

Fortes Fortuna Juvat (Fortune Favors the Brave)

And, of course: "I'll have what she's having" (my sig  cheesy)

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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2008, 05:12:10 AM »

wonders why mouser suddenly made this thread

Are you planning a new PopUp Wisdom book to coincide with the release of that FARR + PopUp Wisdom Search Engine?  tongue
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2008, 05:26:10 AM »

nah i just saw that upton sinclair post and it struck me as good enough reason to start a thread smiley
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2008, 07:01:44 AM »

"There are only two endless things: The universe, and the human stupidity." - Albert Einstein

Both funny and true at the same time. ohmy
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2008, 11:21:30 AM »

"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip/" - Will Rogers

"Until we meet again, may the good Lord take a liking to you." - Roy Rogers

"How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us." - Fred Rogers

"Hollywood is like an empty wastebasket." - Ginger Rogers


I tried to find a good quote from Buck Rogers to round out the 'Rogers' set, but his co-actors usually said better...

"Kane: Shall I order the ambuquad disassembled?
Twiki: You ever have TWO broken arms, buster?"
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2008, 12:16:37 PM »

And I can't resist this additional gem from the ever-wonderful Mr. Fred Rogers:
"Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, existence is simply illusion."
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2008, 09:45:17 PM »

To add to Shook's post.. one of my favorite Einstein quotes in the same spirit:


   The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. -Albert Einstein
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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2008, 10:04:26 PM »

My favorite quote is "Everywhere you go, there you are."
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2008, 11:42:21 PM »

"People demand freedom of speech as compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use." - Kierkegaard
Kierkegaard is, interestingly, an old Danish poet... you know, Denmark as in the Muhammed drawings huh (which I do believe fall within freedom of speech, even if it was a bit over the top posting them in the first place... this isn't meant to spawn a political/religious discussion, anyway).

Anyway, a couple of quotes:

Those were just a few off top of my head this early saturday morning - there's a lot of enjoyable quotes smiley

My favorite quote is "Everywhere you go, there you are."
Makes me thing of jolly old Diablo - one of the games I certainly never regretted buying smiley
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2008, 12:08:36 AM »

Some of my favs (sources unverified):


 "He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

 "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

 "A modest little person, with much to be modest about." - Winston Churchill

 "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. "Clarence Darrow

 "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner

 "He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - Abraham Lincoln

 "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

 "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." - Oscar Wilde

 "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

 "I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb

 "He has the attention span of a lightning bolt." - Robert Redford

 "They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." - Thomas Brackett Reed

 "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

 "Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

 "His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West

 "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde

 "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

 "He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2008, 06:39:25 AM »

i have a small collection in opera notes, pick one every day for my feeds, to match my moods. Some of my absolute favorites:

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
- Unknown

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.
- Stephen Vincent Benet

Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity. Don't assign to stupidity what might be due to ignorance. And try not to assume your opponent is the ignorant one until you can show it isn't you.
- M.N. Plano

"...when you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it."
- A.A. Milne, "The House At Pooh Corner"

"But it is vital to remember that information is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these."
- Arthur C. Clarke

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved
by the level of thinking that created them.
- Albert Einstein

Dare to be naive.
-   Buckminster Fuller

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Bertrand Russell

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers,
and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of
life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are
inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.
-   M. Scott Peck

Inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will. Surprise, serendipity, uncertainty and the unexpected are guaranteed on the way to the future.
- George Land

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back
and realize they were the big things.
-   Robert Brault

and perhaps a couple lighter ones

"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job." - Franklin P Jones

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- D. P. Barron

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
- Unknown

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Mae West
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« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2008, 10:34:03 AM »

Linux is free only if your time has no value
An hour spent configuring Linux is an hour EARNED - edvard  Grin (apologies to Ben F.)
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Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.

Thanks for that one, f0dder. I'll use it wisely...

"Confucius did not say all they say Confucius say." - Confucius (or not...)
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