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Maciamo
04-11-05, 14:49
Wikiquote (http://en.wikiquote.org/) is an excellent source to do a bit of "quotation surfing". Here are a few that express well my general attitude to life or that I find particularily well-said (The quotations I selected from Churchill are more witty than profound or true).

Voltaire (1694-1778) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Voltaire)


To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature.
It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.
There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.
Such then is the human condition, that to wish greatness for one's country is to wish harm to one's neighbours.
Prejudice is an opinion without judgment.
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.


Diderot (1713-1784) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Denis_Diderot)


From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step.
Reason is to the philosopher what grace is to the Christian... Other men walk in darkness; the philosopher, who has the same passions, acts only after reflection; he walks through the night, but it is preceded by a torch. The philosopher forms his principles on an infinity of particular observations. He does not confuse truth with plausibility; he takes for truth what is true, for forgery what is false, for doubtful what is doubtful, and probable what is probable. The philosophical spirit is thus a spirit of observation and accuracy.
Distance is a great promoter of admiration!
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
There are things I can't force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.
To prove the Gospels by a miracle is to prove an absurdity by something contrary to nature.


Churchill (1874-1965) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Churchill)


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?
Never in the field of human conflict has so much, been owed by so many, to so few.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.
The Times is speechless and takes three columns to express its speechlessness.
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticise or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Bessie Braddock: Sir, you are drunk.
Churchill: And you, madam, are ugly. But in the morning I shall be sober.

Tsuyoiko
04-11-05, 18:42
I never knew about wikiquote. I like it! I have always loved quotations. It's great when someone has said what you want to say much more eloquently than you ever could. I like Oscar Wilde for wittiness, Henry David Thoreau for truth and Nietzsche for profundity.

Oscar Wilde (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde)
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
There is no sin except stupidity.
Only the shallow know themselves.

Henry David Thoreau (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau)
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.
The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive.
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

Friedrich Nietzsche (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche)
Without art we would be nothing but foreground and live entirely in the spell of that perspective which makes what is closest at hand and most vulgar appear as if it were vast, and reality itself.
God is dead! God stays dead! And we killed him.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
Perhaps man will rise ever higher as soon as he ceases to flow out into a god.
I tell you: one must have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star.
What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

Sensuikan San
05-11-05, 05:58
I always like Churchill's response to Lady Astor (I believe...):

Lady Astor: "If I were your wife, sir, I would give you poison!"

W.S.C.: " ... and if I were your husband, Madam, ... I would drink it!"

Not to mention Wilde's (reputed) quote:

"Either those curtains go ... or I do!" (Moments before he died).

W

Maciamo
05-11-05, 06:44
Here are a few more :

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein)


My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.
If I give you a pfennig, you will be one pfennig richer and I'll be one pfennig poorer. But if I give you an idea, you will have a new idea, but I shall still have it, too.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
The only real valuable thing is intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.


Einstein was a deist with a pantheistic penchant, as these quotations show :


Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.


Yet, some of his remarks could have made of him an atheist, based on the interpretation of his feelings :


What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell)


There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that "remembered" a wholly unreal past. There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.
In adolescence, I hated life and was continually on the verge of suicide, from which, however, I was restrained by the desire to know more mathematics. Now, on the contrary, I enjoy life; I might almost say that with every year that passes I enjoy it more. This is due partly to having discovered what were the things that I most desired and having gradually acquired many of these things. Partly it is due to having successfully dismissed certain objects of desire . . . as essentially unattainable. But very largely it is due to a diminishing preoccupation with myself . . . . I learned to be indifferent to myself and my deficiencies; I came to center my attention increasingly upon external objects.
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue.
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.
In fact the opposition of instinct and reason is mainly illusory. Instinct, intuition, or insight is what first leads to the beliefs which subsequent reason confirms or confutes; but the confirmation, where it is possible, consists, in the last analysis, of agreement with other beliefs no less instinctive. Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one. Even in the most purely logical realms, it is insight that first arrives at what is new.
To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence; it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

den4
05-11-05, 07:53
my favourite quote came from Alan Arkin, when he played Inspector Clouseau, saying to one of the villains in the movie, "There is a time to be serious and a time not to be serious and this is not one of them..." This seems to be the way life in America appears to have fallen down towards in recent years :D

mad pierrot
05-11-05, 09:40
One of my all time favorite persons, I think.

Here are some of mine:

"A witty saying proves nothing." -Voltaire

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
-Groucho Marx

"Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy."
-George Carlin

Ma Cherie
05-11-05, 23:25
Ralpho Waldo Emerson:

-I hate qoutations. Tell me what you know.

-To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

-Who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.

-Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

-To be great is to be misunderstood.

"A girl child ain't safe in a family of men."
Sophia
From The Color Purple

Can't think of anymore quotes that I like at the moment. :cool:

Ma Cherie
06-11-05, 00:03
Some more of my favorite quotes:

Malcom X:

-You're not supposed to be so blind to patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or says it.

-You don't have a peacful revolution. You don't have turn-the-other-cheek revolution. There's not such thing as non-violent revolution. Revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in it's way.

-History is a people's memory, and without a memory, a man is demoted to the lower animals.

Alice Walker:

-I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of a televison and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.

-No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

-Nobody is as powerful as you make them out to be.

-The most important question in the world is "Why is the child crying?"

-In search of my mothers garden, I have found my own.

-Yes, mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. This is your greatest gift to me.

Dutch Baka
06-11-05, 00:23
oooo NICE, Quotations!!!!!!!!!!!

I just changed my nick on Msn, into a Quote from James dean:

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."

monrepo
06-11-05, 17:05
"Know yourself" unknown

mad pierrot
07-11-05, 08:45
"I try not to think with my gut."

-Carl Sagon, when asked what his "gut feeling" was about a question.

Pararousia
09-11-05, 23:20
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." -- Jesus Christ

"Finding truth can be like finding a worm in your apple. Better to have the whole thing stare you in the face than to swallow half!" -- Moishe Rosen

Kinsao
09-11-05, 23:43
lmao @ your last one, Pararousia!

A couple from Lemmy from Motorhead (yeah, I know, my machine won't let me make umlauts. ):

Interviewer: Why is volume so important?
Lemmy: Because I'm deaf.

:giggle:

He also said: "There are great benefits to be had from going through the pain barrier - you come through the other side absolutely pain-free with no hair and all your fingernails gone".

:D :D :D

Carlson
10-11-05, 02:06
"Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy."
-George Carlin

i love anything George...

lastmagi
10-11-05, 03:07
Not exactly my favorite quotes- For most I just did various searches on figures I like, or some quotes I found interesting regardless of source. Most of the books where my favorite quotations actually are are in my house and not with me in college.

General

Aldo Leopold

•"A hobby is a defiance of the contemporary. It is an assertion of those permanent values which the momentary eddies of social evolution have contravened or overlooked. If this is true, then we may also say that every hobbyist is inherently a radical, and that his tribe is inherently a minority." (Round River- it'd probably make better sense in context)

•"In human history, we have learned (I hope) that the conqueror role is eventually self-defeating. Why? Because it is implicit in such a role that the conqueror knows, ex cathedra, just what makes the community clock tick, and just what and who is valuable, and what and who is worthless, in community life. It always turns out that he knows neither, and this is why his conquests eventually defeat themselves." (A Sand County Almanac)

J. Baird Callicott

•"Ethics and society or community are correlative" (The Conceptual Foundation of the Land Ethic)

Henry David Thoreau

•Kings and queens who wear a suit but once, though made by some tailor or dress-maker to their majesties, cannot know the comfort of wearing a suit that fits. They are no better than wooden horses to hang the clean clothes on. (Walden)

on racism and hate

•"It was hard for me to do the show (All American Girl) because a lot of people didn't even understand the concept of Asian-American. I was on a morning show, and the host said, 'Awright, Margaret, we're changing over to an ABC affiliate! So why don't you tell our viewers in your native language that we're making that transition?' So I looked at the camera and said, 'Um, they're changing over to an ABC affiliate.'" (Margaret Cho)

•The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.... The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. (Martin Luther King, Jr)

Miscellaneous

•I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. (Martin Luther King, Jr)

•One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. (Martin Luther King, Jr)

•The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. (Denis Diderot)

•It is not human nature we should accuse but the despicable conventions that pervert it. (Denis Diderot)

•What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

•People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)

•"The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy." (William Hazlitt)

Quotes from previous posts that I enjoyed

•Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. (Albert Einstein)

•I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime. (Albert Einstein)

•I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race. (Bertrand Russell)

•A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand. (Bertrand Russell)

•You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. (Winston Churchill)

Novels

Douglas Adams

•"Ah," said Arthur, "this is obviously some strange usage of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of." (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

•[Ford:] "It's unpleasantly like being drunk."
[Arthur:] "What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"
[Ford:] "You ask a glass of water." (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

•[Ford:] "Life," he said, "is like a grapefruit."
[creature:] "Er, how so?"
[Ford:] "Well, it's sort of orangey-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have half a one for breakfast." (So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish)

•The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't. (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

•For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reasons. (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Richard Adams

•"El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so. All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed." (Watership Down- one of my all time favorite novels!)

Frank Herbert

•I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. (Dune, Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear)

•Muad'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It's shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad'Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson. (Dune)

•He was warrior and mystic, ogre and saint, the fox and the innocent, chivalrous, ruthless, less than a god, more than a man. There is no measuring Muad'Dib's motives by ordinary standards. In the moment of his triumph, he saw the death prepared for him, yet he accepted the treachery. Can you say he did this out of a sense of justice? Whose justice, then? Remember, we speak now of the Muad'Dib who ordered battle drums made from his enemies' skins, the Muad'Dib who denied the conventions of his ducal past with a wave of the hand, saying merely: "I am the Kwisatz Haderach. That is reason enough." (Dune)

•There are problems in this universe for which there are no answers. (Dune Messiah)

•I was baptized in sand and it cost me the knack of believing. Who trades in faiths anymore? Who'll buy? Who'll sell? (Dune Messiah)

•There are many degrees of sight and many degrees of blindness. (Dune Messiah)

•You comfort me with thorns. (Dune Messiah)

•Ideas are most to be feared when they become actions. (Dune Messiah)

•A creature who has spent his life creating one particular representation of his selfdom will die rather than become the antithesis of that representation. (Dune Messiah)

Neil Gaiman

•"I am honor-bound to warn you to stay on the path through the castle. Straying from the path could mean your destruction. ... You killed my friend, woman. Stray from your path." (The Kindly Ones)

Wilfred Owen (one of my favorite poets :))

•If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

(from Dulce et decorum est)

Tsuyoiko
10-11-05, 14:54
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.That has to be one of the most misquoted. They always miss 'The old Lie'. :okashii:

Maciamo
07-12-05, 13:58
Tolerance is mother of mediocrity
Ignorance is not an excuse


This illustrates my position about ignorance and religiousness.

Frank D. White
07-12-05, 16:58
Life sucks, and then you die.

Some days it seems to fit.

Frank

:-)

cursore
07-12-05, 17:16
"Quando la società cambia le parole vuol dire che qualcosa di grave sta maturando..."

When society changes vocabulary something bad is about to happen.

A. Gramsci

Maciamo
07-12-05, 17:50
"Quando la società cambia le parole vuol dire che qualcosa di grave sta maturando..."

When society changes vocabulary something bad is about to happen.

A. Gramsci

Does that include the "politically correct" in the US, or the change of meaning of political terms like "liberal" also in the US ?

Kinsao
08-12-05, 12:48
I would like to quote an eminent J-refian, our own Nana007, who has shared with us the valuable insight that:

"There is a time in every man's life when he gets tired of PVC, bondage gear, dresses, and makeup".

Now that is worth remembering, guys... and girls. :note:

Ma Cherie
08-12-05, 21:26
Alice Walker:

People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actual fools.

"I try to teach my heart not to want things it can't have."

What the mind doesn't understand, it worships or fears.

Zora Neale Hurston:

No matter how far a person can go to the horizon it still way beyond you.

Research is formalized curiosity, it's poking and prying with a purpose.

There is something about poverty that smells like death.

Anne Rice:

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself

Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.

Doc
10-12-05, 00:32
One of my favorite quotes is actually from a video game believe it or not. I've altered it a bit in the past, but it pretty much has the same meaning to me regardless. Here is the original quote:

"There is one lesson that I had taken from Gontriono, trust no one, but never forget those who put their trust in you. Forget the past I'll never find peace there. So I'll just find justice myself, and I'll choose the truth that I like."

Doc :wave:

Mandylion
10-12-05, 18:48
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
- John Milton (1608-1674) Areopagitica.

In short - put up or shut up.

acquiredtarget
10-12-05, 19:51
Wow, there a some great ones here. Some of my favorites are:

The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights. -J Paul Getty

We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic. -Cullen Hightower.

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in. - Evan Davis

Someday we'll look back on this moment and plow into a parked car - Evan Davis

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. - Will Rogers

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

People say common sense will fix things, but sense has not always been common - Chuck D

Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else? - James Thurber

Forecasting is very difficult, especially if it's about the future. -Edgar R. Fiedler

As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something. - Hagar the Horrible

Sensuikan San
10-12-05, 22:40
Here's a gloomy one .... but classic ...

"... ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee ...!" (John Donne)

:erm:

W

Void
10-12-05, 23:12
Here's a gloomy one .... but classic ...

"... ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee ...!" (John Donne)

but it loses it`s charm without "No man is an Island...." :blush:

Sensuikan San
11-12-05, 02:13
Agreed!

(..... but that was gonna make it a tad long ....!):)

W

Reiku
02-01-06, 08:25
"It is good to be wise, but not too wise--for a wise man's heart is seldom glad." -- The Elder Edda. (Basicly the viking equivalent of the bible)

"Being human is a mistake we all have to make in order to learn from it in the next life" -- me

And my personal favorite:

"A facillity for quotation covers for the absence of origional thought."

Tsuyoiko
04-01-06, 14:41
Douglas Adams (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams) was a great bloke. Not only was he one of the funniest people who ever lived, he could be quite profound at times too. Even funny and profound at the same time. :cool:

If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat. Life is a level of complexity that almost lies outside our vision; it is so far beyond anything we have any means of understanding that we just think of it as a different class of object, a different class of matter; 'life', something that had a mysterious essence about it, was God given, and that's the only explanation we had. The bombshell comes in 1859 when Darwin publishes 'On the Origin of Species'. It takes a long time before we really get to grips with this and begin to understand it, because not only does it seem incredible and thoroughly demeaning to us, but it's yet another shock to our system to discover that not only are we not the centre of the Universe and we're not made of anything, but we started out as some kind of slime and got to where we are via being a monkey. It just doesn't read well.

The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome. I mean the idea that such complexity can arise not only out of such simplicity, but probably absolutely out of nothing, is the most fabulous extraordinary idea. And once you get some kind of inkling of how that might have happened, it's just wonderful.

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.

I've heard an idea proposed, I've no idea how seriously, to account for the sensation of vertigo. It's an idea that I instictively like and it goes like this. The dizzy sensation we experience when standing in high places is not simply a fear of falling. It's often the case that the only thing likely to make us fall is the actual dizziness itself, so it is, at best, an extremely irrational, even self-fulfilling fear. However, in the distant past of our evolutionary journey toward our current state, we lived in trees. We leapt from tree to tree. There are even those who speculate that we may have something birdlike in our ancestral line. In which case, there may be some part of our mind that, when confronted with a void, expects to be able to leap out into it and even urges us to do so. So what you end up with is a conflict between a primitive, atavistic part of your mind which is saying "Jump!" and the more modern, rational part of your mind which is saying, "For Christ's sake, don't!"

(I actually think that's true. I get vertigo, and that's exactly how it feels to me - I'm afraid that I won't be able to stop myself from jumping.)

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.


Please click the link, or I will go on forever!

Reiku
05-01-06, 01:29
Haha, those are still awesome even all these years later--I really need to go back and read the rest of the books.

My personal favorites?


If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.


It takes a long time before we really get to grips with this and begin to understand it, because not only does it seem incredible and thoroughly demeaning to us, but it's yet another shock to our system to discover that not only are we not the centre of the Universe and we're not made of anything, but we started out as some kind of slime and got to where we are via being a monkey. It just doesn't read well.


So what you end up with is a conflict between a primitive, atavistic part of your mind which is saying "Jump!" and the more modern, rational part of your mind which is saying, "For Christ's sake, don't!"


If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.

And of course:

"So long and thanks for all the fish!" :D

Average_Psycho
07-01-06, 08:08
I have one, I can't remember where it's from, but I'll never forget it, because my family has been touched with this kind of thing...

"Don't complain of growing old ~ it is a privilege denied to many."

Maciamo
16-01-06, 23:41
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart)
"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."
"A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place...."


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beethoven)
Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.
What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and always will be thousands of princes, but there is only one Beethoven.


Marie Curie (1867-1934) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Curie)
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sartre)
"Life has no meaning a priori c It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose."

Maciamo
18-05-06, 00:18
Just one I heard today that I found quite funny : "Helping people is never so rewarding than when it's in your own self-interest."

Maciamo
19-07-06, 21:56
"I love humanity, it's people I can't stand"

I think that this quotation is attributed to more than one person. I personally told myself something very similar many times before I heard it on TV.

Maciamo
19-08-06, 12:04
"It is a beautiful world with people blissfully living in abject ignorance."

Travel memoirs, Maciamo

Supervin
24-08-06, 02:44
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." - LP Hartley, 1953

Maciamo
24-08-06, 09:18
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." - LP Hartley, 1953

I suppose that this LP Hartley is American. This just sounds so typically American. When I go to France or Luxembourg, it doesn:t feel like a foreign country at all. Things are done pretty much the same way. I guess that Scandinavians have the same feeling among them.

Supervin
24-08-06, 12:06
I suppose that this LP Hartley is American. This just sounds so typically American. When I go to France or Luxembourg, it doesn:t feel like a foreign country at all. Things are done pretty much the same way. I guess that Scandinavians have the same feeling among them.
LP Hartley's British.

I think you were quick to jump the gun there. The quote refers to the past being like a foreign country. The past can refer to one's own past or in generic terms which is opposed to the present and future.

Maciamo
24-08-06, 12:48
LP Hartley's British.
I think you were quick to jump the gun there. The quote refers to the past being like a foreign country. The past can refer to one's own past or in generic terms which is opposed to the present and future.
I understand that the past can seem "foreign". I just disagreed with the part "they do things differently [in foreign countries]", hence my examples of foreign countries where culture is very similar. I could also have given examples of a same country where people "do things differently" (=have a different culture) depending on the region : Belgium (Flanders vs Wallonia), the UK (England isn't Scotland not Northern Ireland !), India (can't compare Kerala and Sikkhim), China (Tibet is hardly similar to Hong Kong)... As a Brit, Hartley ought to have known better.

Maciamo
22-01-07, 13:48
Time to revive this thread.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kenneth_Galbraith)


"Economic and social behaviours are complex, and to comprehend their character is mentally tiring. Therefore we adhere, as though to a raft, to those ideas which represent our understanding."
"It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought."
"The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking."
"Humility is not always compatible with truth."
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
"One of my greatest pleasures in my writing has come from the thought that perhaps my work might annoy someone of comfortably pretentious position. Then comes the realization that such people rarely read."

Kinsao
23-01-07, 16:30
Ooooh, quotations! :-)

"A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.” (Michel de Montaigne)

"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." (John Milton)

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." (Rosalynn Carter)

"Hatred is just a failure of the imagination." (Graham Greene)

"Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have." (Aimee Mullins)

"You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough." (Frank Crane)

"Everyone's brains boilin' in turpentine an' their teeth fallin' out all up an' down the street, that'll just suit me fine..." (Woody Guthrie - Mean Talkin' Blues) :D

P. Courvel
25-07-07, 01:43
"Kids lie all the time, but a man is only as good as his word."

Maciamo
03-11-07, 22:38
A few quotes about religion :


"When you understand why you reject all other gods, you will understand why I reject yours as well."
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." Seneca the Younger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_the_Younger)
"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable. A man full of faith is simply one who has lost (or never had) the capacity for clear and realistic thought. He is not a mere ass; he is actually ill. Worse, he is incurable." Henry Louis Mencken (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Mencken)
"Faith and knowledge are related as the scales of a balance; when one goes up the other goes down. "Arthur Schopenhauer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer)
"Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people."


Some other good stuff of the kind to put on t-shirts or stickers here (http://www.cafepress.com/buy/atheist/-/pg_1/go_0).

Starship
05-11-07, 14:25
Quote:Originally Posted by Maciamo
I suppose that this LP Hartley is American. This just sounds so typically American. When I go to France or Luxembourg, it doesn:t feel like a foreign country at all. Things are done pretty much the same way. I guess that Scandinavians have the same feeling among them.

I think perhaps Hartley was suggesting that a man of 40 may look back at the actions he took when 20 and concider them so strange or out of his present character its as do a complete stranger had done them but a foreign country puts it far more simply and clearly.

Oscar Wilde on his death bed - Either those curtins go or I do.

Voltaire - God is not on the side of the big Battalions but the best shots.

General George Patton - I would prefer 2 German Divisions in front of me than 1 French behind.

EdZiomek
13-12-07, 17:49
"One inch more, I would be king. One inch less, I would be Queen."
Shakespeare, or my wife.
It's a cruel world!

Kinsao
13-12-07, 18:57
One that I'm beginning to empathise with...

"The music business is a cruel & shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves & pimps run free & good men die like dogs for no good reason............there is also a negative side."
(Hunter S Thompson)

Elizabeth van Kampen
17-12-07, 12:29
"Keep your mind busy to accomplish things; keep your mind open to understand things!

Robespierre7
18-12-07, 00:13
“Grau, treur Freund, ist alle Theorie, und grün des Lebens goldner Baum” soit « Grise, cher ami, est toute théorie, et vert l’arbre dorée de la vie » Goethe, Faust

Maciamo
18-11-08, 00:16
Epictetus (55-135) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epictetus)


...you consider yourself to be only one thread of
those which are in the tunic. Well then it was fitting for you to take
care how you should be like the rest of men, just as the thread has no
design to be anything superior to the other threads. But I wish to
be purple, that small part which is bright, and makes all the rest
appear graceful and beautiful. Why then do you tell me to make
myself like the many? and if I do, how shall I still be purple?

Maciamo
14-12-08, 01:13
Here are a few funny ones.


As she lay there dozing next to me, one voice inside my head kept saying, 'Relax..you are not the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients,' but another kept reminding me, 'Howard, you are a veterinarian.'
Dick Wilson
I saw a notice which said 'Drink Canada Dry' and I've just started.
Brendan Behan
(Talking about cars) Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster is a moron.
George Carlin

Maciamo
15-02-09, 14:53
Buddha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha) (or from an anonymous Japanese Zen Buddhist text)


The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.

khatrineluz
17-02-09, 08:41
Edison faile 10,000 times before perfecting the incandescent electric light bulb. The average man would have quit at the first failure. Thats why there are so many "average" men and only one Edison.

jerzy
06-06-09, 01:14
I like and try to use a saying invented by a Polish writer: When you don`t know how to act, act decently.

Maciamo
25-06-09, 19:37
From Ben Goldacre's book Bad Science (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0007240198?ie=UTF8&tag=maciamojapan-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0007240198) :

"I can very happily view posh cosmetics - and other forms of quackery - as a special, self-administered, voluntary tax on people who don't understand science."

Chris
27-06-09, 00:06
The life of an individual has meaning only insofar as it aids making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful. Albert Einstein

euromuslim
30-06-09, 22:32
The best man is the one who is useful to people, the worst man is the one who harms the people. - Muhammad, PBUH(peace be upon him)

euromuslim
30-06-09, 22:34
That what is written persists, that what is memorised is lost. - Mula Mustapha Basheski, Middle age Sarajevo chronicle writer

galychanyn
26-01-10, 19:29
Denn du bist was du isst (You are what you eat)

Maciamo
28-04-10, 12:26
"Battles are gained or lost because the winner is stronger or the loser is weaker; that is obvious. But in the fight between reform and resistance it is not the strength of reform, but the virtue of reason and circumstance, which overcomes resistance. Reform, as distinct from revolution, is no boxing match, nor a football game, nor a contest between past and future, nor a battle between good and evil. It is the importance of circumstance that makes reform possible, and allows reformers to claim that their point of view has the inevitability of logic."

By Henry Hobhouse in Seeds of Change (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0330493167?ie=UTF8&tag=eupedia-21&link_code=as3&camp=2506&creative=9298&creativeASIN=0330493167) (p. 91).

Gwyllgi
28-04-10, 14:55
Denn du bist was du isst (You are what you eat)

Hrmm. There must be a lot of people heavily into oral sex these days.


I rather like "If at first you don't succeed redefine success".

Melusine
01-11-10, 20:44
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backwards to their ancestors
........Edmund Burke


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I........ I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference
............... Robert Frost

Melusine

dmdiannemorales
24-11-10, 05:04
How things look will always depend on how you look at it. :D

Starship
26-11-10, 17:53
If your explaining, your losing.

George Will (Political Pundit in the 1980's)

Maciamo
27-02-11, 14:04
"For the People, Despite the People"

Mustafa Kemal "Atatürk" (motto of his political attitude that would lead to the complete reform and modernisation of Turkey)

Antigone
27-02-11, 17:01
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.
Winston Churchill.

The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.
L.P. Hartley

Antigone
27-02-11, 19:15
Well I should have read the full thread before posting, I see that the LP Hartley quote has already been mentioned and the queries into it's meaning.

The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there is the opening line from the book The Go Between published in 1953. The book begins with and old man reminiscing on his childhood, and the quote doesn't necessarily mean country in the literal sense rather it refers to the past as a place that now feels unfamilar or alien. The changes that a person goes through in a lifetime.

Orchid
25-03-11, 22:21
Little, slight achievements can make us great while great ones can debase us if they are done wrong. - Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński

War never ends for those who fought. - Curzio Malaparte

God, Honour and Homeland. - national motto of Poland

Polish soldier fights for freedom of other nations but dies only for Poland. - inscription on gen. Stanisław Maczek's grave

[People] look for love because deep in their hearts they know only love can make them happy. - John Paul II

Every life , even if it's the least important for other people, has eternal importance for God. - John Paul II

Salvation came through the Cross. - verse of Polish religious song

The man who ranges in No Man's Land is dogged by the shadows on either hand. - James H. Knight-Adkin in No Man's Land poem

cycle
20-07-11, 10:35
There's three ways to do things, the right way, the wrong way and the way that I do it.
- Robert De Niro (Casino movie)

Forgot
19-12-11, 23:30
"Only the died know the end of war" Plato

LeBrok
20-12-11, 00:43
Life is like a box of chocolate.... Just kidding. :)

- Life is one big recycling bin.

And don't forget:
- Life is always about next generation.


I know, I didn't make them the favorite quotations yet by any stretch. I also doubt they ever will be, lacking romanticism which people love so much, but regardless, they burst with raw beauty and flood with essence of life.

Maciamo
11-01-12, 13:13
Horace Mann (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Mann) (1796-1859)


Until you have done something for humanity, you should be ashamed to die.



Francis Galton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Galton) (1822-1911)


Men who leave their mark on the world are very often those who, being gifted and full of nervous power, are at the same time haunted and driven by a dominant idea, and are therefore within a measurable distance of insanity.



J. B. S. Haldane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._S._Haldane) (1892-1964)


Theories have four stages of acceptance. i) this is worthless nonsense; ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view, iii) this is true, but quite unimportant; iv) I always said so.



Richard Dawkins (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dawkins,_Richard) (b. 1941)


To label people as death-deserving enemies because of disagreements about real world politics is bad enough. To do the same for disagreements about a delusional world inhabited by archangels, demons and imaginary friends is ludicrously tragic.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
If there is only one Creator who made the tiger and the lamb, the cheetah and the gazelle, what is He playing at? Is he a sadist who enjoys spectator blood sports?
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.
Gravity is not a version of the truth. It is the truth. Anyone who doubts it is invited to jump out a tenth-storey window.

Eochaidh
11-01-12, 19:36
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." --Samuel Johnson

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." --John F Kennedy - January 20, 1961

"All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land (USA), it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy" --James Madison

"To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, 'Your end of the boat is sinking.'" --Hugh Downs (TV host - USA)

hope
23-03-12, 17:22
"He`s not the messiah..he`s a very naughty boy" !!
Monty Python....." Life of Brian " :)



"Always forgive your enemies...nothing annoys them so much" Oscar Wilde.

Chevalier
29-08-12, 19:34
In reality, the difference is, that the savage lives within himself while social man lives outside himself and can only live in the opinion of others, so that he seems to receive the feeling of his own existence only from the judgement of others concerning him ... in spite of our many fine works on morality, or to show how, everything being reduced to appearances,
there is but art and mummery
in even honour,
friendship,
virtue,
and often vice itself,
of which we at length learn the secret of boasting; to show, in short, how abject we are, and never daring to ask ourselves in the midst of so much philosophy, benevolence, politeness, and of such sublime codes of morality,
we have nothing to show for ourselves but
a frivolous and deceitful appearance,
honour without virtue,
reason without wisdom,
and pleasure without happiness. - Rousseau


Always laugh when you can, it's a cheap medicine. -Byron

by indignities men come to dignities. -Bacon

dony
03-01-14, 21:35
La gloire n’est qu’une fausse monnaie contre laquelle nous sacrifions aux autres notre propre bonheur.
Witold Gombrowicz

Le principal usage que nous faisons de notre amour de la vérité est de nous persuader que ce que nous aimons est vrai.
Pierre Nicole

En peu de temps parfois on fait bien du chemin.
Molière

Ayez pitié. Voyez des âmes dans les choses.
Victor Hugo

Soyez le maître que vous voudriez avoir.
Victor Hugo

Plus on partage, plus on possède. Voilà le miracle.
Léonard Nimoy

Le droit des autres est une concession faite par notre sentiment de puissance au sentiment de puissance de ces autres.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Aucun être ne peut en sauver un autre. Il faut se sauver soi-même.
Herman Melville

Les émotions profondes nous rendent stériles.
Pierre Baillargeon

Je meurs chaque nuit pour ressusciter chaque matin.
Georges Bernanos

Le temps met tout en lumière.
Thalès

De deux douleurs simultanées, la plus forte obscurcit l’autre.
Hippocrate

Les Justes meurent malgré leur justesse, les méchants survivent malgré leur méchanceté.
Jacques Attali

Avant d’être une espérance pour l’avenir, la vie éternelle est, pour le présent, une exigence.
Henri de Lubac

Les amours dont l’objet n’est que beauté physique ne sont pas amour vrai.
Djalal al-dîn Rûmi

Le temps, qui fortifie les amitiés, affaiblit l’amour.
Jean de La Bruyère

L’amitié finit parfois en amour, mais rarement l’amour en amitié.
Charles Caleb Colton

Nous n’avons pas de futur. Pour tout le monde le futur parfait c’est la mort. Notre seul bien c’est le présent, la minute même; celle qui suit n’est déjà plus à nous.
Jean Giono

On ne se prépare pas à la mort, on se sépare de la vie.
Paul Claudel

La mort n’a aucun rapport avec nous ; car ce qui est dissous est insensible, et ce qui est insensible n’a aucun rapport avec nous.
Epicure

L’amitié est toujours profitable, l’amour est parfois nuisible.
Sénèque

Dans un couple, peut-être que l’important n’est pas de vouloir rendre l’autre heureux, c’est de se rendre heureux et d’offrir ce bonheur à l’autre.
Jaques Salomé

Je n’existe que dans la mesure où j’existe pour autrui, et, à la limite : être, c’est aimer.
Emmanuel Mounier

Baltic tribes
05-01-14, 15:54
Otto von Bismarck


Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.
When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice
To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.


Sigmund Freud


The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'What does a woman want?'
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.

Napoleon


Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
All religions have been made by men.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.


Werner Heisenberg


What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

Wernher von Braun
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

Garrick
20-09-14, 17:42
Sigmund Freud


Time spent with cats is never wasted.



Maybe Freud knew for recent findings:

5 Ways Cats Make You Healthier

http://www.rodalenews.com/health-benefits-cats

Angela
21-09-14, 19:42
“Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart
until, in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

Aberdeen
22-09-14, 14:36
"Let us praise then Creation Unfinished." from The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

FBS
25-09-14, 15:17
Maybe Freud knew for recent findings:

5 Ways Cats Make You Healthier

http://www.rodalenews.com/health-benefits-cats

If you do not get toxoplasmosis first :-(

Angela
25-09-14, 15:31
“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”

“We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.”

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.”

“Only the guilty are guilty. Their children are not."

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”

“I don't want my past to become anyone else's future.”


Elie Wiesel.

Angela
07-10-14, 00:00
One of the signatures in my profile is a quote from Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian nationalist and staunch Republican and Democrat.

This is it:
''God has given you your country as cradle, and humanity as mother; you cannot rightly love your brethren of the cradle if you love not the common mother.''
Speech, July 25, 1848, Milan, Italy.

This is an excellent paper.
http://ssai.interno.it/download/allegati1/instrumenta_29_11_viroli.pdf

It is too long for me to translate the whole thing, but I will make a quick, poor attempt at a rough translation of some of the analysis of Mazzini's views.
For Mazzini, the defense of liberty is the supreme obligation. The moral obligations toward humanity come before any obligations to country. Before being citizens of a particular country, we are all human beings. National barriers cannot be invoked to justify an evil morality: the voices of suffering people can still be listened to...However great the cultural differences, the love of liberty makes understanding possible. The suffering of other people may not have the significance for us that it does for them, we can understand it only in part, but this doesn't impede us from participating in their struggle, if we have in our hearts the love of liberty. The love which sustains our commitment to the liberty of our own people sustains also the commitment to defend human dignity.

For Mazzini, there is no contradiction between national politics and international politics. Both must take their inspiration from the love of liberty. Mazzini judged intolerable the situation where the European powers, in the name of patriotism, venerated the liberty of their own countries as sacred, while they systematically violated the rights of other peoples. The love of country, unlike other passions, must proceed from the universal to the particular:

"Adoro la mia patria perché adoro la Patria;
la nostra libertà, perch'io credo nella Libertà;
i nostri diritti, perché credo nel Diritto"

I adore my country because I adore all countries, our liberty because I believe in Liberty, our rights because I believe in the Right.

For Mazzini, proper patriotism stimulates a sentiment of solidarity with all the victims of all oppression.

Jago
03-01-15, 20:37
“I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.” - Oscar Wilde

JinJin
23-07-15, 14:11
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart."(N.M.)

JinJin
23-07-15, 14:12
I also like Oscar Wilde's quotations. There are lots of clever things in his work "Dorian Grey's picture"

draj
29-09-16, 22:35
"A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place...." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

draj
07-10-16, 23:20
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Angela
29-10-16, 18:19
No one reads William Saroyan much anymore, but they should. I don't live up to this, but that's neither here nor there.

"I n the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart. Be the inferior of no man, nor of any man be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man’s guilt is not yours, nor is any man’s innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle, but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret. In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it."

medic
21-04-17, 09:46
For me:
If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.

tivali
10-08-17, 11:06
"A facillity for quotation covers for the absence of origional thought."

Salento
10-08-17, 13:18
"If it's not right don't do it;
If it's not true don't say it"
-Marco Aurelio-

"Vivi e Lascia Vivere"
"Live and Let Live"
-?-


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Jovialis
25-10-17, 16:43
“The ancient oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.” -Socrates

rove
27-10-17, 19:49
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." Albert Einstein

"Nationalism is an infantile sickness. It is the measles of the human race." Albert Einstein

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed." Albert Einstein


"I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow." ecclesiastes (King Solomon)

Miss Marple's nephew
28-10-17, 21:57
"The Sun readers don't care who runs the country as long as she's got big tits."
Bernard Woolley


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGscoaUWW2M

Wheal
28-10-17, 22:34
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
~Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
~Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
~It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
~She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped.

And after working in Wash D.C. for a few years...

George W. Bush (1946 - )
~You know what's interesting about Washington? It's the kind of place where second-guessing has become second nature.

ΠΑΝΑΞ
29-10-17, 11:09
.I remember when I was kid spend a lot of time to my godgathers store, a laboratory and shop of pastry leaves. My father was working there and I was helping him often, I remember sometimes doing also my homework for school there, it was a bench back to the warehouse of the prime materials which I used for my desk, at the mid-day siesta I was sleeping up on the sacks of flour... That's what fed my dreams... The smell of the flour, the sweat of the working men, their white dresses (aprons;), their smiles and the tunes of an old radio reciever back to the laboratoty.
At the front of the store was a hall for the customers, opposite of the big glass shop window and entrance of the store were some huge silver refrigerators with big handles and an amazing open-close sound, not similar but perfect like those of a "zippo" ligther. Left and right there were the counter benches, the walls both sides were full covered with -hundreds -handprinted quotations. The one wall had the ancient ones and the other the moderns...


From the ancient ones:
ΠΑΝ ΜΕΤΡΟΝ ΑΡΙΣΤΟΝ / PAN METRON ARISTON
Ι have the feeling won't need any translation, but I will give a shot metaphorically: It means to have the "perfect balance" or the "divine status" in short terms. Something like the sacred -Fibonacci- number, and that is the number Φ,φ (F,f) with a lot of extended approach. The main and common approach of the essential meaning is a balance beetween opposites, but nature (Pan) dont necessary finds stability beetween absolut opposites in dynamic but as well also, beetween "major" and "minor" opponents and issues in contrast. Actually they are three words medicine for every case, "all weather" ,and yes they sound perfect. (At least for me)


From the modern:
..."παραπονιόμουν που δεν είχα παπούτσια, εως ότου είδα κάποιον χωρίς πόδια".../
...."I was complaining that I had no shoes until I saw someone without feet"... (Menelaus Lountemis from his book " A kid counting the stars") It is a good rememberance not to be ;querolous; queasy; murmurers;


I also like my signature ΤΕΛΕΥΤΑ ΑΛΥΠΟΣ (Τelefta Alypos) which means: "end without sorrow" which dont necessary means "happy end" but defines at best -I consider- the spirit of stoicicism.

ΠΑΝΑΞ
29-10-17, 11:40
“The ancient oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.” -Socrates

At least -we- know something... That Socrates dont know nothing. :grin:
Isn;t it funny; if not strange that a lot of people consider him as the foundation rock of western civilization?


A man which dont know..; While we -modern people- struggle to conviece others and us that we know something and usually well enough?
It is a good indication for how we percieve the past, I think...


An unconfirmed anecdote purports that Xanthippe was once so enraged with her husband that she took a chamber pot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamber_pot) and poured it out over Socrates' head, which – according to the tale – the philosopher accepted with the allegory: “After thunder comes the rain.” :laughing:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Socrates_and_Xanthippe.jpg/250px-Socrates_and_Xanthippe.jpg


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanthippe



An other anecdote from him is:
"When you find a good wife you are happy, but if you dont you are a philosopher"... :embarassed:

Jovialis
23-11-17, 14:45
"If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it."

-Genesis 4:7

Dr Daniel Junglehart
30-05-18, 03:24
“Some secrets shouldn’t be known and if you know them you should never tell.”
No idea who said it but that sums up my family makes me wonder about the rest of the world.

Angela
31-05-18, 19:09
"And the hits just keep on coming". Favorite saying of my best friend Ruth. Apt for today. :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQZqJ_-WAO8

Salento
31-05-18, 20:30
Albert Einstein:

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Salento
31-05-18, 21:10
Unknown:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

———————-

V. Lenin?
A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Salento
31-05-18, 21:37
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
D. T.

Johane Derite
31-05-18, 21:55
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.

- Pablo Neruda

hrvclv
31-05-18, 22:21
To be in hell is to drift ; to be in heaven is to steer. (GB Shaw, Man and Superman)

I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it. That is the law of my life. That is the working within me of Life's incessant aspiration to higher organisation, wider, deeper, intenser self-consciousness and clearer self-understanding. (Shaw. Man and Superman)

Life is not so important as the duties of life. (John Randolph of Roanoke)

Men at some time are masters of their fate: / The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
(Julius Caesar. Shakespeare)

They were men enough to face the darkness. (Conrad. Heart of Darkness) [In context, that darkness is the darkness of the jungle, but also the darkness lurking in the depths of men's heart, the instincts of domination and cruelty ]

The mind that has conceived a plan of living should never lose sight of the chaos against which that pattern was conceived.
(Ralph Ellison. Invisible man)

Of things whereof we have no certain knowledge, we ought to regulate our assent and moderate our persuasion. (John Locke)

But one thing I am sure of : we live by our lights, we die by our lights, and whoever the high gods may be, we'll look them in the eye without apology. (Walker Percy. The Moviegoer)

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. (Winston Churchill)

They lived and laughed and loved and left. (James Joyce, Finnegans Wake)

It was in the reign of George III that the above-named personages lived and quarrelled ; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now. (W. M. Thackeray, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon)

hrvclv
31-05-18, 22:27
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

(William Ernest Henley. Invictus)

Salento
31-05-18, 22:35
​“Et tu, Brute?”

Pronunciation:

https://youtu.be/KJOO_7Kcluk

———————

Meglio soli che male accompagnati.
(Better alone than in bad Company)

Angela
31-05-18, 23:14
To be in hell is to drift ; to be in heaven is to steer. (GB Shaw, Man and Superman)

I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it. That is the law of my life. That is the working within me of Life's incessant aspiration to higher organisation, wider, deeper, intenser self-consciousness and clearer self-understanding. (Shaw. Man and Superman)

Life is not so important as the duties of life. (John Randolph of Roanoke)

Men at some time are masters of their fate: / The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
(Julius Caesar. Shakespeare)

They were men enough to face the darkness. (Conrad. Heart of Darkness) [In context, that darkness is the darkness of the jungle, but also the darkness lurking in the depths of men's heart, the instincts of domination and cruelty ]

The mind that has conceived a plan of living should never lose sight of the chaos against which that pattern was conceived.
(Ralph Ellison. Invisible man)

Of things whereof we have no certain knowledge, we ought to regulate our assent and moderate our persuasion. (John Locke)

But one thing I am sure of : we live by our lights, we die by our lights, and whoever the high gods may be, we'll look them in the eye without apology. (Walker Percy. The Moviegoer)

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. (Winston Churchill)

They lived and laughed and loved and left. (James Joyce, Finnegans Wake)

It was in the reign of George III that the above-named personages lived and quarrelled ; good or bad, handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they are all equal now. (W. M. Thackeray, The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon)

They're all good, but these in particular speak to me:

Life is not so important as the duties of life. (John Randolph of Roanoke)

They were men enough to face the darkness. (Conrad. Heart of Darkness) [In context, that darkness is the darkness of the jungle, but also the darkness lurking in the depths of men's heart, the instincts of domination and cruelty

They lived and laughed and loved and left. (James Joyce, Finnegans Wake)

A few of my own. Yes, I keep a list. A tip from one of my prep school teachers. It's like a chart of my life experiences in some ways.

These are all from Camus:

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."

"A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world."

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants."

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."


@Johane,
I adore Neruda...

"
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way than this:

where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. ”"

"“Only do not forget, if I wake up crying
it's only because in my dream I'm a lost child

hunting through the leaves of the night for your hands....”

Sonnet 11 is so beautiful, but perhaps too intimate for this forum...

hrvclv
31-05-18, 23:24
Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are born to Sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night.
(William Blake - Auguries of Innocence)

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixed;
But Fate does iron wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.
(A. Marvell)

How far that little candle throws its beams:
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
(Shakespeare - Merchant of Venice)

While there is one untrodden tract
For intellect or will,
And men are free to think and act,
Life is worth living still.
(Alfred Austin)

For this is Wisdom; to love, to live
To take what fate, or the Gods may give.
To ask no question, to make no prayer,
To kiss the lips and caress the hair,
Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow
To have, - to hold - and - in time, - let go!
(Laurence Hope - The Teak Forest)

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.
(C. Sandburg. Remembrance Rock)

Sile
31-05-18, 23:47
Don't argue with an idiot, they bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Angela
01-06-18, 00:24
Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are born to Sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night.
(William Blake - Auguries of Innocence)

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixed;
But Fate does iron wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.
(A. Marvell)

How far that little candle throws its beams:
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
(Shakespeare - Merchant of Venice)

While there is one untrodden tract
For intellect or will,
And men are free to think and act,
Life is worth living still.
(Alfred Austin)

For this is Wisdom; to love, to live
To take what fate, or the Gods may give.
To ask no question, to make no prayer,
To kiss the lips and caress the hair,
Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow
To have, - to hold - and - in time, - let go!
(Laurence Hope - The Teak Forest)

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.
(C. Sandburg. Remembrance Rock)

I too vacillate between believing in fate and in man's control of his own destiny. :)

Angela
01-06-18, 00:39
Ten John Donne poems everyone should read, especially lovers. Pretty good for a priest...pretty good for anyone.

https://interestingliterature.com/2016/02/23/10-john-donne-poems-everyone-should-read/

If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be his valediction of his wife Anne on her passing. The following is more famous, however.

He is always a master at fusing the physical and the metaphysical, erotic and spiritual imagery.

"Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then?
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die."

hrvclv
01-06-18, 00:54
I too vacillate between believing in fate and in man's control of his own destiny. :)

Yes... it all depends who/what you are faced with. Remember your Shakespeare. Sometimes, values and virtues will make a difference :

"- Claudius : What shall stay you? - Laertes : My will, not all the world's." (Hamlet)

But when Fate strikes, life is no more than "a tale told by an idiot [...] signifying nothing." (Macbeth)

All you can do then is "Shut up and hold on" (not Shakespeare, this time. Just a personal motto I caught a glimpse of on the licence plate of an automobile somewhere in New Mexico years ago)

Angela
01-06-18, 01:04
Yes... it all depends who/what you are faced with. Remember your Shakespeare. Sometimes, values and virtues will make a difference :

"- Claudius : What shall stay you? - Laertes : My will, not all the world's." (Hamlet)

But when Fate strikes, life is no more than "a tale told by an idiot [...] signifying nothing." (Macbeth)

All you can do then is "Shut up and hold on" (not Shakespeare, this time. Just a personal motto I caught a glimpse of on the licence plate of an automobile somewhere in New Mexico years ago)

Shut up and hold on may become my new motto. :)

Sounds like a Clint Eastwood saying.

Salento
01-06-18, 01:33
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.


- Benjamin Franklin -

————————-
The End
———————

paul333
01-06-18, 16:48
Not the most favourite but has to be the most 'shortsighted'. "Peace for our time" 30th Sept 1938 by Neville Chamberlain, shortly before the most deadliest war in history began, within a year of this statement, with over 60,000,000 deaths

Jovialis
11-06-18, 16:38
"If you find something very difficult to achieve yourself, don't imagine it impossible- for anything possible and proper for another person can be achieved as easily by you"

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.19

This comes from a book I was given, entitled "The Daily Stoic". It has a lot of great quotes. Notably, many are from Marcus Aurelius:

https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Daily_Stoic.html?id=JxNvDQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false

Wheal
11-06-18, 16:43
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
― Robert Frost (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7715.Robert_Frost)

Alcuin
11-06-18, 22:04
General Sir Charles Napier (conqueror and Governor of Sindh)

Napier opposed suttee, or sati. This was the custom of burning a widow alive on the funeral pyre of her husband. Sati was rare in Sindh during the time Napier stayed in this region. Napier judged that the immolation was motivated by profits for the priests, and when told of an actual Sati about to take place, he informed those involved that he would stop the sacrifice. The priests complained to him that this was a customary religious rite, and that customs of a nation should be respected. As recounted by his brother William, he replied:

"Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs"

ruskabajka
25-07-18, 14:53
"There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families."
Margaret Thacher

Angela
01-10-18, 17:54
Just another thing that old white men got right.

John Adams on our legal system:

https://cdn.quotesgram.com/small/59/49/611144047-c66cfb422ba85386ee9158e86dd832f5904faf3e0795712f2b ddbe6ffc40adb5.jpg

From "A Few Good Men":

"It doesn't matter what I believe; it only matters what I can prove."

Angela
01-10-18, 18:50
Just another thing that old white men got right.

John Adams on our legal system:

https://cdn.quotesgram.com/small/59/49/611144047-c66cfb422ba85386ee9158e86dd832f5904faf3e0795712f2b ddbe6ffc40adb5.jpg

From "A Few Good Men":

"It doesn't matter what I believe; it only matters what I can prove."

Forgot the best one: Vinne, in "My Cousin Vinny".

"Everything they just said is B.S. I rest my case." :)

Jovialis
02-01-19, 01:37
"love all, trust a few, do wrong to none" -William Shakespeare

Salento
02-01-19, 03:51
“A stu Mundu nu tieni nienzi, se nu llu tiri cu lli tienti.”
In this World you’ll have nothing, if you don't pull it with your teeth.

“Mpara nn'arte e mintila te parte.”
Learn a manual trade and put it aside. (Just in case all this school stuff doesn’t work out)

Grandpa said so. :grin:

Salento
03-01-19, 05:15
“Ci se uanta sulu, nun bale nù pasulu!”

Who brags about himself, is not worth a bean!

1claire
13-03-19, 06:24
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

mitty
14-03-19, 00:45
"He wore the unmistakable look of a man about to be present at a row between women, and only a wet cat in a strange backyard bears itself with less jauntiness than a man faced by such a prospect."

From the novel 'Piccadilly Jim' by P.G. Wodehouse.

sofitofi
07-05-19, 10:55
Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

Salzburg
08-07-19, 14:35
"A fish with his mouth closed never gets cought"

Salento
08-07-19, 18:54
A Fish with his mouth closed turns into Sushi by my Speargun!

Salento
11-07-19, 19:21
”Excusatio non petita, accusatio manifesta” Latin

“Chi si scusa, si accusa" Italian

“He who excuses himself, accuses himself” American :grin:

torzio
11-07-19, 20:23
Do not argue with an idiot, they bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Salento
11-07-19, 21:46
”Stupid is as Stupid does” 😉

12-07-19, 00:12
“I’m glad I’m not young anymore!” - Maurice Chevalier in “Gigi”

This sounds better in Latin, "ego sum ego sum laetus iam puer"

Angela
21-07-19, 18:24
We live in our physical bodies like lobsters in the sea, struggling all our lives to reach outside our shells to touch something else, even for some fraction a second, and transcend our isolation.

Jovialis
03-11-19, 23:42
“To be a scientist is to be naive. We are so focused on our search for truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it. But it is always there whether we see it or not, whether we choose to or not. The truth doesn’t care about our needs or wants—it doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions—to lie in wait for all time. This at last is the gift of Chernobyl. Where I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask what is the cost of lies.”

-Valery Legasov

Salento
04-12-19, 01:30
... doing the same thing over and over ... is the definition of ... INSANITY! :grin:

Salento
10-03-20, 06:28
- What we do now echoes in Eternity.

- You have power over your mind - not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.


Marcus Aurelius

hrvclv
11-03-20, 13:30
We live in our physical bodies like lobsters in the sea, struggling all our lives to reach outside our shells to touch something else, even for some fraction a second, and transcend our isolation.

Locked In
by Ingemar Gustafson

All my life I lived in a coconut.
It was cramped and dark.
Especially in the morning when I had to shave.
But what pained me most was that I had no way
to get into touch with the outside world.
If no one out there happened to find the coconut,
If no one cracked it, then I was doomed
to live all my life in the nut, and maybe even die there.
I died in the coconut.
A couple of years later they found the coconut,
cracked it, and found me shrunk and crumpled inside.
“What an accident!”
“If only we had found it earlier...”
“Then maybe we could have saved him.”
“Maybe there are more of them locked in like that.”
“Whom we might be able to save,”
they said, and started knocking to pieces every coconut
within reach.
No use! Meaningless! A waste of time!
A person who chooses to live in a coconut!
Such a nut is one in a million!
But I have a brother-in-law who
lives in an
acorn.

Salento
12-03-20, 19:36
https://youtu.be/SpdVgcuXGgc

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3f/Statua_Marco_Aurelio_Musei_Capitolini_Fronte2.JPG/180px-Statua_Marco_Aurelio_Musei_Capitolini_Fronte2.JPG

Angela
13-03-20, 00:52
Devotions-by John Donne



'No Man is an Island'No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Salento
17-03-20, 04:14
The World has gone Insane ... for real :)

- The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the Insane - :grin:

M. A.

Duarte
17-03-20, 16:46
Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarming. Everything we do after it will seem insufficient. Stay at home.

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hrvclv
17-03-20, 18:19
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. (Martin Luther)

Angela
17-03-20, 19:52
Il riso fa buon sangue e bel viso.

Laughter makes you healthy (good blood) and beautiful.

Da quei tai che non ridon mai - stai lontan come dai guai.

Stay away from those who never laugh; they're trouble.

Jovialis
23-03-20, 05:35
To know thyself is the beginning of all wisdom.

Salento
24-03-20, 18:22
Stop! ... and pay extra attention to proposed legislations during emergencies:

“You Never Want a Serious Crisis to Go to Waste”

Rahm Emanuel


https://youtu.be/1yeA_kHHLow

Jovialis
18-12-20, 05:30
Arrogance is a lack of erudition.

MarkSabier14
03-02-21, 19:20
“The reason most people fail instead of succeed is they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

Salento
18-02-21, 17:04
When I was 17, my father was so stupid, .... when I was 24, I was amazed at how much the old man had learned in just 7 years.

Mark Twain

lol :laughing: