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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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

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    From Ben Goldacre's book Bad Science :

    "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."

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    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)

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    That what is written persists, that what is memorised is lost. - Mula Mustapha Basheski, Middle age Sarajevo chronicle writer

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    Denn du bist was du isst (You are what you eat)

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    "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 (p. 91).

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    Quote Originally Posted by galychanyn View Post
    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".
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    People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backwards to their ancestors
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    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I........ I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference
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    "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)

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    Life is like a box of chocolate.... Just kidding. :)

    - Life is one big recycling bin.

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    - 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.

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    Horace Mann (1796-1859)

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



    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 (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 (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.
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