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Quotations 2

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Pro and Con

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Apr 2, 2018, 5:34am Top

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

-attributed to Albert Einstein

May 23, 2018, 3:37am Top

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;
how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.
There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.

Mr. Rogers

May 23, 2018, 7:24am Top

Sincerity is the key! If you can fake that, you've got it made.

Groucho Marx

Jun 5, 2018, 12:07pm Top

Vanity it is, to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well.

Thomas a Kempis

Jun 21, 2018, 10:15am Top

'Mais il n'est sy belle fleur qui ne seiche, ne beaulte qui ne passe, ne sy bonne feste qui ne preigne fin',

'But there is no flower so beautiful it does not wilt, no beauty so great it does not pass, no party so fun it does not end',

La geste du Chevalier au Cygne, 1465-1473

Jul 17, 2018, 11:09am Top

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

― Mark Twain

Aug 24, 2018, 12:31pm Top

Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word.
It means they learned it by reading.


Sep 1, 2018, 5:16pm Top

John’s voice will always come as a whisper over our shoulder: We’re better than this. America is better than this.

--George W. Bush (John McCain's eulogy)

Sep 2, 2018, 9:49am Top

I cannot picture Uncle Sam as a supine, white-livered, flabby-muscled old man, cooling his heels in the shade of our tariff walls.

--Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Sep 5, 2018, 9:44pm Top

A gentleman is as concerned with seeking what is good as an ordinary man is in seeking what is profitable.

Sep 5, 2018, 9:46pm Top

Enough is as good as a feast.

-Charlotte Bronte

Oct 21, 2018, 9:27am Top

You cannot bring facts to a Trump tweetstorm.

--Julio Ricardo Varela

Nov 9, 2018, 7:21am Top

La forêt peut être pleine de prédateurs, mais vous pouvez toujours entendre le son des oiseaux chanteurs.
--as tweeted by Hugh MacDonald

Microsoft translation:
The forest can be full of predators, but you can still hear the sound of songbirds.

Nov 9, 2018, 6:26pm Top

>13 margd:

My brain would translate it as "... may be full of predators ..."

Nov 9, 2018, 6:46pm Top

“Keep me by you,” he said. It was almost a prayer, but like most of us he prayed for one thing, and set his life on course for elsewhere.

– Jeanette Winterson Lighthouse Keeping, p 89

Nov 9, 2018, 6:53pm Top

What is freedom, after all, if it is not the freedom to be one's self?

– Deborah Rudacille The Riddle of Gender, concluding sentence.

Nov 10, 2018, 6:46pm Top

>11 madpoet:
That's an old proverb, long predating Bronte. For one thing there's a 16th century play by that title and it wasn't new then. But kudos to Charlotte for recalling it...

Nov 11, 2018, 12:04am Top

A quote for this particular day:

In 1917, the senior mistress of Bournemouth High School for Girls stood up in front of the assembled sixth form (nearly all of whom were dressed in mourning for some member of their family) and announced to them: ‘I have come to tell you a terrible fact. Only one out of 10 of you girls can ever hope to marry. This is not a guess of mine. It is a statistical fact. Nearly all the men who might have married you have been killed.’ A former pupil recalled: ‘How right she was.’

– Virginia Nicholson. Singled out: how two million women survived without men after the First World War

Nov 11, 2018, 12:43am Top

>18 librorumamans:

Indeed how right she was. And growing up in England in the 1950s and '60s that generation of unmarried women of a certain age was still very noticeable.

Nov 11, 2018, 10:05am Top

>19 johnthefireman:

And in Canada as well. I also remember the maimed men selling pencils and notions door-to-door and in the street.

Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 10:34am Top

The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.
― Abraham Lincoln

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
― Winston S. Churchill

(via altNOAA)

Dec 14, 2018, 10:38am Top

>21 margd:

Painfully pertinent quotes.

Jan 29, 11:38am Top

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline,
one with three matches, the other with five.

- Carl Sagan

Feb 12, 10:56am Top

>23 margd:

I am reminded also of an African proverb: When elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.

Feb 12, 2:10pm Top

>21 margd:

The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office & sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.
― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

By any reasonable measure, both W.J. Clinton and Barack Obama have to qualify as 'crowd-pleasers' doing to their gullible fans exactly what Thompson describes; so you may add a coda to this sorry observation about the poor bastards: even as they cite this comment of H. S. Thompson as an example to others, they're too fucking dumb to recognize themselves as no less victims than those against whom they fling this little moral lesson.

>21 margd: is an exercise in scape-goating Trump, pure and simple.

Feb 12, 6:39pm Top

"Sometimes the people God uses aren't the one we
see as most important. They don't come from where we
expect. and they may not look significant.
--The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma

Edited: Feb 13, 10:26pm Top

"...an African proverb:" (24)

and I am reminded of a Jewish proverb, which I'll repeat,
even though I've put it onto some thread fairly recently:

"A Schlechter* Shalom is besser wie a guter krieg." = A BAD peace is
better than a GOOD war."

*correct spelling of the Yiddish NOT GUARANTEED

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