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Steve Jobs

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

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Lenny Bruce

"The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only what is."


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Martin Luther King Jr.

”The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific and religious freedom have always been nonconformists. In any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist!”


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Spirits in the Material World

Our so-called leaders speak
With words they try to jail you
They subjugate the meek
But it's the rhetoric of failure

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John Dryden

He trudged along unknowing what he sought, And whistled as he went, for want of thought.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

"Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change."

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Dagmar Godowsky

I lived only for pleasure and I spoiled my own fun. Where was I running? From whom? Little feet running around the globe. Nothing but circles, and I never once bumped into myself.

Dagmar was a Silent Film Actress and I relate so much to that quote.


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Fransisco Goya

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels."

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Great moment in a great movie


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Rabindranath Tagore

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”


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Today's Mood

"I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren"

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Brock Peters, Star Trek: DS9, Far Beyond the Stars

You are the dreamer and the dream.

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Leonard Cohen, RIP

I did my best,
it wasn't much
I couldn't feel,
so I tried to touch
I've told the truth,
I didn't come to fool you
And even though
it all went wrong
I'll stand before
the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue
but Hallelujah

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Ross Clark, just after rain

just after rain
when the water lies hesitant and pure
on the roads and footpaths
and a few cars still have their lights on just after rain
when the frontyard trees sweat the last drops
from their chlorophyll brows
and the air is promise-crammed and light
and there are apparently more towers
in the distant city-centre than before just after rain
when the pets emerge from under houses
and overlong browsers from within shops… just after rain
we breathe in deeply and effortlessly
we enjoy watching where we put our feet
as we jaunt home just after rain
there is no other time that is not
just after rain-


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H.L. Mencken, from A Mencken Chrestomathy

"Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds? There was a time when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus. But where in all the world is there a man who worships Jupiter today? And who of Huitzilopochtli? In one year - and it is no more than five hundred years ago - 50,000 youths and maidens were slain in sacrifice to him. Today, if he is remembered at all, it is only by some vagrant savage in the depths of the Mexican forest. Huitzilopochtli, like many other gods, had no human father; his mother was a virtuous widow; he was born of an apparently innocent flirtation that she carried out with the sun. When he frowned, his father, the sun, stood still. When he roared with rage, earthquakes engulfed whole cities. When he thirsted he was watered with 10,000 gallons of human blood. But today Huitzilopochtli is as magnificently forgotten as Allen G. Thurman. Once the peer of Allah, Buddha and Wotan, he is now the peer of Richmond P. Hobson, Alton B. Parker, Adelina Patti, General Weyler and Tom Sharkey. Speaking of Huitzilopochtli recalls his brother Tezcatlipoca. Tezcatlipoca was almost as powerful; he consumed 25,000 virgins a year.Lead me to his tomb: I would weep, and hang a couronne des perles. But who knows where it is? Or where the grave of Quetzalcoatl is? Or Xiuhtecuhtli? Or Centeotl, that sweet one? Or Tlazolteotl, the goddess of love? Of Mictlan? Or Xipe? Or all the host of Tzitzimitl? Where are their bones? Where is the willow on which they hung their harps? In what forlorn and unheard-of Hell do they await their resurrection morn? Who enjoys their residuary estates? Or that of Dis, whom Caesar found to be the chief god of the Celts? Of that of Tarves, the bull? Or that of Moccos, the pig? Or that of Epona, the mare? Or that of Mullo, the celestial jackass? There was a time when the Irish revered all these gods, but today even the drunkest Irishman laughs at them. But they have company in oblivion: the Hell of dead gods is as crowded as the Presbyterian Hell for babies. Damona is there, and Esus, and Drunemeton, and Silvana, and Dervones, and Adsullata, and Deva, and Bellisima, and Uxellimus, and Borvo, and Grannos, and Mogons. All mighty gods in their day, worshipped by millions, full of demands and impositions, able to bind and loose - all gods of the first class. Men labored for generations to build vast temples to them - temples with stones as large as hay-wagons. The business of interpreting their whims occupied thousands of priests, bishops, archbishops. To doubt them was to die, usually at the stake. Armies took to the field to defend them against infidels; villages were burned, women and children butchered, cattle were driven off. Yet in the end they all withered and died, and today there is none so poor to do them reverence. What has become of Sutekh, once the high god of the whole Nile Valley? What has become of:
Resheph
Anath
Ashtoreth
El
Nergal
Nebo
Ninib
Melek
Ahijah
Isis
Ptah
Anubis
Baal
Astarte
Hadad
Addu
Shalem
Dagon
Sharaab
Yau
Amon-Re
Osiris
Sebek
Molech?
All there were gods of the highest eminence. Many of them are mentioned with fear and trembling in the Old Testament. They ranked, five or six thousand years ago, with Yahweh Himself; the worst of them stood far higher than Thor. Yet they have all gone down the chute, and with them the following:
Bilé
Ler
Arianrhod
Morrigu
Govannon
Gunfled
Sokk-mimi
Nemetona
Dagda
Robigus
Pluto
Ops
Meditrina
Vesta
You may think I spoof. That I invent the names. I do not. Ask the rector to lend you any good treatise on comparative religion: You will find them all listed. They were gods of the highest standing and dignity-gods of civilized peoples-worshiped and believed in by millions. All were omnipotent, omniscient and immortal. And all are dead."

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Christopher Cross, Ride Like The Wind, 1980

It is the night.
My body’s weak.
I’m on the run.
No time to sleep.
I’ve got to ride—
Ride like the wind—
To be free again.


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REM

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. How about you?

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Eeyore, of Winnie the Pooh fame

We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it.

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Captain Benjamin Sisko

There comes a time in every man's life when he must stop thinking and start doing.

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Darling, We're the Young Ones

Woman:Do you dig graves?
Neil:Yeah, yeah, they're all right, yeah.


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River Tam

People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.

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Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport)

Just once on Father's Day I wish my kids would give me a #1 Dad mug instead of one with my actual ranking.

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Helen Keller

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

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Best sentence in today's newspaper

"It doesn't matter if it's not for sure," Jinan said.


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Dr Suess

From there to here
From here to there
Funny things are everywhere.

Smile! That's an order.


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With liberties from Dr Heckyll and Mr Jive

[Tom] works late at the laboratory
Where things are not as they seem.
He wishes nothing more desperately
Than to fulfill all his dreams.
Letting loose with a scream in the dead of night
As he's breaking new ground.
Trying his best to unlock all the secrets
But he's not sure what he's found.
He is his own little guinea pig
'Cuz they all think he's mad.
Sets his sights on the search of a lifetime
And he's never, never sad.

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The oath

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern's light!

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Maya Angelou

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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Pierce Hawthorne from Community

I'll show you the tool that's most important to our survival… but fair warning, it's my penis.


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Lazy Sunday

Wake up in the late afternoon
Call Parnell just to see how he's doin'
Hello? What up, Parns?
Yo, Samberg, what's crackin'?
You thinkin' what I'm thinkin'? Narnia!

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Some Days…

Some days goes your way
You're on a roll you can't explain
And then it all goes down the drain
Your cat's hit by a car
The ATM eats your card
You're wondering what changed from yesterday
Save me from, from going mental
Save me from just spinning out

Some days are better than lovers
Some days you just can't figure out
Some days you can't explain

My best friend and me one night
Were drinkin' at Pete's on Crescent Height
Just like that we end up in a fight
Like a yo-yo up and down
You're headin' north, you end up south

Save me from, from going mental
Save me from just spinning out

Some days are better than lovers
Some days you just can't figure out
Some days are better than others
You can't explain some days away
Someday

Save me from, from going mental
Save me from spinning out

Some days are better
Some days are never
Some days, whatever

Some days are better than lovers
Some days you just can't figure out
Some days are better than others
Some days you just can't get out
Someday...

with thanks to Meredith Brooks


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Thrilling

It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed'Cause this is thriller.

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Death, War and the Mercenary

Vive la mort, vive la guerre,
vive le sacre mercenaire.

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox from Voice of the Voiceless

"So many gods
So many creeds
That wind and wind,
While just the art
Of being kind
Is all the sad world needs."

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Wordsworth

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám by Edward Fitzgerald

But helpless pieces in the game He plays upon this chequer-board of Nights and Days He hither and thither moves, and checks … and slays, then one by one, back in the closet lays. The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ, moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.

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Maximillian Cohen

"9:22, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun, so once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood"

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Niebuhr, The Irony of American History

We take, and must continue to take, morally hazardous actions to preserve our civilization. We must exercise our power. But we ought neither to believe that a nation is capable of perfect disinterestedness in its exercise, nor become complacent about a particular degree of interest and passion which corrupt the justice by which the exercise of power is legitimatized.

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MLK

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. the law.

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Lao Tzu from the Tao Te Ching

The more regulations there are, the poorer the people. The more weapons there are, the greater the chaos.

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Colonel Davy Crockett, Explorer and Congressman (1786-1836)

"Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have."

Fuck anyone that tells me to give up anything out of fear. Terrorism scares me far less than my own government slowly peeling my freedoms away, one onion layer at a time.


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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote, published in 1604

Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, "Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless."

Sometimes I worry that I identify too greatly with the Ingenious Knight of La Mancha. It's not that I think the world doesn't need people willing to tilt at giants, real and imagined, but rather that things didn't end well for the Don.

In the end, Quixote is left disillusioned with humanity---his fleeting bliss fading in favor of a solemn sanity while he turns his back on the very civility that once gave his life meaning. He dies melancholy, hopeless, and broken.

I'm not down with that part.


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Ron Paul Cured My Apathy

This is a solid video. Watch it:

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." ~ George Washington, First President of the United States of America


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A Quote by James D. Nicoll

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."

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George Bernard Shaw (Writer, 1856-1950)

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."

Read it and work through its implications.


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Your Moment of Zen

"People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil."
~ Kahlil Gibran (Essayist, Novelist and Poet. 1883-1931)

Meditate on that as you watch the accompanying movie I've selected:


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"Make Up" or "Make Believe"

There too he sculptured a broad fallow field
Of soft rish mould, thrice ploughed, and over which
Walked many a ploughman, guiding to and fro
His steers, and when on their return they reached
The border of the field the master came
To meet them, placing in the hands of each
a goblet of rich wine. Then turned they back
Along the furrows, diligent to reach
Their distant end. All dark behind the plough
The ridges lay, a marvel to the sight.

Like the field in the quote above from Homer's Illiad, women in the media are made into an image of beauty. It is not the dirt in the field we find beautiful nor the woman under the makeup, but rather it is the beauty, even the dignity, that our culture bestows on them that makes them pleasing to us. Aesthetic beauty and moral beauty are not easily distinguished. Like the education of our children, we move purposefully from a natural to a cultural state. It's what we do. We transform nature. We make it in our self-image as we perceive it, and when it gets too hard to do on our own, we ask for help---from ploughmen, makeup artists, painters...and each other.

I was leaving the building for the day. A co-worker was leaving at the same time. When we saw each other standing up, we gave our daily good bye's, put on our coats and left our cubes. Hollywood would have the decency to fade to black at this point, but real life is not so interested in transforming nature. No, we'd said all that needed saying. We both got up and left. Problem is, we both went the same way. So now, we are walking to the parking lot together in an awkward silence. No script was prepared. No protocol readied us for the silent walk out. I said, "So it's not so easy to get rid of me, is it?" We laughed. The moment was rescued from reality and given a cultural context---hence a beauty. As a species, we don't like ugly.

So, what does it mean to say someone is a human? I suppose it depends on who you ask, but I would argue that we are not merely complex bipedal mammal. Being human is more than that. It's about stopping to enjoy a warm fire in a winter chill, it's about having a dream, seeking out the things that are pleasing. Being human is about enjoying the beauty that we, each of us, adds to the world in which we live. I could be crass about the Hollywood makeovers in the video above, but I think I'll just be grateful to the directors, the artists, designers, scriptwriters, and air-brushers who are trying to give us a little bit more beautiful world than the one in which we find ourselves. I don't see anything wrong with that.


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Dear Mr Vernon

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are.
You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal.
Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club.

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Robert Brault, writer (1938- )

"Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true."


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Robert E. Howard has enviably lyrical prose

In this world men struggle and suffer vainly, finding pleasure only in the bright madness of battle ... Let me live deep where I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay and am content.

Spoken by Conan in Queen of the Black Coast


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Because every guy reading this can relate

"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Columbian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad."

A snippet of infinite coolness from the book Snow Crash. What guy reading this doesn't agree? Pretty cool book.


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Chuck Jones, The Scarlet Pumpernickel

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?"


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Fred "Mr." Rogers

"The secret of life is that when you are with another person---whether in the flesh or on the phone---is to make sure that other person does not feel alone."

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Sir Winston Churchill

"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."

Said in a speech at Harvard University, September 6, 1943. Fairly prophetic, I'd say.


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Ed Nather, professor of astronomy at UT Austin

"A University without students is like an ointment without a fly."


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The price of employment

Every day's another loss
Need the pay so please the boss
Through the sludge they mingle by the mile
Every worker looks ahead
Ah the kiddies must be fed
So they trudge along in single file

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Honore de Balzac, novelist (1799-1850)

"Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence."


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Joss Whedon talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"I designed the show to create that strong reaction. I designed Buffy to be an icon, to be an emotional experience, to be loved in a way that other shows can't be loved. Because it's about adolescence, which is the most important thing people go through in their development, becoming an adult. And it mythologizes it in such a way, such a romantic way—it basically says, "Everybody who made it through adolescence is a hero." And I think that's very personal, that people get something from that that's very real. And I don't think I could be more pompous. But I mean every word of it. I wanted her to be a cultural phenomenon. I wanted there to be dolls, Barbie with kung-fu grip. I wanted people to embrace it in a way that exists beyond, "Oh, that was a wonderful show about lawyers, let's have dinner." I wanted people to internalize it, and make up fantasies where they were in the story, to take it home with them, for it to exist beyond the TV show. And we've done exactly that." (The Tenacity of the Cockroach 375)

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Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), Not a bad poet for an American

We never know we go,--when we are going
  We jest and shut the door;
Fate following behind us bolts it,
  And we accost no more.

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John Dryden (1631-1700)

"Furor fit laesa saepius patientia."

Right now, I'm feeling ya, Dryden, I'm feeling ya.


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Blind Tom Wiggins (1849-1908)

"What was he? Whence came he, and wherefore?"

Good question, Twain.


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Medgar Evers (1925-1963) - Why I Live in Mississippi

"It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don't choose to live anywhere else. There's land here, where a man can raise cattle, and I'm going to do it some day. There are lakes where a man can sink a hook and fight the bass. There is room here for my children to play and grow, and become good citizens---if the white man will let them...."

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George Orwell, Writer (1903-1950)

"To imagine the future, imagine a boot stepping on a human face---forever."

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Thomas Mann, novelist, Nobel laureate (1875-1955)

"Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols."

Happy New Year!


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A great ending to a great show

"To the best crew any captain ever had, no matter what the future holds for us, a part of us will always remain here on Deep Space Nine."

- Captain Benjamin Sisko


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Herman Goering, founder of the Gestapo and one of the main architects of Nazi Germany

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. [...] Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

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Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

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Bruce Lee

"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be." Words worth remembering.

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Plato, philosopher (427-347 BCE)

"The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves."

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Liebe meine abst-monkey!

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