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"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." - Miguel de Cervantes
"Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable." - Miguel de Cervantes
"To be prepared is half the victory." - Miguel de Cervantes
"Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills." - Miguel de Cervantes
"Thou hast seen nothing yet." - Miguel de Cervantes
"A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself." - Michel de Montaigne
"Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head." - Michel de Montaigne
"The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage." - Michel de Montaigne
"The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness." - Michel de Montaigne
"Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind." - Giordano Bruno
"It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment." - Giordano Bruno
"Beauty is a short-lived tyranny." - Socrates
"It is not living that matters, but living rightly." - Socrates
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"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae." - Kurt Vonnegut
"If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia." - Kurt Vonnegut
"Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut
A few thoughts on important world topics:
racism: "You know when it comes to racism, people say: 'I don't care if they're black, white, purple, or green.' Uh, hold on now: purple or green?! You gotta draw the line somewhere! To hell with purple people! Unless they're suffocating, then help 'em.
murder: "Imagine being killed by a bow and arrow. That would suck. An arrow killed you, they would never solve the crime. 'Look at that dead guy. Let's go that way.'"
drugs: "I love my FedEx guy 'cause he's a drug dealer and he don't even know it. And he's always on time."
bananas: "On a stop light green means go and yellow means slow down, but on a banana it's just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means, 'where the f**k did you get that banana at?'"
pringles: "I think Pringles' initial intention was to make tennis balls. But on the day that the rubber was supposed to show up, a big truckload of potatoes arrived. But Pringles was a laid-back company. They said 'F**k it. Cut 'em up! We can play tennis later.'"
If you haven't figured it out by now, these are all from the one and only Mitch Hedberg.
If I treat them nicely, the girls like me. If I try to go along with their conversations, the boys like me. If I act like a good boy, the adults place their trust in me without a second thought! Reading between the lines and acting accordingly is the easiest way to get along in life.
^Not sure where this is from.
"A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself." - Charlie Chaplin
"I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician." - Charlie Chaplin
"I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career." - Charlie Chaplin
"We think too much and feel too little." - Charlie Chaplin
"Why should poetry have to make sense?" - Charlie Chaplin
"Words are cheap. The biggest thing you can say is 'elephant'." - Charlie Chaplin
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"The opening of the internet does not imply better writers, we kind of are in the Gutenberg moment, Cervantes still needs to come." - JCamilo(member of a literature forum I visit, original quotes always make me smile )
_ Shinji: "Masaru, do you think we're already finished?"
_ Masaru: "Hell no. We haven't even started."
~ from the movie Kids Return
"Don't cling to pain. Don't expect happiness. Don't fear loss. Accept reality as it is. Enjoy the good. Endure the bad. Don't make a big deal out of anything. Be selfless, and unconditionally kind and just, without ever expecting a reward. We're all going to end up as piles of dust, so why not be nice to each other and get those pleasant fuzzies?"
They make it look so easy, connecting with another human being. It's like no one told them it's the hardest thing in the world.~ Dexter (season V finale, The Big One)
Some quotes from Mr. Einstein :
Two things are infinite : the universe and human stupidity. I'm not sure about the universe
The hardest thing in the world is to understand income tax
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough
The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are.
Life's a journey, not a destination.
Lyrics from 'Amazing' by Aerosmith.
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
May you never know hunger
May you love with a full heart
The light burn in your eyes
May the fire be your friend
And the sea rock you gently
May the moon light your way
Till the wind sets you free
Shriekback, "Cradle Song"