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Quotes for Grabs
Quotes for Grabs
Just thought I'd give some quotes for various use for the community - whether  for Bob to use in the Walk or as something interesting for a reader:

“Absolute governments, (tho’ the
disgrace of human nature) have this advantage with them, they are simple; if
the people suffer, they know the head from which their suffering springs; know
likewise the remedy; and are not bewildered by a variety of causes and cures.”
- Thomas Paine, Common Sense

“Millions long for immortality, but
do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” – Susan

no longer interests the weary old man at all.” – Milan Kundera, Immortality

“A man's immortality can be found in
his children.” – Patricia Briggs, Raven's

“I don't want to achieve immortality
through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.” – Woody
Allen, On Being Funny

“You’re only an immortal until someone
manages to kill you. After that, you were just long-lived.” – Simon R. Green, The Bride Wore Black Leather

“Don't try to add more years to your
life. Better add more life to your years.” – Blaise Pascal

“I am not at all interested in
immortality, only in the taste of tea.” – Laozi

“Some people are so afraid do die
that they never begin to live.” – Henry Van Dyke

“When you were born, you cried and
the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and
you rejoice.” – Indian Proverb

“No one knows whether death, which
people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.” – Plato

“Death is not the worst that can
happen to men.” – Plato

“Only the dead have seen the end of
war.” – Plato

“Life does not cease to be funny
when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” –
George Bernard Shaw

“Nothing is ever done in this world
until men are prepared to kill on another if it is not done.” – George Bernard
Shaw, Major Barbara

"Either that wallpaper goes, or
I do." – Last Words of Oscar Wilde

"I go to seek a Great
Perhaps." – Last Words of François Rabelais

die hard but am not afraid to go." – Last Words of George Washington

"What an artist dies in
me." – Last Words of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, 5th
Roman Emperor

"Dammit; I think I am becoming
a god." – Last Words of Vespacian, Roman Emperor

"It's stopped." – Last
Words of surgeon Joseph Green, upon checking his own pulse

"A strategist must have a clear
heart. If personal desire is wrapped in it, he or she will become a
manipulative monster." – Takenaka Hanbei of Mino, Oda Nobuna no Yabou Volume 8

“I believe in the power of the
imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back
the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with
birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” – J.G. Ballard

 “They opened up a can’a dumb-ass!” – Jon
Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

“I am amazing at being humble.” –
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
(5 November 2014)

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” –
Henry Brooks Adams

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s
work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” – Jacques Barzum

“There's one last thing you should never forget, Ise. Even a Pawn can take
down the King.” – Rias Gremory, Heiress of House Gremory, High School DxD Volume 1, Life 4

“Don’t start with me, fella. ‘Cause
in a battle of wits – you’re unarmed.” – Uncle Arthur, Bewitched

“No matter how mighty a power you
acquire, an amateur can't all of a sudden become a top-class magician.” – Kaze
no Stigma, Volume 4

“Magic is not absolute. Nor
almighty. If you fight against it without fear, it can be opposed with
intelligence and effort.” – Kaze no Stigma, Volume 4

“In the absence of orders, go find
something and kill it.” – Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

“Win with ability, not with
numbers.” – Field Marshall Prince Aleksandr V. Suvorov

“L’audace, l’audace, toujours
l’audace!” (Translation: “Audacity, audacity, always audacity!”) – Frederick
the Great

“Older men declare war. But it is
youth that must fight and die.” – Herbert Hoover

“The pure and simple truth is rarely
pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde

“Don’t you know a kid always wins
against two idiots?” – Kevin McAllister, Home
Alone 2: Lost in New York

“Impressions are also a form of
sorcery. Rumors are the same. They influence people and mislead them.” – Miyo
Kurahashi, Dean of Onmyo Prep School, Tokyo
Episode 4

“Impressions are also one form of
magic *slight pause* and also a curse.” – Miyo Kurahashi, Principal of Onmyo
Academy, Tokyo Ravens Volume Two

“Only by completely cutting ties
between magic and religion were we able to make the mystic causality warping
property of magic. This was a big leap for the future development of magical
techniques.” – Suzuka Dairenji, Tokyo
Volume One

the end, the ways of God, government, and girls are all mysterious, and it is
not given to mortal man to understand them." – Harry James Potter, plums’ Last Second Savior, Chapter 9

“Change is scary, even
for people who don’t fear guns or knives; change is scary.” – Alfred
Pennyworth, Nycorson’s JLA and the

William Turner: You didn't beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement!
In a fair fight, I'd kill you!Jack Sparrow: Well, that's not much incentive for me to fight fair then,
is it?

Lord Cutler Beckett: “You’re mad.”
Captain Jack Sparrow: “Thank goodness for that, 'cause if I wasn't this would
probably never work.”

“Obi-Wan wanted to blurt out the
question. But one of the Jedi’s most serious rules was not to cross-examine a
Master. Truth can hold great power. Therefore the decision to share it must be
weighed.  Only the Master could decide on
revelation or concealment, according to the greater good.” – Thoughts of
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Jedi
Apprentice #2 – The Dark Rival
by Jude Watson

“Life surprises you. Accept the gift.” –
Jedi saying, Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice -
#13 The Dangerous Rescue
by Jude Watson

"Even in the middle of a mission,
don't neglect to taste the pastries." – Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice - #14 The Ties
That Bind
by Jude Watson

universe is already mad. Everything else is just redundant." – Londo
Mollari, Babylon 5

"Is that it, Dad? Did the
penguin tell you to do this?" – Billy Madison, Billy Madison

"What you've just said... is
one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your
rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be
considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having
listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your
soul..." – Principal Oblaski, Billy

Monsters. Monsters who dragged
people into the darkness and inflicted unspeakable torments upon them for pleasure...
Monsters whose existence was a plague upon millions.Monsters who had taken my child.

The man once wrote: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are
subtle and quick to anger. Tolkien had that one
mostly right.I stepped forward, let the door bang
closed, and snarled, “Fuck subtle.” – Harry Dresden, Wizard, Jim Butcher’s The
Dresden Files
, Changes
“Are you always a smartass?'"Nope. Sometimes I'm asleep.”
 - Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
“Ignorance is more than bliss, it's freaking orgasmic ecstacy!”
- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
“Did you really save the world?""Mostly I was saving my own ass. Just happend that the world was in the same spot.”- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
"For future reference, I was sort of hoping for a suggestion that didn't sound like it came from that Bolshevik Muppet with all the dynamite.”- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
“Oh, what would you like on your vegetarian pizza?""Dead pigs and cows," I said. She glanced up at me and wrinkled her nose. "They're vegetarians," I said defensively.- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
“Chocolate fends off all kinds of nasty stuff. And if you get hungry while warding off evil, you have a snack. It's multipurpose equipment.”- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
I looked from the gadget-readied spear and body armor to my slender staff of plain old wood and leather duster."My dick is better than your dick," I said.- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
“The hardest lesson a wizard has to learn is that even with so much power, there are some things you can’t control. No matter how much you want to.”
- Harry Dresden, Blood Rites
“I don't care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching--they are your family.”
- Harry Dresden, Proven Guilty
“Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar”
- Harry Dresden, Dead Beat
“Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka.”
- Harry Dresden, Changes
“We have now left Reason and Sanity Junction. Next stop, Looneyville.”
- Harry Dresden, Grave Peril
“You backbiting, poisonous, treacherous, deceitful, wicked, clever girl. If this works I'll buy you a pony.”
- Harry Dresden, Summer Knight
“What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”
- Harry Dresden, White Night
“There's more magic in a baby's first giggle than in any firestorm a wizard can conjure up, and don't let anyone tell you any different.”
- Harry Dresden, Fool Moon
“Laughter is good for you. Nine out of ten stand-up comedians recommend laughter in the face of intense stupidity.”
- Harry Dresden, Proven Guilty
“Harry Dresden. Saving the world, one act of random destruction at a time.”
- Harry Dresden, Mean Streets
“No one is an unjust villain in his own mind. Even - perhaps even especially - those who are the worst of us. Some of the cruelest tyrants in history were motivated by noble ideals, or made choices that they would call 'hard but necessary steps' for the good of their nation. We're all the hero of our own story.”
- Harry Dresden, Turn Coat
“I have nightmares about hell, where all I do is add up numbers and try to have conversations with people like you.”
- Harry Dresden, Vignette
“I don't know about your true form, but the weight of your ego sure is pushing the crust of the earth toward the breaking point.”
- Harry Dresden, Grave Peril
“That’s the problem with you nearly immortal types. You couldn’t spot a pop culture reference if it skittered up and implanted an embryo down your esophagus.”
- Harry Dresden, Small Favor
“The wacky thing about those bad guys is that you can't count on them to be obvious. They forget to wax their mustaches and goatees, leave their horns at home, send their black hats to the dry cleaner's. They're funny like that.”
- Harry Dresden, White Night
“Bring it, Darth Bathrobe!”
- Harry Dresden, White Night
“My faith protects me. My Kevlar helps.”
- Michael Carpenter, Death Masks
“I put the ick in magic.”
- Harry Dresden, Death Masks
none of us can escape politics, but that does not mean I must succumb to them.
One man losing an eye to politics is enough. I cannot allow Mankind to be
sacrificed on that same altar. The most elegant speeches may sway the hearts
and minds of men, but not one ever stopped a bullet." - Anastasius Focht,
Battletech: Blood Legacy

“History shows no force so strong, no
statement so persuasive, as a people’s belief that they are the best, that they
are destiny’s progeny, and the chosen rulers of mankind. They fall for it every
time.” – Ambassador Cari Glessen, In the
Belly of the Dragon: My Service in the Draconis Combine
, Lyran Commonwealth
Historical Press, 2928

“Force, and fraud, are in war the
two cardinal virtues.” – Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

“How different the new order would
be if we could consult the veteran instead of the politician.” – Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart

“Never be bullied into silence.
Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your
life; define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein

“A woman is like a teabag; you never
know how strong she is until she's in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“He who fights with monsters might
take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an
abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

"One of the most obvious facts
about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a
child." – Randall Jarrell

“The secret of war lies in
communications.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“In politics, stupidity is not a
handicap.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Better a known enemy than a forced
ally.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, Political

is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“No plan survives contact with the
enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke

“War prefers its victims young.” –

 “A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to
decide who has the better lawyer.” – Robert Frost

“A little rebellion now and then is
a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the
physical.” – Thomas Jefferson, Works,
Vol. VI

"Giving money and power to
Government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." – P.J.

 “It takes all kinds to make a universe.” –
Moyani saying

“A hero is a man who does what he can.”
– Romain Rolland

have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of
tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush,
23 September 1800

"I wish I had a kryptonite
cross, because then you could keep both Dracula and Superman away" – Jack

“Loyalty is the marrow of honor” – Paul
von Hindenburg, Out of My Life

"Experience should teach us to
be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are
beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their
liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in
insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without
understanding." – Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438

devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul, producing holy witness.
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
—William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

"A man must not live under the
same sky as one who has injured his Lord or Father." – Ieyasu Tokugawa, Article
51 of the Constitution of the Warrior

“We are the Goon Squad
and we’re coming to town.
Beep Beep!”
- David Bowie, “Fashion”

"Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a
dangerous weapon to use on others, since it is almost impossible to guarantee
that the weapon will never be turned on the user." - Isaac Asimov

“Thinking is the hardest work there
is, which is probably why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford

“There's no point being grown-up if you
can't be childish sometimes.” – The Fourth Doctor, “Robot,” Doctor Who

“Never cared much for the word
"impregnable." Sounds a bit too much like "unsinkable." –
The Fourth Doctor, “Robot,” Doctor Who

“All right! I confess, I confess. — I
confess to your being a bigger idiot than I thought.” – The Fourth Doctor, “The
Deadly Assassin,” Doctor Who

“The very powerful and the very stupid
have one thing in common. They don't alter their views to fit the facts. They
alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to
be one of the facts that needs altering.” – The Fourth Doctor, “The Face of
Evil,” Doctor Who

“Answers are easy. It's asking the right
questions which is hard.” – The Fourth Doctor, “The Face of Evil,” Doctor Who

“Anybody remotely interesting is mad in
some way.” – The Seventh Doctor, “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy,” Doctor Who
“There's no such thing as an ordinary
human.” – The Tenth Doctor, “The Lazarus Experiment,” Doctor Who
RE: Quotes for Grabs
DeputyJones wrote: Wrote:“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” – Plato
I didn't know Plato wrote Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies - I thought that was one of George Santayana's works.
Rob Kelk

Sticks and stones can break your bones,
But words can break your heart.
- unknown
Most of the death and immortality quotes come from a site I found about 3 years back. Sorry, didn't know any were off! ^_^;
If the heroes run away, who's left to help?  - - - Saitaima, One Punch Man
Into terror!,  Into valour!
Charge ahead! No! Never turn
Yes, it's into the fire we fly
And the devil will burn!
- Scarlett Pimpernell
Mm. I think I can make use of at least a few of those. Thanks!
-- Bob
Then the horns kicked in...
...and my shoes began to squeak.
RE: Quotes for Grabs
DeputyJones wrote: Wrote:Most of the death and immortality quotes come from a site I found about 3 years back. Sorry, didn't know any were off! ^_^;

I'm always hesitant to use "unsourced" quotes, for that very reason. A case in point:
  • “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
  • “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.”
  • “You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.”
  • “You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”
All of these have been attributed to Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan; many have also been attributed to James R. Schlesinger. Here's the actual quote:

“Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.”
– Bernard Baruch, Deming (New Mexico) Headlight, 6 January 1950

And as long as we're sharing quotes...

Every step is a first step if it's a step in the right direction.
– Tiffany Aching, in I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
– Ray Bradbury, Brown Daily Herald, March 24, 1955

Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it this way." I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.
– Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, The Wit and Wisdom of Grace Hopper

A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.
– Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, quoted by Henry S. Tropp

You can't solve problems by running away from them, it was said, and like the good child she had once been, she had believed this. But it wasn't true. Some problems could only be solved by running away from them
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.
– Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

I told Ethan that I speak in an unrestricted manner to animals -- things like, aren't you just the cutest little kitty... that kind of thing, which I wouldn't dream of doing to humans. Then I realized I wish I could.
– Douglas Coupland, Microserfs

Hunting hawks do not belong in cages, no matter how much a man covets their grace, no matter how golden the bars. They are far more beautiful soaring free. Heartbreakingly beautiful.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, The Warrior's Apprentice

All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel. ... Think about it. There's escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.
– Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Do a good job. You don't have to worry about the money; it will take care of itself. Just do your best work — then try to trump it.
– Walt Disney, quoted in How to Be Like Walt : Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life

Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away, / 'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today, / So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied, / Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.
-- Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw, The River

The depth of a person's character is not measured by his or her physical strength, but by the depth of his or her nobility.
– Frank Peretti, The Wounded Spirit

We always romanticize that our elders are wise, because of their years of experience. But you know what? Stupid people get older, too.
– Matt "Dr. Heckle" Black, Seattle comedian.

War, Peace, and Everything in Between

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War

You can’t fool people into loving you.
– Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

We hold each other’s lives in our open hands, not in clenched fists.
- Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron

War is what happens when language fails.
– Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride

The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.
– Gen. George Marshall, as quoted in Freedom's Advocate: a twenty-five year chronicle by Aaron Levenstein

It's always the old to lead us to the war / It's always the young to fall / Now look at all we've won with the sabre and the gun / Tell me is it worth it all.
– Phil Ochs, I Ain't Marching Anymore

It is said that when Alexander was on campaign he ate the food of a common soldier. I've always thought that was a bit hard on the poor soldier.
– Hans Rancke-Madsen, March 7, 2011

Nobody can doubt that the entire range of applied science contributes to the very format of a newspaper. But the headline is a feature which began with the Napoleonic Wars. The headline is a primitive shout of rage, triumph, fear, or warning, and newspapers have thrived on wars ever since.
– Marshall McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride : Folklore of Industrial Man

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.
– Will Rogers, quoted in Wit

There are a dozen different ways of delivering destruction in impersonal wholesale, via ships or missiles of one sort or another, catastrophes so widespread, so unselective that the war is over because that nation or planet has ceased to exist. What we do is entirely different. We make war as personal as a punch in the nose.
– Juan Rico, in Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

Seems to me the only difference between your friends and your enemies is how long they stand around chatting before they shoot you.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honor

Suicidal glory is the luxury of the irresponsible. We're not giving up. We're waiting for a better opportunity to win.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar

I guess it just doesn't look very heroic to sneak up behind somebody and shoot them in the back. I can't help thinking it would be more efficient, though.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, The Warrior's Apprentice

The loonies who sought a glorious death in battle found it very early on. This rapidly cleared the chain of command of the accumulated fools. The survivors were those who learned to fight dirty, and live, and fight another day, and win, and win, and win, and for whom nothing, not comfort, or security, not family or friends or their immortal souls, was more important than winning. Dead men are losers by definition. Survival and victory. They weren't supermen, or immune to pain. They sweated in confusion and darkness. And ... they won.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Borders of Infinity

I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.
– Gen. Patton (George C. Scott), Patton

It is always useful to have an enemy who is prepared to die for his country, this means that both you and he have exactly the same aim in mind.
– Terry Pratchett, Jingo

People are okay, taken two or three at a time. More than that and they start to choose up sides and wear armbands.
– George Carlin, Brain Droppings

Love, Hate, and Everything in Between

There are people who take the heart out of you, and there are people who put it back.
– Charles de Lint quoting Elizabeth David, The Ivory and the Horn

I tell you what : I give you all of my strength - I seal it inside a little green envelope and mail it to you with hope and peace and much much love. Take all you need and take it quickly.
– Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

If you want to get close to somebody, you have to tell him or her something intimate about yourself. They'll tell you something intimate in return, and if you keep this going, maybe you'll end up in love.
– Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
– Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit — Will Travel

If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Diplomatic Immunity

"To forgive oneself"—? No, that doesn't work: we have to be forgiven. But we can only believe this is possible if we ourselves can forgive.
– Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings

I'm sorry. I can love you. I can grieve for you, or with you. I can share your pain. But I cannot judge you.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honor

A brute kills for pleasure. A fool kills from hate.
– Lazarus Long, in Time Enough for Love, by Robert A. Heinlein

People like that woman make it clear just how asinine it is to believe that human beings have some kind of in-built universal sense of goodness. These days I think that everybody's just one spit away from being a mall bomber.
– Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!

That old saw about ‘to understand all is to forgive all’ is a lot of tripe. Some things, the more you understand the more you loathe them.
– Juan Rico, in Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein

Scratch a lover, and find a foe.
– Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope

Learning and Education

Check your assumptions. In fact, check your assumptions at the door.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar

Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. Nearly all men of science, all men of learning for that matter, and men of simple ways too, have it in some form and in some degree. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission. If we abandon that mission under stress we shall abandon it forever, for stress will not cease. Knowledge for the sake of understanding, not merely to prevail, that is the essence of our being. None can define its limits, or set its ultimate boundaries.
– Vannevar Bush, Science is Not Enough

For generations, scientists and philosophers have tried to explain ordinary reasoning in terms of logical principles—with virtually no success. I suspect this enterprise failed because it was looking in the wrong direction: common sense works so well not because it is an approximation of logic; logic is only a small part of our great accumulation of different, useful ways to chain things together.
– Marvin Minsky, The Society of Mind

You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way.
– Marvin Minsky, quoted by Rebecca Herold in Managing an Information Security and Privacy Awareness and Training Program

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask – half our great theological and metaphysical problems – are like that.
– C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.
– C.S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew

Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
– Oscar Wilde, A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated

“Why?” Dallben interrupted. “In some cases,” he said, “we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”
– Lloyd Alexander, The Book of Three

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!
– Arthur C. Clarke, Electronic Tutors

Wisdom never comes to those who believe they have nothing left to learn.
– Charles de Lint, The Ivory and the Horn

Eternal vigilance is the price of knowledge.
– George Santayana, The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy

Answers are easy. It's asking the right questions which is hard.
– The Fourth Doctor, “The Face of Evil,” Doctor Who

Real smarts begin when you quit quoting other people
– Chuck Palahniuk, Pygmy

Children, Childhood, and Being Childlike or Childish

When I was ten, I read fairytales in secret and would be ashamed if I had been found doing so - Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown-up.
– C.S. Lewis, On Stories

I fancy that most people who think at all have done a great deal of their thinking in the first fourteen years.
– C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won't keep youngsters out of trouble, but keeping their minds occupied will.
– Walt Disney, Deeds Rather Than Words

That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don't remember what it's like to be twelve years old. They patronize; they treat children as inferiors. I won't do that.
– Walt Disney, quoted in The Quotable Walt Disney

I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.
– L. Frank Baum, personal inscription to Mary Louise Baum Brewster

This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end each program by saying, 'You've made this day a special day by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.' And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service.
– Fred Rogers, testimony before U.S. Senate committee (1 May 1969)

The first thing you have to do if you want to raise nice kids, is you have to talk to them like they are people instead of talking to them like they're property.
– Frank Zappa, on The Howard Stern Show (1987)

This is such a phenomenal place to be. I'm an adult busy working, but the little boy in me is screaming and running around and laughing.
– Chris Hadfield, commanding the International Space Station, 13 February 2013

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
– Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
– Lazarus Long, in Time Enough for Love, by Robert A. Heinlein

Careful the things you say, / Children will listen. / Careful the things you do, / Children will see. / And learn. / Children may not obey, / But children will listen.
--Stephen Sondheim, Into The Woods

Won't somebody please think of the children?
-Helen Lovejoy, The Simpsons

Money, Wealth, Trade, and Value

Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Memory

Sometimes one pays most for things one gets for nothing.
– Albert Einstein, The Saturday Evening Post, 26 October 1929

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. He is considered successful in our day who gets more out of life than he puts in. But a man of value will give more than he receives.
– Albert Einstein, "Death of a Genius," LIFE magazine

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
– Robert Service, The Cremation of Sam McGee

Information doesn't want to be free. Information wants to be valuable.
- Tim O'Reilly quoting Larry Wall, "Information wants to be valuable"

A man should never neglect his family for business.
– Walt Disney, quoted in How to Be Like Walt : Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life

We're forgetting one much bigger point: if we reward art, we get more of it. And why should you have a shitty job in Tesco or a call centre and have great talent but not be able to go to market with it? Markets aren't perfect at all but the Left has tended to mythologise and animate them as evil. They're the least-bad thing we have for producing art and culture.
– Andrew Orlowski, The Register, "The Big Debate: OK gloomsters, how can the music biz be FIXED?"


Ich sage euch: man muß noch Chaos in sich haben, um einen tanzenden Stern gebären zu können.
("I tell you: one must still have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star. ")
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me. 'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,' he said, 'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.'
– Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

When you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve got to have been looking for it.
– Will Rogers, quoted in Sanity Is Where You Find It : An affectionate history of the United States in the 20's and 30's

If you end up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.
– Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book

Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish.
– Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Seize the day, whatever's in it to seize, before something comes along and seizes you.
– Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
– Oscar Wilde, "The Relation of Dress to Art," The Pall Mall Gazette (February 28, 1885)

Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.
– Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

I'm a very dangerous fellow when I don't know what I'm doing.
– The Fourth Doctor, “Destiny of the Daleks,” Doctor Who

God will forgive you; He's perfect. Me? I've got problems...
– Father Noah 'Hardstep' Rivers, Hell Town

J'ai toujours fait une prière à Dieu, qui est fort courte. La voici: Mon Dieu, rendez nos ennemis bien ridicules! Dieu m'a exaucé.
(“I always made one prayer to God, a very short one. Here it is: "O Lord, make our enemies quite ridiculous!" God granted it.”)
– Voltaire, letter to Étienne Noël Damilaville, 16 May 1767

The gods give no gifts without hooks embedded.
– Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls

William Turner: "You didn't beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement! In a fair fight, I'd kill you!"
Jack Sparrow: "Well, that's not much incentive for me to fight fair then, is it?"
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Nobody's going to help you / You've just got to stand up alone / And dig in your heels / And see how it feels / To raise a little Hell of your own
– Trooper, Raise a Little Hell


I was wondering what electrons are actually doing when they sit in your hard drive in an old laptop at the back of your closet. I mean, how does an electron sit still — is it like a cartoon M&M learning back in a folding beach chair? Is it like an angry little steel ball bearing hovering there, just waiting to go nuts on protons? What’s the mechanism that starts and stops the electron? Who’s its dungeon master?
– Douglas Coupland, JPod

You don't use science to show that you're right, you use science to become right.
– Randall Munroe,, 12 February 2010

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.
– Douglas Adams, quoted by Richard Dawkins

When I don’t understand, I have an unbearable itch to know why.
– Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit — Will Travel

The laws of nature are constructed in such a way as to make the universe as interesting as possible.
– Freeman Dyson, Imagined Worlds
Rob Kelk

Sticks and stones can break your bones,
But words can break your heart.
- unknown
Oh, some very nice quotes in the Doug and Eimi sections there.

It's not giving away anything, but there's going to be a pattern to the chapter pullquotes in DW13. There will always be three, and the middle one will always be about Doug, who and what and how he is after a century and a half of searching for home. And I have far more queued up than we have chapters to write (but I'll be adding some of yours to the list, Rob). Here are a few from that queue:

I was born long ago
I'm the chosen and the one
I have come to save the day
And I won't leave until I'm done
So that's why we've got to try
You got to breathe and have some fun
Though I'm not paid, I play this game
And I won't stop until I'm done
-- Lenny Kravitz, "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (1993)

I walk the maze of moments
But everywhere I turn to
Begins a new beginning
But never finds a finish....
-- Enya, "Anywhere Is"

There's a time when the Traveler is fated to find
That insight has turned his gaze behind.
And the steps taken yesterday will beckon again
And lead to his weary journey's end.
-- Dan Fogelberg, "In the Passage"

The Good Book says it's better

To give than to receive;

I do my best to do my part.

Nothing in my pockets,

I got nothing up my sleeve --

I keep my magic in my heart.
-- Triumph, "Fight The Good Fight"

I have learned through all my past mistakes
Not to let the hurdles sap my energy
Time will tell and time is all it takes
You won't see the bastards knock the running out of me
-- Cutting Crew, "One For The Mockingbird"

If I'm dreaming, never let me wake.
If I'm awake, never let me sleep.
You'll never see the end of the road
When you're traveling with me.

-- Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over"

Give me my freedom, for as long as I be
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me
And all I ask of dying is to go naturally
I only wanna go naturally.
-- Blood, Sweat and Tears, "And When I Go"

I've come to crush your bones
I've come to make you feel old
I've come to mess with your head
'Cause it'll make you feel good

-- Curve, "Fait Accompli"

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you
Then the left one will
-- Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Sixteen Tons"

Third boxcar, midnight train
Destination Bangor, Maine
Old worn-out suit and shoes
I don't pay no union dues
I smoke old stogies I have found
Short but not too big around
I'm a man of means by no means
King of the road
-- Roger Miller, "King of the Road"

Now I lie in bed and think of her
Sometimes I even weep
Then I dream of her
Behind the wall of sleep
-- Smithereens, "Behind the Wall of Sleep"

Another mission, the powers have called me away
Another time to carry the colors again
My motivation, an oath I've sworn to defend
To win the honor of coming back home again
No explanation will matter after we begin
Unlock the dark destroyer that's buried within
My true vocation and now my unfortunate friend
You will discover a war you're unable to win
-- Disturbed, "Indestructible"

He had that rare weird electricity about him -- that extremely wild and heavy presence that you only see in a person who has abandoned all hope of ever behaving normally.

-- Hunter S. Thompson, "Fear and Loathing '72"

I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings.
I have no rival, no man can be my equal.
-- Queen, "Princes of the Universe"

I can talk these words, make 'em sound so sweet,
It will even make your little heart skip a beat,
Heal the sick, raise the dead,
Make little girls talk outta their heads.
-- Johnny Rivers, "The Seventh Son"

I'm young, I'm wild and I'm free
Got the Magic Power of the Music in me.
-- Triumph, "Magic Power"

I don't ask for much
I only want trust
And you know it don't come easy.

-- Ringo Starr, "It Don't Come Easy"

I'm a winner, I'm a sinner.
Do you want my autograph?
I'm a loser, what a joker,
I'm playing my jokes upon you
While there's nothing better to do...
-- Supertramp, "Breakfast In America"

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face,

Stars to fill my dreams,

I am a traveler of both time and space,

To be where I have been.

-- Led Zeppelin, "Kashmir"

I'm heavenly blessed
And worldly wise
I'm a peeping-tom techie
With x-ray eyes
-- Timbuk 3, "The Future's So Bright (I Gotta Wear Shades)"

Well, I don't know but I've been told
If you never slow down, you never grow old
I'm tired of screwing up, I'm tired of goin' down
I'm tired of myself, I'm tired of this town
-- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Mary Jane's Last Dance"

I've been looking for the daughter of the Devil himself
I've been looking for an angel in white
I've been looking for a woman who's a little of both
And I can feel her but she's nowhere in sight
-- The Eagles, "One of These Nights"

When something's right, then something is worth to die for.
When I feel that something is wrong, then something is worth to fight for.
-- The Sounds, "Something To Die For"

But it's been no bed of roses,
No pleasure cruise.

I consider it a challenge before the whole human race,

And I ain't gonna lose!
-- Queen, "We Are The Champions"

You see me now a veteran of a thousand psychic wars
I've been living on the edge so long, where the winds of limbo roar
And I'm young enough to look at, and far too old to see
All the scars are on the inside
I'm not sure that there's anything left of me
-- Blue Öyster Cult, "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"

You're gonna fall behind me
You're gonna cry and beg for mercy
'Cause you're not ready, baby,
And you got nothing on me
-- The Donnas, "Fall Behind Me"

I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!
-- The Pointer Sisters, "I'm So Excited"

I'm a joker, I'm insane,
And you can not say my name...
-- Thomas Marion Douglas, "Serpent Time"

Hey little thing let me light your candle
'Cause momma I'm sure hard to handle.
-- The Black Crowes, "Hard To Handle"

They call me bad company, and I can't deny it.
-- Bad Company, "Bad Company"

I'm the urban spaceman, baby; I've got speed
I've got everything I need
I'm the urban spaceman, baby; I can fly
I'm a supersonic guy
I don't need pleasure, I don't feel pain
If you were to knock me down I'd just get up again
I'm the urban spaceman, baby; I'm makin' out
I'm all about
-- Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, "I'm The Urban Spaceman"
-- Bob
Then the horns kicked in...
...and my shoes began to squeak.
RE: Quotes for Grabs
I'm sure somebody can find someplace appropriate to use this one (say, maybe, a scene with Hermonie and Doug)...

For me, it’s like: “I think my thinking on this issue is clear.” And then I look at some of your descriptions and I realise I only had a bunch of nebulous thoughts.
– Chris Hadfield, in conversation with Randall Munroe,
Rob Kelk

Sticks and stones can break your bones,
But words can break your heart.
- unknown
"Reputation is what others know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself." -- Aral Vorkosigan, by way of Lois McMaster Bujold

"Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill 'em right back!" -- Malcolm Reynolds

"The best way to understand someone is to fight him, make him angry. That's when you see the real person." -- Commander Jeffrey Sinclair

"No. We have to stay here. And there's a simple reason why. Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics, and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe, and Lao-Tzu, and Einstein, and Morobuto, and Buddy Holly, and Aristophanes…[and] all of this…all of this…was for nothing. Unless we go to the stars." -- Jeffrey Sinclair

"Narns, Humans, Centauri, we all do what we do for the same reason: because it seemed like a good idea at the time. There was no profit, no advantage in letting you fall to an untimely and most uncomfortable death. It would distress the Commander to no good effect. So once again, we return to "Why not?" I told you before you left: no one here is entirely what they appear. If I surprised you, all the better." -- G'Kar

"Who asked you to play God?" -- Jeffrey Sinclair
"Every damn patient who comes through that door, that's who. People come to doctors because they want us to be gods. They want us to make it better…or make it not so. They want to be healed and they come to me when their prayers aren't enough. Well, if I have to take the responsibility, then I claim the authority too. I did good. And we both know it. And no one is going to take that away." -- Dr Franklin

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise to the occasion. We cannot escape history. We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. The fiery trial though which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the last generation. We shall nobly save or meanly lose our last, best hope of Earth." -- Abraham Lincoln

Centauri Emperor Turhan: No regrets then?
Sheridan: A few. But just a few. You?
Emperor Turhan: Oh, enough to fill a lifetime. So much has been lost, so much forgotten. So much pain, so much blood. And for what? I wonder…The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast terrible in-between. But there is still time to seize that one last, fragile moment. To choose something better, to make a difference, as you say. And I intend to do just that.

"There's only one truth about war: people die. Killing is part of a soldier's job—we can't deny it. We can only live with it and hope the reasons for doing it are justified." -- John Sheridan
Sucrose Octanitrate.
Proof positive that with sufficient motivation, you can make anything explode.
Give a hobbit a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Turn a hobbit invisible, and he'll eat fish for a lifetime.
"One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways." -- Bertrand Russell
"Among life's perpetually charming questions is whether the truly evil do more harm than the self-righteous and wrong." -- Jon Margolis
... If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
"Wow, your powers are amazing... hmm, well, I should head to the grocery store now..." - Keiichi Morisato, Oh My Goddess! OAV #1
"We've got to THINK here.  What would Brian Boitano do?" "He'd die horribly, Lina, he's just an ice skater." - Lina Inverse and Naga The Serpent, Ultra Rage Gamma
Jesus is coming........look busy.
If someone else has a good idea, steal it! -- Games Workshop 101
"But who here hasn't wished that they could fix politics simply by jumping in a giant mecha and going to Washington?"
The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and three hundred sixty-two admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision.  -Unknown
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it." -- culled from the Ground Zero Games List
"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." - Mark Twain
There's a dwarfish saying: 'All trees are felled at ground-level' -although this is said to be an excessively bowdlerized translation for a saw which more literally means, 'When his hands are higher than your head, his groin is level with your teeth." -Terry Pratchett
With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion
She was not only Rei Hino, she was Sailor Mars, and in high heels she would punish them! (Okay, that sounded really hentai, but it wasn't her fault the senshi costume came with high heels! And maybe she did have some pretty strange manga, but she just liked the artist's style. Yeah, that'll work. Right?) - Metroanime's "A Soldier's Duty" Chapter 16
"But what an unfortunate side effect."  Akane pointed towards Shampoo. "They only breed with men dim enough to be taken in by their marriage law, and so each generation is dumber and meaner." - Henry J. Cobb's "Scarlet Spring" Chapter 6
"God has to have a sense of humor, it's the only explanation for sex." - Thrythlind's father
"Abuse of power? Isn't that something weak people made up to try and keep those that are bigger and stronger than them from acting like they're bigger and stronger, therefore negating the whole purpose of being bigger and stronger?" - Captain D'Amour "TWPOS II: The Wrath of Monetkahn"
Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. - Richard Clayton on
"We have to believe in free will. We've got no choice." -----Isaac Singer
After all, if my daughter was turned to stone at school, I'd seriously consider other, less-dangerous, education establishments, though given recent events, a school set up next to a fusion plant built by and staffed with people suffering from Parkinson's Disease would be a safer choice than Hogwarts. - Apprentice Potter by Draco644
"If I let myself get hung up on only doing things that had any actual chance of success, I'd never do anything!" - Elan, Order of the Stick #478
"Anyone can be a winner if their definition of victory is flexible enough." - The DM of the Rings XXXV
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." - Marcus Aurelius
“Only difference between Light and Dark is the Light one says he doesn’t like what he is doing, but does it anyway.” - Turn Me Loose, Chapter 3
"Depending on public school for learning about history is like depending on McDonald's for nutrition. You just don't get any substance out of it." - javelin98, post #26,143 of the RPG motivational poster thread.
"One more piece of emotional baggage for me to reclaim from the luggage carousel someday. Maybe if I’m really lucky, the airline of life will send it to Newark instead and I’ll never have to see it again." - Potter Yojimbo, Chapter 4.
"I am the man who will help you fan the flames of your youthful power to greater heights!"
"Arson? Cool!" Naruto said enthusiastically.
"I like fire," Sasuke admitted.
"Konoha shall burn," Hinata added quietly. - People Lie, Chapter 14.
"Once again, probability proves itself willing to sneak into a back alley and service Drama as would a copper-piece harlot." - Vaarsuvius, Order ofthe Stick #584
"Technically they're called: Fun-sized mobile agony and death dispensers." - Girl Genius Volume 8 Page 89
“A shinobi’s heart must be both soft as silk and cold as steel all that the same time, Sakura-chan. You must have the strength of will to both kill people, and to save them." - Sky on Fire I, Chapter 8: Missteps
"Solve a man's problems with violence, help him for a day. Teach a man to solve his problems with violence, help him for a lifetime!" - Belkar, Order of the Stick #612
"Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!" - Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius 2008 Holiday Nonsense: "Cinderella", page 007
"Little known Alan Moore fact: He got his amazing writing skills from the devil - Not by selling his soul but by beating Satan up daily for his lunch money until the devil bribed Moore with genius just to leave him alone." - Something Positive, 2/13/08
“I really hope I’m behind this convoluted mess; at least that way I’ll be able to get revenge by doing this to myself. I won’t even have to feel bad because it’ll be all my fault.” - Harry Potter, The Master of Death by Ryuugi
"The monster who fights with man should take care, lest he thereby become like man." - Nuts!, New Blood forum page on SpaceBattles, 6/6/12
"That's like giving a monkey a chainsaw and hoping that it'll create a new form of art. It might work, but probably it's just going to get messy and end poorly." - Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Chapter 4.
"Welcome to Exalted. Our sun knows kung-fu." - Darth Artemis, [Naruto/Exalted] Twin Suns Burning forum page on SpaceBattles, 8/9/12
"Hello, Yozis. Look at your plan. Now back to me. Now back at your plan, now back to me. Sadly, you aren't me. But, if you stopped screaming impotently against your imprisonment and switched to the Reclamation, you could escape like you're me. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in a Conventicle with the Yozi Your Plans Could Be Made By. What's in your hand, back at me. I have it, it's the Exaltations of those guys who defeated you. Look again! The Solars are now Infernals! Anything is possible when you believe the Ebon Dragon and fall for his schemes. I'm on the Blessed Isle." - Spacebattles sig of Horus
"The concept of [Superman] being a walking metaphor of the savior of man is further cemented by each and every action he takes. The only real difference between him and 'The Savior' is that Jesus never punched an alien at mach 20 while firing lasers from his eyes and turning back time. But I guess it's all in the adaptation, isn't it?" - Ars Poetica, Spacebattles, The Last Son of Tomorrow Part III thread, post #376

"Anyone can be a winner if their definition of victory is flexible enough." - The DM of the Rings XXXV
Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES.
Then listen close to me--
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.
             -- "Listen to the MUSTN'TS," Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1974

I went to find the pot of gold
That's waiting where the rainbow ends.
I searched and searched and searched and searched 
And searched and searched, and then--
There it was, deep in the grass,
Under an old and twisty bough.
It's mine, it's mine, it's mine at last...
What do I search for now?
             -- "The Search," Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1974
Big Brother is watching you.  And damn, you are so bloody BORING.
Shepherd Wrote:"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it." -- culled from the Ground Zero Games List

Who culled it, in turn, from Jack Handey's Deep Thoughts.
Quote:"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." - Mark Twain
The actual quote goes "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." Now you know, and knowing is half the Mandatory Educational Content Segment.
"Have you ever heard it said that all women are entitled to keep some secrets from men?"  She nodded cautiously, and he smirked.  "Equal opportunity."
Edit:  The following is (with added narrative) something I've actually said quite a few times, though only when alone:
He shook his head.  "Lawks, lawks, lawks," he muttered.  Sighing, he added thoughtfully, "And bagels, too."

Further edit:  I titled this "The Armageddon Incantation" (yes, it's my own):
Comes at last the sorcerer’s hour; 
Now unleashed be all my power. 
Light and darkness, gather all: 
Answer now the mage’s call. 
   Whirl the air, the waters churn, 
   Shake the earth, make all things burn. 
   Rive the sky and crush the land, 
   Parch the seas and quench the brand.  

Whoever uses it must in one of those "spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats" moods....
Big Brother is watching you.  And damn, you are so bloody BORING.
The thing to recall about Dragons is that it takes a special person to deal with them at all. If you lie to them they will steal from you. If you attack them without cause they will dismember you. If you run from them they will laugh at you.
It is thus best to deal calmly, openly and fairly with Dragons: Give them all they buy and no more or less, and they will do the same by you. Stand at their back and they will stand at yours. Always remember that a Dragon is first a Dragon and only then a friend, a partner, a lover.
Never assume that you have discovered a Dragon's weak point until it is dead and forgotten, for joy is fleeting and a Dragon's revenge is forever.

--from The Liaden Book of Dragons, by way of Sharon Lee
Sucrose Octanitrate.
Proof positive that with sufficient motivation, you can make anything explode.
Which reminds me of:"The question is always the same with a dragon:  will he talk with you or will he eat you?  If you can count on his doing the former, and not doing the latter, why then you're a dragonlord." — from The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. LeGuin
Big Brother is watching you.  And damn, you are so bloody BORING.
Re: Quotes for Grabs
12 quotes taken off an "inspirational" calender. There just might be something new or useful

“Freedom lies in being bold.” Robert Frost

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.” J. B. Priestley

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Nelson Mandela

“Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” Jean-Paul Sartre

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” Coco Chanel

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.” Albert Einstein

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Abraham Lincoln

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot

Re: Quotes for Grabs
I've got a couple of those in my quote file already, but the rest are all new to me.  Thanks!-- Bob
Then the horns kicked in...
...and my shoes began to squeak.
Re: Quotes for Grabs
Quote:It has been said that chaos needs no recipe. But if there was, these would be the ingredients.
More Things Involving Shipgirls That Are No Longer Allowed, Rule 2321
Rob Kelk

Sticks and stones can break your bones,
But words can break your heart.
- unknown
Re: Quotes for Grabs
robkelk Wrote:
Quote:It has been said that chaos needs no recipe. But if there was, these would be the ingredients.
More Things Involving Shipgirls That Are No Longer Allowed, Rule 2321

I seem to recall that from Kenko's Girl Days way back when?

Yah, just checked. Chapter six, and referenced back to in later chapters.
RE: Quotes for Grabs
(08-14-2017, 03:27 AM)Niteflier Wrote:
robkelk Wrote:
Quote:It has been said that chaos needs no recipe. But if there was, these would be the ingredients.
More Things Involving Shipgirls That Are No Longer Allowed, Rule 2321

I seem to recall that from Kenko's Girl Days way back when?

Yah, just checked. Chapter six, and referenced back to in later chapters.

Oh, I don't doubt it. There's a lot of uncredited idea-reuse in the "Things Involving Shipgirls That Are No Longer Allowed" vignettes.

EDIT: And I forgot to post the quote I came here to post. <sigh> Here it is:

"The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter — it is the Art of Peace, the power of love."
- attributed to Morihei Ueshiba
Rob Kelk

Sticks and stones can break your bones,
But words can break your heart.
- unknown
RE: Quotes for Grabs
I was going to say "oh, cool! I have to use that for DW-S!" Except I went to paste it into the dev file's quotes section and it was already there. You must have suggested it before at some point, Rob, because it was exactly the same translation.
-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....
RE: Quotes for Grabs
(10-12-2017, 09:07 PM)Bob Schroeck Wrote: I was going to say "oh, cool!  I have to use that for DW-S!"  Except I went to paste it into the dev file's quotes section and it was already there.  You must have suggested it before at some point, Rob, because it was exactly the same translation.

Well, better to offer it twice than not to offer it at all...
Rob Kelk

Sticks and stones can break your bones,
But words can break your heart.
- unknown
RE: Quotes for Grabs
A quote that would likely appeal to Doug's sense of humor:

"That which does not kill us, makes us harder to insure." - Red Green

and another one that applies to Doug...

"The longest journey begins by not looking at a map." - Red Green
RE: Quotes for Grabs
Ah, yeah, very Doug.
-- Bob

I have been Roland, Beowulf, Achilles, Gilgamesh, Clark Kent, Mary Sue, DJ Croft, Skysaber.  I have been 
called a hundred names and will be called a thousand more before the sun grows dim and cold....
RE: Quotes for Grabs
Found a few more Red Green quotes:

"Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."
"A man who speaks his mind is called a bachelor."
"If you have diarrhea, never stifle a sneeze."
"Men are like blenders. Most women think they should have one, but they aren't sure why."
"Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed"
"I asked my wife what would it take to make me look good with my shirt off? She said 'two bottles of wine and a lunar eclipse'."

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