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The Exchange

Sara Marie wrote:

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


Wonderful quote.

“Something unknown is doing we don’t know what.”

– Sir Arthur Eddington, astrophysicist

“Is the mind more like a fancy system of domino chains or a bathtub full of spring-loaded mousetraps? I’m betting on the latter.” – Douglas Hofstadter

“Convention is like the shell to the chick, a protection till he is strong enough to break it through.”

– Anonymous

“In science you want to say something nobody ever knew before, in words everyone can understand. In poetry, you are bound to say something everyone knows already in words that nobody can understand.” – Paul Dirac, theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate

“Nobody really cares if you're miserable so you might as well be happy.”

– Cynthia Nelms

“Experts believe the iPad will revolutionize the way people procrastinate.” – David Letterman

“Under a tyranny, the privileges of the strong are rights and the rights of the weak are privileges.” – Anonymous

“Human beings have a strong tendency towards rationality and decency. (If they had not, they would not desire to legitimize their prejudices and their passions.)”

– Aldous Huxley

“Sunburn is very becoming – but only when it is even – one must be careful not to look like a mixed grill.”

– Noel Coward

No one knows my country, neither the stranger nor its own sons.”

– Bruce Hutchison, The Unknown Country (1942)

“He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it.”

– Karl von Knebel (1744-1834)

“In Hiroshima, we are reminded of war all the time,”

“In Tokyo and other cities, they are passive and they never think about real things in the world such as war. But here, it’s in front of our eyes. Everybody has relatives who suffered from the atomic bombing. So we really think about how to change the world.

“We have to blame ourselves also, and take responsibility, which Japanese don’t like to do. We are always asking other countries to apologize to us. But we should apologize also. If we really want to make world peace, we have to have more events here, instead of just one day a year. We need to bring the whole world here to see how terrible war is.” -Kaori Sasaki, Japanese nurse and resident of Hiroshima, on the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Liberty's Edge

"Take Back America? The nerve and gall. Who are they taking America back from, and who are they giving it to?"
- The Reverend Al Sharpton, speaking on Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin's recent "Take Back America" rally

“There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.”

– Joseph Roux (1834-86)

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”

– George Carlin

“Debauchery is liberating because it creates no obligations. In it you possess only yourself; hence it remains the favourite pastime of the great lovers of their own person.”

– Albert Camus

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. - Junius



“If it were not for these stories, jokes, jests, I should die; they give vent – are the vents – of my moods and gloom.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Ideas that we do not know we have, have us.”

– William Appleman Williams

Liberty's Edge

"...Some patients are recruited into survivor groups in which peer pressure is brought to bear, and they are asked to demonstrate politically correct solidarity by establishing themselves as members of a survivor subculture."
- Dr. Richard Ofshe, on the subject of hypnotherapy

Liberty's Edge

"A proclivity for science is embedded deeply within us, in all times, places, and cultures. It has been the means for our survival. It is our birthright. When, through indifference, inattention, incompetence, or fear of skepticism, we discourage children from science, we are disenfranchising them, taking from them the tools needed to manage the future."
- Carl Sagan

Liberty's Edge

"Consider aphorisms: Haste makes waste. Yes, but a stitch in time saves nine. Better safe than sorry; but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Where there's smoke, there's fire; but you can't tell a book by its cover. A penny saved is a penny earned; but you can't take it with you. He who hesitates is lost; but fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Two heads are better than one; but too many cooks spoil the broth."
- Carl Sagan, on the inherent contradictions of folk belief and religion

Liberty's Edge

"Those who invalidate reason ought seriously to consider whether they argue against reason with or without reason; if with reason, then they establish the principle that they are laboring to dethrone: but if they argue without reason (which, in order to be consistent with themselves they must do), they are out of reach of rational conviction, nor do they deserve a rational argument."
- Ethan Allen

Liberty's Edge

"An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public."
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Liberty's Edge

"Far indeed are we from allowing grown men to listen to such tales. Even to our own children, when they are crying their heart out, as the saying goes, we are not in the habit of telling fabulous stories to soothe them."
- Clement of Alexandria, Exhortations to the Greeks, AD 190

What happened?

Liberty's Edge

"Keeping an open mind is a virtue, but not so open that your brains fall out."
- James Oberg

Liberty's Edge

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage ... The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."
- Carl Sagan

Shadow Lodge

"It's okay when David Hasselhoff gets drunk, because we all know Kit can drive himself." Tosh.0

"Abnormal is so common, it's practically normal." -Cory Doctorow

“Oh, I could spend my life having this conversation – look – please try to understand before one of us dies” - John Cleese

"If you dislike change, you're going to dislike irrelevance even more." - General Eric Shinseki, former United States Army Chief of Staff

The Exchange

Spike: Oh, someone put a stake in me!
Xander: You gotta lot of volunteers in here.
Spike: I just can't take all this namby-pamby boo-hooing about the bloody Indians.
Willow: Uh, the preferred term is-
Spike: You won. All right? You came in and you killed them and you took their land. That's what conquering nations do. That's what Caesar did, and he's not going around saying, "I came, I conquered, I felt really bad about it." The history of the world is not people making friends. You had better weapons, and you massacred them. End of story.
Buffy: Well, I think the Spaniards actually did a lot of-- Not that I don't like Spaniards.
Spike: Listen to you. How you gonna fight anyone with that attitude?
Willow: We don't wanna fight anyone.
Buffy: I just wanna have Thanksgiving.
Spike: Heh. Yeah...Good luck.
Willow: If we could talk to him--
Spike: You exterminated his race. What could you possibly say that would make him feel better? It's kill or be killed here. Take your bloody pick.
Xander: Maybe it's the syphilis talking, but... some of that made sense.
Giles: I made a lot of these points earlier, but fine, no one listens to me.

Shadow Lodge

"Oh for a book and a shady nook..." -John Wilson

"There's a reason it's called 'girls gone wild' and not 'women gone wild'. When girls go wild, they show their t!ts. When women go wild, they kill men and drown their kids in a tub."
-- Comedian, Louis C.K.

I'll be back. - the Terminator.

I shall return. - MacArthur

Hello boys, I'm Baaaaaaack! - Russell Casse

“There’s a scheme of evasion that has gotten into everybody. It’s as though people were to say: ‘I get home dog tired after a terrible day out in that jungle, and then I don’t want to think about it. Enough! I want to be brainwashed. I’m going to have my dinner and drink some beer, and I’m going to sit watching TV until I pass out – because that’s how I feel.’ That means people are not putting up a struggle for the human part of themselves.”

– Saul Bellow

“Facts are what pedantic dull people have instead of opinions. Opinions are always interesting. Facts are only scaffolding, the trellis up which bright opinions grow.”

– A. A. Gill

“To be nobody-but-myself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”

– E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)

“I think we should always look back upon our past with a sort of tender contempt.”

– Dennis Potter (1935-94)

“What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.”

– Baruch Spinoza (1632-77)

“Erotica is using a feather, pornography is using the whole chicken.”

– Isabel Allende

“It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say, and then don't say it.”

– Sam Levenson

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns

“Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.”

– Samuel Johnson

Liberty's Edge

"[One] other idea brought up by republicans is to open up health insurance across state lines, so that health insurance carriers can compete nationally. It is argued that this would greatly benefit states where only a few companies exist, and that this would create competition, which would benefit the consumer. This would also allow companies to buy out and merge with others, potentially leading to huge monopolizations. This approach is also opposed by democrats, it seems for no other reason than because it's supported by republicans."
- Anonymous blogger "Ex-Leper"

Liberty's Edge

"Talent is total crap. It's study, practice, and work that counts."
- Greg Manchess

Liberty's Edge

The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:

"[One] other idea brought up by republicans is to open up health insurance across state lines, so that health insurance carriers can compete nationally. It is argued that this would greatly benefit states where only a few companies exist, and that this would create competition, which would benefit the consumer. This would also allow companies to buy out and merge with others, potentially leading to huge monopolizations. This approach is also opposed by democrats, it seems for no other reason than because it's supported by republicans."

- Anonymous blogger "Ex-Leper"

"What congress should be regulating more strictly are colleges, universities, and student loan companies. We need caps on how much students can be charged for tuition and text books, on student loan interest rates, and we need to expand greatly upon the template of community colleges. No one, save for the very poorest among us, should have to take out a loan to get an education, and when we can enact high quality education at genuinely affordable prices, it will grow and heal our country not just in our healthcare, but in all facets of our lives."

- Anonymous blogger "Ex-Leper"

Dark Archive

"You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue."
- William Blake

Liberty's Edge

Cause I mean even with this stuff we preach about 'the Sanctity of Life,' we don't practice it. Look at what we kill: misquitos and flies, because they're pests. Lions and Tigers, cause it's fun! Chickens and pigs, cause we're hungry. Pheasents and quail, cause it's fun… and we're hungry. And people, we kill people, cause they're pests… and it's fun!

And you might've noticed something else. The Sanctity of Life doesn't seem to apply to cancer cells, does it. You rarely see a bumper sticker that says 'Save the Tumors' or 'I Brake For Advanced Melanoma.'

Nah, viruses, mold, mildew, maggots, fungus, weeds, e-coli, bacteria, the crabs. Nothing's sacred about those things. So at best, the Sanctity of Life is kind of selective thing. We get to choose which forms of life we feel are sacred and we get to kill the rest. Pretty neat deal, huh? Know how we got it? We made the whole f~$!in' thing up!

- George Carlin

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