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Shadow Lodge

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“I am sick, of obscure towns that exist ... for the sole accommodation of these so-called limerick writers – and even sicker of their residents, all of whom suffer from physical deformities and spend their time dismembering relatives and attending fancy dress balls.” - The editor of the Limerick Times, circa 1900

"I'm going to have to check the lease, but I'm pretty sure we're not allowed to have a meth lab.' ~ Guy from modern family

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I've been reading The Great Shark Hunt.

"I returned to the Holiday Inn—where they have a swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms—to consider the paradox of a nation that has given so much to those who preach the glories of rugged individualism from the security of countless corporate sinecures, and so little to that diminishing band of yesterday's refugees who still practice it, day by day, in a tough, rootless and sometimes witless style that most of us have long since been weaned away from."


"If I had to take hell, I would use the Australians to take it and the New Zealanders to hold it." - Erwin Rommel

Lantern Lodge

"Freedom has many difficulties, and democracy is not perfect. But we have never had to build a wall to keep our people in. . . John F Kennedy, about the Berlin Wall

Lantern Lodge

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"I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people." - J.R.R. Tolkien, responding to a potential German publisher for The Hobbit, as a Take That against the then in power Nazi regime

A facebook post asked for ideas for packed lunches, somebody suggests bananas, another frend responds:
"Bananas are a**holes. They don't handle temperature changes well."

If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. — Red Green

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"I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice." - CEO Nwabudike Morgan, Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

Loren Eiseley

"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. " - Thomas Jefferson

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln

"I drank what?!?"

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"To win a hundred battles is not of the supreme excellence. To subdue one's enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today. - Admiral David Beatty witnessing battlecruiser HMS Invincible exploding in the battle of Jutland 1916.

“He lyved lyke a lyon and dyed lyke a dogge.” - John Rastell, 1529

It's time to take these mo'fo's out!

--Grandfather Pei

Liberty's Edge

Harry, you're alive -- and you're a horrible shot!
-- Lloyd (Jim Carrey), Dumb & Dumber

A lie is halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
-- Mark Twain

If you can discover a better way of life than office-holding for your future rulers, a well-governed city becomes a possibility. For only in such a state will those rule who are truly rich, not in gold, but in the wealth that makes happiness—a good and wise life. - Plato, "The Republic"

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A few quotes about radicals:

Radicalism is “the conservatism of tomorrow injected into the affairs of today.” - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

“I am in every fibre of my body a radical” - Theodore Roosevelt

“I tell you the so-called radicalism of our times is simply the effort of nature to release the generous energies of our people.” - Woodrow Wilson

“A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air”-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Don’t get the idea that I’m one of these g$!&@@ radicals. Don’t get the idea that I’m knocking the American system.” - Al Capone

“If a man is right, he can’t be too radical; if he is wrong, he can’t be too conservative.” - Henry Wheeler Shaw, pen name Josh Billings

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‎"This is my program; if they are gonna cut off someone's microphone it's gonna be yours!" Judge Judy.

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We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.
— Winston Churchill, Speech in the House of Commons, 4 June 1940

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"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct." - Niels Bohr, to Wolfgang Pauli, on Pauli's nonlinear field theory

The Exchange

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"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error." - Cicero

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"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead". - Thomas Paine

Grand Lodge

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If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
—Winston Churchill

"The only way to last a really long time is to build something useful enough that people will want to keep it going after you die, and to cultivate a sense of ownership in other people. In short: make good sh*t and give it away as fast as you can." ---- Lisa Williams

"There is no silver bullet and frankly you probably don't need one. It is far more important to be able to find the right kind of gun, be able to load the gun, and perhaps most importantly, be able to figure out where the werewolf is." --- Matthew Oliphant

Shadow Lodge

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"This is not a peace. It is an armistice for 20 years."
Ferdinand Foch on the Treaty of Versailles, 1919

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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche


Some gems from Winston Churchill;

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Winston Churchill

“We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”
― Winston S. Churchill


“Don’t believe any false rumours unless you hear them from me.” - Victor Schiro, mayor of New Orleans from 1961 to 1970

Lantern Lodge

He who plants a garden, plants peace (or happiness, in some versions) - Chinese proverb

Lantern Lodge

Isaac Asimov had writer's block once. It was the worst ten minutes of his life.
— Harlan Ellison (supposedly)

Scarab Sages

Quotations are an interest of mine (as opposed to a hobby - hobbies cost money). I collect them.
I'll just pop in with a quick goulash for now...

"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."
- John Stuart Mill

"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."
- Albert Einstein

"When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion."
- C. P. Snow

"Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us."
- Jerry Garcia

"Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it."
- George Orwell

"In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded."
- Terry Pratchett

"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain."
- Mark Twain

"Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting."
- Alan Dean Foster

"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive."
- Robert Louis Stevenson

"When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place."
- "Dear" Abigail Van Buren

"To say the least, a town life makes one more tolerant and liberal in one's judgement of others."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms."
- Stephen Jay Gould

"Look at yourselves. Some of you teenagers, students. How do you think I feel and I belong to a generation ahead of you - how do you think I feel to have to tell you, 'We, my generation, sat around like a knot on a wall while the whole world was fighting for its human rights - and you've got to be born into a society where you still have that same fight.' What did we do, who preceded you ? I'll tell you what we did. Nothing. And don't you make the same mistake we made...."
- Malcolm X

"Things are only impossible until they're not."
- Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation

“If God did not want them shorn, he would not have made them sheep.”
— Eli Wallach, The Magnificent Seven

"Is it just me, or are there far too many talking, disembodied heads around these days?"
- The Nameless One, Planescape: Torment

And of course....

"A witty saying proves nothing."
- Voltaire

"One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well." - Amos Bronson Alcott

"Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24-7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume - snap... crackle... this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world..." - Hugh Elliott

Silver Crusade

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
Ralph W. Sockman

Silver Crusade

It is better to discuss things, to argue and engage in polemics than make perfidious plans of mutual destruction. - Mikhail Gorbachev

Scarab Sages

A few computer and video game quotes....

"I feel it! I feel the Cosmos!" - little girl, Katamari Damacy

"Guess what? I've named a boil on my ass after you. It too bothers me every time I sit down." - Gheed, Diablo II

"Thou shalt be slain – my apologies!" - Yoshimitsu, Soul Calibur III

"Weren't there more trees here before? Oh, that's right. I blew them up." - Malcolm the Jester, The Legend of Kyrandia Book III: Malcolm's Revenge

"That's a lot of money. Too I wasn’t being serious. You’re also under arrest for trying to bribe a Watchman." - the protagonist, Neverwinter Nights 2

“Admit your defeat, Corak!”
“I do. Initiate self-destruct sequence, code 0-0-1.”
“What? No! NOOOOOO!!!*KABOOM*” - Sheltem/Corak/Sheltem, Might & Magic: Darkside of Xeen

"Good job! Good job! Good job! *etc*" - the trainer, Might & Magic: Clouds of Xeen

"I do not miss...except at will." - Malcolm the Jester, The Legend of Kyrandia Book I

"The world will change, true. But who is to say it isn't for the better?" - Malah, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

“You steal men's souls, and make them your slaves!”
“Perhaps the same could be said of all religions.” - Richter Belmont/Count Dracula, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

"My, that was a yummy mango!" - the text line, Rogue

"You know what they say: 'To save the world, you have to push a few old ladies down the stairs.'" - Bernard, Day of the Tentacle

Scarab Sages

I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

"That's a lot of money. Too bad I wasn’t being serious. You’re also under arrest for trying to bribe a Watchman." - the protagonist, Neverwinter Nights 2

Fixed my mistake. A few more since I'm here....

"I think, therefore I am...I think." - Nordom, Planescape: Torment

"It is not your fault. It is our fault for believing in you." - The King of All Cosmos, Katamari Damacy

"I'm ready for you this time!" - Sheltem, Might & Magic: Darkside of Xeen

"What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk – HAVE AT THEE!" - Count Dracula, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

"I know my apprehension might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written." - Atrus, Myst

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My son is nearly 19 now, but this gem fell out of his mouth while shopping a few Christmases back:

"Dad, I love you. But I'm not sure if it's because you're my dad or if it's Stockholm Syndrome." --my son at 12 years old.

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"You can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are." -- Jeph Jacques

"No matter how far you travel or how much you run from it, can you ever really escape your past?" -- Becky Hartman Edwards and Michael Patrick King

Scarab Sages

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"If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for who we really are." - Captain Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint, Part I"

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Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"To the world you may be one person, but to at least one person you are the world." -Various

Shadow Lodge

"Ah, you see, the poor dumb beasts have no thumbs, so I ask you... how are they holding their cards? It should be impossible, and yet somehow they go on... playing the game. In the end, Razputin, aren't we all just dogs playing poker?" - Edgar, Psychonauts

Shadow Lodge

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"The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault." - Harry Dresden, Blood Rites

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