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Security Chief Michael Garibaldi [Jerry Doyle]: "What are you so nervous about? We went up against the entire Earth Alliance and two carrier groups."
Security officer: "Yeah, but this is the post office. This could get us in real trouble."
- Babylon 5, season 3, episode 13 "A Late Delivery From Avalon"

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“It’s weird how as a Latino I was able to grow up identifying with white characters. My favorite character was Spider-Man. It doesn’t get much whiter than Peter Parker. It’s not as if there were no Latino comic characters back then, but Spider-Man appealed more to me than Sunspot. On the other hand, I loved Darwin and Miguel O'Hara, but it had nothing to do with their Latino heritage. It’s almost as if the color of a characters skin has zero bearing on whether I can identify with them or not. In fact, if you can’t identify with characters of another race, or if you think that other people can’t identify with characters of another race, you might just be a racist.”
- Redditor hello_japan, kibitzing on the recent "ComicsGate" sidecircus

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“The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give it to them.”
- Dwight D. "I Fought the Third Reich and You Didn't" Eisenhower

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"Thorgrim and a few other grudge-bearing men were scouting around Gunnar Hámundarson's house. Gunnar woke up and stabbed Thorgrim through a gap with his halberd. Thorgrim returned to his comrades, who asked if Gunnar was home. "Find that out for yourselves, but this I am sure of: that his halberd is at home," he said, and fell down dead."

- English translation of Njáls saga (from Old Norse, circa 1280)

When OEDILF (The Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form) reaches the "ha" section of the alphabet, I plan to submit a limerick to define "halberd", and append this text to the entry. At the moment, we have reached "go", so it might be a few years yet.

For now, though, you can find "glaive" and "glaive-guisarme" in the OEDILF.

EDIT: HERE

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“The mullahs of the Islamic world and the mullahs of the Hindu world and the mullahs of the Christian world are all on the same side. And we are against them all.”
- Arundhati Roy

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"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Plan 9 is my pride and joy. We used Cadillac hubcaps for flying saucers in that."
- Edward D. Wood Jr.


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Literally the worst joke I've ever heard:

"So I hurt my arm this morning and was in the hospital. As I was sitting waiting to be seen, the lad next to me said, "Fair fa' yer honest sonsie face! Great chieftain o' the puddin race!" I turned my head around to the lady on the other side, and she said, "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie!" Surprised, I said to the doctor walking past, "Is this the psychiatric ward?" To which he said, "No, sorry, this is the Burns unit."

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“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
― Ayn Rand

Say what you will about Ayn Rand, but truer words have seldom been spoken - and I dread that a lot of people are presently just making the inverse of the very same miscalculations she made.

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“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.”
- Orville Wright


"Many of the battlefield and regimental commanders who would lead the Russian attacks [in Finland] were by this time little more than groveling flunkies whose every battlefield decision had to be seconded by a political commissar before orders could go to the troops. The Blitzkrieg...was quite unsuited to a ponderous, top-heavy army of ill-trained soldiers led by timid officers, overseen by inexperienced party ideologues, and sent forth to conquer a country whose terrain consists of practically nothing but natural obstacles to military operations."
- A Frozen Hell: the Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940, by William R. Trotter (1991)

"Entire Soviet divisions have no intelligence estimates of the enemy. They have inaccurate maps, although they do have brass bands and propaganda posters. They're bringing flat-trajectory field guns into some of the densest forest in the world, and every division is dragging around anti-tank guns even though the Finns have no tanks."
- World War Two, episode 15: "The Invasion of Finland [8 December 1939]" (2018)

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“Perkele!”
- Finlandball

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“People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them.”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

“People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them.”

― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Wow read that book my freshmen year of high school and have never thought of it since.

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I've never read it myself, but from what I saw looking at some of his other quotes, it might be worth your going over it again.

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“Nature is not human-hearted.”
- Lao Tzu

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“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.”
- Philip K. Dick


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"You have to understand something to have a problem with it."
- Joseph Hall-Patton, the Cynical Historian


I unfortunately know a lot of people who would beg to differ on that one.

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“You're not going crazy. You're going sane in a crazy world!”
- The Tick


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Young Thomas was a longshoreman by trade
whose guild ceased work to fight for wages fair.
The strike drags on; 'tis weeks since he's been paid--
a crawl toward destitution and despair.
But he has been from truest hardship saved;
his sweetheart Gina's at an inn employed
where, for her love, she works as though enslaved
so they might still their usurers avoid.
She tells him softly, "We must not despair;
despite our prospects grim, we must endure!
We have our love; 'tis wealth beyond compare,
worth all the trials of our fate unsure.
--With pray'r alone, we have survived 'til now.
Pray, take my hand! We'll triumph soon, I vow!"

- Giovanni Bongiovi's third quarto, sonnet III: "Living Upon a Prayer"

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David M Mallon wrote:

Literally the worst joke I've ever heard:

"So I hurt my arm this morning and was in the hospital. As I was sitting waiting to be seen, the lad next to me said, "Fair fa' yer honest sonsie face! Great chieftain o' the puddin race!" I turned my head around to the lady on the other side, and she said, "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie!" Surprised, I said to the doctor walking past, "Is this the psychiatric ward?" To which he said, "No, sorry, this is the Burns unit."

Say "Good night", Gracie.


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Quote of the Day, "That's an emotional argument. Emotional arguments are for defense attorneys."

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“Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.”
- Albert Camus


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I present to you:

H.P. Love Shack

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“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.”
- Jim Hightower

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"Sir, I admit your general rule
That every poet is a fool.
But you, yourself, may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet."

-Attributed to Alexander Pope

Scarab Sages

“It requires more courage to suffer than to die.”
― Napoleon Bonaparte

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I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

“It requires more courage to suffer than to die.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

I can relate.

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“I have a scheme for stopping war. It's this - no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.”
- Will Rogers


"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left."
- Ecclesiastes 10:2, NIV

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"If the left half of the brain controls the right half of the body then only left handed people are in the right mind."
— W.C. Fields

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"But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! "
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathustra

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"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you're not in this world to live up to mine."
— Bruce Lee

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"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
- Mahatma Gandhi

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"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."
- Linus Pauling

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“Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview – nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.”
- Stephen Jay Gould

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“Maybe this world is another planet's hell.”
- Aldous Huxley

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"Passive acceptance of the teacher's wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position."
- Bertrand Russell

Scarab Sages

"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business."
- Tom Robbins

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"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made."
- Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism

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“He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all.”
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A prognosis, it must be noted, that applies not only to Christianity but to ALL group identities!

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"If you don't know what your government is doing, you don't live in a democracy."
– Jane Anne Morris (RIP 5/28/2019 - another star snuffed by ALS)

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“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
- Gore Vidal

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"Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law."
- Justice Louis Brandeis


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:

"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business."

- Tom Robbins

Ranger Brad [Dan Conroy] - "Quiet today. I certainly hope someone here needs a forest ranger sometime..."

Dr. Roger Fleming [Brian Howe] - "Hello. I'm Dr. Roger Fleming, and I seem to have lost my way."
Ranger Brad - "I'm Ranger Brad, and that's what I'm here for. You can call me Ranger Brad. Most folks do."
Dr. Roger Fleming - "Yes. Ranger Brad. Of course. I like that. Do you think you could tell me the way to Cadavra Cave?"
Ranger Brad - "Cadavra Cave? Why do you want to go there?"
Dr. Roger Fleming - "Ranger Brad, do I tell you all your ranger business?"
[both laugh]
Ranger Brad - "No, I guess not. Keep going on this trail about a mile, you can't miss it."
Dr. Roger Fleming - "Thank you, Ranger Brad. You've been very... helpful."
Ranger Brad - "Any time. Oh, say, you don't believe those old legends about the Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, do you?"
[Dr. Fleming laughs]
Dr. Roger Fleming - "Ranger Brad, I'm a scientist. I don't believe in anything."

- The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)

One of my top 5 all-time favorite movie quotes

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"Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."
- Sir William Blackstone


Mike Stoklasa - "Jay, where's our celebrity guest?"
Jay Bauman - "I don't know. I feel like we've been waiting here forever."
Mike: "We built a f~&@ing doorway and everything."
Jay: "Oh, wait, I think I see him there."
Mike: "Oh s*~~!"
Jay: "And get in position. Ah... ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our very special guest... from the Ellen Show, it's Rich Evans!"
Mike: "Oh my god, it's him..."
Jay: "It's really him!"
Mike: "And he's really here everybody!"
Rich Evans: "OK, Patton, we're gonna do some Plinketto today, and, um, we're gonna watch some terrible movies."
Patton Oswalt: "I'm pretty excited, Mr. Evans."

- Red Letter Media, Best of the Worst: Plinketto #8

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