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Topic: Your quote of the day
Posted By: Zagros
Subject: Your quote of the day
Date Posted: 13-Jan-2007 at 19:19
This thread has been created for AE folk to post excerpts that they thought outstanding, for whatever reason (comedic, informative etc.), from something that they have read, based on any subject/topic. Include the title and a link or reference to the article, book, journal, website etc. in the format that I have used below.
 
Please don't discuss the merits of other people's chosen excerpts, and, the submissions should not be more than 5 paragraphs (ideally).
 
OK, I'll start of with this:
 
With respect to Iran, one House member told Seymour Hersh, "Theres no pressure from Congress" to avoid military action. "The only political pressure is from the guys who want to do it." The coming war is an imperative of Empire, not just Republican extremism or the compulsion of Christian fascists courting Armageddon.
In fact, an attack on Iran is straight out of the Democrats playbook.
Stephen Zunes, Middle East Editor for Foreign Policy in Focus, remarked on the Democratic Partys 2004 platform:

One possible target for American forces under a Kerry administration is Iran. The platform implies an American right to such military intervention by stating that "a nuclear-armed Iran is an unacceptable risk to us and our allies." No concern is expressed, however, about the already-existing nuclear arsenals of Irans neighbor Pakistan or of nearby Israel. Iran has called for a nuclear-free zone in the region, which the Democrats appear to reject, apparently because it would require Americas regional allies to get rid of their nuclear arsenals as well. The Democrats, like the Republicans, believe that instead of pushing for multilateral and verifiable arms control treaties, the United States can effectively impose a kind of nuclear apartheid, unilaterally determining which countries can have nuclear weapons and which countries cannot.

Get that: Iran has called for a nuclear free Middle East and the Democrats and Republicans alike have rejected that call.
From Lieberman to Obama to Clinton to Kerry to Harman to Bayh to Dean, the story is the same. Robert Dreyfuss writes that "just as the Democrats meekly got in line to support the invasion of Iraq, many (perhaps most) elected Democrats are demanding a confrontation with Iran, too. Some, such as Hillary Clinton, are even trying to out-Bush the president in demanding a showdown with Iran."

The Democrats position paper on "defense," "Real Security: Protecting America and Restoring Our Leadership in the World", says Democrats will "roll back the nuclear threats of Iran and North Korea." The document, gangster style, literally states that Democrats in power would make "an offer Iran cannot refuse" adding, "Iran should understand the existential threat of military response"
 
From: 
 
- Iran:The Unthinkable War
Part One: Pretending You Didnt Know

by Juan Santos
 

 



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Posted By: The Grim Reaper
Date Posted: 13-Jan-2007 at 20:32

Quote from Clint Eastwood's character in the film, "UNFORGIVEN":

"We all got it comin', kid!"Nuke
 


Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 17-Jan-2007 at 17:02
"First of all,a barbarian is the one who believes in barbarity."

Claude Levi-Strauss.


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 18-Jan-2007 at 17:35
In their conservative, Christian, evangelical eschatology, Jesus Christ is supposed to ride down from heaven in some sort of golden chariot or something with angels blaring trumpets. There will be a "rapture" of the faithful, and they will be whisked up to the heavens to sit next to Christ's throne where, presumably, Pat Boone or somebody like him will lead a sing-along of "Onward Christian Soldier." Jews need not apply; the unbelievers will be "Left Behind." Condi Rice, John Bolton, General Boykin, Ted Haggard, and the rest of them can hold hands and greet Armageddon together. It will be a loving tribute to the "intelligent design" of a "creator" who would never hurt a stem cell but is willing to blast the whole planet to bits. [The music swells, a slow dissolve, roll credits.]
 
 
From: Bush, Iran, and Armageddon
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-a-palermo/bush-iran-and-armageddo_b_38948.html - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-a-palermo/bush-iran-and-armageddo_b_38948.html


Posted By: pekau
Date Posted: 18-Jan-2007 at 21:56
"Don't try to be successful. Try to be valuable."
 
-pekau (That's right, I came up with that!)


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Join us.


Posted By: Balaam
Date Posted: 19-Jan-2007 at 01:33
Allah is the Creator of all human beings. Allah is the God for the Christians, the Jews, the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the atheists, and others.
 
 
From: http://www.batkhela.com/islam/ - http://www.batkhela.com/islam/


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Posted By: ulrich von hutten
Date Posted: 19-Jan-2007 at 01:43
See you later, Alligator
 
Bill Haley someone in 1950s 
 


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Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 19-Jan-2007 at 12:40
"If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all."

Erica Jong



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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 19-Jan-2007 at 15:36
"I know some people,who know some people, that robbed some people"

Snoop Dog


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: Top Gun
Date Posted: 20-Jan-2007 at 04:21

bella detesta matribus

war are the dreads of mothers


Posted By: Slick
Date Posted: 20-Jan-2007 at 04:42
"It is good that war is so dreadful, or else we might grow too fond of it."~General Lee during the American Civil War.

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"Dai Ichi Dai Man Dai Kichi"


Posted By: ulrich von hutten
Date Posted: 20-Jan-2007 at 06:42
Don't be too superstitious it will only bring up missfortune.

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Posted By: Knights
Date Posted: 20-Jan-2007 at 06:49
"Nothing is what rocks dream about"

- Aristotle


Posted By: Praetor
Date Posted: 20-Jan-2007 at 07:36
"Evolution has been observed. It's just that it hasn't been observed while it's happening."

- Richard Dawkins LOL

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Posted By: Top Gun
Date Posted: 20-Jan-2007 at 13:22
Divide and conquer

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Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 21-Jan-2007 at 17:55
http://newsbiscuit.com/article/jade-to-be-hanged-in-iraq - Jade Goody to be hanged in Iraq

Disgraced Celebrity Big Brother star Jade Goody is to be executed in the Baghdad jail where Saddam Hussain was hanged.
Channel Four and the reality TV shows producers Endemol have responded to public criticism of Jades alleged racism with a surprise one-off revenge special. Goody is to be handed over to the Iraqi security forces for public execution and fans of Big Brother will be able to watch the execution live, as it is broadcast via a mobile phone.



Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 21-Jan-2007 at 17:59
Comedy gold:
 
Personality transplants are still rare and involve incredibly complex brain and heart surgery. Even if a suitable donor can be found there are dangers that the transplanted personality may reject its new body, which is thought to be a serious possibility in Michael Winners case.
 
lol.
 
http://newsbiscuit.com/article/michael-winner-to-receive-personality-transplant - http://newsbiscuit.com/article/michael-winner-to-receive-personality-transplant


Posted By: malizai_
Date Posted: 21-Jan-2007 at 18:16
Originally posted by Knights

"Nothing is what rocks dream about"

- Aristotle
 
Clap
 
"If it bleeds you can kill it"--Predator


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Posted By: Knights
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2007 at 10:08
"Before all else, be armed"

- Niccolo Machiavelli




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Posted By: Top Gun
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2007 at 14:23
let slip the dogs of war
 
shakespear's jullius ceasar


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Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 22-Jan-2007 at 14:42

Guys, this thread was meant more for things you happen to read day to day, for example, from current affairs rather than historical quotations!



Posted By: Knights
Date Posted: 23-Jan-2007 at 08:38
OK, sorry Zagros ...
Well than, my quote for the day is:

"Don't get mad, get sadistic!"

- Playstation 2 game 'Destroy All Humans!'


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Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 24-Jan-2007 at 14:35
I'm feeling very 'feminist' today, so here it goes:

"We are human beings first, with minor differences from men that apply largely to the act of reproduction. We share the dreams, capabilities, and weaknesses of all human beings, but our occasional pregnancies and other visible differences have been used even more pervasively, if less brutally, than radical differences have been to mark us for an elaborate division of labor that may once have been practical but has since become cruel and false."
                         - Gloria Steinem

otherwise known as one of the most influential American feminists!

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Maziar
Date Posted: 24-Jan-2007 at 15:59
"Animals are humans too!" Said my professor todayLOL


Posted By: eaglecap
Date Posted: 26-Jan-2007 at 20:46
yaba daba doooooo!!


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Λοιπόν, αδελφοί και οι συμπολίτες και οι στρατιώτες, να θυμάστε αυτό ώστε μνημόσυνο σας, φήμη και ελευθερία σας θα ε


Posted By: Dolphin
Date Posted: 07-Feb-2007 at 08:07
"Life, if you're fat, is a minefield- you have to pick your way, otherwise you blow up"
Miriam Margolyes

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Posted By: Timotheus
Date Posted: 07-Feb-2007 at 20:40
"In the villages men knew better. There they remembered the threnes that had been composed when news came that the city had fallen, punished by God for its luxury, its pride and its apostasy, but fighting a heroic battle to the end. They remembered that dreadful Tuesday, a day that all true Greeks still know to be of ill omen; but their spirits tingled and their courage rose as they told of the last Christian Emperor standing in the breach, abandoned by his Western allies, holding the infidel at bay till their numbers overpowered him and he died, with the Empire as his winding-sheet."

Runciman, The Fall of Constantinople


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Opium is the religion of the masses.

From each according to his need, to each according to his ability.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 08-Feb-2007 at 01:14
I found an old quote I'd written down from my economics teacher and thought it kinda counts...

"And then we have the Africans, but we don't care about them because they're all poor."


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Posted By: The Canadian Guy
Date Posted: 09-Feb-2007 at 19:28
Don't worry about suicide bombers, one day or another they will be gone~ Royal Canadian Air Farce-political comedy show-taking about the war on terrorism.    

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Hate and anger is the fuel of war, while religion and politics is the foundation of it.


Posted By: Gargoyle
Date Posted: 11-Feb-2007 at 01:18

"It goes without saying that the North Germans can't assimilate our folk-lore. Do you know anything more ridiculous than a Berliner in leather shorts? A Scotsman can be recieved in London, in the best society, dressed in his national costume - but anyone in Berlin who put on a Tyrol costume would give the impression that he was going to Carnival. It was with great reluctance that I had definately to give up wearing leather shorts. It was too much of a complication for me to have to change my clothes several times a day, like a mannequin, to adapt myself to the psychology of my visitors. In such dress, I couldn't have been taken seriously by Germans from north of Coburg. Throughout my youth, even in winter, I never wore anything else.

I first of all adopted the kind of costume that goes with riding-boots, then I fell back on the bourgeois pair of trousers. Indeed, as soon as one gives up the most comfortable clothes, why should one take to the most uncomfortable in exchange? But it's rather sad to see the old costumes gradually dying out.

I suggested to Himmler that he might dress two or three guards units in leather shorts. Obviously they would have to be handsome chaps, and not necessarily all from the South. I can quite well imagine a soldier with a Hamburg accent displaying sunburnt knees.

Apart from all that, leather shorts have an advantage that one's not afraid of getting them dirty. On the contrary. they're ennobled by stains, like a Stradivarious by age. In Germany nowadays all the young men are wearing leather shorts.

There are two things that I find charming when worn by young people - short trousers and skiing trousers. To think that there are idiots who wanted to make them wear boots! The habit of skiing can never be too much encouraged - because of Russia."

- Adolf Hitler..... on the evening of 17th February 1942.






Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 11-Feb-2007 at 12:47
"As much as idiot a white person can be ,the more stupid a black man seems to him."

Andre Gide,1927


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: DocStaph
Date Posted: 11-Feb-2007 at 15:03
It is better to progress in life then to decay

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Pregnancy is a Death Sentence to an Afghan Woman!


Posted By: DocStaph
Date Posted: 11-Feb-2007 at 15:10
Flowers are the supreme example of natures reproductive exuberance, ensuring the persistence of life against an onslaught of destructive forces, constantly evolving pathogens, and unpredictable environmental changes, Dr. Burger says.


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Pregnancy is a Death Sentence to an Afghan Woman!


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12-Feb-2007 at 06:54
FIFA president Sepp Blatter:

"I would like to apologize to our football fans in Australia
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The Socceroos should have gone into the quarter-finals in place of Italy. They were up to beat Italy."

I can now at least respect FIFA a little.


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Posted By: Dolphin
Date Posted: 12-Feb-2007 at 08:34
"I'm the Gaffer. The buck stops with me."
 
Steve Staunton, Ireland's charismatic soccer manager.
 Despite the fact that he is anything but the "gaffer", and by all accounts not only has the buck not stopped with him, it has gone right past him on numerous occasions.


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Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 12-Feb-2007 at 15:08
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth


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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2007 at 12:37
As we still live in a society where the politics of fear gives governments powers and keeps us feeling edgy at night, I think this historical quote is even more relevent today and could be in any newspaper. A chilling thought!
 
 
" I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. "
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Albert_Einstein/ - Albert Einstein
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)


Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2007 at 13:39
"You may go if you wish. But remember this: walk away now and you walk away from your crafts, your skills, your vocations; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, digitally-sampled techno-grooves, quasi-synth rhythms, pseudo-songs of violence-laden gangsta-rap, acid pop, and simpering, saccharine, soulless slush. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital American legacies of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, Memphis Slim, Blind Boy Fuller, Louis Jordon, Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley, Lieber and Stoller, and Robert K. Weiss."

Elwood Blues


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: Denis
Date Posted: 14-Feb-2007 at 12:14
Originally posted by Sined

 
" I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. "
http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Albert_Einstein/ - Albert Einstein
US (German-born) physicist (1879 - 1955)

That has been said so much that its become a buzz term.



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"Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing"

Victor Hugo


Posted By: Denis
Date Posted: 15-Feb-2007 at 08:11

"Decent people... Vote Ulster Unionist"

This was the Ulster Unionist Party slogan for the last General election. I always get a kick out of it.


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"Death belongs to God alone. By what right do men touch that unknown thing"

Victor Hugo


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 15-Feb-2007 at 11:06
The world is exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.

              - Carl Sagan, "Cosmos"


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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 17-Feb-2007 at 11:39
"Americans are crazy"
My father


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: Hellios
Date Posted: 18-Feb-2007 at 09:12
"The secret rules of engagement are hard to endorse when the appearance of conflict meets the appearance of force."
 
- Gordon Downie
 


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 19-Feb-2007 at 10:59
'Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.' Buddha 53 BC -483 BC



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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: ulrich von hutten
Date Posted: 19-Feb-2007 at 11:08
All generalisation is wrong....*
 
 
*My comrade Salgadur last saturday in a pub about 2.30 am


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Posted By: Gargoyle
Date Posted: 19-Feb-2007 at 11:46

Why should we be Politically Correct when Politics itself is Not Correct!

- Gargoyle... in the Shower this morning.




Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 25-Feb-2007 at 15:31
"Fraud monitoring is on"
 
Norton,the Sleepless Big Brother.


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 26-Feb-2007 at 13:58
I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.
Vita Sackville-West

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 26-Feb-2007 at 13:58
People in nutrition get the idea that they are going to live to be a hundred and fifty. And they never do.
Adelle Davis

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Ahmed The Fighter
Date Posted: 27-Feb-2007 at 11:49
"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in time of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
Dante.


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"May the eyes of cowards never sleep"
Khalid Bin Walid


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 27-Feb-2007 at 14:43
I love HOT pizza with fresh veggies, anchovies and lots of melted mozzarella cheese!
   --Morty


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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 27-Feb-2007 at 14:46
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
--Bertrand Russell

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Dolphin
Date Posted: 02-Mar-2007 at 09:10

" I was talking to the girl I came onto last night about it and told her that I didn't know she had a boyfriend."

What she say?
 
"She said it was really funny. I  think I have a chance".
 
 
My unfortunate friend Mario, who hasn't quite grasped the meaning of 'funny' when referring to chatting a girl up.


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Posted By: Hellios
Date Posted: 04-Mar-2007 at 14:52
"Little stabs of laughter fusing in your eyes." - Laika.


Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 04-Mar-2007 at 15:00
"We choose to go to the moon"
 
JFK


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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2007 at 12:00
No man ever prospered in the world without the consent and cooperation of his wife.
Abigail Adams 1809

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2007 at 12:03
Do your own thing. Just because youre married doesnt mean youve given up your rights to have an opinion.
           ---- Nancy Reagan


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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2007 at 12:12
"Love her"
"I told you, the feeling just isn't there anymore."
"Love her."
"You don't understand. The feeling of love just isn't there."
"Then love her, if the feeling isn't there, that's a good reason to love her."
"But how do you love when you don't love?"
"My friend, love is a verb. Love-the feeling-is a fruit of love, the verb. So love her. Serve her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathise. Appreciate. Affirm her. Are you willing to do that?"

~Excerpt from Dr. S. R. Covey's book, "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"


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Posted By: Balaam
Date Posted: 06-Mar-2007 at 07:11
"Its like we are continents apart yet its only a short drive"
 
- What I said to a friend when we were discussing how her family has dinner at 6 and mine has it around 7


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Posted By: TheGuardian
Date Posted: 06-Mar-2007 at 08:44
            "I dont even know what street Canada is on " Al Capone


Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 06-Mar-2007 at 13:40
"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor." ~ H. D. Thoreau

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Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 07-Mar-2007 at 15:27
"It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you."

           Lady Bird Johnson

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: morticia
Date Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 16:23
"Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. Its much sexier than any body part."
--Aimee Mullins, Oprah Magazine, May 2004

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"Morty

Trust in God: She will provide." -- Emmeline Pankhurst


Posted By: ulrich von hutten
Date Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 19:28
"Nice shot "
--- Larry Bird NBA Finals 1985 Lakers- Celtics, Match 3


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Posted By: Gundamor
Date Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 19:37
Arnie says with a big grin on his face and Austrian accent "It's as satisfying to me as, uh, coming is, you know? As, ah, having sex with a woman and coming. And so can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like, uh, getting the feeling of coming in a gym, I'm getting the feeling of coming at home, I'm getting the feeling of coming backstage when I pump up, when I pose in front of 5,000 people, I get the same feeling, so I am coming day and night. I mean, it's terrific. Right? So you know, I am in heaven."

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pumping Iron 1977


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"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind"


Posted By: Balaam
Date Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 21:41
Don't blame me I voted Labor
 
-bumper sticker sitting on my kitchen bench from back in the days when my parents were active Labor party members.


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Posted By: T. Ape
Date Posted: 25-Mar-2007 at 22:37
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war. -Earnest Hemingway


Posted By: Spartakus
Date Posted: 26-Mar-2007 at 03:05

"Bad News : Oil is running out ,Good News : Oil is running out."

-Hermann Scheer,Le Monde Diplomatique

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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. "
--- Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky, 1991, Russian-American poet, b. St. Petersburg and exiled 1972 (1940-1996)


Posted By: T. Ape
Date Posted: 27-Mar-2007 at 01:04

We tend to assume that power, like nature, abhors a vacuum. In the history of world politics, it seems, someone is always bidding for hegemony. Today it is the United States; a century ago it was Britain. Before that, it was the French, the Spaniards and so on. The 19th-century German historian Leopold von Ranke, doyen of the study of statecraft, portrayed modern European history as an incessant struggle for mastery, in which a balance of power was possible only through recurrent conflict.

Power, in other words, is not a natural monopoly; the struggle for mastery is both perennial and universal. The "unipolarity" identified by commentators following the Soviet collapse cannot last much longer, for the simple reason that history hates a hyperpower. Sooner or later, challengers will arise, and back we must go to a multipolar, multipower world.

But what if this view is wrong? What if the world is heading for a period when there is no hegemon? What if, instead of a balance of power, there is an absence of power? Such a situation is not unknown in history. Though the chroniclers of the past have long been preoccupied with the achievements of great powers--whether civilizations, empires or nation states--they have not wholly overlooked eras when power has receded. Unfortunately, the world's experience with power vacuums is hardly encouraging. Anyone who dislikes U.S. hegemony should bear in mind that, instead of a multipolar world of competing great powers, a world with no hegemon at all may be the real alternative to it. This could turn out to mean a new Dark Age of waning empires and religious fanaticism; of endemic rapine in the world's no-go zones; of economic stagnation and a retreat by civilization into a few fortified enclaves.

From:
 
The End of Power
Wall Street Editorial
 
By Niall Feguson
http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110005244 - http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110005244
 


Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 29-Mar-2007 at 20:11
Racist British Imperialists: Olef Caroe and later Dr. C.J. Wills, Persia as it is: 1887:

"AND IN TRUTH THE PERSIAN IS NO-FINE WEATHER SOLDIER; NOR IS HE A MERE FIGHTING MACHINE. HARDY AND OF POWERFUL PHYSIQUE, HE IS AT THE SAME TIME VERY INTELLIGENT, AMENABLE TO TIGHT DISCIPLINE, SOBER, BRAVE AND READY TO UNQUESTIONABLY FOLLOW HIS OFFICERS IF HE CAN TRUST THEM"


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 30-Mar-2007 at 16:53
 
i have recently watched the film 'The History Boys', and while the movie is one long volume of memorable and interesting quotes, two stick out for me and i apologise for the profanity but i thought the expression was valid in the context used..Embarrassed
 
.."History is just women following behind.....with a bucket"...
 
..."History is just one f*****g thing after another".....
 
..i thought they were interesting perspectives...


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Posted By: Gargoyle
Date Posted: 30-Mar-2007 at 21:31

"Oh, look at me! I'm making people happy! I'm the magical man - from Happyland! In a gum-drop house on Lollypop Lane! ... Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic."

- Homer Simpson





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Posted By: Gargoyle
Date Posted: 30-Mar-2007 at 21:40

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

- Mark Twain





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Posted By: Knights
Date Posted: 03-Apr-2007 at 01:38
Quite a funny one raised by a classmate of mine today (he shall remain anonymous):
"Subjectivity is right! Nothing is objective! Full stop."
Smile


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Posted By: Theodore Felix
Date Posted: 03-Apr-2007 at 21:42
"Superpowers behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other whom he assumes to have perfect vision... Of course, over a time even two armed blind men can do enormous damage to each other, not to speak of the room."

Henry Kissinger, The White House Years pg.522

Quoted from 'War and Society in the Roman World'


Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 12-Apr-2007 at 17:25
For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.

"Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!

It so happens that idealism enough for anyone is not made of perfumed pink clouds. It is the law! It is the US Constitution.

But I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened instead is that it was taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d'tat imaginable.
 
Kurt Vonnegut, second world war veteran - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13659.htm - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13659.htm


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Posted By: Sorgina
Date Posted: 17-Apr-2007 at 06:39
http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/114.html - I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.
 
Groucho Marx


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Posted By: Dolphin
Date Posted: 17-Apr-2007 at 07:09
"Get away from me, you creep"
 
A particularly charming girl's response to an 'approach' from one of my mates on the dance floor last night


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Posted By: Sorgina
Date Posted: 17-Apr-2007 at 09:28
I have nothing but respect for you, and not much of that.
Groucho Marx

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Posted By: Aelfgifu
Date Posted: 17-Apr-2007 at 10:07
The killing of a man is not the defence of a doctrine, it is the killing of a man.
 
Sebastian Castellio, on the burning at the stake for heresy of Michel Servet by Calvin.


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Women hold their councils of war in kitchens: the knives are there, and the cups of coffee, and the towels to dry the tears.


Posted By: Sorgina
Date Posted: 18-Apr-2007 at 03:30
http://thinkexist.com/quotation/whenever_i_think_of_the_past-it_brings_back_so/341516.html - Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories.
 
Steven Wright


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Posted By: Adalwolf
Date Posted: 27-Apr-2007 at 04:41
"The idea of wilderness needs no defence. Only more defenders."

Edward Abbey


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Concrete is heavy; iron is hard--but the grass will prevail.
     Edward Abbey


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 09-May-2007 at 10:28
I can resist everything except temptation.
 
Oscar Wilde


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 09-May-2007 at 22:52
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

Martin Luther

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Posted By: sreenivasarao s
Date Posted: 09-May-2007 at 23:49

The worst thing about corruption as a system of governance is that it works so well.
Didier-Shantaram- G.D. Roberts



Posted By: sreenivasarao s
Date Posted: 10-May-2007 at 09:35

It is good to know what is wrong with the world. But it is just as important to know that sometimes, no matter how wrong it is, you cannot change it. And a lot of the bad stuff in the world was not really that bad until some one tried to change it. 
Karla Shantharam _G.D. Roberts

 



Posted By: sreenivasarao s
Date Posted: 13-May-2007 at 00:27
No political philosophy I ever heard of loves the human race as much as Anarchism. Every other way of looking at the world says that people have to be controlled and ordered around and governed. Only Anarchism trusts the human being enough to let him work it out for himself
Didier in "Shantharam"-G D Roberts


Posted By: sreenivasarao s
Date Posted: 13-May-2007 at 00:31

There are many animals that can express their happiness; but only the human animal has the genius to express a magnificent sadness. And for me it is some thing special, a daily meditation. Sadness is my one and only art.

-Didier in "Shantharam" by G D Roberts



Posted By: mamikon
Date Posted: 13-May-2007 at 00:54
There are many animals that can express their happiness; but only the human animal has the genius to express a magnificent sadness. And for me it is some thing special, a daily meditation. Sadness is my one and only art.

Not true, many animals express sadness, we are not the only ones


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Posted By: sreenivasarao s
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 03:41

There is no finer example of a useless proposition than saying that something is identical to itself.
-Wittgenstein   

 



Posted By: sreenivasarao s
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 03:46

A major source of conflict in the contemporary world is the presumption that people can be uniquely categorized based on religion or culture...ignoring the other identities that people have and value, involving class, gender, profession, language, science,morals and politics.

Amartya Sen Identity and violence



Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 20:00

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain



Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 20:01
Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
- Mahatma Gandhi


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 20:02
"Men take only their needs into consideration- - never their abilities."
Napoleon Bonaparte


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 20:04
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
Aesop


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 20:05
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. (Plato)


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15-May-2007 at 20:11
A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back. (Francis Bacon)


Posted By: red clay
Date Posted: 30-May-2007 at 12:52
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, those are the ones you want to concentrate on."
 
George W Bush


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"Arguing with someone who hates you or your ideas, is like playing chess with a pigeon. No matter what move you make, your opponent will walk all over the board and scramble the pieces".
Unknown.


Posted By: Zagros
Date Posted: 30-May-2007 at 16:44
"Fools aren't born. They're watered and grown like weeds by institutions such as Christianity."
 
No idea who.


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Posted By: Balaam
Date Posted: 06-Jun-2007 at 07:59
A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.
 
 
~ this was on the screen when I tried to go onto youtube a moment ago


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