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Sunday, September 12, 2004

May I Quote You on That...

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."
-Robert Frost

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."
-George Washington

"We need a president who's fluent in at least one language."
-Buck Henry

"To answer brutality with brutality is to admit one's moral and intellectual" bankruptcy.
-Mahatma Gandhi

"In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes."
-Mogens Jallberg

"Democracy, as has been said of Christianity, has never really been tried."
-Stuart Chase

"Unnecessary laws are not good laws, but traps for money."
-Thomas Hobbes

"If you doubt that crap personality is the driving force behind conservative politics, look back to your childhood. I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut that every one of your friends and acquaintances who was an asshole then, is a conservative today."
-Rack Jite

"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."

"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity."
-Albert Camus

"There must be more to life than having everything."
-Maurice Sendak

"Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they've stolen."
-Mort Sahl

"When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have long been of the opinion that if work were such a splendid thing the rich would have kept more of it for themselves."
-Bruce Grocott

"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."
- G. K. Chesterton

"No work of art is ever completed, it is only abandoned."
-Paul Valery

"To keep silent and act wise
Still not as good as drinking sake
Getting drunk and weeping."
-Otomo no Tabito

"The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing."
-Gamel Abdel Nasser

"It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea."
-Robert Anton Wilson

"It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and shameful."
-Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Justice is incidental to law and order."
-J. Edgar Hoover

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
-Bertrand de Jouvenel

Homo homini lupus (Man is a wolf towards man)."

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."
-Adrienne Gusoff

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
-Groucho Marx

"Brevis esse laboro obscurus fio (I try to be brief, but only become obscure)."

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
-Mahatma Gandhi

"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events."
-Sir Winston Churchill

"Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies."
-W. L. George

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies- in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."

"For 45 years of the Cold War we were in an arms race with the Soviet Union. Now it appears we're in an arms race with ourselves."
-Admiral Eugene Carroll, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.)

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
-Albert Einstein

"The test of a good idea is its ability to last through a hangover"
-Jimmy Breslin

"The earth is degenerating these days. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer mind their parents, every man wants to write a book Blog, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching."
-Assyrian Tablet, c.2800BC

OK, I felt I had to update the last one...