What's your favorite quote of all time and why?

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  1. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    "That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget."---Sartre "It was one of those volatile April days, with enormous icebergs of silver-and-white cloud hurtling slowly across the sky above the city, bringing rapid alternations of glare and gloom, and now suddenly the sunlight in the windows was switched off almost with a click and I thought for a moment I was going to cry; I could not say why, precisely, although the photographs were part of it."—John Banville, The Untouchable
     


  2. Coho

    Coho Senior member

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    Good one Conne.

    "That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget."---Sartre[/I]
     


  3. Dedalus

    Dedalus Senior member

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    In most of his philosophical writings, including short stories and novels, Camus has great mastery over imageries evoked by the written words rather than the written words themselves. For example, in the stranger, I don't recall all the specific quotes except for the short one at the opening of the novel remarking his mother's death. However, the two scenes while the main protagonist is in prison, one about the son who came back as a made-man only to be murdered by his shocked family and the other about re-living life through the brief memory of having been in a certain place by tracing the walls, had never left my mind and soul. Those scenes and imageries elaborated his points beyond clever short quotes and I think they compliment his style to that of Schopenhauer, another one of my favorite philosophical writers.
    I decided today, I am not an "existentialist." This philosophical attitude is nothing but poison for the mind. My favorite book of all time used to be Albert Camus' "the stranger" albeit I read it in French. Now, I don't know what I am but I know what I am not.
    Sorry to dig up an old post (I wouldn't want this done to me) but I am so confused right now. Coho went from moron gimmick to Schoepenhauer-loving Oxford scholar.
     


  4. bachbeet

    bachbeet Senior member

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    Don't think I have a single favorite quote, but here are some random good ones:

    "There's this thing called being so open-minded your brains drop out." -- Richard Dawkins

    "Clean your finger before you point at my spots." -- Ben Franklin

    "I do not fear death, in view of the fact that I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it." -- Mark Twain

    "What we got here is... failure to communicate." -- from Cool Hand Luke

    "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy" -- Dorothy Parker (Tom Waits later borrowed it)
     


  5. culverwood

    culverwood Senior member

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    Romanes Eunt Domus

    CENTURION:
    What's this, then? 'Romanes Eunt Domus'? 'People called Romanes they go the house'?
    BRIAN:
    It-- it says, 'Romans, go home'.

    CENTURION:
    No, it doesn't. What's Latin for 'Roman'? Come on!
    BRIAN:
    Aah!
    CENTURION:
    Come on!
    BRIAN:
    'R-- Romanus'?
    CENTURION:
    Goes like...?
    BRIAN:
    'Annus'?
    CENTURION:
    Vocative plural of 'annus' is...?
    BRIAN:
    Eh. 'Anni'?
    CENTURION:
    'Romani'. 'Eunt'? What is 'eunt'?
    BRIAN:
    'Go'. Let--
    CENTURION:
    Conjugate the verb 'to go'.
    BRIAN:
    Uh. 'Ire'. Uh, 'eo'. 'Is'. 'It'. 'Imus'. 'Itis'. 'Eunt'.
    CENTURION:
    So 'eunt' is...?
    BRIAN:
    Ah, huh, third person plural, uh, present indicative. Uh, 'they go'.
    CENTURION:
    But 'Romans, go home' is an order, so you must use the...?
    BRIAN:
    The... imperative!
    CENTURION:
    Which is...?
    BRIAN:
    Umm! Oh. Oh. Um, 'i'. 'I'!
    CENTURION:
    How many Romans?
    BRIAN:
    Ah! 'I'-- Plural. Plural. 'Ite'. 'Ite'.
    CENTURION:
    'Ite'.
    BRIAN:
    Ah. Eh.
    CENTURION:
    'Domus'?
    BRIAN:
    Eh.
    CENTURION:
    Nominative?
    BRIAN:
    Oh.
    CENTURION:
    'Go home'? This is motion towards. Isn't it, boy?
    BRIAN:
    Ah. Ah, dative, sir! Ahh! No, not dative! Not the dative, sir! No! Ah! Oh, the... accusative! Accusative! Ah! 'Domum', sir! 'Ad domum'! Ah! Oooh! Ah!
    CENTURION:
    Except that 'domus' takes the...?
    BRIAN:
    The locative, sir!
    CENTURION:
    Which is...?!
    BRIAN:
    'Domum'.
    CENTURION:
    'Domum'.
    BRIAN:
    Aaah! Ah.
    CENTURION:
    'Um'. Understand?
    BRIAN:
    Yes, sir.
    CENTURION:
    Now, write it out a hundred times.
    BRIAN:
    Yes, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar, sir.
    CENTURION:
    Hail Caesar. If it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off.
    BRIAN:
    Oh, thank you, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar and everything, sir! Oh. Mmm!



    Success is not final, failure not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Churchill
     


  6. Nugget

    Nugget Senior member

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    Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
    Elbert Hubbard


    "If you fall off the donkey 7 times, you must bounce back up 8 times. BUT - if you fall off the donkey 10 times, you're not cut out for riding donkeys..."
    Guru Bob
     


  7. X-It

    X-It Senior member

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    One of my favorite quotes:

    "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
    -Theodore Roosevelt


    And:

    "We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offe"
    - Michel de Montaigne


    Great quotes. Thanks IUtoSLU. [​IMG]
     


  8. X-It

    X-It Senior member

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    "That God does not exist, I cannot deny, That my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget."---Sartre

    "Deus est regit qui omnia." - There is a God who rules all things.
     


  9. JetBlast

    JetBlast Senior member

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    "If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says it is impossible he is very possibly wrong." - Arthur Clarke

    "Though I fly through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am at 80,000 feet and climbing."- sign in the B-2 bomber/reconaissance hanger at Andersen AFB, Guam

    JB
     


  10. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

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    "All I need is some cool waves and some tasty buds, and I'm fine."

    Jeff Spiccoli.
     


  11. zupermaus

    zupermaus Senior member

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    "Life grows or contracts proportional to one's courage."

    Anais Nin,


    the other one of course:

    "We have to be the change we want to see in the world."

    Gandhi
     


  12. brissyboy

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    shit happens, arseholes cause it

    just makes me laugh
     


  13. The Deacon

    The Deacon Senior member

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    "I feel that I have the respect of the vast majority of my peers. Those who don't respect me are jealous and that's their problem".

    Dr. J circa 1978 in response to comments from Atlanta Hawks coke head forward John Drew.
     


  14. longskate88

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    Didn't read the whole thread, but:

    "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
     


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    dexterhaven Senior member

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    I've always liked this quote from Keats: "A fact is not a truth until you love it."

    I've also always liked this one, by Ambrose Bierce, said as he was about to wander off into warring Mexico: "Pray for me. Real loud."
     


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