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

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Coho, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Hazad

    Hazad Senior member

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    "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
     
  2. Cior

    Cior Well-Known Member

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    You know, this is starkly contrasted to that notion we are all taught -- that specialization is the hallmark of advanced societies.

    But I think that notion is wrong. Specialization to the point where you can't do any of those things does not feel right. I feel the best knowing that I can do a number of things, and do them well. Of those, I know I don't know how to set a bone, and I haven't died yet.

    ~ H


    Advanced societies need worker bees. Worker bees can only teach others what they know. This is not a slight against those, I myself am a small cog in the machine. However, understanding your role is vital. Knowing when you pull back the curtain there is indeed a man there pulling the strings is a eureka-like moment.

    Those who know how to build something will always work for those who know why to build something. A fact of life.
     
  3. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    "Truth is stranger than fiction."

    and on a related note,

    "That doesn't even happen in Hollywood!".
     
  4. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Advanced societies need worker bees. Worker bees can only teach others what they know. This is not a slight against those, I myself am a small cog in the machine. However, understanding your role is vital. Knowing when you pull back the curtain there is indeed a man there pulling the strings is a eureka-like moment. Those who know how to build something will always work for those who know why to build something. A fact of life.
    I prefer to know both.
     
  5. redcaimen

    redcaimen Senior member

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    Its not the things we dont know that hurt us. Its the things we do know, that just aint so.

    Twain.
     
  6. lpresq

    lpresq Senior member

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    Great thread; I've compiled many memorable quotes over the years...enjoy:


    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
    \tFrank Outlaw

    "Despite all expectations, the time of my last campaign and of my passing is near. Let not my end not disarm you, and on no account weep or keen for me, lest the enemy be warned of my death" -Genghis Khan

    The pleasure and joy of man lies in treading down the rebel and conquering the enemy, tearing him up by the root and taking from him all that he has." -Genghis Khan

    "I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself." -Johnny Carson

    Ego is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

    Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.

    The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak.
    \tJacques Benigne Bossuet

    Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
    \tStewart E. White

    The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
    \tThomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

    Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
    \tNapoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

    It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
    \tAndre Gide (1869 - 1951)

    Observe not how one wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us.
    \tCharles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832)

    Power is holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them.
    \tAmy Tan (1952 - )

    Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.
    \tEpicurus

    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
    \tSir Winston Churchill

    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
    \tWilliam G. McAdoo

    A real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
    \tThomas Paine

    I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.


    IF
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
    But make allowance for their doubting too,
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
    If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
    If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much,
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son! --Rudyard Kipling
     
  7. Kookz

    Kookz Senior member

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    How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. -Annie Dillard
     
  8. MetroStyles

    MetroStyles Senior member

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    Great thread; I've compiled many memorable quotes over the years...enjoy:

    Some good ones in there. Thanks.
     
  9. Tangfastic

    Tangfastic Senior member

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    George Best: I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
     
  10. jaac

    jaac Senior member

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    "From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life." - Arthur Ashe
     
  11. Meursault-

    Meursault- Senior member

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    My thoughts are my trollops. - Diderot, or perhaps Voltaire.

    Because they are.
     
  12. soso

    soso Well-Known Member

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    When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. - Lao Tzu
     
  13. bobyoung7

    bobyoung7 Well-Known Member

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    I have lots, but here are a couple.

    When we are alone and quiet, we are afraid that something might be whisper in our ear, so we hate the silence and drug ourselves with social life. Nietzsche

    Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
    If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
    Til she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
    I must have you!" Thomas Parke D'Invilliers
     
  14. superfans124

    superfans124 Senior member

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    "if you can't do it in style, why bother doing it at all"~

    can't remember who said it, probably just a stupid movie quote, but I love it, lol
     
  15. Sherman90

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    From the Master Emerson:

    "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not ... Read Morerealities and creators, but names and customs.

    Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

    - from Self-Reliance (mandatory reading)
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    "Beautifully shines a spirit through the bruteness and toughness of matter. Alone omnipotent, it converts all things to its own end."

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    "When a thought of Plato becomes a thought to me, - when a truth that fired the soul of Pindar fires mine, time is no more. When I feel that we two meet in a perception, that our two souls are tinged with the same hue, and do as it were run into one, why should I measure degrees of latitude, why should I count Egyptian years?

    The student ... Read Moreinterprets the age of chivalry by his own age of chivalry, and the days of maritime adventure and circumnavigation by quite parallel miniature experiences of his own. To the sacred history of the world he has the same key. When the voice of a prophet out of the deeps of antiquity merely echoes to him a sentiment of his infancy, a prayer of his youth, he then pierces to the truth through all the confusion of tradition and the caricature of institutions."

    - from History
     
  16. 6ApRadat

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    "Si vis pacem, para bellum" Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

    "If you wish for peace, prepare for war"

    My favorite of all time, from the Punisher movie. RIP.
     
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  18. connor

    connor Senior member

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    "everyone has a plan until they get hit" - mike tyson
     
  19. Sherman90

    Sherman90 Senior member

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    "everyone has a plan until they get hit" - mike tyson

    Amazing!
     

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