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TheParser
Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:13:56 AM
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Great joke, Coaq. It's always nice to start the day with a chuckle.

Some people, in fact, think that many problems are due to surfeit. For example, some European civilians during World War II reportedly had improved health, for rationing prevented them from overindulging in sugar and red meat.

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No. 25

"If men could only know each other, they would never idolize or hate."

-- Elbert Hubbard
dave argo
Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:44:28 PM

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"Know thyself"...first.

Comes straight from heaven according to Juvenal, the ancient Greeks heard it, and it has been disregarded since.
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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:13:59 AM
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dave argo wrote:
"Know thyself"...first.



Excellent advice, Mr. Argo.


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No. 26


"He had the theatricality, and the love of theatricality, of the extremely shy."


-- One Adam Phillips commenting on the poet Byron
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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 1:45:01 AM

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This probably, in some way, applies to Bayron, but I would say that, in general, shyness and theatricality are exclusive. Shy people avoid exposing themselves, they avoid theatricality.
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This might sound a bit harsh, but:

Everything is well in your life when food tastes good, your stomach is working, and you don't sweat when you poo.

- JJ


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 5:41:57 AM
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No. 27


"Our antagonist is our helper."

-- Edmund Burke
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 12:22:00 PM

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I feel that this last is well connected to dave argo's "Know thyself".

One of the ways an antagonist helps is by letting one see how others view one. A leader surrounded by 'yes-men' doesn't see his mistakes until too late. One who listens to his antagonists may suddenly realise 'Whoops! That was a stupid idea of mine. Let's amend that plan."

"O wad some Power the giftie gie us. To see oursels as ithers see us!"
Robbie Burns


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TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 8:35:25 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
One who listens to his antagonists may suddenly realise 'Whoops! That was a stupid idea of mine. Let's amend that plan."






Interesting interpretation.

I do not know the context of Mr. Burke's quotation.

I interpret it another way.

I guess that it doesn't matter so long as it "speaks" to us in our own individual way.


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No. 28


"If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert."



-- David Ben Gurion
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:40:26 AM
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No. 29

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."


-- William James
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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:48:59 AM

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TheParser wrote:
No. 28
"If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert."
-- David Ben Gurion

Ha! I like that one!

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TheParser
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 3:50:16 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

Ha! I like that one!


Me, too.


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No. 30


"True, things should be made as simple as possible -- but no simpler."


-- Albert Einstein
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:19:40 AM

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"It was quite ridiculous to choose the by-path of villainy when there was a better toll to be taken on the highway of honesty."

-Gil Blas in The Adventure of Gil Blas of Santillane by Alain Rene Le Sage-

I read the passage today and have thought it is worth sharing here.

What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
TheParser
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 4:38:25 AM
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FROSTY X RIME wrote:


I read the passage today and have thought it is worth sharing here.


Very thought-provoking. Thanks.


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No. 31


"Mother, suppose I want to change things -- then what . . . ?"



-- Those words were spoken by a six-year-old boy after his mother had told him that "No one can change" the appalling conditions of child labor in the factories of those days in Europe. That child was Friedrich Engels (1820 - 1895), one of the founders of modern communism.
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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 7:18:32 AM

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That child was Friedrich Engels (1820 - 1895), one of the founders of modern communism.

Yes - looking back at the conditions of the 'working classes' in those days, one can understand the intention behind the desire to revolt and to change society.

A hundred and fifty years ago, in the cotton mills near where I was born.


Of course, nothing like that these days . . .


Shame that Communism can't be made to work in a society in which any person wants more than others have.

Another one from him.
A nation cannot become free and at the same time continue to oppress other nations. The liberation of Germany cannot therefore take place without the liberation of Poland from German oppression.
Engels, Speech on Poland (1847)



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TheParser
Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2016 5:29:12 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

Yes - looking back at the conditions of the 'working classes' in those days, one can understand the intention behind the desire to revolt and to change society.





I understand that some people today are seeking to improve working conditions in some countries where children and adults make relatively inexpensive clothing and shoes for people in the West.



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No. 32



"If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras."



(This is an example of Occam's razor. The New Oxford American Dictionary (2001) defines it as "the principle that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary.")
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
This might sound a bit harsh, but:

Everything is well in your life when food tastes good, your stomach is working, and you don't sweat when you poo.

- JJ




That doesn't sound harsh to me! I had had too many decades living not well, and may I never again!!! Pray Pray Pray

This is my only now.
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2016 9:22:36 AM
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No. 33

"Those who are tough when they should be compassionate will be compassionate when they should be tough."


-- attributed to the Torah
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No. 34


"There are occasions when an honest 'no' is better than an insincere 'yes.' "


-- Kathryn Renner
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No. 35


"He who tortures animals wounds the feelings of the German people."



-- A notice on the wall in the office of Gestapo founder Hermann Goering, whose titles included Master of the German Forests. (Source: The Little, Brown Book of
Anecdotes
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"A point in every direction is no point at all." -The Land of Point



"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
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"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.." -unconfirmed




"When you don't know where you are going, you have to stick together just in case someone gets there." - Ken Kesey
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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:19:49 AM
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No. 36


"Why does coffee smell better than it tastes? Because that applies to everything in life."



-- ?
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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:36:26 AM

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TheParser wrote:



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No. 32



"If you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras."



(This is an example of Occam's razor. The New Oxford American Dictionary (2001) defines it as "the principle that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary.")
)



I like the quote. Applause

What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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"Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage."

- Ambrose Bierce


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
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“Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?”


by William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 5:17:03 AM
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No. 37


"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."


-- attributed to one Heather Cortez.

(I also have this quotation in Spanish and it is attributed to John Lennon.)
TheParser
Posted: Friday, November 25, 2016 7:29:32 AM
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No. 38

"In any vision of the future, chance always forms a blind spot which the mind's eye can never penetrate."


-- Alexis de Tocqueville
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"We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know."

- W. H. Auden


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2016 6:41:51 AM
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No. 39


"Because God does not punish sinners instantly, people feel it is safe to do wrong."


-- Ecclesiastes 8:11 (from The Living Bible paraphrased)
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Posted: Monday, November 28, 2016 7:26:33 AM
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No. 40


"Because I am a bastard."


-- Ernest Hemingway, the American writer (when he was asked why he had deserted his wife -- and small child -- for another woman, whom he did, however, later marry).


Source: The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes
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No. 41


"It never pays to kick a skunk."


-- ?
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Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right.

- Henry Ford

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. Ben Williams
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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2016 2:10:25 AM

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Hm, this discussion of if Wolsey said it or not reminds me of a quote many of us probably know, but we either forget who said it, or we misattribute it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall used "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" to summarize Voltaire's beliefs. It was not a quote by Voltaire himself.

I always forget who actually said it, so maybe I can remember this now.

Also Yogi Berra has a quote attributed to him: "I never said most of the things I said." I have no idea if he actually said that, but it makes for an interesting paradox. More Yogi here. I loathe the Yankees but at least they gave us Yogi Berra and his quotes.

I particularly enjoy the idiom section of this fine website.
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Posted: Sunday, December 04, 2016 4:19:47 AM
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No. 42

"We go through life mishearing and misseeing and misunderstanding so that the stories we tell ourselves will add up."


-- Janet Malcolm
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