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TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 5:31:38 AM
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No. 43


"Hell is the truth learned too late."



-- ?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 5:41:24 AM

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No. 43

"Hell is the truth learned too late."

Agatha Christie's character Sir Roderick Horsfield in Third Girl. (1966)
The Darkness - Forbidden Love. (2012)
Stephen Charles James - The Woman with the Scarlet Shoes. 2014

A popular one!


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:15:15 AM

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No personality assassination, please. Here , one is either a teacher or a learner.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 7:19:27 AM
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No. 44


"[A] funereal assemblage of creatures, tightly packed together in an exiguous space, bumping and banging into one another, hardly moving the while and all looking as if they were practicing some painful penitential exercise."


-- Thomas Beecham (describing the dancing obsession that swept England after World War I).


Source: The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:49:21 AM

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"I were unfit to live in a Christian land if I liked you the less for such a Christian virtue as sincerity. A man who does not love sincerity sets his face against the distinguishing mark between a friend and a flatterer."

-Prelate, Gil Blas, Alain-Rene Lesage-



What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 4:06:57 AM

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FROSTY X RIME wrote:
"I were unfit to live in a Christian land if I liked you the less for such a Christian virtue as sincerity. A man who does not love sincerity sets his face against the distinguishing mark between a friend and a flatterer."
-Prelate, Gil Blas, Alain-Rene Lesage-

Not very easy to read, but a great message.
Definitely one I agree with - even if my meaning of 'christian' does not use a capital letter.
4. (Theology) (sometimes not capital) exhibiting kindness or goodness
5. humane; decent; generous.


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 4:11:46 AM

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A well-though-out topic, Mr Parser.

Continually interesting, and I'm learning a lot of quotes I have never heard before (it's always good to hear other viewpoints).

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almo 1
Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:42:17 AM
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Who never doubted never half believed;

Where doubt, the truth is—’tis her shadow.


—Philip James Bailey
(An excerpt from 'The Walton Experience')


Philip James Bailey (22 April 1816 – 6 September 1902) was an English Spasmodic poet.
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2016 8:25:36 AM
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No. 45


"I believe that if happiness is to be found, it is in stagnation. Ponds do not have storms."



-- Gustave Flaubert (who, we are told, was successful in leading a boring life).
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2016 7:09:26 AM
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No. 46


"Count your blessings, don't compare them."


-- ?
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:49:22 AM
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No. 47


"If you go walking through the leaves you'll have to put up with the rustling."



-- attributed to a German saying (it was mentioned in an article that discussed the topic of "Is loneliness really worse than a bad marriage?").
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:00:35 AM

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Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day
of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

William Topaz McGonagall

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TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:40:39 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:

Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away


It has been observed that much of the progress throughout history has been the result of what was learned in tragedies.

In other words, live and learn (the hard way).

For example, Europe has not been at war with itself since 1945.

Some people think that World War I and World War II (which some historians describe as European civil wars) were so horrific that Europeans feel that another war among European nations is simply out of the question.

I know NOthing about that bridge accident, but I am guessing that some design changes may have been effected after the tragedy.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:39:59 AM

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Train stops in train station, bus stops in bus station. Maybe that's why they call my PC workstation.

- seen this somewhere ;-)


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Friday, December 16, 2016 4:35:50 AM
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No. 48


"Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these."


-- "Walter Scott," penname of Lloyd Shearer, American journalist.
TheParser
Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 5:44:38 AM
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No. 49


"The future is full of surprises and outwits all our certitudes."



-- Arthur Schlesinger
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Monday, December 19, 2016 6:22:56 AM

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You never really know a man until you have divorced him.

- Zsa Zsa Gabor


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
March Hare
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I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.

- Edith Sitwell
Lotje1000
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

- Arnold H. Glasow
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:58:30 AM
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No. 50


"Be thou enemy an ant, see in him an elephant."


-- attributed to a Turkish saying
TheParser
Posted: Monday, December 26, 2016 4:53:53 AM
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No. 51


"Hell is other people."


-- Jean-Paul Sartre
coag
Posted: Monday, December 26, 2016 11:15:32 AM

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“I love a tree more than a man.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

Sometimes, when an idiot upsets me, I remember these words.
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 4:51:19 AM
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coag wrote:
“I love a tree more than a man.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven



Yes, and many people love their dogs (or other pets) more than they love human beings.

(It has been pointed out that dogs that harm people usually do so because of their irresponsible human owners.)
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 3:48:20 AM

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If plan 'A' didn't work,
there are still some more letters in the alphabet.
Just stay cool.

- uncompromising individual


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, January 1, 2017 4:25:54 AM
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No. 52


"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."


-- attributed to a Japanese proverb


*****

P.S. In the [United] States, when a teacher is absent for the day, a "substitute teacher" takes his/her place.

Occasionally, a student may say, "We had a substitute today. I learned more today than I have learned all year [from my regular teacher]."
TheParser
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017 4:11:08 AM
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No. 53


"Abusive language and swearing are a legacy of slavery, humiliation, and disrespect for human dignity, one's own and that of other people."



-- Leon Trotsky
TheParser
Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 8:52:10 AM
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No. 54


Florence Foster Jenkins (1868 - 1944), an American lady, is considered to have been the world's worst operatic singer, whom many people had great fun laughing at.

She ignored all criticism and continued to "sing."

In any case, she was very philosophical:

"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."


*****

If you can, watch the 2016 movie "Florence Foster Jenkins" starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.


(Some people are calling for a boycott of Ms. Streep's films because of her recent anti-Trump remarks. Other people say all actors' political comments should be ignored and that we should simply appreciate their acting abilities.)

March Hare
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"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude."

— Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."

— Albert Einstein
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:20:27 AM
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No. 55


"Whenever I meet someone I admire, I don't admire them anymore."

-- "Zack Hill" comic strip


*****

Have you ever met a movie star or athlete or singer or politician whom you admired? Chances are that after you know him/her for a while, you will discover that s/he is just another human being. In other words, s/he will say or do something that will cause you to admire him/her a little less. "Zack Hill" is telling us NOT to meet our heroes. Then those celebrities can remain heroes in our minds.


Many years ago, I saw a local activist get off the bus. I ran up to him and told him how much I admired the reforms that he was trying to push through. While we were talking, he saw an acquaintance in the distance and just walked away without a word.
coag
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You don't get no respect, TheParser.
(That guy walking away from you, without a word, reminded me of Rodney Dangerfield's jokes.)
TheParser
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017 8:07:00 AM
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Thanks for your comment.

I currently admire a certain gentleman whose services are badly needed at this time in the history of the United States, but I definitely would not want to meet him in person.
Lotje1000
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TheParser wrote:
"Zack Hill" is telling us NOT to meet our heroes. Then those celebrities can remain heroes in our minds.

I currently admire a certain gentleman whose services are badly needed at this time in the history of the United States, but I definitely would not want to meet him in person.


The question then remains: Is ignorance as bliss more important than enlightenment? Are imaginary heroes better than enlightened regular people? Or to put it differently, should one prefer to continue worshiping someone unworthy because one is afraid to be disappointed? Does that, in some circumstances, not amount to sticking one's head in the sand?
FROSTY X RIME
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 8:38:01 AM

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"Today's wit is tomorrow's blockhead."

-Nunez the poet, Gil Blas, Aain-Rene Lesage-


There is a similar maxim that I remember but not recollect the person who said it.

"The solution to today's problem is tomorrow's problem."


They resonate very similarly to my ear.

What should be shall be-The fellowship of the ring-
FROSTY X RIME
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"You may as well attempt to fix the wind by nailing the weathercock."

-Gil Blas, Lesage-


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