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I'm sure we've all read or heard particularly note worthy things in our lives, things that are highly quotable or have been quoted for a long time already. So I was wondering which of these note worthy sentences or paragraphs stick the most to us.

Of course there I'm starting it off, I figured I should look up something particularly nice.
So here is one of those lines that has struck me as particularly insightful. emoticon

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This is a good idea. Of course, I can't think of anything at all off the top of my head, but I know for a fact I've got one laying on my desk at home. If I think of it, I'll share.

Hehe! Of course, right now I'm giggling a bit, since that quote that you gave is used in Civilization 4, and I keep hearing it in the voice of the narrator there! emoticon

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Well, guess I'll do the second quote as well then. emoticon


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I think I found one I like, at least it made me laugh:

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Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
    
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Haha! Awesome, both of them!

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"I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not. They are strangers in their birthplace, and the leafy lanes they have known from childhood or the populous streets in which they have played, remain but a place of passage. They may spend their whole lives aliens among their kindred and remain aloof among the only scenes they have ever known. Perhaps it is this sense of strangeness that sends men far and wide in the search for something permanent, to which they may attach themselves. Perhaps some deep-rooted atavism urges the wanderer back to lands which his ancestors left in the dim beginnings of history. Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs. Here is the home he sought, and he will settle amid scenes that he has never seen before, among men he has never known, as though they were familiar to him from his birth. Here at last he finds rest." — W. Somerset Maugham

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I've got another good one as well. emoticon


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If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

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emoticon I love Sagan!

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quote:

Reythia wrote:

emoticon I love Sagan!



He's eminently quotable. Here's another quick one, the very opening from COSMOS:

The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be. Our contemplations of the cosmos stir us. There is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory of falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the grandest of mysteries.
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Great Quotes from him indeed. emoticon

How about this one though? emoticon


Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.
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Diplomacy is the art of saying, "Nice doggie!" until you can find a rock.

-- Will Rogers

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I found a funny one. emoticon

<^uzi> Think of it -- for years, thousands of years, savages with pathetic painted faces were scared shitless that fire would rain down from the sky. And !@#$, we made it happen. God bless Dow and Boeing....
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PS, anyone with profanity always filtered will miss a few words I guess. emoticon
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This one reminds me of not being to sure of myself.

We are each entitled to our own opinion, but no one is entitled to his own facts.
           -- Patrick Moynihan
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Just found this one in one of my newsletters:

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"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence."
 Vince Lombardi, Former head coach of the Green Bay Packers

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Another of my favorites:

Victory always starts in the head. It's a state of mind. It then spreads with such radiance and such affirmations that destiny can do nothing but obey.

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This one is actually kind of relevant to science. emoticon

"You would do well not to imagine profundity," he said. "Anything that seems of momentous occasion should be dwelt upon as though it were of slight note. Conversely, trivialities must be attended to with the greatest of care. Because death is momentous, give it no thought; because victory is important, give it no thought; because the method of achievement and discovery is less momentous than the effect, dwell always upon the method. You will strengthen yourself in this way."
           -- Jessica Salmonson, "The Swordswoman"
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Very much so, QS.

*sigh* I really have to remember this thread when I'm home, next to my quote!

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Reythia, please do remember this thread at home then. emoticon

And I suspect that this quote is pretty true...

The future is a race between education and catastrophe.
           -- H.G. Wells
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As curses go, I really like this one. emoticon

Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy
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I get some good quotes from song lyrics. For example:

To you, is it movement, or is it action?
Is it contact, or just reaction?
And you, revolution -- just resistance?
Is it living, or just existance?
Yeah, you! It takes a little more persistance
To get up and go the distance.


-- Rush, The Enemy Within
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"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
     --Buddha


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If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.

-- Buddhist Master Lin Chi
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And a bit of common wisdom. emoticon

Don't stop to stomp ants when the elephants are stampeding.
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From an excellent fantasy book (and who says those can't be "fine literature", too!):

Events may be horrible or inescapable. Men have always a choice -- if not whether, then how, they may endure.
From "The Curse of Chalion" by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Thanks for the Quote Reythia and here is one from me again. emoticon

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
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Interesting to see they realised this one early on. emoticon


As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.
           -- Maurice Wilkes, designer of EDSAC, on programming, 1949
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HAHAHAHA!!! That's awesome! I'd never thought about how it must have first appeared. emoticon

...I write this as I take a break from my own debugging, of course.

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I like this one very much:

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
Nelson Mandela

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I love this one.

"You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star," Nietzsche.


But my favourite quotes come from Jerome K Jerome. I can read his work for hours, over and over again and always find something new in it.

"I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."

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