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Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2004 -
Apóslâmin ida corbalanyrtne 'lsão rohl'daathiém vá nença iroyssÿrd.

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us." Franz Kafka

"A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit." Erasmus

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Galileo Galilei

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle

"Art for art's sake makes no more sense than gin for gin's sake."
W. Somerset Maugham

"Virtue is praised but hated. People run away from it, for it is ice-cold and in this world you must keep your feet warm." Denis Diderot

"What comes into the world and disturbs nothing deserves neither consideration nor patience." René Char

"...each of us has to find out for himself what is permitted and what is forbidden - forbidden for him. It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard. And vice versa. Actually it's only a question of convenience. Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them; things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each person must stand on his own feet."
Herman Hesse

"There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish; to bewail it is senseless." W. Somerset Maugham

"No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman." Honoré de Balzac

"The fact is that I don't know where ideas com from. . . if you were writing a book on the mating habits of pigs, you'd probably pick up a few goodish ideas by hanging around a barnyard in a plastic mac, but if fiction is your line, the only real naswer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn't collapse when you bang your head against it." Douglas Adams (from punchinello)

"I am what other's see me as. I am also my longings, my desires, my speech." Rainer Maria Rilke (from punchinello)


Seven from queentrixie:

"My cat flushed my lighter down the toilet today." Queen Trixie

"The larynx is not a plaything." Marge Simpson

"Everybody eventually surrenders to the swirl." Jello slogan

"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder." Ralph W. Sockman

"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"They believed their words. Everybody shows a repectful deference to sounds that he and his fellows can make. But about feelings people really know nothing. We talk with indignation or enthusiasm; we talk with oppression, cruelty, crime, devotion, self-sacrifice, virtue, and we know nothing real beyond the words." Joseph Conrad

"We should have a great many fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of your ideas only, and not for things themselves." John Locke


"I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d'etat imaginable." Kurt Vonnegut

"We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh." Nietzsche

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Benjamin Franklin

"Religion began when the first knave met the first fool." Voltaire

"Who could believe in, or worship, such a perverse creator who determines whether you spend an eternity in joy or torment, based on whether or not you believe in him." Dr. Steven Weinberg

"Teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the archaic doctrine of a personal God, to give up the source of fear which has placed vast power in the hands of the clergy and priests. Such a doctrine is not only unworthy, but fatal, and has done incalculable harm to human spiritual progress." Albert Einstein

"I've never understood why this morbid, so-called Suffering God of the Semitic tradition has so captured the Western imagination."
Pratapaditya Pal

"Instead of scurrying into a corner and wailing about what [the] media are doing to us, one should charge straight ahead and kick them in the electrodes." Marshall McLuhan

"Sredni Vashtar went forth, His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white. His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death. Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful." Saki (from peth)

"When people say 'Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too.' Fuck off. What good is a goddamn cake you can't eat? What should I eat, someone else's cake instead?" George Carlin

"My local yellow pages has eight pages of listings for 'beauty'. Listings for 'truth': zero. Take that, Aristotle."

"All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance." Edward Gibbon

"Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few." Amos Bronson Alcott

"It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it." Henry Allen

"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Oscar Wilde

"You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race." George Bernard Shaw

"After each war there is a little less democracy to save." Brooks Atkinson

"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." Malcolm X

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible." George Orwell

"There is a chalk outline slowly being drawn around common sense and most people can't identify the victim." Dennis Miller

"So many Americans, so few dreams."


Eight by Gorey, from queentrixie:

"The more attention given this stone, the more likely it is to turn into a frog." Edward Gorey

"Always burn correspondence. Disregard everybody. Faint gracefully. Howsoever interpret John Keats. Learn macrame. Nibble only. Protest quid-pro-quos. Remember seasons turning. Untangle vines. Walk extensively yonder. Zero." Edward Gorey

"It's all too much, too grim, too lovely. It's general chaos." Edward Gorey

"Oh, the of it all." Edward Gorey

"The sky has grown completely black; 'It's time to think of turning back.'" Edward Gorey

"I talk to my cats a lot now. That prevents me from talking to myself" Edward Gorey

". . .But his lordship's artificial limb could not be found. . ." Edward Gorey

"Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring." Edward Gorey


"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsover, by any religion, by any sect." Krishnamurti

"If luck comes, who comes not? If luck comes not, who comes?"
Chinese proverb

"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything."
Norman Lear

"When death comes, we take off our clothes and gather everything we left behind: what is dark, broken, touched with shame. When Death demands we give an accounting, naked we present our lives in bundles. See how much these weigh, we tell him, refusing to deny what we have lived. Everything that is touched by light loves the light. We the stubborn-as-grass, we who reel at the taste of sap and want our spirits cleansed, will not betray the weeds, snake, or crippled mare. Never leave behind what the light shone on." Linda Gregg

"If you get a drill and drill down 5km beneath the ground, it's teeming with life - millions of tiny living fossils. They resemble the earliest life forms and suggest that life started under the ground. The bible talks of Eden as a sunny parkland with white fluffy clouds, but it probably ascended from the region that we now associate with Hell." Paul Davies

"Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways." Samuel McChord Crothers

"Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman--a rope over an abyss. A dangerous across, a dangerous on-the-way, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous shuddering and stopping. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture and a going under. I love those who do not know how to live, for they are those who cross over." Friedrich Nietzsche

"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

"I was bloody in the haze of a nameless cannonball, but heaven knows I'm clockwork now. . ."

"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." James Joyce


Fourteen from queentrixie:

"We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow worm." Winston Churchill

"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering." St. Augustine

"You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you anywhere if only out of curiosity." Colin L. Powell

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another." James Matthew Barrie

"What things there are to write, if one could only write them! My mind is full of gleaming thought; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings. But always the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach." Logan Pearsall Smith

"On trains of thought: Strange saying, ‘I lost my train of thought.’ If thoughts where trains and your mind a maze of tracks what would your destination ultimately be? Can’t answer that really but the journey is the most interesting thing alive. There is a quote among my friends that my train of thought constantly derails. Well not only does it derail but it rolls off a cliff into a lake and promptly explodes just to spite physics."
Larisa Dawn Entermille

"The most merciful thing in the world. . . is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents." H.P. Lovecraft

"The mistake you make is trying to figure it out." Tennessee Williams

"We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves." Jean Guitton

"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time." Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night."
Dorothy Parker

"Everything is miraculous. It is miraculous that one does not melt in one's bath." Pablo Picasso

"If I seem free, it's because I'm always running." Jimi Hendrix


"The New Age? It’s just the old age stuck in a microwave oven for fifteen seconds." James Randi

"A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and thrown out for what he knows." Mark Twain

"How would you know you ever stood for something unless the rug was pulled out from underneath you?"

"Today, everybody remembers Galileo. How many can name the bishops and professors who refused to look through his telescope?" Anonymous

"The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact." Thomas Huxley

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." Eden Phillpotts

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." Albert Einstein

"this is my indomitable summer. the dark, frozen galaxies beyond pluto crack loudly from its heat." Mei

"More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
Saint Therese

"Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another." Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


Eleven from queentrixie:

"I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws."
Oscar Wilde

"The innocent only exist until they inevitably become perpatrators. Guilt and innocence is a matter of timing." Judge Rico

"What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it." Thomas Simmons

"Only that is spiritual which makes its own form. If I may not find its secret within myself, I shall never find it. If I have not got it already, it will never come to me." Oscar Wilde

"He who has a why for living will pass through almost any how."
Freidrich Nietzsche

"I altered the minds of men and the colours of things; there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder." Oscar Wilde

"I came alone and I go as a stranger. I do not know who I am or what I have been doing. I have sinned terribly and I do not know what punishement awaits me." Aurangzeb Alamgir

"Ye! The godless are dull and the dull are damned!" e. e. cummings

"If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. . . It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it." Albert Einstein

"If Life be, as it surely is, a problem to me, I am no less a problem to Life." Oscar Wilde

"He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence." William Blake


Quotes on the subject of love

Apóslâmin ida corbalanç 'lse nesgla ugaró-cham sa cru ogrulho batãoltha alémvásde.

last eleven:

Resurrection - Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Arts and Letters -
Friday, June 17, 2005
Domestic Obsessions -
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
The Kindness of Strangers -
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Gone -
Saturday, April 2, 2005
Coming Back, Little By Little -
Saturday, April 2, 2005
Effing Around -
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Explicably Yours -
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Things Too Innumerable To Mention -
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Mr. Armstrong -
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
The Pope in Our Kitchen -
Saturday, October 2, 2004

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