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Journal Le Marteau's Journal: Some of my favorite quotes 2

"Often we learn more about ourselves from the demons who oppose us than from our friends" - Orlando

"Every man dies, but not every man truly lives" - William Wallace

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible -- not to have run away. -- Dag Hammarskjold

Men are like parking spots..the good ones are taken and the only ones left are handicapped.

He who would be a man, must be a nonconformist. -- Emerson

In a world of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary

"It is better to travel than to arrive."

A person who is not a peace officer may arrest another person when any crime has been or is being committed by the arrested person in the presence of the person making the arrest

"The intelligent want self-control; children want candy."
~ Mevlana Rumi

This secret spoke Life herself unto me: "Behold," said she, "I am that which must ever surpass itself." - Nietzsch

The time to learn a skill is before you need to use it. By the time you need it, it is too late.

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."--Theodore Roosevelt

That voice that tells us what must be done and what must be avoided is always there. In everyone. It is our human duty to learn how to listen to our own intuitive sense of right and wrong. If we don't do that, we deserve whatever consequences follow.

They are modest even in virtue-for they want ease - Zarathustra; of the herd.

The coolness of concious, obvious strength. Full tilt, and vibrant with danger. - Bob Dylan, on Johnny Cash

Some people (in WoW) are just into childish insectoid politics, being considerate doesn't even enter the picture.

"In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty."
  - Thomas Jefferson

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
- Hellen Keller

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

Anything anybody can say about America is true.
- Emmett Grogan

How many lesbians does it take to change a light bulb?
Two. One to change the bulb and another to reflect on how much more gratifying
it was than a man.

"You know your god is man-made when he hates all the same people you do."

"Think for yourself, schmuck." -Robert Anton Wilson

Muriel Spark commented in "Memento Mori": "When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.

"People don't want a champion. They want to eat cheeseburgers, play lotto and watch television." -Detective Somerset from the motion picture Seven

"Paranoia is only the leading edge of the discovery that everything in the world is connected." - `The Illuminatus Trilogy'

All truths are relative to place and time. - Unkn

"The Devil is often seen about town in a sharp looking suit." - Unkn

"Degeneracy can be fun but it's hard to keep up as a serious lifetime occupation." Robert M. Pirsig

"When you sit down at a table and can't work out who the fish are, YOU are the fish!" - "Rounders"

"It's a damned shame that so much so-called Buddhist writing seems intended to function like spiritual elevator music. Mix up some lullaby-style writing and a few well-worn Buddhist clichés or quotes from Yoda ("Let the Force flow through you!") or David Carradine's character in Kung Fu ("Patience, Grasshopper!"), if you don't know any real Buddhist sound bites--wrap it all up in a serene cover with a ripply-water picture and--Hey! Yer makin' Buddhism!" - Brad Warner

"Enlightenment is reality itself...if you want bliss, you'd be better off smokin' a fat ol' doobie, dude. Just brace yourself for a stiff dose of reality again when you've used up yer stash." - Brad Warner

The goal of computer science is to build something that will last at least
until we're finished building it.

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I
definitely overpaid for my carpet. - Woody Allen

The question is, why are politicians so eager to be president? What is it about the job that makes it worth revealing, on national television, that you have the ethical standards of a slime-coated piece of industrial waste? - Dave Barry

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

"Just once, I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'you're making a scene'." --Homer J. Simpson

Spouse, n.: Someone who'll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn't have had if you'd stayed single.

"Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform." - Mark Twain

"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed - where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once." - Judge Kozinski, 9th Circuit, Dissenting

"I used to jog, but the ice kept bouncing out of my glass."

He was born on third base and spent his entire life thinking he hit a triple.

"The country is headed toward a single and splendid government of an aristocracy founded on banking institutions and monied incorporations and if this tendency continues it will be the end of freedom and democracy, the few will be ruling and riding over the plundered plowman and the beggar . . . I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. This issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of the moneyed corporations which already dare to challenge our Government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." -Thomas Jefferson

I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
-- Ayn Rand, Anthem

"Even in the presence of others he was completely alone." ~ Robert M. Pirsig (1928-)US

"I go on living, more from force of habit than anything else." ~ Robert M. Pirsig (1928-)

I was pulled over in Massachusetts for reckless driving. When brought before the judge, I was asked if I knew what the punishment for drunk driving in that state was. I said, "I don't know... reelection to the Senate?"
Emo Philips

The way I understand it, the Russians are sort of a combination of evil and incompetence... sort of like the Post Office with tanks.
Emo Philips

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life.
Emo Philips

You have to run as fast as you can just to stay where you are. If you want to get anywhere, you'll have to run much faster. -- Lewis Carroll

Beauty is a bikini wax and waiting for your nails to dry.
Beauty is a colored pencil scribbled all around your eye.
Beauty is a pair of shoes that makes you wanna die. - FZ

Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche

No one lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I don't have any solution, but I certainly admire the problem.
Ashleigh Brilliant

If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.
Ashleigh Brilliant

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
Ashleigh Brilliant

  Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove. - Ashleigh Brilliant

Do your damndest in an ostentatious manner all the time. - Patton

"Oh, bother," said Pooh as he chambered another round.

Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. - Douglas Adams

The day Microsoft makes a product that doesn't suck is the day they make a vacuum cleaner.

Without deviation, progress is not possible. -- Frank Zappa

Compassion is really creating a kind of positive atmosphere, and as a result,
you will feel at peace and satisfied. With that kind of mental attitude...
wherever there is a compassionate person there is some kind of pleasant atmosphere. - H.H. The Dalai Lama

"You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your
dominant aspiration." - James Allen

"American Democracy is asking for a cup of coffee and getting to choose between Coke or Pepsi."

"Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
    Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich-Marshall
at the Nuremberg Trials After World War II

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. -- Socrates

I knew I'd hate COBOL the moment I saw they'd used "perform" instead of "do". -- Larry Wall on a not-so-popular programming language

"Don't anticipate. Be cool." --Rod Nobuto Omoto

"Shall I show you the muscular training of a philosopher? A will undisappointed, evils avoided, powers daily exercised, careful resolutions, unerring decisions." --Epictetus

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" -- Albert Einstein

*Beauty walks a razor's edge*, someday I'll make it mine.
  If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born.
  "Come in," she said,
  "I'll give you shelter from the storm.
- Bob Dylan

You may be sure that when a man begins to call himself a "realist," he is preparing to do something he is secretly ashamed of doing. -- Sydney Harris

Look at it this way: Your wife's spending $280 a month on meditation lessons to forget $26,000 of college education. And you're still drinking ordinary scotch?

"But also, part of me views the code the way a painter would view a canvas: it should be well done in every detail, including clarity and commenting. " Hans Reiser

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." Robert Heinlein

Prizes are for children. -- Charles Ives, upon being given, but refusing, the Pulitzer prize

If you have the opportunity, go to Bali, Indonesia and get one of the locals to find you a bag of liquified mushrooms. Go to your hotel room and drink it. I kid you not, this is the red pill. You will not be dissapointed.

Yes, you are living in something very similar to the Matrix and there are signposts and clever little games designed in that will allow you to take a breather from the simulation and poke your head through to the other side. The primary rule of thumb is that the closer you get to the truth, the more confusing the alternate explanations start becoming. You do not have to be a zombie here, there are ways of finding the truth...

Think I'm kidding?

"No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion."--James Burgh,

"A real individual has a spark of danger in him, a menace to society. Quench this spark and you quench the individuality, you obtain a social unit, not an integral man. All modern progress has tended, and still tends, to the production of quenched social units: dangerless beings, ideal creatures!" --D. H. Lawrence,

A pacifist who calls the police isn't one; hired violence is still violence. -- Clayton Cramer

"Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person." ~ Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Notebooks(1935)

The more you know the quieter you get.

"I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers" - Khalil Gibran

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig. - Clint

"I do not sanction the grotesque pretense of an organization allegedly devoted to world peace and human rights, which includes Soviet Russia, the worst aggressor and bloodiest butcher in history, as one of its members. The notion of protecting rights, with Soviet Russia among the protectors, is an insult to the concept of rights and to the intelligence of any man who is asked to endorse or sanction such an organization. I do not believe that an individual should cooperate with criminals, and, for all the same reasons, I do not believe that free countries should cooperate with dictatorships." - Ayn Rand, on the United Nations

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