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No one has the right to live without being shocked.
No one has the right to spend their life without being offended.

~ Philip Pullman

No one has the right to tell me what to write.
No one has the right to stop me from writing.
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There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.
~ Kurt Vonnegut, "Cold Turkey", In These Times, May 10, 2004
~ US novelist (1922 - 2007)
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[livejournal.com profile] corto said this yesterday:

Beauty... takes work.
For some it's a lot of work,
Others... less so.

Kindness... takes work.
For some, it's a lot of work,
Others... less so.

Most interesting of all...
Is the inverse relationship between these two things.
The work it takes to hold on to beautiful,
doesn't do a lot besides slip a mask on.
Your kindness, however, will never stop making you beautiful.


And I wrote:

Beauty isn't in the eye of the beholder
nor is it an easy to quantify formula
it's not just the shape of a person
it has nothing to do with colouring

They say size doesn't really matter
but I'm afraid I beg to differ
beauty is only truly measurable
by the size of a person's heart.
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You know the old saying, it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown... Then you remove the hand wringing, the self flagellation, and the panicking, and add in the endorphins a smile brings, and yeah, happy's easier, and better than drugs!
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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russian novelist (1821 - 1881)

'night all...

Quote...

Apr. 13th, 2007 10:39 am
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And on the eighth day God said, "Okay, Murphy, you're in charge!" ~ Author Unknown

A quote...

Feb. 14th, 2007 09:57 am
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All weapons are instruments of evil and are absolutely not the instruments of the wise prince. He uses them only when urged by necessity. Calm and repose are what he appreciates; victory by the force of weapons is undesirable for him

Considering it necessary is a sign that the man takes pleasure in killing other men, and he who takes pleasure in that killing may not run an empire.

When we want to weaken someone, we should first strengthen him. If we want to defeat him, we must first raise him. If we intend to deprive him, we must first give him presents. This is what is called subtle discernment.

Thus, the submissive and the weak will conquer the tough and strong.


~ Tao Te King
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The government is a body of people, usually, notably, ungoverned.
~ Shepherd Book, Firefly, ep. War Stories
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"That's stupid," Sorgan said.
"I think that's the word most people use when they're talking about any priesthood, Sorgan," Narasan said with a faint smile.
~ David and Leigh Eddings, The Younger Gods
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"I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Poet, Essayist

"Doubt of the reality of love ends by making us doubt everything." ~ Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

Quotes

May. 28th, 2006 08:00 pm
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Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have.

Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.


~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Picked up "Being and Nothingness" on a whim today, this should be fun :)

Quotes...

May. 25th, 2006 11:16 am
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Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.


~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

That last one is so much me... I do that all the time... :D
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"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd U.S. President (1933-45)
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"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice." ~ Bill Cosby

It's incredibly difficult for a guy to act like a grown up all the time!

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." ~ William Churchill

Songs that are doing the rounds in my head today:

"Cry For Help" by Rick Astley
"Remember the Time" by Michael Jackson
"Far Away" by Nickelback
"With A Little Help From My Friends" by Wet Wet Wet

Let's see what else comes along to fit my very strange mood...

I never thought I'd say this, being vehemently anti-apple for so long, but I love my ipod. Great, now I feel dirty... :P
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Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favour.

A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair.

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me.


~ Robert Frost
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...and when the shades of pure light dance in her clear eyes,
I see my angel for the first time.
Know my purpose, feel my birth.
Hear her, at first faintly, then distinctly.
The sweet strains of our union.
Our love heats up the cold universe
and gives my tired, desperate hope
a reason and season to be revealed.
We, purified by our kisses
are eternally healed.

~ Val Kilmer

Impressive writing by Mr. Kilmer...
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When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.


:D
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"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."
~ Mark Twain

Quotes

Apr. 5th, 2006 11:10 pm
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"I tell the truth, not as much as I would like to, but as much as I dare. I dare more and more as I grow older." ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1553-1592)

"Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her - when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her?" ~ Helen Rowland (1876-1950)

That second one? LMAO!

Quotes

Apr. 5th, 2006 07:39 am
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"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana

and

"Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~ Khalil Gibran
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"Nothing is so easy as to deceive one's self; for what we wish, that we readily believe." ~ Demosthenes (383-322BC) Greek Orator, Statesman

"The basis of effective government is public confidence." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th U.S. President (1961-63)
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"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." - Carl Gustav Jung
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The guy on the donkey's just a guy on a donkey

LOL! And on a more serious note...

"At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable."
~ Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) American Actor
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No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately. ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

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