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Making life make sense

I don't think that this is just a me phenomenon! I have on occasion read something, which just captured my view on life, and I have said to myself wow.... this person just put into words what I have felt all along.

Has anyone else ever felt this, and what was it?

To start off, here are my two ....

Book: What is Man?, by Mark Twain.

Quote: He would live must fight. He who will not fight in this world where eternal struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist. --- anon

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"In such condition, there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of people, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. "

- Hobbes

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

— Herbert Spencer, _Principles of Biology_: London, 1864.

Alex Chernavsky
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

If I die of vanity, promise me, promise me
they bury me someplace I don't want to be
you'll dig me up and transport me
away from the
stolen city breeze
garbage bag trees
whispers of disease
acts of enormity
lower me slowly
and sadly
and properly
get ry cooder to sing my eulogy ~ Gord Downie

Through all our searching, the only thing that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.  ~ Carl Sagan

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

-- Voltaire

Matt Kennedy
Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Brad Siemens
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"Dad" - Brad

I'm still waiting to here that one (only 6 months old), but I can't see many words that beat it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

No fair Brad!

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Life's uncertain. Eat dessert first.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Two of my personal favorites:

"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."

"There is no try. Do... or do not."

Susi Sloan
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Eat your bitamins,  They have 13 degrees of healthium!

Zach Siemens
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"The best defense against a bomb is not to be there when it goes off"

- allegedly some book on military tactics but I can't find the source on Google

"ci è sempre guerra"

- via a colleague ('there is always war' in italian)

Harvey T Pengwyn
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"If it bleeds, we can kill it" - Schwartzenegger

Andrew Reid
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"Its time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and i'm all outta gum"

Duke Nukem

Vincent Marquez
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Groucho Marx:

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

Eric W. Sink
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

"Fortune favors the bold"

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

In confusion, there is profit.

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Nobody ever said Elves are good. Elves are bad.

Pratchet - Lords and Ladies

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

At midnight, when suddenly you hear
an invisible procession going by
with exquisite music, voices,
don't mourn your luck that's failing now,
work gone wrong, your plans all proving deceptive;
don't mourn them uselessly.

As one long prepared and full of courage,
say goodbye to her, to Alexandria who is leaving.
Above all, don't fool yourself, don't say
it was a dream, your ears deceived you:
don't degrade yourself with empty hopes like these.

As one long prepared, and full of courage,
as is right for you who were given this kind of city,
go firmly to the window and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of a coward;

listen - your final pleasure - to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession,
and say goodbye to her, to the Alexandria you are losing.

Mark Pearce
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"People make themselves vulnerable by shaping their fears into pillars of trust with which they hold up the enormously heavy construct that is a responsible relationship. If you kick the supports loose, don't be surprised when the roof falls on your head."

Mark Pearce
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

The people who really run organizations are usually found several levels down, where it is still possible to get things done.

-- (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)

Ged Byrne
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Mark: who wrote the "Alexandria" poem? It wasn't Durell, was it?

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

We Are Not Here To Be Nice To People

Simon P. Lucy
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

All your bases are belong to us.

Leonardo Herrera
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

They didn't know it was impossible, so they did it.

(my own translation).

Ils ne savaient pas que c'était impossible, alors ils l'ont fait.

Ralph Chaléon
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not
victory nor defeat."

--Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

There is one quote which just speaks to me profoundly about our ability to demonstrate how close we are, still, to the animals, evolution-wise.  The tenous grasp of the human intellect on language.  I see it used frequently on Usenet.  It has no attribution to a famous person who first said it.  That quote is:

"Your an idiot."

Paul Brinkley
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"Wird's besser, wird's schlechter fragt man alljährlich,
seien wir ehrlich: Leben ist immer lebensgefährlich."
Erich Kaestner

translates to something like:
"Year for year we ask: will it be better? will it be worse?
Let's be honest: Life is always lethal."

Jutta Jordans
Wednesday, October 30, 2002


The poem is called "The God Abandons Antony", and was written by C P Cavafy.

Mark Pearce
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"The scepticism that I advocate amounts only to this: (1) that when the experts are agreed, the opposite opinion cannot be held to be certain; (2) that when they are not agreed, no opinion can be regarded as certain by a non-expert; and (3) that when they all hold that no sufficient grounds for a positive opinion exist, the ordinary man would do well to suspend his judgment. "

-- Bertrand Russell, from "On the Value of Scepticism"

Herbert Sitz
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"Nobody ever wins a fight." -Dalton

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"Deep down inside, <i>everyone</i> is a Ferengi"

Name Withheld
Wednesday, October 30, 2002

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.  Yet, it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but also its own talents as well.

All vague notions must fall before a pupil can call himself a master.

(-- Bruce Lee, who died before he could break out of the stereotypical chinaman roles Hollywood gave him)

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Two quotes come to mind:

"Enlightened humanism is possible, careful thought can solve most problems, and while emotion is vital to the human spirit, it's no excuse for the bigotry and stupidity of prejudice."
          - Gene Roddenberry

"However many ways of being alive there are, it must be true that there are infinitely more ways of being dead"
          - Richard Dawkins

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

"We often don't see things as they are. We see them as we are."

Mark Pearce
Thursday, October 31, 2002

"Wherever you go, there you are."

From the movie Johnny Dangerously if I remember rightly...

Thursday, October 31, 2002

"Ely [n]: The first, faintest, tiniest inkling that something, somewhere has gone terribly wrong."

from "The Meaning of Liff"

Mark Pearce
Thursday, October 31, 2002

> "Wherever you go, there you are."
> From the movie Johnny Dangerously if I remember rightly...

You misremember. It's from Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension.

Don't mean to nitpick, but that's one of my favorite movies.

Chris Tavares
Thursday, October 31, 2002

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

--George Bernard Shaw

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Friday, November 1, 2002

"There is only one sure means in life of ensuring that you are not ground into paste by disappointment, futility, and disillusion. And that is always to ensure, to the utmost of your ability, that you are doing it solely for the money."

Michael Chabon

Mark Pearce
Saturday, November 2, 2002

$20! The same as in town!
- alt.religion.kibology

Sunday, November 3, 2002

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire!" - Reggie Leach

Monday, November 4, 2002

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty.  I only think about how to solve the problem.  But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong"

Buckminster Fuller

"Que pense peu se trompe beaucoup"

Leonard De Vinci

(He who thinks little is oft in error)

Monday, November 4, 2002

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