Quotes of the day: Michelangelo

Published Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ 10:23 PM EST
Mar 05 2015

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 - February 18, 1564), commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered the greatest living artist in his lifetime, he has since been held as one of the greatest artists of all time. Despite making few forays beyond the arts, his versatility in the disciplines he took up was of such a high order that he is often considered a contender for the title of the archetypal Renaissance man, along with his fellow Italian Leonardo da Vinci. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.

Even if you are divine, you don't disdain male consorts.

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.

Genius is eternal patience.

I am a poor man and of little worth, who is laboring in that art that God has given me in order to extend my life as long as possible.

I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.

I have only too much of a wife in this art of mine, who has always kept me in tribulation, and my children shall be the works I leave, which, even if they are naught, will live for a while.

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.

The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?


If Michelangelo had been a heterosexual, the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white and with a roller.
-Rita Mae Brown


(March 6 is also the birthday of Ring Lardner and Gabriel Garcia Márquez.)

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Quotes of the day: Penn Jillette

Published Wednesday, March 04, 2015 @ 5:49 PM EST
Mar 04 2015

Penn Fraser Jillette (b. March 5, 1955) is an American magician, juggler, comedian, musician, inventor, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A two-party system is way too good for those two parties.

America was founded on Christians not trusting each other, and they sometimes seemed more willing to reach out to the godless than to someone from another sect.

Asking someone else to do something immoral is immoral.

Behaving morally because of a hope of reward or a fear of punishment is not morality. Morality is not bribery or threats. Religion is bribery and threats. Humans have morality. We don't need religion.

Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.

Censorship must be done by the government or it's not censorship.

Channeling is just bad ventriloquism. You use another voice, but people can see your lips moving.

Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.

Every nut who kills people has a Bible lying around. If you're looking for violent rape imagery, the Bible's right there in your hotel room. If you just want to look up ways to screw people up, there it is, and you're justified because God told you to.

Freedom means the right to be stupid.

God works in mysterious, inefficient, and breathtakingly cruel ways.

I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I'm wrong.

I do believe that a belief in God is crazy, but that doesn't mean that the people who believe in it are crazy. Those are two different things.

I don't travel in circles where people say, 'I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.' That's just a long-winded religious way to say, 'shut up,' or another two words that the FCC likes less.

If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.

If you can just convince the dope people that the gun people are right and the gun people that the dope people are right, we could actually live in a lot more freedom.

If you spend a lot of time lying to people, you think a lot about what the truth means.

It's fair to say that the Bible contains equal amounts of fact, history, and pizza.

It's only the losers named 'Dave' that think having an unusual name is bad, and who cares what they think? They're named 'Dave.'

Mentally ill people come from all belief systems.

My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.

Religion cannot and should not be replaced by atheism. Religion needs to go away and not be replaced by anything.

Science doesn't have a chance until people learn to carry their intelligence the way James Dean carried his cigarette.

The definition of a stupid thing is something that if you do everything right, you still get hurt. Fire-eating and love are stupid things.

The First Amendment says nothing about your getting paid for saying anything. It just says you can say it. I don't believe that if a corporation pulls all the money out of you or a network pulls their money away or you get fired, you're being censored.

Tolerance is you saying something crazy and me smiling and saying, 'That's nice.'

TV networks are dying. The death throes of religion give us jihads. The death throes of television give us reality shows.

Two things have always been true about human beings. One, the world is always getting better. Two, the people living at that time think it's getting worse.

Whatever you do, don't read the Bible for a moral code: it advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition, and murder. Read it because: we need more atheists- and nothin' will get you there faster than readin' the damn Bible.

When someone is trying to interpret something for you, they always have an agenda.

You can't allow people freedom and then change your mind when the things don't go your way.

You have to be careful as a libertarian because you can sound very Republican.

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Quotes of the day: Congress

Published Tuesday, March 03, 2015 @ 9:40 PM EST
Mar 03 2015

A flea can be taught everything a congressman can.
-Mark Twain

A penny saved is a Congressional oversight.

All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.
-John Quincy Adams

America, where thanks to Congress, there are forty million laws to enforce the Ten Commandments.
-Anatole France

Being elected to Congress is regarded as being sent on a looting raid for one's friends.
-George F. Will

But with Congress- every time they make a joke it's a law. And every time they make a law it's a joke.
-Will Rogers

Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.

Congress is continually appointing fact-finding committees, when what we really need are some fact-facing committees.
-Roger Allen

Congress is so beholden to the money that any solution in the general interest will be frustrated and subverted by the corporate interests who feel they will be damaged by progress, fair play and justice.
-E.L. Doctorow

Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens-and then everybody disagrees.
-Boris Marshalov

Congress no longer declares war or makes budgets. So that's the end of the constitution as a working machine.
-Gore Vidal

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, except to encourage attendance in Christian churches; or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, except to require prayer in schools; or abridging the freedom of speech, except for those questioning the Bush administration; or of the press, except that not owned by Rupert Murdoch; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, except those protesting pre-emptive wars; and to petition the government for a redress of grievance, except those we don't like.
-Gary Hart

Congress: the legislative stone in America's urethra.
-Jon Stewart

Fifty years ago I promised myself that I would retire on the day that I would be required to write a song about trans-vaginal ultrasounds. I decided to unretire when I heard that member of Congress had been cavorting in the Sea of Galilee. How can you make that up?
-Mark Russell

He still had a fragment of his boyhood belief that congressmen were persons of intelligence and importance.
-Sinclair Lewis

I am amazed that Congressmen can pass a bill imposing severe penalties on anyone who burns the American flag, whereas they are responsible for burning that for which the flag stands.
-Alan Watts

I'll sign on for results-based pay for teachers the day Congress gets the same deal.
-John Fugelsang

I've had a tough time learning to act like a congressman. Today I accidentally spent some of my own money.
-Joseph P. Kennedy II

If I was a President and wanted something I would claim I didn't want it. Congress has not given any President anything he wanted in the last ten years. Be against anything and then he is sure to get it.
-Will Rogers

If the presidency is the head of the American body politic, Congress is its gastrointestinal tract. Its vast and convoluted inner workings may be mysterious and unpleasant, but in the end they excrete a great deal of material whose successful passage is crucial to our nation's survival.
-Jon Stewart

In a body (like Congress) where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers, you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate.
-Franklin P. Adams

In your country club, your church and business, about 15 percent of the people are screwballs, lightweights and boobs and you would not want those people unrepresented in Congress.
-Alan Simpson

Invest in America. Buy a Congressman. (T-shirt)

Only the good die young, which explains the average age of Congressmen.

Other employees would do no better than Congressmen if the boss showed an interest in them only once in two years.

Sloths move at the speed of congressional debate but with greater deliberation and less noise.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it.
-Cullen Hightower

The establishment of the chaplainship in Congress is a palpable violation of equal rights as well as of Constitutional principles. The danger of silent accumulations and encroachments by ecclesiastical bodies has not sufficiently engaged attention in the U.S.
-James Madison

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
-Cullen Hightower

The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
-Abraham Lincoln

The Republicans in Congress lost their way. They swapped principle for power. They ended up with neither. They deserved to lose.
-Alan Greenspan

The rest of the people know the condition of the country, for they live in it, but Congress has no idea what is going on in America, so the President has to tell 'em.
-Will Rogers

The United States Congress, like a lot of rich people, lives in two houses.
-John Green

The White House used to belong to the American people. At least that's what I learned from history books and from covering every president starting with John F. Kennedy. But now the 201-year-old Executive Mansion belongs only to a select, elitist group of people, including top government officials, members of Congress and the press corps. They and some others, all of whom are screened in advance, are welcome. But most people are not- not anymore.
-Helen Thomas

There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.

There are people in Congress I would not trust to look after my plants.
-Andy Borowitz

There are so many women on the floor of Congress, it looks like a mall.
-Henry Hyde

There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress, as well as others, than I had any conception (of), before I became President of the U.S.
-James K. Polk

There is no distinctly American criminal class- except Congress.
-Mark Twain

There's not an action that I take that you don't have some folks in Congress who say that I'm usurping my authority. Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency.
-Barack Obama

They go up there and forget who brung 'em to the dance. (re: Congressmen in Washington DC)
-Ann Richards

They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
-Clare Boothe Luce

This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.
-Will Rogers

Too many critics mistake the deliberations of the Congress for its decisions.
-Sam Rayburn

We elect Democrats to the Congress to give us stuff and we elect Republicans to the White House so we don't have to pay for it.
-Charlie McDowell

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex-but Congress can.
-Cullen Hightower

Well, they finally stopped us from sending marines to every war that we could hear of. They are having one in Afghanistan. The thing will be over before Congress can pronounce it, much less find out where it is located.
-Will Rogers

What Democratic congressmen do to their women staffers, Republican congressmen do to the country.
-Bill Maher

What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary? (As Washington, DC mayor)
-Marion S. Barry, Jr.

When Congress alters the federal balance, it must carefully consider the consequences of doing so.
-Anthony Kennedy

Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people to decide.
-Archibald Cox

You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
-Bernie Sanders


(March 4 is also the birthday of Robert Orben..)

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Quotes of the day: Ira Glass

Published Monday, March 02, 2015 @ 7:30 PM EST
Mar 02 2015

Ira Jeffrey Glass (b. March 3, 1959) is an American public radio personality and the host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


There is a feeling, when you listen to radio, that it's one person, and they're talking to you, and you really feel their presence as one person.

Grease and starch just always win over protein. In food as in so many things. Look around you, that's what our whole country is based on. It's amazing that Michael Jordan can be an iconic figure because he's basically just protein.

Reporters tend to find in others what they are suited to find, so there is a whole school of reporting where they are cynical about the world, and everything reinforces that.

You'd think that radio was around long enough that someone would have coined a word for staring into space.

Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question.

I can only control what I can control.

I think stories get better the more people try to amuse themselves.

In most daily journalism, you only fact-check something if it seems a little fishy.

In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence.

Radio is for driving.

The flakier your mission, the fiercer you have to be on the business side.

People are generally forced to change. We don't want to change, and then something absolutely forces us to realize that what we are doing isn't working or that our picture of the world is wrong. We fail. So we change.

The TiVo is really an amazing machine. Like everyone who has one, I totally recommend it. Just as everyone who's married will tell you to get married, and everyone who has a baby tells you to have a baby, everyone who owns a TiVo will tell you to get a TiVo, and they'll say things like 'Your life will be completely different.' It's true.

We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.

Great stories happen to those who can tell them.

Where do ideas come from? Ideas come from other ideas.

Just when did I get to the point when staying at a hotel wasn't fun?


(March 3 is also the birthday of James (Jimmy) Doohan.)

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Quotes of the day: John Jay Chapman

Published Sunday, March 01, 2015 @ 4:51 PM EST
Mar 01 2015

John Jay Chapman (March 2, 1862 - November 4, 1933) was an American poet, dramatist, and critic who attacked the get-rich-quick morality of the post-Civil War "Gilded Age" in political action and in his writings. Ancestors on both sides of his family had distinguished themselves in antislavery and other causes, and he sought to continue that tradition among the upper middle classes, whose integrity he felt had been eroded by the upsurge of big business. (Click here for full Encyclopædia Britannica article)


A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.

A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.

A thing is not the truth till it is so strongly believed in, that the believer is convinced that its existence does not depend upon him.

A true university can never rest upon the will of one man. A true university always rests upon the wills of many divergent-minded old men, who refuse to be disturbed, but who growl in their kennels.

A vision of truth which does not call upon us to get out of our armchair- why, this is the desideratum of mankind.

All progress is experimental.

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.

Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the same- hardihood. Give them raw truth.

Good government is the outcome of private virtue.

I want to find someone on the earth so intelligent that he welcomes opinions which he condemns.

It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Prejudice is the enemy. Whoever is not for you is against you.

Nothing is more injurious to the character and to the intellect than the suppression of a generous emotion.

Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.

People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold.

People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.

Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.

The reason for the slow progress of the world seems to lie in a single fact. Every man is born under the yoke, and grows up beneath the oppressions of his age.

The short lesson that comes out of long experience in political agitation is something like this: all the motive power in all of these movements is the instinct of religious feeling. All the obstruction comes from attempting to rely on anything else. Conciliation is the enemy.

The world of politics is always twenty years behind the world of thought.

There are lots of people who can't think seriously without injuring their brains.

Too much agreement kills the chat.

When a man talks with absolute sincerity and freedom he goes on a voyage of discovery. The whole company has shares in the enterprise.

Wherever you see a man who gives someone else's corruption, someone else's prejudice as a reason for not taking action himself, you see a cog in The Machine that governs us.


(March 2 is also the birthday of Tom Wolfe.)

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Quotes of the day: George Herbert

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 7:25 PM EST
Feb 28 2015

George Herbert (April 3, 1593 – March 1, 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skillful and important British devotional lyricist." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A fool knows more in his house then a wise man in another's.

A gift much expected is paid, not given.

A man's discontent is his worst evil.

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.

All is not gold that glisters.

All truths are not to be told.

Although the sun shine, leave not thy cloak at home.

Be not a baker if your head be of butter.

Be useful where thou livest.

Better suffer ill than do ill.

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.

Chase brave employment with a naked sword
Throughout the world.

Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.

Empty vessels sound most.

Every one thinks his sack heaviest.

For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost.

Give not Saint Peter so much, to leave Saint Paul nothing.

Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.

Good words are worth much, and cost little.

Half the world knows not how the other half lies.

He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns.

He that hath one hog makes him fat; and he that hath one son makes him a fool.

He that is not handsome at twenty, nor strong at thirty, nor rich at forty, nor wise at fifty, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise.

He that lies with the dogs riseth with fleas.

He that marries for wealth sells his liberty.

He that seeks trouble never misses.

He that tells a secret is another's servant.

He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.

Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.

Help thyself, and God will help thee.

His bark is worse than his bite.

Hope is the poor man's bread.

In the kingdom of blind men the one-ey'd is king.

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

Little pitchers have wide ears.

Little sticks kindle the fire, great ones put it out.

Living well is the best revenge.

Love and a cough cannot be hid.

Love makes all hard hearts gentle.

Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge.

None knows the weight of another's burden.

Old wine and an old friend are good provisions.

On a good bargain think twice.

One enemy is too much.

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.

One sword keeps another in the sheath.

Poverty is no sin.

Prosperity destroys fools and endangers the wise.

Show me a liar, and I'll show thee a thief.

Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

The best mirror is an old friend.

The eye is bigger then the belly.

The honey is sweet, but the bee stings.

The mill cannot grind with water that's past.

The royal crown cures not the headache.

Thursday come and the week's gone.

Time is the rider that breaks youth.

Trust not one night's ice.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

Where the drink goes in there the wit goes out.

Who says that fictions only and false hair
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?
Is all good structure in a winding stair?

Whose house is of glass must not throw stones at another.

With customs we live well, but laws undo us.

Would you know what money is, go borrow some.

Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?

You may bring a horse to the river, but he will drink when and what he pleaseth.

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Quotes of the day: Ben Hecht

Published Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 5:08 PM EST
Feb 27 2015

Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some 70 films. He wrote 35 books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures." At the age of 16, Hecht ran away to Chicago, where in his own words he "haunted streets, whorehouses, police stations, courtrooms, theater stages, jails, saloons, slums, madhouses, fires, murders, riots, banquet halls, and bookshops". In the 1910s and early 20s, Hecht became a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and literary figure. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A movie is never better than the stupidist man connected with it.

Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing.

In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.

Life, alas, is an intricate illusion. God is a pack of lies under which man staggers to his grave.

Movies are one of the bad habits that have corrupted our century. They have slipped into the American mind more misinformation in one evening than the Dark Ages could muster in a decade.

Nobody but a writer can write. People who hang around writers for years- as producers did- who are much smarter and have much better taste, never learn to write.

Of the things men give each other the greatest is loyalty.

People will hang on to illusion as eagerly as life itself.

People's sex habits are as well known in Hollywood as their political opinions, and much less criticized.

Prejudice is a raft onto which the shipwrecked mind clambers and paddles to safety.

The movies are an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming cultured people.

The only practical way yet discovered by the world for curing its ills is to forget about them.

There is nothing as dull as an intellectual ally after a certain age.

Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand on a clock.

Writing a good movie brings a writer about as much fame as steering a bicycle.


(February 28 is also the birthday of Michel de Montaigne.)

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Of all the souls... his was the most human.

Published Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 3:58 PM EST
Feb 27 2015

Leonard Nimoy
March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
-Leonard Nimoy (final post to Twitter, Fenruary 23, 2015)

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Quotes of the day: George Herbert Mead

Published Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 6:51 PM EST
Feb 26 2015

George Herbert Mead (February 27, 1863 – April 26, 1931) was an American philosopher, sociologist and psychologist, primarily affiliated with the University of Chicago, where he was one of several distinguished pragmatists. He is regarded as one of the founders of social psychology and the American sociological tradition in general. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.

History is always the interpretation of the present.

Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.

In wartime we identify ourselves with the nation, and its interests are the interests of our primal selves.

Man lives in a world of meaning.

No very sharp line can be drawn between social psychology and individual psychology.

Our cautious ancestors, when yawning, blocked the way to the entrance of evil spirits by putting their hands before their mouths. We find a reason for the gesture in the delicacy of manner which forbids an indecent exposure.

Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member.

Society is unity in diversity.

The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other.

The self has the characteristic that it is an object to itself, and that characteristic distinguishes it from other objects and from the body.

To be interested in the public good we must be disinterested, that is, not interested in goods in which our personal selves are wrapped up.

Warfare is an utterly stupid method of settling differences of interest between different nations.


(February 27 is also the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hugo Black, John Steinbeck, and Peter De Vries.)

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Quotes of the day: Theodore Sturgeon

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 9:10 PM EST
Feb 25 2015

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Theodore Sturgeon (born Edward Hamilton Waldo; February 26, 1918 - May 8, 1985) was an American science fiction and horror writer and critic. The Internet Speculative Fiction Database credits him with about 400 reviews and more than 200 stories. At the height of his popularity in the 1950s, he was the most anthologized English-language author alive and much respected by critics. Sturgeon wrote the screenplays for the Star Trek original series episodes "Shore Leave" (1966) and "Amok Time" (1967), the latter known for the introduction of pon farr, the Vulcan mating ritual, and the first use of the phrase "Live long and prosper." Sturgeon wrote several episodes of Star Trek that were never produced, one of which was notable for having first introduced the concept of the Prime Directive.

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An ethic isn't a fact you can look up. It's a way of thinking.

Ask the next question.

Do you know what morals are? Morals are an obedience to rules that people laid down to help you live among them.

Fear is a survival instinct; fear in its way is a comfort for it means that somewhere hope is alive.

If All Men Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? (story title)

It's the Simple things that are really effective. Try to remember that.

Live long and prosper.
(from the Star Trek original series episode "Amok Time")

Logic and truth are two very different things, but they often look the same to the mind that's performing the logic.

Love's a different sort of thing, hot enough to make you flow into something, interflow, cool and anneal and be a weld stronger than what you started with.

Ninety percent of everything is crud. (Sturgeon's Revelation)

No man can rob successfully over a period of years without pleasing the people he robs.

Nothing is always absolutely so. (Sturgeon's Law)

The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.

There are no synonyms. There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing.

There are people who have tremendously important things to say, but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.

There's this about a farm: when the market's good there's money, and when it's bad there's food.

We don't believe anything we don't want to believe.

Why must we love where the lightning strikes, and not where we choose?


(February 26 is also the birthday of Victor Hugo.)

Categories: Quotes of the day; Theodore Sturgeon

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