Quotes of the day

Published Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 2:30 AM EDT
Jul 02 2012

Quotes of the day- Hermann Hesse:
Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. (Click for complete article.)

All gods and devils that have ever existed are within us.

Any attempt to replace the personal conscience by a collective conscience does violence to the individual and is the first step toward totalitarianism.

Faith and doubt go hand in hand, they are complementaries. One who never doubts will never truly believe.

God does not send us despair in order to kill us, he sends it in order to awaken us to new life.

Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object.

Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.

I am much inclined to live from my rucksack, and let my trousers fray as they like.

I believe that I am not responsible for the meaningfulness or meaninglessness of life, but that I am responsible for what I do with the life I've got.

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.

I hold that it is permissible for each one of us to die for his faith, but not to kill for his faith.

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

It is possible for one never to transgress a single law and still be a bastard.

Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.

Nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.

Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.

Oh, love isn't there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure.

One cannot have pleasure without giving it.

Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value.

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.

Property, possessions and riches had also finally trapped him. They were no longer a game and a toy. They had become a chain and a burden.

Seriousness is an accident of time. It consists in putting too high a value on time. In eternity there is no time. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.

Some of us think holding on makes us strong but sometimes it is letting go.

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.

The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.

There is nothing so evil, savage, and cruel in nature as the normal man.

There's no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.

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.

Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.

When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.

Within us there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves.

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.

Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.

No permanence is ours, we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.

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Paraphrase of the day

Published Sunday, July 01, 2012 @ 8:22 AM EDT
Jul 01 2012

Comedian Bill Maher asserts the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter tanked because no one wants to pay to see a Republican battle imaginary evils...

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Published Sunday, July 01, 2012 @ 6:24 AM EDT
Jul 01 2012

I messed up yesterday's leap second. I turned my clock ahead one second instead of back one second.

Swell. Now I'm going to be running early all day.

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Quote of the day

Published Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 10:10 AM EDT
Jun 30 2012

The Republicans want smaller government because the three branches we have just voted against them.
-Andy Borowitz

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Pre-emptive strike

Published Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 9:16 AM EDT
Jun 30 2012

My kids were born in 1976 and 1977. The hottest day on record in Pittsburgh occurred in 1988; the coldest in 1994; the snowiest in 1993; and the rainiest in 2004. So you can tell grandma and grandpa to stick a sock in it when they start telling you about how extreme the weather was "back in the day"...

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Defending the individual health care mandate

Published Saturday, June 30, 2012 @ 7:03 AM EDT
Jun 30 2012

YouTube video of someone defending the need for mandatory health insurance.

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Quotes of the day

Published Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 29 2012

Quotes of the day- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (June 29, 1900 – July 31, 1944) was an aristocrat French writer, poet and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the U.S. National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight. (Click here for full Wikipedia article.)

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others.

Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.

Behind all seen things lies something vaster; everything is but a path, a portal or a window opening on something other than iteself.

A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them.

Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.

If it is true that wars are won by believers, it is also true that peace treaties are sometimes signed by businessmen.

Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.

The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

He who would travel happily must travel light.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.

Man's “progress” is but a gradual discovery that his questions have no meaning.

Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

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History repeats itself...

Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 5:08 PM EDT
Jun 28 2012

Remember the good old days of television news, before you had to check several outlets to make certain they got the story correct?"

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Quote of the day

Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 1:04 PM EDT
Jun 28 2012

Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be "constitutional" does not make it so.
-Sen. Rand Paul, demonstrating his profound understanding of American government

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Observation of the day

Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 1:48 AM EDT
Jun 28 2012

I fear nature has realized sentience is dangerous and is actively suppressing it in humans. It would explain the increase in stupid people.

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Happy birthday, Mel!

Published Thursday, June 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Jun 28 2012

Quotes of the day- Mel Brooks:
Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American film director, screenwriter, composer, lyricist, comedian, actor and producer... [and]; is a member of the short list of entertainers with the distinction of having won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of all-time: Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.

As long as the world is turning and spinning, we're gonna be dizzy and we're gonna make mistakes.

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.

Critics are like eunuchs at an orgy. They just don't get it.

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin.

Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love.

He who hesitates is poor.

Hope for the best,
expect the worst.
Life is a play.
We're unrehearsed.

Humor is just another defense against the universe.

I only direct in self-defense,

I've been accused of vulgarity. I say that's bullshit.

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.

If Shaw and Einstein couldn't beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none.

Look at Jewish history. Unrelieved lamenting would be intolerable. So, for every ten Jews beating their breasts, God designated one to be crazy and amuse the breast-beaters. By the time I was five I knew I was that one.

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.

Usually when a lot of men get together, it's called war.

What is the toughest thing about making film? Putting in the little holes. The sprocket holes are the worst. Everything else is easy, but all night you have to sit with that little puncher and make the holes on the side of the film. You could faint from that work. The rest is easy. The script is easy, the acting is easy, the directing is a breeze... but the sprockets will tear your heart out.


[Mel Brooks] was approached by a woman who offered condolences on the passing of his beloved wife, Anne Bancroft. "I know how you feel. I just lost my mother," the woman said. "How old was she?" asked Mel. "Ninety-six," the woman replied. "Well," Mel said, "she was asking for it."
-New York Post, August 23, 2005


George Anthony, chief of entertainment programming for the CBC, remembers that Bancroft and Brooks were a "genuine bonafide love match, in the early years almost as famous for their public battles as Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Todd." He recalls one of their fights when he grabbed her arm and she pulled away from him. Anthony's story:

"Don't you dare touch my instrument!" she raged, in her highest Actors Studio dudgeon.

"Oh, so this is your instrument?!"

"Yes. This is my instrument!"

"Okay. Play Melancholy Baby."

-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, June 8, 2005

(Clip rated "R": discretion advised.)

(YouTube video: Mel Brooks and Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles.")

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Observation of the day

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 10:49 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Nora Ephron died. Christopher Hitchens is about to find out just how f*****g funny women really are.
-Denis Leary

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"I'll have what she's having..."

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 6:57 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012):

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.

And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.

Any dish that tastes good with capers in it tastes even better with capers not in it.

Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.

Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.

I always read the last page of a book so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out.

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.

I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.

I look as young as a person can look given how old I am.

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.

In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.

Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have to potential to be the comic stories the next.

Polls show that 30 percent of Americans will believe anything.

Sometimes I believe that some people are better at love than others, and sometimes I believe that everyone is faking it.

The big cities of America are becoming Third World countries.

The desire to get married is a basic and primal instinct in women. It's followed by another basic and primal instinct: the desire to be single again.

The main result of feminism has been the Dutch Treat.

There's a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don't look the way they used to, and it's not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It's because of hair dye. In the 1950's only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
(From When Harry Met Sally)

When you're attracted to someone, it just means that your subconscious is attracted to their subconscious, subconsciously. So what we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.

When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.

You always think that a bolt of lightning is going to strike and your parents will magically change into the people you wish they were, or back into the people they used to be.

You can't retrieve you life (unless you're on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).

(YouTube video: The restaurant scene from "When Harry Met Sally"))

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Quotes of the day

Published Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 5:32 AM EDT
Jun 27 2012

Quotes of the day- Helen Keller:
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. (Click here for the full Wikipedia article.)

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.

Change: A bend in the road is not the end of the road. Unless you fail to make the turn.

College isn't the place to go for ideas.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

I look upon the whole world as my fatherland, and every war has to me the horror of a family feud.

I rejoice to live in such a splendidly disturbing time!

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.

It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks.

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

People don’t like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.

So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

The highest result of education is tolerance.

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.

The only lightless dark is the night of ingnorance and insensibility.

The world is not moved only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

There is beauty in everything, even in silence and darkness.

There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on others' lips my happiness.

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each others' welfare, social justice can never be attained.

What I'm looking for is not out there, it is in me.

What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

While they were saying it couldn't be done, it was done.

You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.

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