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Old November 20 2012, 05:01 AM   #1
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Awesome Quotes

You ever make an awesome quote just out of nowhere, a quick genius moment?
Well feel free to share your awesome quote or a quote from someone you love.
Also feel free to add a small explanation as to what lead up to that small genius moment or coming upon someone else's quote.

Here is mine:
"As an atheist I claim no such blind allegiance to a divine being who not show themselves and make me bend a knee."

I was posting on Huffington post and this just suddenly came out.
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Old November 20 2012, 05:17 AM   #2
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Re: Awesome Quotes

"Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy our farms and grass will grow in the streets of every city in the nation"

William Jennings Bryan

I first heard this at the funeral of a gentle, beautiful man who hanged himself from the haymow the day before his equipment was to be auctioned off.

RIP, Ray.
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Old November 20 2012, 08:17 AM   #3
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Re: Awesome Quotes

Not sure if I heard this somewhere, paraphrased something I heard, or came up with it spontaneously:

"Who should we aspire to more, the man who succeeds because of his talents, or the man who succeeds despite not having talents?"

A fun one some friends and I came up with one night back when I was young, only to find out later it was pretty common twist on Clarke's quote:

"Any sufficiently explained magic is indistinguishable from science"
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Old November 20 2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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Re: Awesome Quotes

I once sarcastically coined the phrase "We're a government agency. Please leave your common sense at the front desk"
It became a rather big hit among my colleagues and is still being quoted, after 20 years. It even spread to other agencies and ministeries LOL.
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Old November 20 2012, 03:45 PM   #5
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Re: Awesome Quotes

My mother is fond of quotations and so I tend to remember them if I think she'll like them. Some I've sent to her recently are:

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles." - Charlie Chaplin

"We are the custodians of life's meaning" - Carl Sagan

From the master of pithy and quotable wit: "Only dull people are brilliant over breakfast." - Oscar Wilde

And, of course, Sir Francis Bacon, who said something I chose to carry with me always:

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Old November 20 2012, 05:06 PM   #6
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Re: Awesome Quotes

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Not sure if I heard this somewhere, paraphrased something I heard, or came up with it spontaneously:

"Who should we aspire to more, the man who succeeds because of his talents, or the man who succeeds despite not having talents?"

A fun one some friends and I came up with one night back when I was young, only to find out later it was pretty common twist on Clarke's quote:

"Any sufficiently explained magic is indistinguishable from science"
I really like that first quote. "Who should we aspire to more, the man who succeeds because of his talents, or the man who succeeds despite not having talents?"
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Old November 20 2012, 05:09 PM   #7
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My mother is fond of quotations and so I tend to remember them if I think she'll like them. Some I've sent to her recently are:

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles." - Charlie Chaplin

"We are the custodians of life's meaning" - Carl Sagan

From the master of pithy and quotable wit: "Only dull people are brilliant over breakfast." - Oscar Wilde

And, of course, Sir Francis Bacon, who said something I chose to carry with me always:

I have another Sir Francis Bacon quote:
"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties."
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Old November 20 2012, 07:12 PM   #8
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I want a tattoo of a great quote! I'm particularly fond of "I've lost my heart, I've buried it too deep under the Iron Sea", courtesy of Mr Timothy James Rice-Oxley.

I could just cover my whole body with the stuff he writes.

The Iron Sea bit just fits so perfectly.

I'm good at quoting other people, not so much at coming up with original stuff myself...which is why there are song-writers out there to do it for me.
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Old November 20 2012, 07:19 PM   #9
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I want a tattoo of a great quote! I'm particularly fond of "I've lost my heart, I've buried it too deep under the Iron Sea", courtesy of Mr Timothy James Rice-Oxley.

I could just cover my whole body with the stuff he writes.

The Iron Sea bit just fits so perfectly.

I'm good at quoting other people, not so much at coming up with original stuff myself...which is why there are song-writers out there to do it for me.
GREAT choice!!! Tim's writing and Keane's music as a whole is full of inspiration... Really haven't stopped playing Strangeland since I got it... Almost every song is fantastic!!
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Old November 20 2012, 07:27 PM   #10
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CommanderRaytas wrote: View Post
I want a tattoo of a great quote! I'm particularly fond of "I've lost my heart, I've buried it too deep under the Iron Sea", courtesy of Mr Timothy James Rice-Oxley.

I could just cover my whole body with the stuff he writes.

The Iron Sea bit just fits so perfectly.

I'm good at quoting other people, not so much at coming up with original stuff myself...which is why there are song-writers out there to do it for me.
GREAT choice!!! Tim's writing and Keane's music as a whole is full of inspiration... Really haven't stopped playing Strangeland since I got it... Almost every song is fantastic!!

Thank you, and you are so right about Strangeland! I went to see them live a week and a half ago, and I've been listening to Strangeland (especially Disconnected and Sovereign Light Café) nonstop, as well. I've been wanting to get a Tim-quote tattoo for ages... So, to put it in the quiet tones of the perfect Mr Thomas Oliver Chaplin (sorry but I love this gif):



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Old November 20 2012, 08:43 PM   #11
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^^ Awesome!! So jealous you got to see them.. Closest they came to New Mexico was Denver, but it was our busy time of the year at the office and there was no way I could get there... I wish Albuquerque was more of a "destination." "Disconnected" "Sovereign Light Cafe" are my favs as well..
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Old November 20 2012, 11:21 PM   #12
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"Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things. "
- Zuangzi (Translation by Lin Yutang)


"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
-Aristotle


"I have an idea that some men are born out of their due place. Accident has cast them amid certain surroundings, but they have always a nostalgia for a home they know not."
- W. Somerset Maugham


"Two babies were born on the same day at the same hospital. They lay there and
looked at each other. Their families came and took them away. Eighty years
later, by a bizarre coincidence, they lay in the same hospital, on their
deathbeds, next to each other. One of them looked at the other and said, 'So.
What did you think?' "
- Steven Wright


"The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it."
- Dr. Evil, Austin Powers International man of Mystery


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- Socrates (Unverified), Real Genius
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Old November 20 2012, 11:23 PM   #13
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Re: Awesome Quotes

"I bought a new camera. It's very advanced. You don't even need it." - Steven Wright
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Old November 20 2012, 11:38 PM   #14
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Old November 20 2012, 11:41 PM   #15
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So does mine.

"I wish the first word I ever said as a baby had been 'Quote' so right before I die I could say 'Unquote'." - Steven Wright
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