|(which started with some nice short things, but now also includes longer passages I like, but don't necessarily have committed to memory)|
|"The problem isn't that conservatives are wrong about the efficiency of markets or the creativity of enterprise. It's that they have made false idols of both, usually without acknowledging that markets work best when well regulated, that private enterprise cannot meet every human need, that government has always played a critical role in our economy, and that the profit motive can be socially and environmentally destructive as well as dynamic."|
|Ograbme: [Laissez-faire types] seem to be trying to paint market forces as some kind of democratic-like institution, but in many cases they're flat-out plutocratic.|
BrainGlutton: Well, of course. "Plutocracy" means "power of wealth," and where has wealth more power than in the marketplace?
Straight Dope Message Board
|Whose theory says that capitalism will compensate for it's weaknesses? Marxist theory says that capitalism will eventually be brought down by it's weaknesses. Keynesian theory says that government regulation can compensate for the weaknesses of capitalism. Capitalists claim that capitalism has no weaknesses.|
spotted on a comment thread, as said by "MeddlingMonk"
|When the conservative movement in America adopts most of King's beliefs, not just the ones that are universally popular today, then they might lay claim to his mantle. But as long as they find "social justice" to be a deplorable thing, and view the crumbs that fall to the poor from the tables of the rich to be the only moral way for the poor to grow richer, they're kidding themselves. ~"appleciders" on the SDMB|
|Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. |
-credited to "Jyrinx"
|There is no "I" in "Team". There isn't a "you," either, nor is there a "we" or an "us". There is, however, an "eat" and a "me" if you jumble it up.|
Ethilrist's sig line on the SDMB
|All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet — it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.|
Rachel: When the reality no longer exists, exploiters can take the legend, and make it whatever they want, good or bad.|
Excalibur Special Edition, "The Sword is Drawn" script by Chris Claremont; Marvel Comics, 1987
|Because, maybe going on strike, and not getting paid looks pretty good from the top of 200,000 dollars, but you know what? I don't have 200,000 dollars! I wish I had 200,000 dollars, but I don't! I only have 20 million dollars!|
Fred Armisen on Saturday Night Live, Season 33, Episode 4
|Sorry, Timmy. If you're going to be falling into wells, you should have chosen one of those "heroic" breeds as a pet.
Bizarro, 14 August 2003
|I have resigned myself to|
complicity with evil
to accomplish certain
whose suffering is more important
than my need
Warren M. Hern, on his work in the Nixon administration
|Business and public administration are alike only in all unimportant respects.|
Wallace Stanley Sayre
|Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.|
|“...They love America the way a four-year old loves her mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world. That’s why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well. We also want it to do good.”Al Franken|
|The best measure of a just society is whether you’d be willing to be thrown into it at random.
John Komlos, paraphrasing John Rawls.
|"Excess ain't rebellion. / You're drinking what they're selling.
Your self-destruction doesn't hurt them. / Your chaos won't convert them." ~ Cake
|Free inquiry cannot flourish among idiotic certainties of ignorant men.
H. L. Mencken
|If the success of your music depends on leopard-skin tights, something's wrong.
attributed to Dave Coverdale
|According to friends of Billy Joel, the Piano Man's new 25-year-old girlfriend bears a striking resemblance to his daughter Alexa. If Freud were alive today & asked to comment on this, I think he'd say, "I'm the father of modern psychoanalysis, miraculously brought back to life in the 21st Century, & you're asking me about Billy Joel's girlfriend?"
Jimmy Fallon on "Weekend Update", Saturday Night Live
|Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
|The imagination has been so debased that imagination, being imaginative, rather than being the lynchpin of our existence now stands as a synonym for something outside ourselves like science fiction or some new use for tangerine slices on raw pork chops. 'What an imaginative summer recipe!' And Star Wars? 'So imaginative!' And Star Trek? 'So imaginative.' And Lord of the Rings, all those dwarfs? 'So imaginative...'
The imagination has moved out of the realm of being our link, our most personal link with our inner lives and the world outside that world, this world we share....
I believe the imagination is the passport that we create to help take us into the real world.
John Guare, Six Degrees of Separation
|"So where do you get all your ideas?"|
"In the bar down the street. There's a vending machine in the men's room."
Peter B. Gillis
|Does anyone really have a "favorite" author?
|Amr Moussa, the general secretary of the Arab League, has as much business lecturing the United States on how to create a more "representative" Iraqi government as he does telling us about the proper allocation of vowels in first names.|
Jonah Goldberg, July 24, 2003, National Review Online
Which, it now occurs to me, is an unbelievably arrogant attitude for a nation-building program. —me, Sept. 30, 2008
Grace: Okay. So our first wedding didn't take. But we're havin' another one! And a real one this time. As for all these, oh, these lovely presents, II don't really know the protocol. Let's just call them engagement gifts. Bring another one at the wedding.|
Will & Grace, "Marry Me A Little, Marry Me A Little More",
Written by Jeff Greenstein & Bill Wrubel, Directed by James Burrows
|from a debate:
I never really understood the strip-joint thing. Why go to a place and get all excited and then have a hard time walking out?|
Tony Siragusa, Baltimore Ravens DT
"My great-aunt Jennifer ate a whole box of candy every day of her life, she lived to be a hundred and two, and when she'd been dead three days, she looked better than you do now."|
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Strange, I have the opposite effect; streetlamps nearly always work properly when I walk past them (I'm not sure what they do when I'm not there, because...well... I'm not there).|
Mangetout on the Straight Dope Message Board
"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather. I for one am very grateful to have been here.|
"From Punxsutawney, this is Phil Connors. So long."
Groundhog Day, script by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, directed by Harold Ramis
There is absolutely no inevitability so long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.|
Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage
|I'm a peripheral visionary. I can see into the future, but only way off to the side.|
It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.
So many women, so little chance...
|Families, when a child is born,|
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.
Su Tung-p'o, "On the Birth of his Son"
Show me a leader who's fit to lead|
Who don't sow his seed in anything wounded enough to breed
Because after all, what fun is power if you can't act like a rock star?
Jewel, "The New Wild West", This Way
What have they done to the earth?|
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down. . . .
The Doors, "When the Music's Over", Strange Days
Your children are not your children.|
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you, they do not belong to you.
paraphrased from Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
"Your produce alone has been worth the trip."|
One wishes for an alternative to the conservatives' moral superiority & the liberal's sentimentality. One wishes for a connection; but that's exactly what is missing.|
The sad fact is that these children with their Mexican faces are our American chldrenand we do not accept them. The sad truth is that we are becoming as tribal as the "gangstas."
Richard Rodriguez on the NewsHour, 4 April 1995
Re: Forbidden pleasures in paradise?|
Sir Doris: An ex-colleague, native arabic speaker and former muslim, was always insistent that boys were part of the deal, so to speak.
She never could work out where the inexhaustible supply of virgins would come from.
Mandarax: Why do you think God had the Aztecs and other pagan cults sacrifice all those virgins for all those years?
The Straight Dope Message Board ...and that thread isn't there anymore. huh.
"...Men will awake presently and be men again, and colour and laughter and splendid living will return to a grey civilization. But that will only come true because a few men will believe in it, and fight for it, and fight in its name against everything that sneers and snarls at that ideal."
Leslie Charteris, The Last Hero
"...to live outside the law, you must be honest."
The individual alone can be a true anarch.
"I am not a number! I am a free man!"
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.|
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness....
In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for meand by that time no one was left to speak up.
"You are out of your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane."
God can't banish evil unless he drowns the human race. And so all he can do is mourn.
you think it's such a sad thing when you see a fallen king|
then you find out they're only princes to begin with....
Larry Norman, "Reader's Digest", Only Visiting This Planet
Still is the bottom of my sea: who would guess that it harbours sportive monsters? Imperturble is my depth, but it sparkles with swimming riddles and laughters.
...no matter if it's a broken heart or a broken sword...
Master Shu: We've come to restore traditional values to your world.
Marcus Harding: Traditional values? You mean, like the 1950's?
Master Shu: No! You idiot! (Throws a ring of lightning from his hand at Harding)
The Lost Empire, screenplay by David Hwang, directed by Peter MacDonald
Precious moments, precious few|
When that dollar's more than me and you!
It's the joy of forgetting,
Such a joy to forget
But we killed all our firstborn
And we slashed and we burned
And we sold off the paddocks
And we raped and we gouged
On the wings of a six-pack
Will we ever learn?
Midnight Oil, "Who Can Stand in the Way", Red Sails in the Sunset
I know the cannibals wear smart suits and ties
Up there on the platform he is speaking to the people
I'm as old as the hills and young as the day
I hope my country claims its own....
The universe is female, eluding the science of men....|
The Church, "Essence", Gold Afternoon Fix
Oh my ugly duckling, nobody loves you
Follow her down
We know the gods live in the sky, for we can see their flatulence.|
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Said the actress to the bishop:|
"Don't you think it's slightly odd
That we haven't heard for ages
From that old palooka, God!?"
"I've even tried to call him
Brian Bolland, The Actress and the Bishop
|It is no proof of a man's understanding to be able to confirm whatever he pleases; but to be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false; this is the mark and character of intelligence.|
To will and not to do when there is opportunity, is in reality not to will; and to love what is good and not to do it, when it is possible, is in reality not to love it.
|I retired from teaching in 2010 after 29 years teaching high school social studies in two high schools in a county on the outskirts of the Atlanta metro area. I did my best work in my last decade or so on the job.
Over the years I knew a number of folks who came into the classroom with the end goal of getting an administrator's position as soon as possible. Without exception they were bad teachers and they became worse administrators.
"southdem" on DailyKos
The intellectual life of a body of undergraduates, if there be any, manifests itself, not in the classroom, but in what they do and talk of, and set before themselves, as their favorite objects between classes and lectures.|
Thomas Woodrow Wilson
'Excuse me, mademoiselle,' I said, 'but this is the seventh lecture of mine that you have attended and your notebook remains blank. Have I not uttered a single word that was worth recording?' Do you know what she said? 'Professor Tardieu, it is not what you say that impresses me most, it is what you are silent about: ideas, morality, love, death, things ... This notebook' -- she fluttered its vacant pages -- 'is the record of your profound silences. Vos silences profonds.' She speaks excellent French. I went away glowing with pride. Later I wondered whether she was mocking me.
David Lodge, Small World
I just know someone will scold me for ruining the end of the book....|
About this next passage: not only would either part be amusing on its own, but they were, in fact, together, in this sequence, in the book.
|Never give a boy a sword until he masters poetry.
Never give a man a gun before he masters the sword.
But take away a man's power and you may as well geld him.
So the difference between a fierce man and a brutal boy becomes a matter of control.
The knowledge of the full bitter sweetness of that which he gives up, or takes away.
Never lie with someone without the deepest respect.
--or in death.
Sarah Byam, Billi 99
|If I am tired now, I do not mind; for I have eternity to rest.
|They see themselves in the faces of their children,
and realise they too are
part of the machine.
Jethro Tull, "Part of the Machine"
|I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.
|"Mum! Dad! Don't touch it! It's evil!"
|...the Nine Unknown Men, most mysterious of all rock groups, don their ceremonial football helmets & face east, chanting,|
"There is only one god.
He is the sun god.
Ra! Ra! Ra!"
Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminatus!
|Pages of longer quotes:
§ Peter Porter: After Martial (poetry)
§ e e cummings (poetry)
§ Harlan Ellison (quotes)
§ Daniel Quinn 1: excerpt from Providence
§ Daniel Quinn 2: various shorter passages
§ more Sarah Byam (essays)