I have been looking for a place to keep a collection of my favorite quotes… then it came to me. Why not place it online…. and so here it is.
Removing the straw that broke the camel’s back does not necessarily allow the camel to walk again. – Anonymous
Men freely believe that what they wish to desire. — Julius Caesar
You are not a fool just because you have done something foolish — only if the folly of it escapes you.
When a camel flies, no one laughs if it doesn’t get very far!
“If you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything.” — A. L.
Whiskey is another good investment if you have such expectations. Good whiskey is difficult to make, in high demand, keeps well, and takes a very long time to make if you have only primitive equipment. (Consider the problem of seals in the still, and making pipes that don’t leak lead.)
You’d probably want to make sure that it was securely packaged, and that the caps of the bottles were upright and not exposed to moisture. Doing such in the current environment is easy. After a collapse, much more difficult. And you can buy an extra liter of whiskey a week without anyone raising an eyebrow. (Try doing that with guns and ammo. And ammo doesn’t store as well.)
Another good investment would be a medical degree. That one’s more time consuming, but after a collapse doctors, those who know more than what drugs to prescribe anyway, will be extremely valuable. Nurses too.
Or you could apprentice yourself to a blacksmith. That would be a really valuable skill. But you’d better learn how to handle and recognize scrap metal.
Horse handling probably won’t be worth bothering with in most areas for a few generations. Most of the horses will be eaten. Archery would be worthwhile, but learn to fletch your arrows at the same time. I doubt that you could learn to handle a longbow well, but it would be a good idea to learn how to teach the use of it. (Supposedly one needs to grow up with a longbow to learn it’s proper use.) Having a few compound bows would be a good substitute, but you won’t be able to replace them. So also get a few regular bows, and learn how to make them from wood. And which wood. (Yew is likely not to be available, so learn what’s available in your area.)
Guns are a strictly short term answer. (So is whiskey.) Both only buy you time to establish yourself in a community…and you’ll NEED a community. Self defense by an individual is a recipe for dying out within one generation.
— by HiThere (15173) on Slashdot
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around us in awareness. — James Thurber
Rome wasn’t burnt in a day. – Anon
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. — Will Durant
It’s never too early to start beefing up your obituary — dukebound85 on macrumors.com
If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires, both subtle and gross. But it’s not for the timid. – Q STTNG
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
– Ernest Hemingway
“An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”
– Aldous Huxley
Please, just focus on each other’s idiotic positions rather than what an idiot the other is. Attack the post, not the poster. – Homer Noodlemanm Lost TV forum moderator
Love sometimes expresses itself in sacrifice. — Kirk, “Metamorphosis”, stardate 3220.3
The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.
Not all men who drink are poets. Some of us drink because we aren’t poets.
Three umpires were asked about their jobs. One said “There are balls and there are strikes, and I call them as they are.” The second said “There are balls and there are strikes, and I call them as I see them.” The third said “There are balls and there are strikes, but they ain’t nothing ’till I call them”. – unkown
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. — F. Kafka
Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. — Booth Tarkington
Why are you doing this to me? Because knowledge is torture, and there must be awareness before there is change. — Jim Starlin, “Captain Marvel”, #29
Have the courage to take your own thoughts seriously, for they will shape you. — Albert Einstein
Schmidt’s Observation: All things being equal, a fat person uses more soap than a thin person.
Geeks don’t build shit, Nerds do. – geekiod
‘The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of a nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies, but would be ashamed to tell big lie.’ — Adolf Hitler (1925)
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised God doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness. – Anonymous
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams
Success is the child of audacity – Benjamin Disraeli
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Francis of Assisi
The search for happiness is purely personal and not a model we can give to others.
Don’t let go of what you’ve got hold of, until you have hold of something else. — First Rule of Wing Walking
What’s a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority. — Robert Altman
It does not matter if you fall down as long as you pick up something from the floor while you get up.
“I need your arm for up and down stairs, your shoulder to rest my head upon,
your charming gift of imagination to fall in with my own fantasies.
I shall not forget you, and I beg you, too, to remember that altogether we
have salted sweet hours, made the years rewind, eaten all
the ripen heart of life, and made a luscious pickle of the mind.”
From one of Isak Dinesen’s letters (the woman who wrote “Out of Africa”, played by Meryl Streep in movie of same name etc)
The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest.
Due to circumstances beyond your control, you are master of your fate and captain of your soul.
To get something clean, one has to get something dirty. To get something dirty, one does not have to get anything clean.
To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection. — H. Poincar’e
It is the sensory experience itself that defines reality, i.e. reality is the effect not the cause. – bug1
Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled. — Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)
If you wish to live wisely, ignore sayings — including this one.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature! — G.B. Shaw
Be braver — you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – Anonymous
You can never tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks.- Anonymous
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fires. — La Rochefoucauld
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. — Winston Churchill
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. -Steve Jobs
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. — Will Rogers
It’s amazing how many people you could be friends with if only they’d make the first approach.
“The Wire,” Simon often says, is a show about how contemporary American society–and, particularly, “raw, unencumbered capitalism”–devalues human beings. He told me, “Every single moment on the planet, from here on out, human beings are worth less. We are in a post-industrial age. We don’t need as many of us as we once did. So, if the first season was about devaluing the cops who knew their beats and the corner boys slinging drugs, then the second was about devaluing the longshoremen and their labor, the third about people who wanted to make changes in the city, and the fourth was about kids who were being prepared, badly, for an economy that no longer really needs them. And the fifth? It’s about the people who are supposed to be monitoring all this and sounding the alarm–the journalists. The newsroom I worked in had four hundred and fifty people. Now it’s got three hundred. Management says, ‘We have to do more with less.’ That’s the bullshit of bean counters who care only about the bottom line. You do less with less.”
Are we becoming a society where we just need less people? Except, of course, as consumers… by SnapShot
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today. — William Allen White
“Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it… It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.” Erica Jong
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright
“life happens when you finally make a choice” – Shelley Gehlbach
Jim Hightower, “Do something. If it doesn’t work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.”
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul – Edward Abbey
Don’t worry over what other people are thinking about you. They’re too busy worrying over what you are thinking about them. – Unknown
“Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure.” – calvin and hobbes
“In that world, you’ll be able to rise in the morning with the spirit you had known in your childhood: that spirit of eagerness, adventure and certainty which comes from dealing with a rational universe” – ayn rand
“The unknown is the province of the student; it is the field for his life’s adventure, and it is a wide field full of beckonings” – lincoln steffans
“Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure” – irving wallace
“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.” – helen keller
One shouldn’t seek recognition through words, only through actions – Rob Wilco
Just remember, wherever you go, there you are. — Buckaroo Bonzai
You gotta know what comes out of your mouth before you open it – Marvin Weinbaum
Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit. [There is no great genius without some touch of madness.] — Seneca
Class: when they’re running you out of town, to look like you’re leading the parade. — Bill Battie
Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will never believe you anyway. — Elbert Hubbard
Math is like love — a simple idea but it can get complicated. — R. Drabek
Violence is a sword that has no handle — you have to hold the blade.
The onset and the waning of love make themselves felt in the uneasiness experienced at being alone together. — Jean de la Bruyere
“Language is the dress of thought.” – Samuel Johnson
One of the large consolations for experiencing anything unpleasant is the knowledge that one can communicate it. — Joyce Carol Oates
The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.
J. Michael Straczynski
Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence. — Henrik Tikkanen
“Nothing succeeds like excess.”~ Oscar Wilde
“I turned over the leaves vacantly; the veiled enjoyment of music which one does not hear has something magical in it.”
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. — E. Hubbard
“I don’t feel like I was successful because I made a lot of money, although that’s a nice byproduct. I feel like I was successful because I changed, in a positive way, the way many people experience their own world.” -James Treybig, 2006
Be the trouble you want to see in the world – Joey or Emily
For a light heart lives long. — Shakespeare, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”
A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation. — C.E. Ayres
the second you hide something about yourself is the second you start to deny that part of yourself. – Calamity Jane
Stupidity got us into this mess — why can’t it get us out?
Eeny, Meeny, Jelly Beanie, the spirits are about to speak! — Bullwinkle Moose
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. – Dave Barry
Well, I’m disenchanted too. We’re all disenchanted. — James Thurber
Sorry is not an excuse when you do something stupid on purpose.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain
If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one. — John Galsworthy
Moore’s Constant: Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. — Robert Benchley
“The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money… they don’t know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.” – Alan Watts
“The more we try to catch hold of the present moment the more elusive it becomes. It is like trying to clutch water in ones hands. The harder we grip, the more it slips through our fingers.” – Alan Watts
“…most civilized people are out of touch with reality because they confuse the world as it is with the world as they think about it, talk about it, and describe it..” Alan Watts
Intelligence is alcohol soluble. – Dionysus http://bash.org/?776534
Talking about it is not going to make it seem any less weird – Kestrachern
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. — Schopenhauer
That shirt looks good on you, but it would look even better stuffed into the neck of a vodka bottle and flung burning through our office building’s window. Let’s fucking do it and never look back. Pickup Lines – http://xkcd.com/c279.html
“It is incredible the things people have, instead of money” – Garfield
Conformity is the refuge of the unimaginative – Anonymous
Art is the tree of life. Blake.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. – Frank Outlaw
Here are the quotes from the walk on Friday:
Everyone should pee in parks with great gusto. Matthew
Magic does not need to be explained.. That’s the magic of it. Jules Osborne
If you are gonna lounge, lounge properly. Jules
The journey revisits but things are never the same. Matthew, the second time round.
Note.. Do not forget the delight of just being.. And not only the rush of change. – Matthew
Note.. Do not forget the delight of just being.. not only getting caught up in the rush of change.
Aggressively people watching.. Matthew.. But in a fun manner
I love being on the edge of balance. Matthew
We must aspire to add the third dog then we reach nirvana. Jules
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France
When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that…..Gertrude Stein
what’s the opposite of <3 ? – h8, 3, !<3 ? – http://bash.org/?765649
If determinism is right, does it matter that I believe in free will? – Tawnos
” i’m sure that the energy you put out is coming back to you threefold, only it might not be in a way that you are able to receive” domini
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” – Anon
Goals are dreams with deadlines. ~Diana Scharf Hunt
Traveling is only romantic in retrospect – a wall on the Toronto Hostel
You’ve got to live like there’s no tomorrow, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching. ~Chinese proverb
Everything in your life up to now has been nothing more than preparation for this moment alone. – Kestrachern
People always admire what you really don’t understand, by Blaise Pascal
We don’t really learn anything from our experience. We only learn from reflecting on our experience. ~Robert Sinclair
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.-Storm Jameson
Coincidences are spiritual puns. — G.K. Chesterton
“We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” Anais Nin
Hurricane Andrea?? – http://www.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/05/09/storm.andrea.ap/index.html
QOTD: “I thought I saw a unicorn on the way over, but it was just a horse with one of the horns broken off.”
Why Do you love me – http://xkcd.com/c58.html
Baring my heart – http://xkcd.com/c112.html
Angular Momentum – http://xkcd.com/c162.html
Turn Back – http://xkcd.com/c170.html
Grownups – http://xkcd.com/150/
Valentine’s Day – http://xkcd.com/223/
Graffiti – http://xkcd.com/229/
Kayak – http://xkcd.com/c209.html
Elifino – http://xkcd.com/c28.html
Secret Worlds – http://xkcd.com/c52.html
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
Friends are God’s way of apologizing for you family – Buck, Mutaytor
Living your life is a task so difficult, it has never been attempted before.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. – Oscar Wilde
Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength. Frances De Sales
” The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – But the pain of grief Is only a shadow When compared with the pain Of never risking love.” – Hilary Stanton Zunin
” Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Use the talents you possess — for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best. — Unknown
I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but by how high he bounces when he hits bottom. — George S. Patton”
Things I don’t understand don’t destroy my faith in the things I do understand. – Richard L. Evans
f one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. – Vincent van Gogh
“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. ” Elbert Hubbard
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead – not sick, not wounded – dead. ~Woody Allen
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors… and miss. ~Robert Heinlein
Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. — Arthur R. Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Angela Monet
Character is what you are in the dark! — Lord John Whorfin
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. – Bertrand Russell, “Skeptical Essays”, 1928
Pray to God, but keep rowing to shore. — Russian Proverb
To be intoxicated is to feel sophisticated but not be able to say it.
Fortune and love befriend the bold. — Ovid
“Life is a garment we continuously alter, but which never seems to fit.” — David McCord
Lie, n.: A very poor substitute for the truth, but the only one discovered to date.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. – Saul Bellow
I remember in the circus learning that the clown was the prince, the high prince. I always thought that the high prince was the lion or the magician, but the clown is the most important. – Roberto Benigni
Vision without execution is hallucination. Edison
~~~~~~~~~~~~~:D~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <== riding the wave of happy – Beat Hussy
It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards – White Queen
It’s a poor blaster that doesn’t point both ways. – Salvor hardin, Foundation Series
“capacity for collective joy is encoded into us almost as deeply as the capacity for the erotic love of one human for another. We can live without it, as most of us do, but only at the risk of succumbing to the solitary nightmare of depression.” – Barbara Ehrenreich
Most people have a mind that’s open by appointment only.
“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.”
- George Bernard Shaw
“Law is not justice, legal is not right and illegal is not wrong.” – a lawyer