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    "Lifes but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
    /Shakespeare; 'Macbeth'

    "Its easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. On a long enought time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero."

    "This is your life, and its ending one minute at a time."

    "May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect."
    /Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club

    "Learning to think nonlinearly, asymmetrically, is I believe essential to our intellectual and political developments. A linear history will lead us to a linear politics and neither will serve us well in an asymmetrical world."
    /Elsa Barkley Brown

    "Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then... I contradict myself;
    I am large... I contain multitudes."
    (Walt Whitman)

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    These aren't really favourites, but I like witty, funny ones:

    Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
    - Unknown

    Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
    - Soren Kierkegaard

    I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
    - Jane Wagner

    I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
    - Stephen Wright

    More from where those came from:
    Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
    - G. K. Chesterton

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    Favorite Quote

    The only absolute truth is that there are no absolute truths.

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    "My candle burns at both ends
    It will not last the night
    But oh my foes and oh my friends
    It gives a lovely light."

    I'm not sure where this originated, but it was quoted in a funny play that I was in, and I've always remembered it. Oh, the play was called Dear Ruth.
    Hwt! We Gar-Dena in geardagum,/eodcuninga rum gefrunon,/hu a elingas ellen fremedon!
    Oft Scyld Scefing sceaena reatum,/ monegum mgum, meodosetla ofteah,/ egsode eorlas, syan rest wear/ feasceaft funden; he s frofre gebad,/ weox under wolcnum, weormyndum ah,/ ot him ghwylc ara ymbsittendra/ofer hronrade hyran scolde,/gomban gyldan. t ws god cyning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vladline
    "A life not analyzed is not worth living!"

    I believe it to be Socrates, but I'm not certain!
    Correct. It's sometimes phrased as "An unanalyzed life is not worth living."

    I'll chime in with my favorites soon. It'll be tough to pick just a few, though.

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    This one comes from Ambrose Bierce's Devil's Dictionary, and goes something like this:

    "Acquaintance: (noun); a person we do not know well enough to lend to, yet well enough to borrow from; someone who we love passionately when they are wealthy and famous, and someone we pretend not to know when they are worse off than ourselves."

    ALSO- "All great truths start out as grear blasphemies."

    and "Love makes fools of us all." -Shakespeare
    After being kicked out of the bar by a black waiter, a white KKK member said, "This is why I hate black people. They're so damn racist!"

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

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    My favorite quote is from P. Ovidius Naso, Daedalus et Icarus - Metamorphoses VIII - verse 188:


    He said and he sent his mind to unknown arts
    and renews his nature by putting in order the feathers

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    "when bad men combine, the good must associate;else they fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptable struggle"-Edmund Burke

    "Think where man's glory most begins and ends. And say my glory was I had such friends" -William Yeats

    "Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows."
    David T. Wolf (1943 - )

    "My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
    Jean Rostand (1894 - 1977), Journal of a Character, 1931"
    Told by a fool, signifying nothing.

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    Speak softly, and carry a big stick.

    Do, or do not. There is no "try."

    I used to be schizophrenic, but we're ok now.

    It takes a big man to cry, a bigger man to laugh, and a very big man to ask "Why?"

    'Twas not theirs to reason why. 'Twas but theirs to do, and die.

    I think, therefore I am.

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Now you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...

    The entire book of Proverbs.

    Let he who is blameless be first to cast a stone.

    Truly I say to you that this poor widow dropped in more than all those dropping money into the treasury chests; for they dropped in out of their surplus, but she, out of her want, dropped in all of what she had, her whole living.

    All the world is a stage, and all the men and women, merely players.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..."

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

    Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.

    I did not have sex with that woman.

    Every silver lining has a touch of gray.

    The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.

    I have a dream...

    Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

    If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.

    Jeremiah was a bullfrog...

    I'm the smartest person I know.

    Life is like a box of never know what you're gonna get.

    There's a fine line between courage and stupidity.

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    They come in pints? I'm getting one!

    Who died and made you king?

    E pluribus unum

    "Nah, Santa Claus is not a musician, man..." "Yeah, I hear ya...that cat couldn't play ANY tunes..."

    Sometimes it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning...

    E.T. phone home

    I pay you fellas to work, not to flounce around like a buncha Kansas City *******.

    Meh...what's up doc?

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
    We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.

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    Lost in my own incoherence
    looks like somebody is a beatles fan :-D

    Told by a fool, signifying nothing.

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    "there are only two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, another is as though everything is a miracle"
    ---------my favorite quote from Albert Einstein !!!

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    "So foul a sky clears not without a storm"
    -- William Shakespeare, "King John"

    "Which are you drinking? The water or the wave?"
    -- John Fowles, "The Magus"

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    One of my favs is in my sigline... the Cocteau one.

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    cogito ergo sum - Descartes

    errare humanum est - Cicero

    exigua pars est vitae quam nos vivimus - Seneca

    meminerunt omnia amantes - Ovid

    semper flamma flummo proxima - Plautus

    nihil tam absurdum quod non dictum sit ab aliquo - Cicero

    nihil homini amico est opportuno amicius - Plautus

    si post fata venit gloria non propero - Martial

    O xein', aggellein Lakedaimoniois 'oti tde
    keimetha, tois keinn 'rmasi peithomenoi. - Simonides
    But Beren said: 'It is fulfilled. Even now a Silmaril is in my hand.'

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