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The Refugee
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Discuss your favorites from my list, or add your own.

"They that would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Ben Franklin

"If I thought that this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission, and offer my sword to the other side." -Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

"Being prepared for war is the best way to maintain peace." -George Washington

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." -P.J. O'Rourke

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." -G. Gordon Liddy

"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." -George Bernard Shaw

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." -Pericles (430 B.C.)

"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." -Mark Twain (1866)

"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -Winston Churchill

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." -P.J. O'Rourke

"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." -Frederic Bastiat

"Government, in its last analysis, is organized force." -Woodrow Wilson

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence..." -Thomas Paine, Common Sense, (1776)

"Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled" -Article II of the Articles of Confederation of the United States of America

"Our Union is a confederation of independent States, whose policy is peace with each other and all the world." -James Polk

"Resolved, that the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force: that to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral part, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party: that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress." -Thomas Jefferson, The Kentucky Resolution of 1798

"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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government" -Declaration of Independence

"We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity "invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God" do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America." -Preamble of the constitution of the Confederate States of America

Now, when you combine this statement from Thomas Jefferson, "by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes — delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government,"with this, from the Declaration of Independence, "that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government," you end up with this,"We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity "invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God" do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America." Get it? [Big Grin]

[ October 22, 2005, 05:41 PM: Message edited by: The Refugee ]

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RickyB
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Not another person who thinks the south was terribly wronged... <sigh>
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RickyB -

I'm not from the South, and I enjoyed those quotes [Smile]

--Firedrake

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Hey, now. The South did some terrible things. Slavery was a terrible, terrible institution that deserved to be gotten rid of.

But the South had decided to leave the Union, and, really, based on why the Union left the British, they were well within their rights to do so.

Yet, that is not how things turned out. The thing is... the fact that they were not allowed to leave might just have made the 20th century a little bit better than it would have been otherwise.

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0Megabyte -

I agree, slavery was a terrible institution. However, many of the problems that exist today exist because of the civil war. Abortion is a huge issue because it is a Federal issue. Had the power of the States not been weakened by the civil war, one can hypothesize that many of the major issues confronting us today - from foreign adventurism to gun control to abortion would be true non-issues.

The Federal government is a good and necessary thing. A united 50 states is laudable. However most of the inflation of a few issues can be seen to stem from the waning power of the States.

--Firedrake

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Firedrake, I'm pretty sure I agree about the power of the states.

But if there were two nations here, where there were once one, what other ramifications would it have had? Would these two nations have become friends? Or would they have been enemies?

Even if all those things are true, if our land ended up in numerous wars against each other... the advantages might not have been worth it. Who says both nations would have joined the Allies in either world war? Where would we be now, how much would have been destroyed?

Yes, you're right that many of our current problems exist because of the Civil War. But the problems which could have happened if the South won might have been even worse.

Though I still think the South was justifiable (not right, just justifiable) in its choice to seceed.

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0Megabyte,

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Hey, now. The South did some terrible things. Slavery was a terrible, terrible institution that deserved to be gotten rid of.
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The thing is... the fact
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Though I still think the South was justifiable (not right, just justifiable) in its choice to seceed.
Wow those are some amazing favorite quotes ....

Amazing how no topic can last without degenrating, or evolving (depending on your outlook), insto some kind of discussion or debate ... I call the syndrome "Ornery Disease."

So here if you are weak-minded you can easily die from ODing on OD.

[ October 23, 2005, 01:58 AM: Message edited by: Guilty ]

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Okay, here's a favorite quote:

"In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them." -- John von Neumann

Besides being humorous, it also contains a little grain of truth: any idea in mathematics is within reach to anyone who spends enough time getting used to its prerequisite ideas.

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Oh, and the reason this thread devolved isn't really Ornery Disease (which is quite real, of course). It's because The Refugee didn't so much post to engender quotes and discussion as make a case for....something to do with the American South. I'm still not quite sure what.

[ October 23, 2005, 02:11 AM: Message edited by: pickled shuttlecock ]

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I don't know either, ps.

Thank you, also.

Favorite quote? Umm...

The Three Rules of Thermodynamics:

Rule 1: You can't win

Rule 2: You can't break even

Rule 3: You can't stop playing the game.

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pickled shuttlecock -

I believe The Refugee's intentions were honorable. I'm probably responsible for side-tracking the debate. My apologies.

I'll probably post a few quotes tomorrow.

--Firedrake

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From 'The Principia Discordia'
quote:
III - A Discordian is Required during his early Illumination to Go Off Alone & Partake Joyously of a Hot Dog on a Friday; this Devotive Ceremony to Remonstrate against the popular Paganisms of the Day: of Catholic Christendom (no meat on Friday), of Judaism (no meat of Pork), of Hindic Peoples (no meat of Beef), of Buddhists (no meat of animal), and of Discordians (no Hot Dog Buns).
--Firedrake
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quote:
Well, now time passed and now it seems
Everybody's having them dreams.
Everybody sees themselves walkin' around with no one else.
Half of the people can be part right all of the time,
Some of the people can be all right part of the time.
But all the people can't be all right all the time
I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
"I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours,"
I said that.

Bob Dylan - Talkin' World War III Blues
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quote:
As easy it was to tell black from white,
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right.
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.

How many a year has passed and gone,
And many a gamble has been lost and won,
And many a road taken by many a friend,
And each one I've never seen again.

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain,
That we could sit simply in that room again.
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat,
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that.

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan's Dream
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quote:
Thine sole name blisters our tongues
Macbeth

and for good measure a bobby D. quote:

quote:
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it,
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it,
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin',
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin',
I saw a white ladder all covered with water,
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children


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"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed"
- Leonard Cohen

"Hey I'd like to daze away to a
Place like no one has known
In a state of mind I could call mine
That only I could own
Where I could hum a tune anytime
I choose, and then there is no such thing as time
Where I can feel no pain just calm and sane
What a place for one to find "
- Shannon Hoon

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quote:
"the history of the world is defined by idiocy, highlighted by the few morons who stood out as comparative geniuses" william s. burroughs
quote:
"all hail lord satan, and his epileptic monkey" happy noodle boy

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Some of my favorite quotes from one of the greatest patriots in American history, George Patton:

quote:
There is but one international law; the best Army!
quote:
It may be of interest to future generals to realize that one makes plans to fit the circumstances, and does not try to create circumstances to fit plans.
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Any politician should be put in jail who votes for an appropriation bill and fails to vote the tax to pay for it.
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Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.
quote:
[M]any, who should know better, think that wars can be decided by soulless machines, rather than by the blood and anguish of brave men.


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Refugee, thats a long list you have.

"A NATION THAT EXPECTS TO BE IGNORANT AND FREE EXPECTS THAT WHICH NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE"
-Thomas Jefferson

"THOSE who refuse to be involved with politics allow themselves to be governed by thier inferiors" -PLATO

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"Remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
-- Buckaroo Banzai

They are not really quotes but I love some of Shakespear's soliloquies. And I guess you could take out some of the lines as quotes; "Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all." From MacBeth. And I love;

"And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."

--From the "The Saint Crispin's Day Speech" in Henry V.


KE

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quote:
Originally posted by 0Megabyte:
Hey, now. The South did some terrible things. Slavery was a terrible, terrible institution that deserved to be gotten rid of.

But the South had decided to leave the Union, and, really, based on why the Union left the British, they were well within their rights to do so.

But not when and how they tried to do it. If they wanted out, they should have stayed out of the election. Not voted in it, then quit just because they lost it.

Furthermore they started the violence by attacking the North. They could have kept their cool, and demanded that the Supreme Court rule on whether they had the right to seceed. If you treat the constitution like a contract, that's what they were required to do. And the Supreme Court was very stacked in favor of the South.

My own impression is that the Southern states had the legal right to seceed, but failed to exercise that right in any constitutionally recognisable way.

I've listed a number of reasons before why it's a false construction of history to treat the civil war as a state's rights issue. Note under the so called confederation that Louisiana felt obligated to strip all blacks of civil rights that many free blacks had held in that state since before the Louisiana Purchase. And Jefferson Davis suspended Habeas Corpus, after mocking Lincoln for doing the same thing.

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Favorite quote, from the Professional (Leon):

Mathilda: "Is life always this hard, or just when you're a kid?"

Leon: "Always like this."

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I've got several, but since someone mentioned song lyrics I was just listening to a song today by the Offspring...

quote:
When the truth walks away
Everybody stays
'Cause the truth about the world is that crime does pay

So if you walk away
Who is gonna stay
'Cause I'd like to make the world be a better place

I've got piles of quotes I've liked in the past. Some for the simple wisdom of them; others for their elegant prose.

I've got a whole paragraph from Edmund Burke that ranks very very high in my favorites. I'll break up the paragraph a bit for internet readability.

quote:
Whilst men are linked together, they easily and speedily communicate the alarm of any evil design. They are enabled to fathom it with common counsel, and to oppose it with united strength.

Whereas, when they lie dispersed, without concert, order, or discipline, communication is uncertain, counsel difficult, and resistance impracticable. Where men are not acquainted with each other’s principles, nor experienced in each other’s talents, nor at all practised in their mutual habitudes and dispositions by joint efforts in business; no personal confidence, no friendship, no common interest, subsisting among them; it is evidently impossible that they can act a public part with uniformity, perseverance, or efficacy.

In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public. No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours, are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.


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I've been building a little text file for when I come across quotes I find amusing. It's become quite large over the years.

quote:

It's like trying to persuade two elephants to make love. You just sort of stand there, shouting encouraging things while two teams of lawyers very slowly try and f*** each other.
--Neil Gaimen on Negotiating Contracts

quote:
"Many adults, whether consciously or unconsciously, find it beneath their adult dignity to do anything as childish as read a book, think a thought, or get an idea. Adults are rarely embarrased at having forgotten what little algebra or geography they once learned" - Isaac Asimov, "His Own Particular Drummer"
quote:
"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."-Mark Twain
quote:
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy." -- Ernest Benn
quote:
"You're on a first name basis with Lucidity. Whereas I have to refer to him as, Mr. Lucidity." -The Tick to Arthur
quote:
Although I can accept talking scarecrows, lions and great wizards of emerald cities, I find it hard to believe there is no paperwork involved when your house lands on a witch.
--Dave James

quote:
The fact that flammable and inflammable mean the same thing must have been the cause of a fire somewhere.
--Bill Bean, therecord.com

quote:
I have a dream that a guy who designs popup ads is having a major colonoscopy, and the proctologist is saying, "It's the darnedest thing! Every time I snip a polyp, two more spring up in its place!"
--Dave Barry

quote:
Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. If it's undisputed, WHAT'S ALL THE FIGHTING ABOUT?!?! -- George Carlin
quote:

"The condom is the glass slipper of our generation . You slip one on, you dance all night and then you throw it away... The condom, not the stranger."
--Marla Singer, Fight Club

quote:

It seems that people who deliberately deconstruct religion, then exorcise it from their lives, eventually realize that maybe they're not so much smarter than everyone who's ever lived after all. When they inevitably discover that faith has a purely utilitarian value as a way of mitigating the mounting existential dread that arises from simply being alive, they generally resort to creating some kind of half-assed religion substitute. This leads to spiritual philosophies that embarrass everybody, like aromatherapy and everything Jewel believes.
-- Old Man Murray

quote:
The major difference between something that might go wrong and something that cannot possibly go wrong is that when something that cannot possibly go wrong eventually goes wrong it usually turns out to be almost impossible to get at or repair.
--Douglas Adams

quote:
The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.
-- J. Robert Oppenheimer, "Bulletin of Atomic Scientists"

quote:
"Our show is obviously at a disadvantage with any of the other news shows we're competing against. For one thing, we are fake. They are not.
So in terms of credibility, we are ... well, oddly enough we're about even."
--John Stewart

quote:
"All you need to know about Arafat was that he insisted on wearing a pistol when he addressed the UN General Assembly. And all you need to know about the UN, I suppose, is that they let him."
--James Lileks


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From the Demotivators collection:

That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.

The only consistent feature in all of your dissatisfying relationships is you.

No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.

Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can walk.

Your role may be thankless, but if you're willing to give it your all, you just might bring success to those who outlast you.

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Jesus, paraphrased (I'm lazy):

"If you only love those who love you, why should you be praised? Even tax collectors do this."

Muhammed Ali, on refusing the draft:

"No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger."

Ad Reinhardt, on bulls**t art theorys:

"Art is art. Everything else is everything else."

Shantidevi, the prayer of a bodhisattva (my personal favorite):

May I be a protector for those without protection, a guide for travelers,
and a boat, a bridge, and a ship for all those who wish to cross the water.

May I be a lamp for those who seek light, a bed for those who seek rest, and may I be a slave for all beings who desire a slave.

To all sentient beings may I be a wish-fulfilling gem, a vase of good fortune, an efficacious mantra, a great medication, a wish-fulfilling tree, and a wish-granting cow.

Just as earth and other elements are useful in various ways to innumerable sentient beings dwelling throughout infinite space,

So may I be in various ways a source of life for the sentient beings present throughout space until they are liberated.


Adam

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WP, I like all of the Edmund Burke quotes I have read so far!
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quote:
Originally posted by WarrsawPact:
From the Demotivators collection:

That which does not kill me postpones the inevitable.

The only consistent feature in all of your dissatisfying relationships is you.

No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood.

Until you spread your wings, you'll have no idea how far you can walk.

Your role may be thankless, but if you're willing to give it your all, you just might bring success to those who outlast you.

I love those, I used to have a bunch of the posters.
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"the system is my favorite whore"

my best friend D.

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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it.  If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth:  if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error. 
J.S. Mill


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Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

St. Francis.

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Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
Ghandi.

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"There is only one religion, though there are a hundred
Shaw

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'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
the sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are---
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Tennyson

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For the first time in my life I feel like a prisoner
A slave to the ways of the powers that be
And I fear for my children, as I fear for the for the future I see
Tell me how can it be we’re still fighting each other
What does it take for a people to learn
If our song is not sung as a chorus, we surely will burn

What are we making weapons for
Why keep on feeding the war machine
We take it right out of the mouths of our babies
Take it away from the hands of the poor
Tell me, what are we making weapons for

Have we forgotten
All the lives that were given
All the vows that were taken
Saying never again
Now for the first time
This could be the last time
If peace is our vision
Let us begin


Denver

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“So Must We Be One..., Otherwise We Shall Be All Gone Shortly”

Narragansett Chief Miantonomi
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Ok, so it's more of a speech than a quote, but at least it's short...

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WHAT IT TAKES TO BE NO. 1

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Every time a football player goes to play his trade he's got to play from the ground up-from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization-an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win-to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there-to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules-but to win.

And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

...Vince Lombardi
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And a couple other short ones for good measure:

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. -- MLK Jr.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. -- Robert Frost

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally becoming bewildered as to which may be true. -- from the Scarlet Letter

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And now some fun ones from fellow engineering students...

Sure the dog of the future may still eat your homework, but at least it can bark out the answer in binary.

If the little-drummer-boy had played Metallica for Jesus, this religion would have been a lot cooler!

I can tell the computer to do it, and it'll work, because the computer's my bitch.

What can you get at [local steakhouse]? You can get meat, and you can get a potato. Why? Because they $%^#&*$ go together!

Oh [Unnamed Grad #1] will learn the fight song because I *KNOW* [Unnamed Grad #2] won't sleep with him until he knows all the words.

Wisconsin's only chance of winning that game would be sacrificing a sorority full of virgins.

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And now, a couple of alcohol quotes [Big Grin]

Person 1: If I'm thinking "damn, I could use a beer", does that mean I'm an alcoholic?
Person 2: Nope. Now, if you're thinking "damn I need a keg of Natty"....

I need alcohol, on top of alcohol, on top of alcohol... Don't pollute my alcohol!

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. -- Ben Franklin

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"We must put our confidence in truth. But that doesn’t mean sitting back and waiting for the truth to shine from above, as one might sit back and wit for the day to break. It means following with devoted obedience the truth we have seen as true, with an entire confidence in God(Time/universe?) , that He will correct, clear and redirect our vision, to the perception of a freer and deeper truth. – Go with the truth you have, and let it carry you into collision with the hard rocks of facts, and then you’ll learn something." – Austin Farrer

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” – Einstein

“Welcome to Ornery... Oh and remember you’re wrong.”

“No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.”

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I really really like that Austin Farrer quote.
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"I assure you that the typewriting machine, when played with expression, is not more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation." -- O. Wilde
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I'm not sure where this comes from, I saw it on a shirt:

"The beatings will continue until morale improves."

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I got a few favs....

JFK:

"Ask not what your country can do for you...ask what you can do for your country."

Churchill:

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

Reagan:

"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."

"The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."

Mark Twain:

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."

"Education: that which reveals to the wise, and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge."

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."

Bruce Lee:

"A good teacher can never be fixed in a routine... each moment requires a sensitive mind that is constantly changing and constantly adapting.
A teacher must never impose this student to fit his favourite pattern; a good teacher functions as a pointer, exposing his student's vulnerability (and) causing him to explore both internally and finally integrating himself with his being."

"To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person."

Bob Marley:

"If you get down and you quarrel everyday, you're saying prayers to the devil I say."

"In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty"

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."

Thomas Sowell:

"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain"

"Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it"

"Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help"

"As a rule of thumb, Congressional legislation that is bipartisan is usually twice as bad as legislation that is partisan."

"Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on "income distribution," the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned."

"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."

"Talkers are usually more articulate than doers, since talk is their specialty."

"The assumption that spending more of the taxpayer's money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse."

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"Ask a Soviet engineer to design a pair of shoes and he'll come up with something that looks like the boxes the shoes come in; ask him to make something that will massacre Germans and he turns into Thomas F***king Edison."

Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson

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I always loved John F. Kennedy's Moon Speech at Rice Stadium. I particularly liked this quote:
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There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

--John F. Kennedy

--Firedrake

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I also like this quote, historically accurate or not [Smile]

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Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big league ball player, the toughest boxer. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

--The Character of Patton, in the movie 'Patton'

--Firedrake
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My favorite Bruce Lee quote:

"The way is like a finger, pointing at the moon. Don't follow the finger! Or you mill miss all that heavenly glory"

Bob Dylan:
"Steal a little and they throw you in jail; Steal a lot, and they make you king."

"He not busy being born is busy dying".

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