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"I'm a comedian and a poet, so anything that doesn't get a laugh . . . is a poem." -- Bill Hicks

"Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself." -- Timothy Leary

"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." -- Carl Jung

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." -- Thomas Paine

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“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

“Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors”

“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”

“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.”

“The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory”

“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

“Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace”

“The most valuable of all talents is never using two words when one will do.”

“A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their magistrate.”

-All Thomas Jefferson

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I have too many to count, but one of my recent favorites is:

"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected."- GK Chesterton

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“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

-- Theodore Roosevelt

“I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the credence of any party of men…Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go at all."

--Thomas Jefferson

“President Kennedy believed a primary responsibility of a president — indeed the primary responsibility of a president — is to keep the nation out of war, if at all possible. -– Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."-

--Mark Twain

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Some of my favorites come from Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

“Do you think yourself wise? Then there's a donkey inside your waistcoat”

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”

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Frank Herbert

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.

Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action.

(Mad Mike's Comment - The above quote goes out to the blind followers of any ideology. :D)

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.

Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.

You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die

Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.

The writing of history is largely a process of diversion. Most historical accounts distract attention from the secret influences behind great events.

The problem of leadership is inevitably: Who will play God?

First law of Mentats - A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.

And one of my favorite quotes of all time...

Above all else, the mentat must be a generalist, not a specialist. It is wise to have decisions of great moment monitored by generalists. Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. The mentat-generalist, on the other hand, should bring to decision-making a healthy common sense. He must not cut himself off from the broad sweep of what is happening in this universe. He must remain capable of saying: "There's no real mystery about this at the moment. This is what we want now. It may prove wrong later, but we'll correct that when we come to it." The mentat-generalist must understand that anything which we can identify as our universe is merely part of larger phenomena. But the expert looks backward; he looks into the narrow standards of his own specialty. The generalist looks outward; he looks for living principles, knowing full well that such principles change, that they develop. It is to the characteristics of change itself that the mentat-generalist must look. There can be no permanent catalogue of such change, no handbook or manual. You must look at it with as few preconceptions as possible, asking yourself: "Now what is this thing doing?"

The Mentat Handbook - Dune

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Robert Heinlein:

The correct way to punctuate the phrase "It's none of my business, but . . . " is to place a period immediately before the "but". Do not use excessive force in providing the busybody with his period. Shooting him will be a momentary pelasure only, and will doubtless get you talked about.

On motorcycle helmet laws: Anybody who rides a motorcycle without a helmet, doesn't have anything worth protecting.

On the volunteer Army: Any society that can't find enough volunteers to defend it, isn't worth defending.

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Circumventing the curse filters - for shame.


Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. Or Bungee Cords.

Whenever I see someone show evidence that they don't understand a rule, I try to intervene and assist. :D If you detail what you're referring to, I will show you where you're incorrect. :)

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Any man who respects the Law and loves sausage should never watch either of them being made.

- von Bismark

And two unknowns:

Never wrestle with a pig. You both wind up covered in (feces), and the pig enjoys it.

If it's stupid, but it works, then it isn't.

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I would have posted this regardless of the month, but since it is February I'll post it first.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools

Martin Luther King Junior

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I could grab a few more, but since I don't remember them I guess they wouldn't really be favorites.

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"Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes... just be an illusion." ~Unknown

"The sky, the sky--same as it always was." ~from Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you're going to fight, you don't pick up rocks - you use your fists." ~My grandpa said it to my dad and my dad said it to my little brothers :)

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"If we will not be Governed by GOD....we will be ruled by Tyrants"....W Penn

"The buck stops HERE!"....H Truman

"I owe nothing to Women's Lib".....M Thatcher

"America will always do the right thing, but only after exhausting all other options"...W Churchill

"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."...R Reagan

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