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What are the quotes you cherish? Share the wisdom of old or new sayings.

Sorry a bit of topic, I'm still in my 20's and I want to learn from you guys, wisdom unites us.

I love using quotes or sayings, remembering their wisdom. One of my favorite's is
"the devil is in the details."

Quotes from Ghandi, MLK

Please share your favorite ones, the ones with a wealth of wisdom.

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You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can't.......

....make them think.

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
Agatha Christie

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
Aldous Huxley

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Glad to share

I confess, I love wise aphorisms. They are the traces of our human intelligence, the memory of it, to my eyes and ears (well, and brain, hopefully :)

Among my all times favorites, after Jesus' parables and answers, these two, both from Pascal, usually rank very, very well (the top ranking is ever-moving, depending on my mood of the moment) :

(In negative mood)

We run carelessly to the precipice, after we have put something before us to prevent us seeing it.

(In positive mood)

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed [...] All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavour, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.

Pascal :


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

never trust anything

that bleeds for seven days and doesn't die.

some advice i was given regarding the fairer sex.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

To be nobody but yourself in a world...

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

e. e. cummings

"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."

Albert Einstein

9-11 was a panda job.

my signature quote

one of my favorite quotes

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

"You can wish in one hand and crap in other and see which

fills up faster".

I blew the engine in my car once. After getting it toed I was standing with the mechanics assessing the situation. They kept saying "I bet you wish you would have done this" and I wish I bet you would have don that". Basically telling me I'm an idiot.

I really wasn't in the mood, so I just turned to him, shrugged and said "Well, you can wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which fills up faster".

It took the guy a second for it to register, then he got a slight grin and let out a little "huh". After that they treated me like their most highly valued customer. They would invite me in for coffee before or beers after work. That quote did me well.

Supreme Court

“It is the people, and not the judges, who are entitled to say what their constitution means, for the constitution is theirs, it belongs to them and not to their servants in office - any other theory is incompatible with the foundation principles of our government.”
By, Theodore Roosevelt

Live in Liberty
Tom Rankin

Two, both by Kant

"Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law."

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."


I hope you guys have more wise quotes :D

Here is my collection (well one of them)


Don't worry, you don't have to have a Facebook account to view them...

Not chock full of great quotes, but check out this other album: Fodo 4 Thought:


I almost forgot, Thomas Jefferson on Central Banks:

G. K. Chesterton On Sanity and Madness

"The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason."

"The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits."

From his book ORTHODOXY

– Abraham Lincoln

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.


And if that doesn't work,

mass murder does the trick! Bloody-handed bastard.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Victorious warriors

... win first then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first then seek to win.

— Sun Tzu


Thomas Jefferson

“Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”

“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither”

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

I could stay on this thread all day

In fact I was surprised to see I didn't comment on this thread already but then realized it was posted just shortly after SC primary and I was well hidden under a rock at that point. :)

See to keep it brief...

I've got pages upon pages of my favorite quotes, that I made into visuals in order to help me commit them to memory. Lots of my favorites here: http://s221.photobucket.com/albums/dd93/butterflybreakfast/J...

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace ~ Thomas Paine

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

I've been saying this a lot lately on DP--

Can't say who said it; it was an obscure person; *you* wouldn't know whom--

but it gives ME hope:

"the outcome of group actions can be predicted; the outcome of individual actions and choices cannot"--

in other words, individuals have more power than *they*/*we* realize--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

This reminds me

of another great GK Chesterton quote:

"I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees."

Here are a few quotes.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
~ George Washington Carver

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
~ Isaac Newton

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
~ Bertha Calloway

The book of Proverbs is filled with good quotes.

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About Dogs

"It breaks my heart to see stray dogs...I don't believe in using physical force on dogs."

from Frank Rizzo

Two shorten the road.

The Lorax

Brought my kids to "The Lorax" movie yesterday. Pretty good movie from a Ron Paul standpoint. Big Business and Big Government collude to make a false reality, and try to keep anyone from finding out the larger truth.

Anyway, a quote from the Lorax that is good is:

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot;
nothing is going to get better; It's Not!"


Most of my other favorite quotes are from GK Chesterton; here's a random sampling:

"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."

"It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."

"To be clever enough to get all the money, one must first be stupid enough to want it."

"Birth control means no birth, and no control."

A few of my fav....

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” Malcom X

**This one represent Ron Paul for me.**
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
— G.K. Chesterton

Calvin Coolidge

It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.



Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Truth is treason ...

in an empire of lies!

This one should be

sent to Ayatollah Santorum:
"The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the care of it? Well, what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which would more nearly relate to the state. Will the magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills." - Thomas Jefferson

I also like these 2:
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it some to dominate our lives and interets." - Patrick Henry (SCOTUS should be reminded of this when they make their judgements on all those unConstitutional bills Congress passes)

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence." Charles Austin Beard (and they didn't even have DHS or NDAA back then)

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Dr Suess

A few quotes I like from Dr Suess.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind".

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened".

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see".

Dr Suess

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.


"Tell me 2dog F'ing why do you want to know"?

Actually, it was from the movie "silkwood"
(ca. 1983)

We're All Here.....

.... because we're not all there. LOL

You cannot discover new oceans........

unless you have the courage to lose sight of the other shore. - Unknown-

"Observe the masses,and do the opposite."