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    • CommentAuthorwellsy
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    "The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." - George Orwell

    "The accumulated filth of all thier sex and murder will foam up about thier waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'save us' and I'll look down and whisper 'no'." - Rorschach (Because he is real the tabloids just stay away from him).
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    "Most of the people who get sent to die in wars are young men who've got a lot of energy and would probably rather, in a better world, be putting that energy into copulation rather than going over there and blowing some other young man's guts out." Alan Moore
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008 edited
    "He was the greatest"

    Alain Prost on Ayrton Senna Da Silva
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    Warren pointed out this quote about 5 or so years ago. It's still my all-time favourite:

    The best restaurants in any town are the ones that are open 24 hours. It doesn't matter if the restaurant is clean or attractive, if the food is good or even edible. What makes 24-hour places special is that whatever is going on inside them at any moment--eating, crashing from a night high and wild, a secret lovers' rendezvous, a drug deal, a traveler getting her bearings in a new town-- will continue to go on there until the place burns down or goes out of business.

    These places sell time, not food. All 24-hour restaurants are social neutral zones, outside the normal boundaries of time and space, which exist for most of us in neatly packaged eight-hour segments: one for sleep, one for work and one for life. These diners are the alien bases in our midst. Area 51 with curly fries and a Coke.

    ~Richard Kadrey
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    "It was explained to me that people do not masturbate in the DC Universe. Actually, that explains a lot. That's probably why the characters all dress in tight costumes and go around thumping the shit out of each other."
    - Neil Gaiman
    • CommentAuthorWinther
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008 edited
    "It's why supporting freedom of speech so often involves defending the indefensible, and is, often uncomfortably, the right thing to do." Neil Gaiman (link) A fairly new one, but it's a very succinct phrasing of a viewpoint I've often tried to present.

    Edit - Hey, two Gaimans in a row.
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008 edited
    Let's make it 3 Gaiman quotes in a row!

    "You don't always get to decide to whom you give your heart."

    But I think Daniel has the best one so far.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    In my earlier webmonkey days, I used to keep up a site dedicated to these, a couple appropriate to the board:

    The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
    --Tom Clancy

    In America, anybody can be President. That's one of the risks you take.
    --Adlai Stevenson

    and my personal favorite:
    Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
    --Jesse, "the Body," Ventura, during wrestling career
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    I have a boner for Richard Feynman.

    "What I cannot create, I do not understand."
    -Written on Richard Feynman's chalkboard at the time of his death.

    "You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing — that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."
    -Richard Feynman

    "A poet once said "The whole universe is in a glass of wine." We will probably never know in what sense he meant that, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look at a glass closely enough we see the entire universe. There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflections in the glass, and our imaginations adds the atoms. The glass is a distillation of the Earth's rocks, and in its composition we see the secret of the universe's age, and the evolution of the stars. What strange array of chemicals are there in the wine? How did they come to be? There are the ferments, the enzymes, the substrates, and the products. There in wine is found the great generalization: all life is fermentation. Nobody can discover the chemistry of wine without discovering, as did Louis Pasteur, the cause of much disease. How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it! If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts — physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on — remember that Nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let it give us one more final pleasure: drink it and forget it all!"
    -Richard Feynman

    "Now I will have less distraction."
    -Leonhard Euler after losing the use of his left eye.
    • CommentAuthorbiglig
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    A human being should be able to:
    change a diaper,
    plan an invasion,
    butcher a hog,
    conn a ship,
    design a building,
    write a sonnet,
    balance accounts,
    build a wall,
    set a bone,
    comfort the dying,
    take orders,
    give orders,
    act alone,
    solve equations,
    analyze a new problem,
    pitch manure,
    program a computer,
    cook a tasty meal,
    fight efficiently,
    die gallantly.

    Specialization is for insects.

    Robert Heinlein
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    "The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. "
    -William Blake-
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    "When the going gets weird the weird turn pro."-HST

    an easy one but still a favorite
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    After being called out by a socialite for being drunk, "Yes, my lady, and you are ugly. The difference is--tomorrow, I will be sober." -- Winston Churchill
      CommentAuthorThe Female
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    "Life would be so wonderful if only we knew what to do with it." -Greta Garbo

    And this may be commonplace, but I just read it and laughed hysterically:
    "...he looked at me like I pulled a Leprechaun out of my pocket." -Tom Waits

    "God hid some tablets of Gold Heroin in the Mormon Bible." -Jack Kerouac
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    "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream." -- Van Gogh
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    @Winston Churchill:
    A socialite said that to me once, and I'm told I said (shortly before passing out), "So are you, but apparently your ass is too tight to have any fun with it."
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    "Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth." ~ Archimedes of Syracuse
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
    “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” - Leonardo da Vinci. This is my background every now and then, it helps for the artist inside.
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    "In my experience women are like cats. When you don't want them you can't get rid of them and when you do want them it's like trying to pick up lint with a magnet." Dave Sim
    "The valuable lesson is that you can get what you want and still not be very happy..." Dave Sim
    "Your birth is a mistake you will spend your whole life trying to correct." Chuck Palahniuk
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    "Physics is a lot like sex, sure it has a practical use but that's not why we do it." ~Richard Feynman

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