Martin Luther King, Jr.:
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Andy Dufresne (character played by Tim Robbins in the 1994 movie, "The Shawshank Redemption"):
"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (page 75):
“I don’t talk things, sir,” said Faber. “I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I’m alive.”
James P. Carse:
"There are at
least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other, infinite. A
finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the
purpose of continuing the play."
"Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries."
"Finite players are serious; infinite games are playful."
"A finite player plays to be powerful; an infinite player plays with strength."
"A finite player consumes time; an infinite player generates time."
"The finite player aims for eternal life; the infinite player aims for eternal birth."
-- (in his book, "Finite and Infinite Games")
Donald Kaufman (character played by Nicolas Cage in the 2002 movie, "Adaptation"):
"You are what you love, not what loves you."
Charlotte Joko Beck:
"How do we place our cushions? How do we brush our teeth? How do we sweep the floor, or slice a carrot? We think that we are here to deal with more important issues, such as problems with our partners, our jobs, our health, and the like. We don't want to bother with the little things, like how we hold our chopsticks, or where we place our spoons. Yet these acts are the stuff of our life, moment to moment. It's not a question of importance, it's a question of paying attention, being aware. Why? Because each moment in life is absolute in itself. That's all there is."
"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, Verses 19-22, The Bible, New International Version:
"Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?"
Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate of Literature, and her son, Slade Morrison:
"How can you say I never worked a day? Art is work. It just looks like play."
-- Spoken by the Grasshopper in children's book, "Who's Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper?”
"Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word."
Nadine Strossen, President of the A.C.L.U. (American Civil Liberties Union) June, 2003:
“I love comedy and humor -- especially of a political stripe. I think that humor is a saving grace -- even -- indeed, especially -- about the most serious issues. The great judge Learned Hand famously observed that "The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure it is right." In the same vein, we civil libertarians should never take ourselves too seriously! Consistent with our neutral non-partisanship, we should be able to laugh at everyone -- including even ourselves! In that spirit, I get a kick out of collecting different slogans that our acronym, "A, C, L, U" can stand for – they’re usually concocted by our anti-civil-libertarian detractors. I’ve seen everything from, "All criminals love us" to "Always causing legal unrest." A few years ago, our terrific Washington Communications Director, Phil Gutis, ran a contest on our website, for the best variation on this theme. My hands-down favorite was, ‘Aw, C’mon, Lighten Up’!”
(commenting on image of Earth as seen from 3.7 billion miles away by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, on 6/6/1990.)
"... Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
New Hampshire State Motto:
"Live Free or Die."
-- from Drugs and the Brain, Scientific American Library, 1986
-- From an essay, "The World As I See It", in Forum and Century, Vol. 84, 1931
"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too can become great.”
“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
"When women cease to attract men they often turn to reform as a second choice."
from a title in Griffith's silent film, "Intolerance," at 1 hour, 17 minutes, 24 seconds into the film
"Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs."
"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."
"We're all in this alone."
-- at the 1995 International Safe Sex Symposium
"If God dropped acid, would he see people?"
"Have you noticed? Anyone going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a moron."
worry about the world coming to an end today.
It's already tomorrow in Australia."
"The trouble with political jokes is that very often they get elected."
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