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Favorite Quotes
What are some of your favorite quotes from history? Why are they important to you?

“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
Vince Lombardi
My wrestling coach from Jr. high school quoted this a lot.

“Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader.”
General George S. Patton
So true in all aspects of life.

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
Martin Luther
What was true in the 16th century remains true for me today.
07-31-2014 09:42 PM
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RE: Favorite Quotes
"I would not have lived through this wretched mess of life without having left a stain upon the silence." -Ludwig von Beethoven

"When you are not practicing, someone somewhere is, and when you meet him, he will beat you." -Robert Montgomery Knight
07-31-2014 09:45 PM
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RE: Favorite Quotes
"I surrender, ah nuts!" - Anthony McAuliffe.
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RE: Favorite Quotes
Voltaire: On favorite quotes

Quote:A witty saying proves nothing.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan: On the state of human nature

Quote:In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently, not culture of the earth, no navigation, nor the use of commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Robert Heinlein: On the normal condition of man

Quote:Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded- here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as "bad luck."

Lord Stanley: On desire

Quote:I, wanna rock and roll all night, and party ev-ery day
08-01-2014 08:45 AM
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RE: Favorite Quotes
A couple of my favorites

Quote:I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives.

Quote:When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.

-Chief Edward F. Coker FDNY


Quote:I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
- John Locke


Quote:Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
- General George S. Patton
08-01-2014 09:27 AM
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RE: Favorite Quotes
Quote:If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
- Isaac Asimov

Quote:The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
- Lao Tzu

Quote:The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Quote:To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
- Isaac Asimov
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RE: Favorite Quotes
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity and I'm not sure about the former. ~ Albert Einstein

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. ~ Mark Twain

O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. ~ Saint Augustine

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. ~ Mark Twain

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill

Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. ~ Mark Twain

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. ~ John F. Kennedy


I like Mark Twain a lot
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RE: Favorite Quotes
Where there was no money. I created the money. ~ Don King
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RE: Favorite Quotes
In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
- Terry Pratchett

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
- Terry Pratchett

They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
- Terry Pratchett

Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.
- Terry Pratchett

I guess you'd never guess I like Terry Pratchett. 04-cheers
08-02-2014 04:39 PM
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RE: Favorite Quotes
Because I come from a family with connections to the space industry I am morally obliged to answer "failure is not an option" and condemned to hell if I don't. But as for some others......

The only easy day was yesterday

an eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind

as for military quotes:
Soldier: "Sir we're surrounded"
Commanded: "Excellent, now we can fire in all directions"
08-02-2014 08:07 PM
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