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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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"
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RE: Favorite Quotes
(08-02-2014 04:39 PM)bitcruncher Wrote:  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
I wouldn't have. I wish they would turn all his books into movies. I just love going postal.
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RE: Favorite Quotes
(08-02-2014 09:27 PM)hawghiggs Wrote:  
(08-02-2014 04:39 PM)bitcruncher Wrote:  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
I wouldn't have. I wish they would turn all his books into movies. I just love going postal.
I've got Hogfather on DVD.
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RE: Favorite Quotes
(08-03-2014 09:37 AM)bitcruncher Wrote:  
(08-02-2014 09:27 PM)hawghiggs Wrote:  
(08-02-2014 04:39 PM)bitcruncher Wrote:  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
I wouldn't have. I wish they would turn all his books into movies. I just love going postal.
I've got Hogfather on DVD.

My wife has all his books as well as the 3 DVD's
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RE: Favorite Quotes
My favs are...

Quote:Eternal vigilance is not the price of liberty. It’s the price of everything

Quote:"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.” – Richard Feynman

Quote:Beware ye who fight monsters, lest ye become monsters yourselves."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Quote:Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein

Quote:“Physicists dream of Nobel prizes, engineers dream of mishaps.” Hendrik Tennekes

Quote:People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. - misattributed to George Orwell
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RE: Favorite Quotes
(08-01-2014 04:02 PM)UofM_Tiger Wrote:  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

"In the first place God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards."

"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."

"If the world ends I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later."

Few more from Twain.
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RE: Favorite Quotes
(08-05-2014 09:05 AM)vandiver49 Wrote:  
(08-03-2014 09:37 AM)bitcruncher Wrote:  
(08-02-2014 09:27 PM)hawghiggs Wrote:  
(08-02-2014 04:39 PM)bitcruncher Wrote:  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
I wouldn't have. I wish they would turn all his books into movies. I just love going postal.
I've got Hogfather on DVD.
My wife has all his books as well as the 3 DVD's
I don't have all his books. But I've got 58 of 'em. I'm working on getting the rest of 'em, including those that haven't been released in the US.
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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”


"Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

- Winston Churchill
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RE: Favorite Quotes
(08-06-2014 09:16 PM)True Bearcat Wrote:  "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”


"Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

- Winston Churchill

A few more from Sir Winston. The man could turn a phrase.

"...But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour."

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”

"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."

"I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me."
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RE: Favorite Quotes
Here's a few from my favorite of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do."

"Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late."

"Honesty is the best policy."

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards."
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"I've never killed a man, but I've read many obituaries with great pleasure." -Clarence Darrow
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