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Here are some of the quotations that have influenced my life. You will notice that I even quote myself on occasion, how arrogant can you get?
"A great philosopher -- Thumper's mom in 'Bambi' -- said if you don't have
anything nice to say, don't say anything at all," Smith said Monday night.
"I'm trying to do that.
Steve Smith, NFL
"Chaos is the law of nature, order is the dream of man."
Henry Adams 1903
has such a predilection for systems and abstract deduction that he is ready to
distort the truth intentionally; he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses
in order to justify his logic.
Dostoevsky, Notes from the underground
To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.
If a man sees the world at 50 the same way he saw it at 20 he has wasted 30 years.
Attributed to Mohammed Ali
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
George Bernard Shaw
Artificial Intelligence – The result of teaching homo-sapiens to think like machines.
Lesson in Democracy – With sufficient money and the proper connections a moron can become President of the
"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free,
and good men die like dogs, there is also a down side.”
Now that we’ve fucked up the planet earth what are we gonna do for an encore? –
I used to worry about not having a hat till I met a man who had no head.
Jerry Jeff Walker
Life is too short to ride ugly horses.
Jerry Jeff Walker
"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. His is the brake on the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things."
David M. Shoup, marine commandant and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own -- and if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the "haves" refuse to share with the "have-nots" by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don't want and above all don't want crammed down their throats by Americans.
General David M. Shoup, May 14, 1966
“The courage of one’s convictions and the willingness to speak the truth as one sees it for the good of the country is what patriotism really means -- far more than flags, bands and the national anthem.”
Gen. David M. Shoup, retired commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
“To lack intelligence is to be in the ring blindfolded."
General David M. Shoup of the Marines
War has become to American civilians "an exciting adventure, a competitive game, and an escape from the dull routine of peacetime."
General David M. Shoup of the Marines
“I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons.”
Idealism – The belief that everyone can be as perfect as me.
Realism – The realization that not everyone can be as perfect as me.
Terrorism - n The act of terrorizing; use of force or threats to demoralize, intimidate, and subjugate, esp. such use as a political weapon or policy.
Webster’s New World Dictionary
But he acknowledged "a form of descending consent" for the
Maj. Gen. Martin Dempsey commander of the 1st Armored Division
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President 1901-1909(From The American Presidency)
"War is a racket. Our stake in that racket has never been greater in all out peace-time history. It may seem odd for me, a military man, to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent 33 years and 4 months in active service as a member of our country's most agile military force--the Marine Corps....
"I helped make
"Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents"
Marine Corps Major General Smedley D.
Ambrose Bierce, ‘Devil’s Dictionary’ written between 1881 and 1911.
Think – To use the intellect to justify a subconscious urge or decision.
Scientists are beginning to use Neocon Republicans instead or rats in experiments because there are some things rats won't do.
Militant, Insurgent, Terrorist - Dead Arab.
Put your trust in God. If he doesn't come through blame the Democrats.
Isms are stone walls for the intellect to hide behind.
The 60’s 70’s movement failed because there was no Western metaphor to follow or become a part of.
Any activity whose primary purpose is to feed our ego is bad.
There is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express - together with the obligation to express.
Friends are people who really know you and still like you.
The ideal of my generation was that we should strive to become responsible adults, of course having some fun in the process. Succeeding generations have shunned adulthood and responsibility and seem to spend their time trying to get back to the womb. I don’t think this is healthy.
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
From “To a Louse,” by Robert Burns.
The purpose of propaganda and advertising is not to urge you to believe whatever they are selling, the purpose is to convince you that everyone else believes it.
If a brain is empty any input will seem to be of cosmic importance.
The only failure is remaining in the chute
The Bummer about accomplishing something is that you become responsible for it. You no longer have any excuses.
The thing that I appreciate about heroes is not their accomplishment so much as the sacrifices they had to make.
You cannot progress toward enlightenment without becoming familiar with your mortality. The reason is that it takes away from our feelings of self-importance and diminishes the ego ergo, your personal death must be your adviser.
Civilization gives a man more ways to make a complete ass of himself.
Don’t go lookin’ if you’re afraid of what you might find.
"Do you have major regrets?" "There is nothing that I deeply regret in my life. I see nothing to apologize for." "You're lucky." "Maybe. Or maybe I just played the game harder."
Interview with Gore Vidal
"Naturally, the common people do not want war . . . but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials
Aging - conscious aging - carries the person from the ego to the soul.
Tiger Woods on why he chose to put his brand on Tiger Woods Dubai‚ a multi-million dollar development in the desert
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life — and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
If there's no solution there's no problem.
I think an introvert's worst fear is being a bore.
“Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world.”
Paraphrase of Karl Jung
"Do not make a counsel of your fears."
Stonewall Jackson/George Patton