Thoughtful Quotes page 109

Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And youre keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.
James Patterson
Only after you've lost everything are you free to do anything.
if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endevaros to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
You do not set the standard. You have not walked in my footsteps, danced in my shoes, or lived in my world. Do not judge me, point your fingers at me, or become experts on my life. Instead, celebrate with me in times of joy and cry with me in times of pain. Only then will we begin to understand each other.
Kate Baker
If I knew something of importance to my country, but would destroy another, I would not tell it to my master, because i am a Danish man of coincidence, but a human of necessarity
There are only two real rules: what a man can do and what a man can't do. For instance, you can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man or you can't. But a pirates in your blood boy and you'll have to square with that someday. And me, I can let you drown, but I can't bring this ship into Tortuga by myself. So what do you say, can you sail under the command of a pirate or can't you?
Pirates of the Carribean:Curse of the Black Pearl
Say I'm working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. So I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I'm real happy with myself, 'cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never had a problem with get killed. Now the politicians are sayin' "send in the Marines to secure the area" 'cause they don't give a shit. It won't be their kid over there, gettin' shot. Just like it wasn't them when their number got called, 'cause they were pullin' a tour in the National Guard. It'll be some guy from Southie takin' shrapnel in the ass. And he comes home to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, 'cause he'll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile my buddy from Southie realizes the only reason he was over there was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And of course the oil companies used the skirmish to scare up oil prices so they could turn a quick buck. A cute, little ancillary benefit for them but it ain't helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. And naturally they're takin' their sweet time bringin' the oil back and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink seven and sevens and play slalom with the icebergs and it ain't too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil, and kills all the sea-life in the North Atlantic. So my buddy's out of work and he can't afford to drive so he's got to walk to the job interviews which sucks 'cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin' him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he's starvin' 'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat the only blue-plate special they're servin' is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what'd I think? I'm holdin' out for somethin' better. I figure I'll eliminate the middle man. Why not just shoot my buddy, take his job and give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? Christ, I could be elected President.
Matt Dameon (Good Will Hunting)
If I were the president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and impoverished, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce, in all sincerity, to every corner of the world, that America's global interventions have come to an end, and inform Israel that it is no longer the 51st state of the USA but now -- oddly enough -- a foreign country. I would then reduce the military budget by at least 90% and use the savings to pay reparations to the victims. There would be more than enough money. One year's military budget of 330 billion dollars is equal to more than $18,000 an hour for every hour since Jesus Christ was born. That's what I'd do on my first three days in the White House. On the fourth day, I'd be assassinated.
William Blum
Good things happen over time, great things happen at once.
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels good.
The best thing about failure is it keeps you humble.
Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty)
If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you. It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it; it will make you a person in your own right.
Maxwell Anderson
What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
Thomas Simmons
He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake
To be swayed neither by your oppenent nor his sword is the essence of victory. Conquer the self and you will conquer the opponent.
Samurai philosophy
Regarding the illusion that we are separate entities; We pretend to be apart so that we might know the joy of coming together again.
If you're nobody untill somebody loves you, love yourself, it guarantees your ability to be somebody.
I came alone and I go as a stranger. I do not know who I am or what I have been doing. I have sinned terribly and I do not know what punishement awaits me.
Aurangzeb Alamgir
The powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on that most rarefied delicacy: impunity
Naomi Klein (The Guardian Unlimited - It's greed, not ideology that rules the white house)

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