Thoughtful Quotes page 17

Yield to Temptation... it may not pass your way again.
Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"
I'm not cynical. Just experienced.
With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster M13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress.
Ransom K. Ferm
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
William James
When the tide of life turns against you
And the current upsets your boat
Don't waste tears on what might have been
Just lie on your back and float
Half of the people in the world are below average.
There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
Dick Cavettmocking the TV-violence debate
The Army's magazine of preventive maintenance: The overwhelming majority of people have more than the average number of legs.
E. Grebenik
Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.
Flaubert (Clive Barker, "Jihad")
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
Masturbation is nothing to be ashamed of. It's nothing to be particularly proud of, either.
Matt Groening, "Life In Hell"
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
Things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein
There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.
Daniel Dennett
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
Eric Hoffer
It was as small as the hope in a dead man's eyes.
If the opposite of "pro" is "con", then what's the opposite of "progress"?
America is sick. It's a country that worships basketball players and supermodels as deities and treats the poor as an enemy. You can see a human being shot to death on network television, but a human breast is too obscene to make the cut. We love war, we love our country, but we hate each other. Our entire society is structured around making money, often at the expense of another, and "entertainment" assures us that it's all normal. Families are almost nonexistent, and the only safe neighborhoods are patrolled by armed guards with attack dogs. In short, we're heading for a huge Crash. Crash Site is attempting to accelerate the decline any way it can, and hopes to position itself somewhere in the middle of the New Republic once America is rebuilt. We're not conservatives, we're not liberals. We're Common Sense Hardliners.
I was watching CNN during the riots of Los Angeles a couple of years ago and they were showing video footage of a mob looting a radio shack. Running out of the radio shack was hi-fis, video cameras and everything they could pick up. But the radio shack was right next to a Macintosh dealership which had powerbooks in the window. And it was untouched. So here these incredible valuable portable very, very powerful computers was sitting untouched behind an unbroken shop-window while the poor people steal Sony Walkmans. I felt that was so sad, and so indicative of our real problem.
William Gibson

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