Quotes & Lyrics

If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time -- a tremendous whack.

Winston Churchill

In the beginning, there was nothing. And the Lord said 'Let there be light' and there was still nothing, but now you could see it.

Terry Pratchett

Always listen to the experts. They will tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.

Robert Heinlein

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

George Orwell, "1984"

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Confucius

Try not thinking of peeling an orange. Try not imagining the juice running down your fingers, the soft inner part of the peel. The smell. Try and you can't. The brain doesn't process negatives.

Douglas Coupland, "Microserfs"

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.

Charles Darwin

Let no man fear to die we love to sleep all, And death is but the sounder sleep

Beaumont

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would, appear to man as it is, infinite.

William Blake

Eat, drink and be merry... For tomorrow we die.

Epicurus

When one teaches, two learn.

Robert Half
Tell me and I will forget;
Show me and I may remember;
Involve me and I will understand.
Chinese Proverb

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.

John Russell

Happiness is to see the world in a grain of sand, and Heaven in a wild flower, to hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in a single hour.

William Blake

Without order nothing can exist - without chaos nothing can evolve

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Repetition is the cause of success or failure.

Brian Danchilla

The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

Everyone hears only what he understands.

Goethe

But I don't want to go among mad people,Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat. "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." How do you know I'm mad? said Alice. "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland"

"We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies? all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes."

Aldous Huxley, "the doors of perception"

Dreams are the eraser dust I blow off my page. They fade into the emptiness, another dark gray day. Dreams are only memories of the plans I had back then. Dreams are eraser dust and now I use a pen.

Edgar Allan Poe

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens, "A Tale of Two Cities"
The greater the stupidity, the greater the clarity. Stupidity is brief and guileless, while wit equivocates and hides. Wit is a scoundrel, while stupidity is honest and sincere.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..."

Isaac Asimov

Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached.

Franz Kafka

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese Proverb

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

Arthur C Clarke

Lyrics

I am very fond of song lyrics and many of my favorite artists can pen a good ditty. i was trying to compile a list of great songs. here is a quick one - undoubtedly i am missing 100s of songs. please comment some suggestions.

  • led zeppelin - achilles last stand
  • bob dylan - tangled up in blue
  • roy harper - me and my woman
  • raconteurs - carolina drama
  • nick cave (cannot remember the song at the moment, i'll fill it in when i do)
-- Various Epic lyical songs
		"..did anyone ever tell you
		that you brighten up this place?
		well, allow me to be the first

		this is not your boss talking now.
		it's just another good person,
		being thrown up against the worst..."
		-- hidden track: (channel #13),  matt osborne (r.i.p.)
		

(the story: my first year in surreal university, in waterloo, ontario, local artist osborne played in a dorm room lounge one day, selling copies of one of his CDs. i bought a copy and although it's mostly so-so, this hidden track is fantastic in my mind...

-- Matthew Osborne, "untitled"
		"...I wanted to live forever
		the same as you will too..."
		
-- Roy Harper, "Hope"
		"...well everybody wants to live forever
		I just wanna burn out hard and bright.
		I just wanna be your firecracker
		and maybe be your baby tonight..."
		
-- Ryan Adams, "Firecracker"