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proalan
April 24th, 2007, 11:25 PM
What are your favorite proverbs / quotes that inspire you?

I quite liked this

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

-Sun Tzu, the Art of War

Brunellus
April 24th, 2007, 11:58 PM
"Cecidi amore tamquam blatta in peluim"

-Publilius Syrus

which, translated, is

"I fell in love like a cockroach down the toilet."

timpino
April 25th, 2007, 01:47 AM
"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"
Robert Oppenheimer, Trinity 1945

When Oppenheimer saw the nuclear bomb, he actually didn't say theese words but thought them, I just love the poetic note in it. Makes me warm and fuzzy in the belly :)

Iceni
April 25th, 2007, 01:59 AM
"i'm going to become rich and famous after i invent a device that allows you to stab people in the face over the internet"

From bash

fatphilthethird
April 25th, 2007, 11:21 AM
“I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Fat

bernied
April 25th, 2007, 11:29 AM
"If force does not work, more force will"
An unknown amateur motorcycle mechanic.

karellen
April 25th, 2007, 11:59 AM
"Is there life before death?" - Graffito in Belfast
"Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon." - Susan Ertz

TheSqueak
April 25th, 2007, 12:16 PM
Give a man a fire and he'll be warm for an hour. Set fire to him and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

- Terry Pratchett


Words to live by, i'm sure you'll agree :)

DC@DR
April 25th, 2007, 02:03 PM
My favorite one is in my sig, which is said by Linus Torvald :-)

zacinator
April 25th, 2007, 02:03 PM
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
-Unknown

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
- John Wooden

proalan
April 26th, 2007, 11:24 AM
Max payne: "He had a baseball bat, and I was tied to a chair. P***ing him off was the smart thing to do."

slimdog360
April 26th, 2007, 12:40 PM
Max payne: "He had a baseball bat, and I was tied to a chair. P***ing him off was the smart thing to do."

ohhhhhhhh, I loved that game

Tux Aubrey
April 26th, 2007, 01:15 PM
"Just when I seemed about to learn!
Where is the thread now? Off again.
The old trick! Only I discern -
Infinite passion, and the pain
Of finite hearts that yearn.

- Robert Browning (I think he was once a mod for The Community Cafe)

Epistemological error is all right, it’s fine up to the point at which you create around yourself a universe in which that error becomes immanent in monstrous changes of the universe that you have created and now try to live in.

-Gregory Bateson

and:

There is an ecology of bad ideas, just as there is an ecology of weeds, and it is characteristic of the system that basic error propagates itself. It branches out like a rooted parasite through the tissues of life, and everything gets into a rather peculiar mess.

Bateson again,

sisco311
April 26th, 2007, 01:48 PM
"Do not try to live for ever. You will not succeed."






George Bernard Shaw

"Beware of the man whose god is in the skies."






George Bernard Shaw

forrestcupp
April 26th, 2007, 02:13 PM
A stitch in time prevents time travel.

A bird in the hand is better than a swat on the tush.

A watched tot never soils.

Don't throw tones at mad spouses.

zacinator
April 26th, 2007, 03:52 PM
Don't throw tones at mad spouses.

That's hilarious... hopefully my wife will think so too!:lol:

bonzodog
April 26th, 2007, 03:59 PM
"I put on my robe and wizard hat" - Bloodninja, through Bash.org

"I love the way Microsoft follows standards. In much the same manner that fish follow migrating caribou. " - Paul Tomblin, ASR newsgroup


"Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!" -- (Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men)

"Out of Print" is bookseller speak for "We can't be hedgehogged".-- (Terry Pratchett, alt.fan.pratchett)

BurningTherapy
April 26th, 2007, 04:43 PM
My favourite three quotes (for today at least)
"Knowledge is a weapon, arm yourself" - Propagandi

"Rather be forgotten than remembered for giving in" - Refused

"What? A great man? I always see only the actor of his own ideal" - Nietzsche

-Phi-
April 26th, 2007, 04:55 PM
"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"
Robert Oppenheimer, Trinity 1945

When Oppenheimer saw the nuclear bomb, he actually didn't say theese words but thought them, I just love the poetic note in it. Makes me warm and fuzzy in the belly :)
He was actually quoting the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu text. It's not very long and makes a good read.

- Phi

timpino
April 26th, 2007, 05:10 PM
He was actually quoting the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu text. It's not very long and makes a good read.

- Phi

Very true my dear Phi, well spotted.

Brunellus
April 26th, 2007, 05:24 PM
He was actually quoting the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu text. It's not very long and makes a good read.

- Phi
it is, however, sandwiched in the very long Mahabarata, which I haven't quite gotten to yet on my grand tour of epic poems.

thesmartace
April 26th, 2007, 05:25 PM
"The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them"
- William Clayton

mills
April 26th, 2007, 06:22 PM
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims
Aristotle

I am not young enough to know everything
Oscar Wilde

forrestcupp
April 26th, 2007, 06:26 PM
"The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them"
- William Clayton

That's amazing. I love it.

stalker145
April 26th, 2007, 06:36 PM
I actually have several floating around at the moment:


"You ask, What is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us..This is our policy. You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory - victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival."
- Winston Churchill


Happiness, n.: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"


"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
-Sigmund Freud


"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."
-Unknown


"If you force me to do violence, I shall be so savage, and so cruel, and hurt you so badly, the thought of revenge shall never cross your mind"
-Machiavelli


"The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility"
-British Sea Lord John Fisher

and from these very forums


"And finally, even if I did want to rule the world and commit evil, there just aren't enough hours in the day to do it. And I am also lazy. Why do work when I get other people to do it for me"
-Burgundavia

Ummm, odd as it may seem, I never really noticed the theme amongst all of these. Maybe I should go and have my head checked ;)

proalan
May 2nd, 2007, 05:22 PM
some good stuff


"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"

I remember that from the film 'the hunt for red october'.

heres another that inspires me

"The world is like a book, those who don't travel only read the first page"

can't remember who said that though

beesthorpe
May 2nd, 2007, 07:52 PM
"If you can't make it right make it shiny" --Old engineering maxim

"Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all." --John Maynard Keynes

"Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist." --Kenneth Boulding

Bigbluecat
May 2nd, 2007, 08:11 PM
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much - Oscar Wilde

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination - Oscar Wilde

rajeev1204
May 2nd, 2007, 08:24 PM
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind -- Mahatma Gandhi

WiFi Ed
May 2nd, 2007, 08:56 PM
...

proalan
August 9th, 2007, 01:21 AM
the way he says it is more memorable than the meaning

Don't think. FEEL. It is like a finger pointing away to the moon. Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. Bruce Lee

jimrz
August 9th, 2007, 02:34 AM
Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.

Het Irv
August 9th, 2007, 02:41 AM
From Despair.com

"Remember that you are Unique
Just like everyone else" :)

raylu
August 9th, 2007, 04:47 PM
http://quotationspage.com/quote/27641.html
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
-William Hazlitt

---

A bad analogy is like a leaky screwdriver.

vambo
August 9th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Oooooooooh ****.... - Unkown

mrgnash
August 9th, 2007, 05:30 PM
Here's one I found recently that I really like:


"Flesh composed of suns? How can such be?" exclaim the simple ones.

tgbrowning
August 11th, 2007, 05:48 PM
Any priest or shaman must be presumed guilty until proved innocent.

You left off who that was. Robert Heinlein, I believe.

Browning>>>

tgbrowning
August 11th, 2007, 05:53 PM
Here's one of my own:

Browning’s Blanket maxim The only people who aren’t hypocrites are feral children and the dead.

Browning’s Razor maxim Rarely attribute to malice what can be as easily explained by stupidity. See Occam’s Razor.

jgrabham
August 11th, 2007, 06:13 PM
As I have on a poster - deep thoughts of homer simpson - "If somethings hard to do, then its not worth doing"

pluviosity
August 11th, 2007, 06:17 PM
It's understood that Hollywood
sells Californication.
-The Red Hot Chili Peppers

It may be a song lyric, but there is a lot of truth in it.

stimpack
August 11th, 2007, 06:47 PM
In light of all the banking news atm;

Mark Twain gave us,

'A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.'

RAV TUX
August 11th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Old Yiddish saying translated:

"Don't $h!t where you eat"

dakuran
August 11th, 2007, 07:21 PM
Living in a system – Pagan
Everytime you get pay – pay gone
Look high Jah King, hey
Look high Jah King, hey

These are also lyrics to a song by Midnite

oedipuss
August 11th, 2007, 08:18 PM
"You can't make an omelet without killing a few people."

- Mr Croup (or Mr Vandemar, I can't remember)
from the novel 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman

The quote's mostly about it's non-fiction counterpart and the occasions in which it is invariably used ..
XD

jomiolto
August 11th, 2007, 08:36 PM
Difficult to choose from among the hundreds of quotes I've gathered, but this one struck a chord at the moment.

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."
-- Gandhi

urukrama
August 11th, 2007, 08:44 PM
"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"
Robert Oppenheimer, Trinity 1945

When Oppenheimer saw the nuclear bomb, he actually didn't say theese words but thought them, I just love the poetic note in it. Makes me warm and fuzzy in the belly :)

He quoted the Bhagavad-gita (11.32), where God (Krishna) speaks the above line. Puts this quote in quite a different light, no?

EDIT: oops. Just saw that others were faster.

proalan
August 12th, 2007, 11:53 AM
"just because a robot wants to kill humans, that makes him a radical" futurama - bender

Isaac_x
August 12th, 2007, 03:17 PM
There is no reward, there is no punishment, but there are consequences. -- Robert G. Ingersoll (http://thewaronfaith.com/aq_ingersol.htm), January 9, 1891

xyz
August 12th, 2007, 03:20 PM
I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.

Mahatma Gandhi

likemindead
August 12th, 2007, 03:35 PM
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
-- Sir Edmund Burke

Also, my signature (Ben Folds).

Lots of great ones listed, everybody.

jgrabham
August 12th, 2007, 03:37 PM
It's understood that Hollywood
sells Californication.
-The Red Hot Chili Peppers

It may be a song lyric, but there is a lot of truth in it.

Really? My fave chillis line is "I am what I am most mother******s dont give a damn"

(form suck my kiss)

EDIT although if were going for mother****** what about Predator - You are one ugly mother******!!

original_jamingrit
August 12th, 2007, 03:47 PM
Here's mine:

"Linux is very user-friendly, but it's just picky about who its friends are."
-Anonymous

"Work hard, trust in God, and keep your bowels open."
-Oliver Cromwell

There are some hilarious quotes in this thread.

getaboat
August 12th, 2007, 05:14 PM
And death shall have no dominion.
Dylan Thomas

virtually anything from Oscar Wilde or Voltaire..

ron999
August 12th, 2007, 06:15 PM
I feel like a hitch-hiker caught in a hailstorm on a Texas highway.
I can't run.
I can't hide.
And I can't make it stop.

Lyndon B Johnson, 1964 (about American involvement in Viet-Nam)

sanderella
August 12th, 2007, 06:45 PM
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe there are two kinds of people, and those who don't. (Author unknown)

WishingWell
August 12th, 2007, 07:26 PM
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. - Stephen Roberts


The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is. - Sir Winston Churchill


The biggest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter. - Sir Winston Churchill


Those willing to give up essential liberty in order to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety - Benjamin Franklin

ICUR2Ys
August 12th, 2007, 10:31 PM
Look before you leap - 14th century
He who hesitates is lost. 18th century

I like them better in pairs.

proalan
September 10th, 2007, 12:13 AM
"my enemy's enemy is my friend"

derived expression from ancient chinese warfare

happysmileman
September 10th, 2007, 12:14 AM
"Embrace, extend, and exterminate"

Yes it's a joke

Nano Geek
September 10th, 2007, 01:05 AM
Reader, suppose you were an Idiot, then suppose that you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself.

--Mark Twain

Dr Small
September 10th, 2007, 02:32 AM
A List of All my Favorite Quotes (http://php.8ez.com/drsmall/blog/?page_id=109)

:D

Dr Small

jimrz
September 10th, 2007, 03:08 AM
You left off who that was. Robert Heinlein, I believe.

Browning>>>

ooopps ... sorry, yes it was though speaking as "Lazarus Long". Here is another I like from the same source:

"never try to outstubborn a cat"

Gremlinzzz
September 10th, 2007, 03:42 AM
"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home".
Ken Olsen's immortal 1977 comment

dbott67
September 10th, 2007, 04:12 AM
There are two kinds of people I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch.

- Nigel Powers (Austin Powers' fazha)

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel.

- Homer J. Simpson
Sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.-Dave

lisati
September 10th, 2007, 04:19 AM
A bird in the hand invariably s**ts in your hand (Unknown)

dimbulb1024
December 5th, 2007, 09:46 AM
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others,
are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams

And remember, if you are looking for the answer, it's 42.

SupaSonic
December 5th, 2007, 10:45 AM
I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.

[The pamphlet] was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners.

Gods don't like people not doing much work. People who aren't busy all the time might start to think.

Terry Pratchett


There are many others. He's amazing.

mdsmedia
December 5th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others,
are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Douglas Adams

And remember, if you are looking for the answer, it's 42.Yeah, but the question is invariably wrong ;)

And my favourite:

As I think, therefore I am. [unknown]

stoodleysnow
December 5th, 2007, 12:10 PM
My motto:
I'll get there in the end.

Someone who has now asked me to anonymise them!
"If at first you don't succeed, cheat.
If cheating, don't get caught.
If caught cheating, blame HIM [points to anyone else in the room]."

Bear in mind that this man is a part time teacher, Doctor of Nanotechnology, used to live in Dubai (for a little while) and was apparrently jailed for fraud in the 70s or 80s.
And yet he's one of the best people you'll ever meet.:|

sethvath
December 5th, 2007, 12:25 PM
"If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn't be any god-damned wars in the first place." -- Sally Field in Emmy acceptance speech.

"Peace is an accident, war is natural. Old men start it, young men fight it, everybody in the middle dies, and nobody tells the truth."-- Sylvester Stallone on the latest sequel to Rambo, in which the Vietnam veteran helps refugees in Burma.

proalan
December 5th, 2007, 12:51 PM
You're legally allowed to drink now so we figured the best thing for you was a car.

Good Will Hunting

kodak
December 5th, 2007, 01:23 PM
:lolflag:

"Never touch anything you would not lick, Never lick anything you would not flick" -- my old man

staticvoid
December 5th, 2007, 01:26 PM
may the fleas of a thousand camels invade your armpits

hvac3901
December 5th, 2007, 01:32 PM
more of a writing than a quote, it is removed from content, and often quoted as "The Abolition of Man" C S Lewis

"Those who set to rapid and ready practice before they have learned the theory, resemble sailors who set to sea without a rudder"
LeoNardo De Vinchi

dimbulb1024
December 5th, 2007, 07:29 PM
Common sense ain't all that common
Will Rogers

jgrabham
December 5th, 2007, 07:43 PM
A government big enough to supply you with everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have

Take that socialists =b

*ducks before flames made by the government with "made in the EU" printed on the side hits him.*

If you excuse me, me and all my "capatilist scum" friends have to go.

=D

jgrabham
December 5th, 2007, 07:44 PM
may the fleas of a thousand camels invade your armpits

From Osama Binladens latest speech :lolflag:

samwyse
December 5th, 2007, 08:01 PM
"Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly.” – Henry Spencer

Iceni
December 6th, 2007, 01:47 AM
I rather like this one. I think it is a bit cheesy, but it reminds me to live:


Passion... it lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting, and though unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us... passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?... Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ecstasy of grief... it hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we could know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank... without passion, we'd be truly dead.
It is taken from an episode of Buffy, so I guess it is credited Joss Whedon

toupeiro
December 6th, 2007, 01:50 AM
"I'm a lone fingernail on the chalkboard of life" -Roger Bailey

hvac3901
December 6th, 2007, 03:30 PM
more of a writing than a quote, it is removed from content, and often quoted as "The Abolition of Man" C S Lewis


I must correct myself, please forgive the writing is called "Men Without chests" and is it from "the Abolition of man"

Dr Small
December 6th, 2007, 03:33 PM
Here is mine:

1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
3. Never spend your money before you have it.
4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
10. When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
- Thomas Jefferson

Znort_Ubern00b
December 6th, 2007, 03:42 PM
Humans are a virus, spreading the plague of humankind over a world so beautiful we are too blinkered to stop and see it...
by me :D

if at first you don't succeed,consult the ubuntu forums.

xyz
December 6th, 2007, 03:49 PM
I heard that one in a movie a couple of nights ago:


Women sleep with men in order to be able to talk with them. - Men talk to women in order to sleep with them.

Haywood
December 6th, 2007, 03:50 PM
Never ask the question you really do not want the answer to.

Haywood
December 6th, 2007, 03:52 PM
@ Znort - On your signature "Nothing is as certain as - Death and Taxes" you forgot Windows will crash. :)

djsroknrol
December 6th, 2007, 05:02 PM
"Time flies like an arrow...fruit flies like a banana"
Groucho Marx