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masterofNone 01-28-2004 11:46 AM

quotation debate
 
down through recorded history human beings have said a lot of things worth repeating. some of my favorite things are quotations. but a philosophy teacher once said to me that the problem with conventional wisdom is that it's immensely contradictory. for example, using conventional wisdom we might say "look before you leap," but conventional wisdom also tells us that "he who hesitates is lost." so i was thinking it might be possible to have a debate using only quotations. somebody could offer up a quotation and someone else could find an equally convincing quotation to the contrary. thought it might make an intersting format for debate. so, that being the premise, i'll get things started.

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"i've never met a man i didn't like."
will rogers


malina 01-28-2004 12:16 PM

I love humanity but I hate people.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

masterofNone 01-28-2004 01:00 PM

I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!
Tom Lehrer

malina 01-28-2004 01:31 PM

Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.
Rene Dubos

masterofNone 01-28-2004 02:10 PM

Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
George Santayana

malina 01-28-2004 02:20 PM

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Albert Einstein

masterofNone 01-28-2004 02:29 PM

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something entirely different.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

malina 01-28-2004 02:36 PM

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Albert Einstein

masterofNone 01-28-2004 03:25 PM

Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
Lily Tomlin

malina 01-28-2004 04:08 PM

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Rudyard Kipling

masterofNone 01-28-2004 04:39 PM

Talk is cheap, writing is expensive.
anon

Perkina 01-28-2004 05:49 PM

Whose talk is of bullocks.
Ecclesiasticus

malina 01-28-2004 05:51 PM

My tongue within my lips I rein: for who talks much must talk in vain.
John Gay

Aphrodite 01-28-2004 06:10 PM

"I have always thought that the best way to find out what is right and what is not right, what should be done and what should not be done, is not to give a sermon, but to talk and discuss, and out of discussion sometimes a little bit of truth comes out."

Nehru, Jawaharlal

masterofNone 01-28-2004 06:19 PM

"Beauty is truth and truth is beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and that is all ye need to know."
John Keats

Hyakujo's Fox 01-28-2004 06:21 PM

"The Truth? You Want The Truth? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!".

Colonel Nathan R. Jessop, United States Marine Corps, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

malina 01-28-2004 06:23 PM

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
Nadine Gordimer

masterofNone 01-28-2004 06:27 PM

If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.
Diogenes the Cynic (412 to 323 B.C.)

Perky Pat 01-28-2004 06:28 PM

The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who don't have it.

- George Bernard Shaw

Aphrodite 01-28-2004 06:32 PM

The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is a human owl, vigilant in darkness, and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game
- Henry Beecher

masterofNone 01-28-2004 07:39 PM

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Samuel Butler

Perky Pat 01-28-2004 08:46 PM

a man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

William Shakespeare

dalang 01-28-2004 09:07 PM

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?

-Plato

masterofNone 01-28-2004 09:21 PM

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done just as easily lying down.
Woody Allen

Hyakujo's Fox 01-28-2004 09:55 PM

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

Aphrodite 01-28-2004 11:16 PM

Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! ... Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Hyakujo's Fox 01-29-2004 12:39 AM

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.

W Somerset Maugham

Aphrodite 01-29-2004 12:44 AM

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Winston Churchill

masterofNone 01-29-2004 12:56 AM

He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
Douglas Adams

SpecialK 01-29-2004 03:55 AM

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

funkytuba 01-29-2004 04:08 AM

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
Bertrand Russell

malina 01-29-2004 08:42 AM

Or were I in the wildest waste, sae bleak and bare, sae bleak and bare, the desert were a paradise if thou wert there, if thou were there.
Robert Burns

Perky Pat 01-29-2004 09:50 AM

what makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

antoine st. exupery

masterofNone 01-29-2004 12:15 PM

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

zefrank 01-29-2004 12:22 PM

"i have a pen"
-ze

masterofNone 01-29-2004 12:32 PM

Men have become the tools of their tools
Henry David Thoreau

malina 01-29-2004 01:05 PM

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
Ayn Rand

funkytuba 01-29-2004 02:41 PM

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
Groucho Marx


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masterofNone 01-29-2004 03:40 PM

A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for.
W. C. Fields

malina 01-29-2004 03:58 PM

What is dishonorably got, is dishonorably squandered.
Marcus Tullius Cicero


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