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Old 21 Apr 2012, 10:58 PM   #357293 / #226
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Don't recall if I posted this one, but it's the screensaver on my MacBook:

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
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Old 07 May 2012, 11:00 AM   #362613 / #227
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A few recent ones I added to my growing compilation:


Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- Joseph Heller 5/1/1923

Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency...to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
- William Faulkner

I never presume to give advice on writing. I think the best way to learn to write is to read books and stories by bood writers. It's a hard thing to preach about. As Thelonious Monk once said about his field, "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
- Maureen Dowd

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
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Old 21 May 2012, 06:46 PM   #366600 / #228
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"'Just be yourself', well, that's what they say. I barely know who I was yesterday."- David Byrne
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Old 21 May 2012, 07:03 PM   #366602 / #229
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Old 26 May 2012, 05:04 PM   #367805 / #230
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-Quote from the back cover of the original Whole Earth Catalog
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Old 26 May 2012, 09:50 PM   #367853 / #231
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Knoll's Law of Media Accuracy: Everything you read in the newspapers is absolutely true except for that rare story of which you happen to have firsthand knowledge.
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Old 27 May 2012, 02:11 AM   #367885 / #232
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Old 27 May 2012, 08:00 AM   #367912 / #233
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"People keep us away from the world."

Albert Camus

PS - It was quite a while before I understood what this quote is about, or at least what I think it is about.
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Old 31 May 2012, 10:52 AM   #368999 / #234
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Resist much, obey little.
- Walt Whitman ( born today: 5/31/1819)
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Old 07 Jun 2012, 06:18 AM   #370795 / #235
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The truth is often stupid.
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Old 11 Jun 2012, 11:12 AM   #371752 / #236
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"It's amazing how large the things are that it's possible to overlook."
- Jo Walton, Among Others
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Old 11 Jun 2012, 11:14 AM   #371753 / #237
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"Shut up."

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Old 06 Jul 2012, 10:32 AM   #378542 / #238
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When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.

- Wisława Szymborska
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Old 07 Jul 2012, 01:54 PM   #379128 / #239
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I'm all for minimal baggage when it comes to emotive expression of complex philosophical/social concepts.

I'd like you all to list the singular quote that embodies that for you. Here's mine:

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no greater demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world..." - Carl Sagan
His pale blue dot analogy was epic, IMO.
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Old 07 Jul 2012, 02:20 PM   #379136 / #240
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Hi,

I'm all for minimal baggage when it comes to emotive expression of complex philosophical/social concepts.

I'd like you all to list the singular quote that embodies that for you. Here's mine:

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no greater demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world..." - Carl Sagan
His pale blue dot analogy was epic, IMO.
My favorite clip ever.

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Old 12 Jul 2012, 10:39 AM   #381129 / #241
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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau (born 7/12/1817)
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Old 12 Jul 2012, 01:16 PM   #381148 / #242
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This is prolly the best current thread on SC right now. I've enjoyed Full Tilt Boogie and MattShizzle the most.
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Old 12 Jul 2012, 03:48 PM   #381199 / #243
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Hi,

I'm all for minimal baggage when it comes to emotive expression of complex philosophical/social concepts.

I'd like you all to list the singular quote that embodies that for you. Here's mine:

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no greater demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world..." - Carl Sagan
His pale blue dot analogy was epic, IMO.
My favorite clip ever.

I never get tired of watching that vid. As much as I like Neil Tyson, he had some big shoes to follow. Carl was one of a kind.
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Old 20 Jul 2012, 10:05 PM   #384007 / #244
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It's moving. But without the role of astronomy and spaceships? I've always loved our pale blue dot as it seemed in my mind. From a teenage perspective... boys and horses... and so it went. But it's true that every morning on my way to visit Computing Daughter I see the morning star and next to it Venus... and if you took away the vastness of the universe and never saw your own smallness then the challenge that produces the greatness of music and painting would not exist and we'd be lesser for that experience.
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 02:35 AM   #384112 / #245
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“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the sower of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger . . . is as good as dead.” --Albert Einstein
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Old 21 Jul 2012, 10:54 AM   #384176 / #246
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About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.

- Ernest Hemingway (born 7/21/1899)
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Old 23 Jul 2012, 01:50 AM   #384827 / #247
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My 2 yr old son went into babyshock when faced with his new sister... the doctor gave him Phenergan or something similar and as I was cooing at him and giving him his mushy food he looked into my eyes and said in a small voice "Feel better Mummy".
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Old 23 Jul 2012, 02:10 AM   #384833 / #248
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- Ernest Hemingway (born 7/21/1899)
Oh, I like that one.
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"Madness: that compromise position between life and death." ~Puzzle

“I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely. Asylums are for the middling classes.” ~Charles Bukowski
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