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Lyrhawn
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So last week I came across a really cool quote I'd never seen before, and I thought it'd be a neat idea for a thread if people posted interesting quotes they'd just come upon. I don't mean to go ahead and just post all your favorite quotes, but if you've heard something new recently, either a famous quote, or just something you overheard on a regular day that struck you as interesting, come post it here.

The quote I heard:

quote:
God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.
- J. M. Barrie
Author of Peter Pan


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Jeff C.
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Oooooooh, I love quotes. I especially like the closing lines of various novels.

quote:
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
-The Great Gatsby, ending line
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Also...

quote:
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
-Tale of Two Cities, ending line
Charles Dickens


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Anthonie
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Some of my favorites by Mahatma Gandhi:
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“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.”

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”


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quote:
Too young to die, too old to pogo.
-Niel Gaiman


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In response to his screenplay being almost entirely abandoned by Alfred Hitchcock, after having been paid to write it.

"Nobody can be adequately paid for wasting his time."
-Raymond Chandler

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Speaking of Neil Gaiman, I'm re-reading Neverwhere, and this is one of my favorite lines:

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"You have a good heart," she told him. "Sometimes that's enough to see you safe wherever you go." Then she shook her head. "But mostly it's not."

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This has been a favorite of mine for awhile, but I did see it again recently. Bertrand Russell:

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The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.

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A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton


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Jeff C.
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quote:
It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
-Voltaire

quote:
A witty saying proves nothing.
-Voltaire


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quote:
Find something you love to do so much you would do it every day for free. Then find someone to pay you to do it.
- DJ AM


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The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven. Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition!
-Herman Melville
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My motto, as I live and learn, is dig and be dug in return
-Langston Hughes

I dig this quote.

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Speed
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
In response to his screenplay being almost entirely abandoned by Alfred Hitchcock, after having been paid to write it.

"Nobody can be adequately paid for wasting his time."
-Raymond Chandler

Spoken like someone who's never had a real job. [Smile]
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quote:
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin
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quote:
Originally posted by capaxinfiniti:
quote:
Find something you love to do so much you would do it every day for free. Then find someone to pay you to do it.
- DJ AM


And then watch as the intrinsic joy you feel at doing that thing drains away.
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Not necessarily

(but usually)

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quote:
Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world. Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.

JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings


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quote:
Originally posted by Noemon:
quote:
Originally posted by capaxinfiniti:
quote:
Find something you love to do so much you would do it every day for free. Then find someone to pay you to do it.
- DJ AM


And then watch as the intrinsic joy you feel at doing that thing drains away.
It's hard to avoid this. I find it helps to check on old emails and journal entries, or the like, to remind you of what first got you so interested in your work.

Here's one of my favorite quotes:

quote:
Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
--The Sheltering Sky


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That's actually why I've stopped buying movies. How many times, really, am I going to rewatch something?
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Jeff C.
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
That's actually why I've stopped buying movies. How many times, really, am I going to rewatch something?

Good question. But I've probably seen Star Wars at least 20 times, so sometimes it can be worth it. When the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring came out in the extended version, I bought it and watched it repeatedly. I also watched the special features and learned a LOT about Tolkein, much of which I have since regurgitated in discussions as well as various papers I've written. In other words, it was time well spent and money well invested. However, for the most part, buying movies is definitely a waste of money, so I agree with you (for the most part).
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Samprimary
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
That's actually why I've stopped buying movies. How many times, really, am I going to rewatch something?

the netflix quandary
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I stopped buying movies on DVD years ago. But when the apocalypse happens, those with a DVD player and a generator will be Gods among men.
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
That's actually why I've stopped buying movies. How many times, really, am I going to rewatch something?

Do you still buy books?
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On average, I reread a book more often than I re-watch a movie -- even those few I actually have bought. Moreover, the books I had as a teen and still reread are the same copies. Movies I watched as a teen would all be on VHS. [Razz]

(As Tom is close to my age, I imagine at least the second point would apply to him as well.)

That's ignoring the fact that I buy almost all my books used, which is less of an option for movies.

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I buy books constantly. But I also re-read them constantly, because I read very, very fast; I can read most books of average length in just under an hour. Given how much easier it is to carry a book around, and how much easier and more satisfying it is to read just your favorite section of a book, I don't see that the situation really maps all that well to film.
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quote:
Originally posted by TomDavidson:
I buy books constantly. But I also re-read them constantly, because I read very, very fast; I can read most books of average length in just under an hour. Given how much easier it is to carry a book around, and how much easier and more satisfying it is to read just your favorite section of a book, I don't see that the situation really maps all that well to film.

Bolded the part that struck me as especially accurate.

I agree with the whole thing, though. Well, except the speed-reading. I don't read that fast!

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I still buy cheap movies. You can get dvds of some things, both new and used, for less than $5, which for me is a price point worthy of buying.

By and large though, I buy a lot of seasons of television, and not that many movies at all.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
You can get dvds of some things, both new and used, for less than $5

Rarely anything I want, but sure, occasionally.
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
I still buy cheap movies. You can get dvds of some things, both new and used, for less than $5, which for me is a price point worthy of buying.

By and large though, I buy a lot of seasons of television, and not that many movies at all.

This. I prefer to buy television, if only for the fact that 40 bucks on a TV show can net you like 10-20 hours, depending, whereas a movie is really only about 2-3 hours. It's a big difference, unless you are buying a film for 5 bucks, as previously mentioned.
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
You can get dvds of some things, both new and used, for less than $5

Rarely anything I want, but sure, occasionally.
Not a fan of Krull, Willow, and The Last Starfighter?

Barbarian!

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No; eh, once was enough; and no.
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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
You can get dvds of some things, both new and used, for less than $5

Rarely anything I want, but sure, occasionally.
Not a fan of Krull, Willow, and The Last Starfighter?

Barbarian!

Last Starfighter for the win!
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Never underestimate the power and beauty of human stupidity, Jesse Blankenship--an old friend of mine.
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quote:
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.

His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings.

-Earnest Hemingway

quote:
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

-Dune

When a wise man does not understand, he says: "I do not understand." The fool and the uncultured are ashamed of their ignorance. They remain silent when a question could bring them wisdom.
-Frank Herbert




[ February 09, 2012, 08:10 AM: Message edited by: Jeff C. ]

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“Ridicule May Lawfully Be Employed Where Reason Has No Hope of Success” ~ Ed Brayton
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quote:
He was a soldier, and if anyone had asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he wouldn't have known what they meant.
-Ender's Game, referring to Bean

That's my favorite quote from the book. It's just so awesome!
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"may you live as long as you wish, and love as long as you live." Robert Heinlin.

I used it last night as my best man toast at my brothers wedding and everyone loved it.

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