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Saturday, October 16, 2010

October 2010 Quotations

"You're going to face a choice in November. This is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess in the first place and the policies that got us out of this mess – and what the other side is counting on is people not having a good memory."
~~ President Barack Obama, 8 July 2010

"The Republicans are fear-mongers, when in truth the only thing we really need to fear are the Republicans and their owners, the Oligarchs."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"The T.E.A. Party movement is not the solution to what ails America. It is an illustration of what ails America ... because of the movement's self-indulgent premise that none of our challenges and difficulties are our own fault."
~~ Michael Kinsley

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

“We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.“
~~ Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.]

“All fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences.“
~~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940]

“Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.”
~~ Sen. Paul Wellstone [1944-2002]

“If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you."
~~ movie auteur Billy Wilder [1906-2002]

"I wish we had been able to obstruct more."
~~ G.O.P. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, August 2010

"The education of our children ... is the most noble thing in the world to do."
~~ Aaron Stern

"They're always flying these flags at half mast. Why don't they just make the flag poles shorter?"
~~ New Mexico state employee in 2010

"Pleasure and action make the hours seem shorter."
~~ character Iago, as written by William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
~~ William Arthur Ward [1921–94]

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
~~ Sir Winston Churchill [1874-1965]

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~~ Maria Robinson

"Whenever I hear [the word] 'culture'... I remove the safety from my Browning!" {original: "Wenn ich Kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning!"}
~~ from the 1933 German play "Schlageter" written by Hanns Johst (and not uttered by either Hermann Göring or Julius Streicher}

"The policy elite ... are acting like the priests of some ancient cult, demanding that we engage in human sacrifices to appease the anger of invisible gods."
~~ Paul Krugman. in 2010

"The community should guard the rights of each individual member, and (in return for this protection) each individual should submit to the laws of the community, without which submission of all it is impossible that protection can be extended to any."
~~ William Blackstone [1809–81]

"Military policy is like cancer: Nobody knows where it comes from but it can't be ignored."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"Live your life as a singular, existential work of art, never to be repeated."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"DUM VIVIMUS, VIVAMUS" (While we live, let us live!"
~~ as quoted by Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

"[New York is] fun city. If the pollution doesn't get you, the traffic will. If you live thru those two, you're fair game for the street hunters."
~~ Mickey Spillane [1918-2006], in "Survival ... Zero", 1970

"The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my Administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened. By god, it didn't just happen, I'll tell you that."
~~ Dwight D. Eisenhower [1890-1969]

"Disturbing the ecological balance is the worst mistake [that] any government can make."
~~ Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88], in 1963

"There are no poor politicians."
~~ Mickey Spillane [1918-2006]

"Integrity has no need of rules."
~~ Albert Camus [1913-60]

"All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive."
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

“Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.”
~~ Victoria Holt

"I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust."
~~ Geronimo [1829-1909]

"What treaty that the whites have kept has the red man broken? Not one."
~~ Sitting Bull [circa 1831-1890]

"Re-examine all that you have been told. Dismiss that which insults your soul."
~~ Walt Whitman [1819-92]

"Painting taught me to make not beautiful images but necessary ones."
~~ French filmmaker Robert Bresson

"Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness."
~~ French writer Sacha Guitry

"The United States] gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens."
~~ President George Washington,
in a letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790

"Sometimes [writing] comes easily and perfectly. Sometimes it is like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"In three words I can sum up everything about life: It goes on."
~~ poet Robert Frost [1874-1963]

"The art of dining well is no slight art, nor the pleasure slight."
~~ Michel de Montaigne [1533-92]
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken."
~~ Oscar Wilde [1854-1900]

"Progress has little to do with speed and much to do with direction."
~~ old saying

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

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