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Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 2019 Quotations (54)

"And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been."
~~ Rainer Maria Rilke [1875-1926]

"I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform."
~~ TV news anchor Rachel Maddow

"That's the nice thing about science, you will lose all your paradigms, sooner better than later."
~~ John C. Landon

"Knowledge is not a series of self-consistent theories that converges towards an ideal view; it is rather an ever-increasing ocean of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable) alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each myth."
~~ Paul K. Feyerabend [1924-94]

"The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without."
~~ Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961]

"One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me."
~~ Harriet Beecher Stowe [1811-96]

"There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead."
~~ essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne [1533-92]

"Political systems that were supposed to represent everyone now return governments of millionaires, financed by and acting on behalf of billionaires. To expect governments funded and appointed by this class to protect the biosphere and defend the poor is like expecting a lion to live on gazpacho."
~~ British author George Monbiot

"I’m at a bit of a loss in how to successfully negotiate with an angry, hurting faction [of the GOP] that doesn’t like critical thinking, facts, science, or reason. I suspect it might take a few generations for them to die off, but they are indoctrinating their kids . . ."
~~ Zane Paxton, on Facebook

"It's never too early to be annoyed by Christmas."
~~ Grinch character, as written by Dr. Seuss

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out."
~~ poet Edwin Markham [1852-1940]

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."
~~ English art critic John Ruskin [1819-1900]

"If people think [that] nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy."
~~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [1922-2007]

"Advertising is the greatest art form of the XXth Century."
~~ communications theorist Marshall McLuhan [1911-80]

"I did not become a vegetarian for my health; I did it for the health of the chickens."
~~ Isaac Bashevis Singer [1902-91]

"We must be willing to let go of the life [that] we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
~~ British author E.M. Forster [1879-1970]

"Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"If I revealed who I'm dating right now it would swing the election {snort, snort}."
~~ Ernestine character, as portrayed by comedian Lily Tomlin, live interview 1984

"Don't let your mouth write a check that you're ass can't cash."
~~ author Charles Portis, in the 1966 novel "Norwood"

"Those who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by them."
~~ Ursula K. Le Guin [1929-2018]

"The US of A has never had a capitalist economy. Currently we have a fascist political system with Wall Street exercising a piracy economic system - they want it, they take it."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long."
~~ historian Marshall Trimble

"[Bear] in mind that Truth is hate to those that hate the Truth."
~~ Oregon blogger Paul Walters

"One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received."
~~ romance novelist Beatriz Williams

"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
~~ Sinclair Lewis [1885-1951]

"To keep a warm heart in winter is the real victory."
~~ Marty Rubin

"We all grow tired eventually; it happens to everyone. Even the sun, at the close of the year, is no longer a morning person."
~~ author Joyce Rachelle

"Success is not worth rejoicing over, failure is not worth grieving over."
~~ Luo Guanzhong [XIVth Century] of China

"We're no longer talking about a situation where global warming is something in the future. It's here. It's now."
~~ Gavin A. Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in February 2019

"No more 'incremental progress' bull****. It’s time for a wholesale political revolution."
~~ musician/activist Michael 'Killer Mike' Render

"We need heroes today more than ever."
~~ T.A. Barron

"Being like everybody is the same as being nobody."
~~ television writer Rod Serling [1924-75]

"Love sought is good, but given unsought better."
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
~~ cartoonist Charles M. Schulz [1922-2000]

"The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them. Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due."
~~ Winston Churchill [1874-1965], in 1938

"Online trolls have nothing to communicate or contribute, they just think that they can wear reality down to their level by repeating nonsense over & over."
~~ G.E. Nordell

why Republican pseudo-Xians get no respect: "He answereth and saith unto them, he that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise."
~~ Gospel of Luke, chapter 3, verses 10-11

"It is really a good thing that the Angry emoji on Facebook is available without limit, or we would all run out before 2020."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century B.C.E.]

"Always remember that half the population is below average, and it is even worse on Facebook."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"[Michael D.] Cohen’s testimony may not all prove correct. But all of it is plausible - and not a word of it has been contradicted, let alone refuted."
~~ journalist David Frum

"If you love life, she will love you in return."
~~ pianist Arthur Rubinstein [1887-1982]

"You live as long as you dance."
~~ Rudolf Nureyev [1938-93]

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
~~ author Isaac Asimov [1920-92]

"Whoever one is, and wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude."
~~ Maurice Baring [1874-1945]

"The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience."
~~ Count Leo Tolstoy [1828-1910] of Russia, in the 1869 epic novel "War and Peace"

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."
~~ Carl Jung [1875-1961]

"Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change -- it can not only move us, it makes us move."
~~ actor & activist Ossie Davis [1917-2005]

"You stop explaining yourself when you realize [that] people only understand from their level of perception."
~~ actor Jim Carrey

"If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never lie to yourself."
~~ Paulo Coehlo

"My mind is like my internet browser: 19 tabs open, 3 of them frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from."
~~ author unknown

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice [that] it always coincides with their own desires."
~~ suffragist Susan B. Anthony [1820-1906]

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enogh people to make it worth the effort."
~~ Herm Albright

"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]

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