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Sep 15th 2007

Do you ever find yourself reading a book, watching a movie, or whatever, and someone says something so profound (or outrageous, or thought-provoking), that you want to share it with anyone who will listen?

That happened to me today at the laundromat. And I thought to myself, "Huh...the contest is over, the NAsquerade is over, and we still have over a week to kill before the show starts up. What will we talk about?"

I offer up the following: A short-lived thread that addresses whatever quotes you find profound...but with no discussion. Here's an example:

"If you want to truly deduce how intelligent someone is, just ask this person how they feel about any issue that doesn't have an answer; the more certainty they express, the less sense they have. This is because certainty only comes from dogma."

Chuck Klosterman

If you have a response to this, use another quote; not your own personal expression. Let the (short-lived, that's how my threads roll) game begin!

Sep 16th 2007 edited

"It's not all about Martini's" - Daniel Lindsay

Sep 16th 2007

"Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose" - Kris Kristofferson

Sep 16th 2007

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy" - Martin Luther King, Jr

Sep 16th 2007 edited

"If I can't dance, I don't want to be a part of your revolution."--Emma Goldman

Sep 16th 2007

"Those aren't pillows!" --Steve Martin

Sep 16th 2007

Ooh, I have lots of these that have touched me. I should post this in Book Recommendations, but I have to say that Great Companions, edited by Robert French Leavens and published in two volumes is my favorite deep thought reference. I love that these little book are "pocket-sized" and very old. Check them out of your library when you need some inspiration. I guarantee you'll find something.

Thomas Merton has been inspirational to me lately. Here are a couple gems from his Passion for Peace:

"He will not let himself be persuaded that the adversary is totally wicked and can therefore never be reasonable or well-intentioned, and hence need to be listened to."

"Our readiness to see some good in him and to agree with some of his ideas (though tactically this might look like a weakness on our part), actually gives us power: the power of sincerity and of truth."

Sep 16th 2007

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliott

Sep 16th 2007

"I'm not going to live in a house of evil just to save a few dollars." --Marge Simpson

Sep 16th 2007

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" - John Lennon

(Although he also said "I am the walrus", so I don't know what you make of that ;-p )

Sep 16th 2007

"Fear is the heart of love" - Death Cab for Cutie, "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"

Sep 16th 2007

"Pam is taller. She has bigger breasts too."--Kevin Malone

Sep 16th 2007 edited

"I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" (I guess the non-Grey's Anatomy version, though, since this line isn't in the version that's on the radio, but it is in the version I bought from iTunes last year.)

Sep 16th 2007

"Pam is taller. She has bigger breasts too."--Kevin Malone

And the corollary to this: "Your advice was good, but Jan's was bigger." --Michael Scott

Sep 16th 2007 edited

"There is one word in America that says it all, and that word is youneverknow."
--Joaquin Andujar

Sep 17th 2007

"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." --Oscar Gamble, New York Yankees

Sep 17th 2007

"All morons hate it when you call them a moron." ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 6

Sep 17th 2007

"Because there are no fours." -- NBA long-range gunner Antoine Walker when asked why he shoots so many threes

Sep 17th 2007

"Because she is too ugly to kiss goodbye." -- Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips.

Sep 17th 2007

"We're lost -- but we're making good time!" -- Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, on his way to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. It's pretty much how I live my life.

Sep 18th 2007

"I used to think it was clever to confuse comedy with tragedy. Now I wish I could distinguish them." -- John le Carré, A Murder of Quality

Sep 18th 2007

"She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen." -- Lloyd Dobler

Sep 18th 2007

...pen."

"I bought a seven-dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring." — Mitch Hedberg

Sep 18th 2007 edited

"Saying 'I'm sorry' is the same as saying 'I apologize.' Except at a funeral. "

-Demitri Martin

Sep 18th 2007

"I was at the movies the other day and a man came up to me and asked, 'Is this seat saved?' I answered, 'If the current philosophical quandary is whether even animals have souls, what chance does an inanimate object like a chair have of gaining salvation?' He said, 'I mean, is this seat taken.' Ambiguity!"

--Emo Philips

Sep 18th 2007

We had a discussion about the wonder of the film Tombstone some months back:

Wyatt Earp: How are you?
Doc Holliday: I'm dying, how are you?

Sep 19th 2007

"Failures are divided into two classes - those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought." - John Charles Salak

Sep 19th 2007

"We need knee pads, not Band-Aids." - My boss, this afternoon, discussing solutions to work problems.

Sep 19th 2007

"You know what I hate? Indian givers...(pause)...no, I take that back."

--another from Emo Phillips

Sep 19th 2007

"Ever notice how irons have a setting for permanent press? I don't get it." —Steven Wright

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