Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Commonplace; some of my favorite quotations

"I don't preach to or deliver bibles to the needy. My religion is irrelevant in the presence of hungry people." ~President Bill Clinton, Nashville, TN 2010

As Thomas Jefferson himself said, “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.” 

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.- James 2:14-17 (ESV)

"Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn." ~ Lord Orrery

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

I knew I was different. I thought that I might be gay or something because I couldn't identify with any of the guys at all. None of them liked art or music, they just wanted to fight and get laid. It was many years ago but it gave me this real hatred for the average American macho male.  ~Kurt Cobain

Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.  Howard Zinn

"Science... its only sacred truth is that there are no sacred truths.All assumptions must be critically examined.Arguments from authority are worthless.Whatever is inconsistent with the facts, no matter how fond of it we are, must be discarded or revised. Science is not perfect, its often misused, its only a tool... but its the best tool we have. Self-correcting, ever-changing, applicable to everything."  -Carl Sagan

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." ~ Galileo Galilei

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."  Winston Churchill

"It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.”
― Benjamin Elijah Mays

"If you’re too much worried about the afterlife, you’re not enough worried enough about this life. Living a life of love means not having to worry about hell." - John Shore

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”   - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -- Blaise Pascal

If you aren't willing to believe in the discoverable laws of nature that govern this world, then leave the care and keeping of it, to those of us who do.  GDC

I have faith in science.  GDC

I think each rich and powerful person should spend a night far from help in the woods, naked and alone, to remind them of where they may have come from, of those on whom their wealth and power is built, and of their duty to all their fellow beings.   (GDC)

One of the saddest things about living is to lose ones you love and to awaken to the cumulative attrition of kindred souls. We are fortunate to be able to carry them about with us, in our memories of moments lived with them.   GDC

To feel the wind in my face and God all around me . . . (this is what I had put next to my picture in my high school year book, the year I graduated)

To live life in every breath. To see that every blossom is perfect. To have no mind. (paraphrased from a character in "The Last Samurai")

The way I live determines the way my people survive.  Graham Nash

Work every day as if it were your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will all end at midnight. Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury you cannot afford.  Og Mandino

To be wronged is nothing, unless you remember it (Confucius said this). Therefore, commit to memory only those things that are worth remembering. (GDC)

In the absence of objectivity (which is impossible), integrity must suffice. (GDC)

Life isn't fair by design. We must make it so, where we are, where we can. (GDC)

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."   Theodore Roosevelt, 1918

Illegitimi non carborundum!!

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I've been a number of things over the years: husband, father, environmental technical specialist, college instructor, carpenter, volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver, student of Lakota and Japanese languages, technical writer, process engineer, research technician, IT technician, emergency dispatcher, etc.