Posted tagged ‘quotes’

Sage observation, on a day when I’m sad and angry all over again

September 11, 2009

Things happen and then they don’t happen.

New York a Fortress City? Future Seen on 9/12 Didn’t Happen – NYTimes.com

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Another Quotable Quote

July 20, 2009

“… death is the only god who comes when you call.” Roger Zelazny, “24 views of Mt Fuji, by Hokusai”

Wheels keep on spinning round…

August 14, 2008

Senior Nazi Hermann Göring, at the time of his trial in Nuremberg:

“Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged. “Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”

“There is one difference,” [the interviewer] pointed out. “In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”

“Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

(My emphasis. Quoted from Snopes, though I first encountered a shorter version in Lies My Teacher Told Me)

Ugh. I didn’t know deja vu could induce nausea. I’m not saying Cheney and Co. were deliberately running the Nazi Playbook but how could you look back over the past seven years and not find those words sickeningly  descriptive?

From the mouth of babes…

September 20, 2006

A quote from George Plimpton, by way of The Best American Sportwriting of the Century, about his 9-yr old daughter:

She had brought along some good-luck tokens she showed me — a stuffed koala bear in a miniature straw basket suspended by a ribbon from her neck. …”I hope he’s the right one,” she said. “I have another one, which looks exactly the same, who is bad luck.”

“How do you tell them apart?” I asked.

“If I have really bad luck,” she explained, “I know I’ve got the wrong one with me.”

“Perhaps you could throw that one away,” I suggested.

“It’s better not to,” she replied. “In case the other is really bad luck.”

To paraphrase David Halberstam, the editor of the collection, the best “sports writing ” is just good writing that happens to be about sports.

An Inconvenient Truth

July 12, 2006

I’ve yet to see the film, but I will sooner or later. One quote from Lawrence Lessig’s article in Wired stuck with me:

An “inconvenient truth,” Gore says, is one we hold “at arm’s length because if we acknowledge it and recognize it, then the moral imperative to make big changes is inescapable.”

Perfect. I immediately thought of the realm of animal rights, where the term I’ve always leaned on is “willful ignorance,” which sounds more pejorative but has an identical definition.

Ding

March 13, 2006

Larry David

I like how they keep saying the science isn’t in on global warming. They just don’t know. No proof. But, of course, it’s in on God. Lots of proof on that. Tons of empirical evidence. They got God’s DNA.

Heh.

Quote of the Day

February 20, 2006

“The fact is, what I hated in the Church was what I hated in society. Namely, authoritarians. Power freaks. Rigid dog­matists. Those greedy, underloved, undersexed twits who want to run everything. While the rest of us are busy living—busy tasting and testing and hugging and kissing and goofing and growing—they are busy taking over. Soon their sour tentacles are around everything: our governments, our economies, our schools, our publications, our arts and our religious institutions. Men who lust for power, who are ad­dicted to laws and other unhealthy abstractions, who long to govern and lead and censor and order and reward and punish; those men are the turds of Moloch, men who don’t know how to love, men who are sickly afraid of death and therefore are afraid of life: they fear all that is chaotic and unruly and free-moving and changing-thus—as Amanda has said, they fear nature and fear life itself, they deny life and in so doing deny God. They are presidents and governors and mayors and generals and police officials and chairmen-of-the­-boards. They are crafty cardinals and fat bishops and mean old monsignor masturbators. They are the most frightened and most frightening mammals who prowl the planet; love­less, anal-compulsive control-freak authoritarians, and they are destroying everything that is wise and beautiful and free. And the most enormous ironic perversion is how they destroy in the name of Christ who is peace and God who is love.”

-Tom Robbins, “Another Roadside Attraction”

I’ll put a review of this up eventually, but I wanted to get this quote up right away.