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Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:21 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
"Wealth, like suffrage, must be considerably distributed, to sustain a democratic republic; and hence, whatever draws a considerable proportion of either into a few hands, will destroy it. As power follows wealth, the majority must have wealth or lose power."

John Taylor, "An Inquiry into the Principles and Policy of the Government of the United States" (1814)

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:26 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
bevsi writes:
people who constantly say “you’re overanalyzing this [piece of media]” really don’t realize the amount of work and thought that go into literally every aspect of creating media

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:42 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
"Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence; you can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons, the next by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas."

- Attributed to Henry Thomas Buckle

Paraphrased by Admiral Hyman G. Rickover as:

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people."

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:17 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
“We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Churchill

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:30 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator [1941]

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness - not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost....

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men - cries out for universal brotherhood - for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world - millions of despairing men, women, and little children - victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say - do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed - the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. .....

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes - men who despise you - enslave you - who regiment your lives - tell you what to do - what to think and what to feel! Who drill you - diet you - treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then - in the name of democracy - let us use that power - let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world - a decent world that will give men a chance to work - that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world - to do away with national barriers - to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:48 am
by Garrett Gilchrist

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:32 am
by Garrett Gilchrist
Well. The biggest advantage of extremism is that it makes you feel GOOD because it provides you with enemies.

Let me explain. The great thing about having enemies is that you can pretend that all the badness in the whole world is in your enemies, and all the goodness in the whole world is in YOU. Attractive, isn't it?

So, if you have a lot of anger and resentment in you anyway and you therefore enjoy abusing people, then you can pretend that you're only doing it because these enemies of yours are such very bad persons! And if it wasn't for them, you'd actually be good natured, and courteous, and rational all the time. So, if you want to FEEL GOOD, become an extremist.

You can strut around abusing people, and telling them you could eat them for breakfast, and still think of yourself as a champion of the truth. A fighter for the greater good. And not the rather sad paranoid schizoid that you really are.

—John Cleese

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:20 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
AlexaMac Brandes writes:
"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is also called practice."

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:05 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.
— Eliezer Yudkowsky

Re: Quotes, Life, Thread

PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:41 pm
by Garrett Gilchrist
Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune.
-- Noam Chomsky