Quotes that changed your life.

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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After my cousin died, I started thinking a lot about how I would like to be remembered and things that have formed my life. I'm a big reader - I own literally thousands of books. Care to share quotes/authors that changed things for you? Here's one of mine:


Joy is a trick in the air; pleasure is merely
contemptible, the dangled
Carrot the ass follows to market or precipice;
But limitary pain -- the rock under the tower
and the hewn coping
That takes thunder at the head of the turret-
Terrible and real. Therefore a mindless dervish
carving himself
With knives will seem to have conquered the world.

The world's God is treacherous and full of
unreason; a torturer, but also
The only foundation and the only fountain.
Who fights him eats his own flesh and perishes
of hunger; who hides in the grave
To escape him is dead; who enters the Indian
Recession to escape him is dead; who falls in
love with the God is washed clean
Of death desired and of death dreaded.

He has joy, but Joy is a trick in the air; and
pleasure, but pleasure is contemptible;
And peace; and is based on solider than pain.
He has broken boundaries a little and that will
estrange him; he is monstrous, but not
To the measure of the God.... But I having told
you--
However I suppose that few in the world have
energy to hear effectively-
Have paid my birth-dues; am quits with the
people.
 
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MAJ Badmotherfarker

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And one more...


Here is a symbol in which
Many high tragic thoughts
Watch their own eyes.

This gray rock, standing tall
On the headland, where the seawind
Lets no tree grow,

Earthquake-proved, and signatured
By ages of storms: on its peak
A falcon has perched.

I think here is your emblem
To hang in the future sky;
Not the cross, not the hive,

But this; bright power, dark peace;
Fierce consciousness joined with final
Disinterestedness;

Life with calm death; the falcon's
Realist eyes and act
Married to the massive

Mysticism of stone,
Which failure cannot cast down
Nor success make proud.
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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“Unless we change the direction we are going, we are likely to get where we are going.”




“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”
-Henry David Thoureau




The truth you speak of has no past and no future. It is... and that’s all it needs to be.




“He felt goose-pimples clacking all over him as he gazed down despondently at the grim secret Snowden had spilled all over the messy floor. It was easy to read the message in his entrails. Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll burn. Bury him and he’ll rot like other kinds of garbage. That was Snowden’s secret. Ripeness was all”
“I’m cold.
“There, there.”
-Catch 22





“The conversation had a nightmare flatness, talking dice spilled in the tube metal chairs, human aggregates disintegrating in cosmic insanity, random events in a dying universe.”
-Junky





“Violence is the ultimate foundation of any political order”





The wise say a man is learned when his actions lack the constructs of desire, when his actions are burned by the fire of knowledge.





“To write simply is as difficult as being good.”
-Somerset Maugham





“Opinion and the just maintenance of it shall never be a crime in my view, nor bring injury on the individual. I will never by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance. I never had an opinion in politics or religion which I was afraid to own; a reserve on these subjects might have procured me more esteem from some people, but less from myself.”
-Thomas Jefferson





since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady I swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
- the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other; then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
And death I think is no parenthesis
-e.e. cummings






“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”
-Santayana





There are two things in life that you must find; that which you are good at doing and that which you like to do... and if God is smiling upon you, they’ll both be the same thing.






Though losses and crosses be lessons right severe, there’s wit there, ye’ll get there, ye’ll get no other where.






Everything ends between philosophy and inane conversation.






“... the earth is mounting an immune response.”
-Ebola






Argue your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.






“Intricate adaptation, an exquisite match of form to function.”
-Carl Sagan






“Hope is generally a wrong guide, but it is very good company on the way.”
-Marquis of Halifax







In pleasant peace and security
How suddenly the soul in a man begins to die
He shall look up above the stalled oxen
Envying the cruel falcon,
And dig under the straw for a stone
To bruise himself on.
-Robinson Jeffers






Here’s a test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished: If your still alive, it isn’t.







Words signify a man’s refusal to accept the world as it is.






“True artists must be sacrificed to there art. Like the bees, they must put there lives into the sting they give.”
-Emerson






“Adversity introduces a man to himself”
-Anonymous






Life is an opposition to chaos.






Truth is not a transient metaphor.






“A pessimist is a man who is compelled to live with an optimist.”
-Elbert Hubbard






“The man who lives free from folly is not so wise as he thinks.”
-La Rochefoucauld






“All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.”
-Chesterson






“All our final resolutions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.”
-Marcel Proust





“Nothing is uglier to us than reason when it is not on our side.”
-George Marquis of Halifax





“No great man ever complains for want of opportunity.”
-Emerson





“A book is a mirror; if an ass peers in, you cannot expect an apostle to look out.”
-Georg Lichetenburg





“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
-Socrates





“Progress celebrates pyrrhyic victories over nature.”
-Karl Kraus





“Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.”
-Peguy





“The way I see it, you go to heaven for the climate, but you go to hell for the society.”
-Mark Twain






Don’t turn away from certain futures until you are certain that you have nothing to learn from them.




The Quotations of Hi Shapiro

- Infinity is larger than we thought.

- Don’t tell me why you can’t, tell me how you can.

- Nature has all the answers.

- If it can be conceived, it will be achieved.

- Invest, Invest, Invest.

- If you want to understand yourself, understand those around you.

- For a while each day, let your imagination run free.

- A man’s two favorite things are his own name and his own voice.

- The luckiest man alive is the man with the most friends.

- Broaden your base.

- Better to be smart than lucky.



“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”
-Carl Sagan


The ancients, who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom. first order well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.


The Mentor’s Last Words

“Damn kids... they’re all alike... you bet your ass we’re all alike... we’ve been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We’ve been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to say found us willing pupils, but those are like drops of water in the desert.
This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what would be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... an you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.
Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
 
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"We fight not for glory, nor for wealth, nor for honour but only and alone we fight for freedom which no good man surrenders but with his life" Robert the Bruce (Ancestry)

"From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need. . " - Karl Marx (Economics)

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. " Henry David Thoreau (Law)

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. " - Buddha (religion)

"Time spent with cats is never wasted" - Sigmund Freud (Animals)

"Win when you can. Lose if you must. But always cheat" - Classy Freddie Blassy (Video Games)
 
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MAJ Badmotherfarker

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"We fight not for glory, nor for wealth, nor for honor but only and alone we fight for freedom which no good man surrenders but with his life" Robert the Bruce

That's good.
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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I'll probably regret this one.... I found this on my computer. I wrote this when I was probably 20 yrs old or so:



Life is a four letter word. AGTC. And when you get right down to it, it really is. The genes seem to dictate and we, the byproducts of some genetic struggle, blindly obey while placating ourselves with our philosophies and moralities. Blinds over the horses eyes. The carrot dangled in front of the dumb ass’ face.
You can’t trust these molecular perceptions. The dreams and illusions of atomic infinities. Maddening desires. All perceptions and colors actually blank stares in the darkness of earth.
How can we, ourselves corporations of these treacherous molecules, products of their interactions and the progeny of 5 billion years of a heritage in survival, ever wish to look about beyond them and see the truth they wish to hide. How many religions did these molecules stumble across incidentally, how many aspirations were born from their mindless recombinations and how many lives were dragged into and out of existence for their causes? How many feelings of awe, of rapt bemusement, of euphoria and destiny were mere coincidentals of an altered protein in some esoteric microbe that lived and died 2.5 billion years in the past?
Darwinian selection demands these things, what better adaptation for genetic propagation than the love of life. Religions, perceptions of past and future. Consciousness. Whatever benefits the genes remains, that which inhibits is sluffed-off like so much dead skin. Molecular refuse returning to its molecular origin in a sinister Catch-22 that forgets the consciousness which once dwelled within that unfit, molecular abode. Even the brain dynamics that have led to our wonderful cultures are all genetically founded. It’s the temporal nature of the synapses, the bonding and breaking of axons and dendrites. It’s simply networking that allows us to learn, to change, to remember and to forget. It’s ionic flow that allows us to feel, to move, to run, jump, skip, play. It’s alterations in protein shape that allow us to see and coincidences in molecular shape that allow us to smell.
The longer period of adolescence in mammals is due to brain adaptations. The time when we learn our culture, learn to act and react to different situations, learn to survive. This is all genetically beneficial. The brain is a way to add an elastic quality within the genome. Whereas insects are hard wired, our wiring is in flux and dynamic, but wiring it still is. The mutations that led to the formation of the cerebral cortex were highly beneficial. As proof, just look around you. The cities, automobiles, space-flights. A most exquisite coupling of form to function.
I can accept the argument that our personalities are significantly shaped by our early years, that culture is a learned behavior much as speech and politeness oppose instinct and savagery. But I still have to take that to the next logical conclusion and ask, what is it that makes these things possible? The answer is, the genes. And if the genes control this much, who knows about what else they mandate. Only in recent years have we discovered the links to alcoholism, homosexuality, obesity, Alzheimer’s and even aging itself. If we consider our actions on an evolutionary basis it becomes even more intriguing; the strong tendencies toward procreation, an aversion toward rotting meat, the pleasurable response elicited from the consumption of fats, oils and simple sugars. These are not rational responses but instinctual ones. It’s not coincidental that the donuts are placed adjacent to the coffee. People who don’t eat in the morning will find themselves powerfully drawn to the fats and sugars our minds know are held within them. The body is quite equipped for surviving and the mind is quite ready to listen to the body’s commands. Even death itself may be an evolutionary development in higher animals, with the proto-oncogenes acting as fuses for thinning out a population, removing the aging consumers to the benefit of the multiplying young.
 

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I forgot one of the best lines ever

" I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered." George Best
 

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This soliloquy from Wim Wender's "Wings of Desire", where Peter Falk tells the unseen angel Damiel why it's better to be mortal than immortal:

I can't see you, but I know you're here! I feel it. You've been hanging around since I got here. I wish I could see your face...just look into your eyes and tell you how good it is to be here. Just to touch something! Here, that's cold! That feels good! Here, to smoke, have coffee. And if you do it together it's fantastic. Or to draw: you know, you take a pencil and you make a dark line, then you make a light line and together it's a good line. Or when your hands are cold, you rub them together, you see, that's good, that feels good! There's so many good things! But you're not here - I'm here. I wish you were here. I wish you could talk to me. 'Cause I'm a friend.
When I was a child (als das Kind Kind war) I was taught that the world around us was wicked and false, and our true purpose was to suffer it in a specific way that would allow us to live forever in perfect happiness in another, unseen world. It took a long time to bleed the poison of those ideas out of my brain. That speech turned the shadowy material world into a blazing, unimaginable paradise.
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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This soliloquy from Wim Wender's "Wings of Desire", where Peter Falk tells the unseen angel Damiel why it's better to be mortal than immortal:



When I was a child (als das Kind Kind war) I was taught that the world around us was wicked and false, and our true purpose was to suffer it in a specific way that would allow us to live forever in perfect happiness in another, unseen world. It took a long time to bleed the poison of those ideas out of my brain. That speech turned the shadowy material world into a blazing, unimaginable paradise.

That was pretty f*cking deep. I really like that quote. Thanks. I'm copying that one.
 

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"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"

-Seneca, Roman Philosopher