Gough Whitlam, Former Prime Minister of Australia
When Sir Winton Turnbull [who represented a large rural seat], a slow and sometimes stumbling speaker, was raving and ranting on the adjournment and shouted: "I am a Country member". I interjected "I remember". Sir Winton could not understand why, for the first time in all the years he had been speaking in the House, there was instant and loud applause from both sides.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the philosopher as false, and by rulers as useful. - Seneca
EDIT: It appears this quote might be properly attributed to Edward Gibbon: "The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful."
At least he did not ban an actual religion.
Although, "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."
<em>quote: L Ron Hubbard.</em>
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be start his own religion."
Edward VIII was extremely racist and was suspected to be a Nazi sympathizer and fascist. He was appointed Governor of the Bahamas during World War II ostensibly to keep him out of the way.
In his own words.
"Don't trust quotations you read on the Internet" -- Abraham Lincoln
Actually there is one place that has reasonably good sourcing for all their quotes -- Wikiquote. They don't have this quote in their database, so probably no one can confirm that she said it.
>The Things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done. Then you will conceive your own way of doing that which needs to be done — that no one else has told you to do or how to do it. This will bring out the real you that often gets buried inside a character that has acquired a superficial array of behaviors induced or imposed by others on the individual.
>Letter to "Micheal" (16 February 1970) Micheal was a 10 year old boy who had inquired in a letter as to whether Fuller was a "doer" or a "thinker".
Richard Buckminster Fuller
> Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
— John Steinbeck, probably
"The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." -
I know I'm not the only person who thinks the Muslim hatred is getting out of hand.
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
- Anatole France
Rescue Worker 1: Homer, this is never easy to say, I'm going have to saw your arms off.
Homer: They'll grow back, right?
Rescue Worker: Oh...yeah.
[the rescue worker starts the rotary saw and moves it toward Homer's arm]
Rescue Worker 2: Homer, are you just holding on to the can?
Homer: Your point being?
I remember hearing an interview with Douglas Adams, and when asked if he had advice for aspiring writers, he replied: "Don't destroy the Earth in the first chapter -- you'll need it later."
The only citation I can find for that is this, which isn't much.
Gotta love that Lee Atwater
>> You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can't say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
“A person who knows but a little will put on an air of knowledge. This is a matter of inexperience. When someone knows something well, it will not be seen in this manner.”
-Maxim from Hagakure (In the Shadow of the Leaves), Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659 - 1719)
EDIT: More quotes from the book
To give a person one's opinion and correct his faults is an important thing. It is compassionate and comes first in matters of service. But the way of doing this is extremely difficult. To discover the good and bad points of a person is an easy thing, and to give an opinion concerning them is easy, too. For the most part, people think that they are being kind by saying the things that others find distasteful or difficult to say. But if it is not received well, they think that there is nothing more to be done. This is completely worthless. It is the same as bringing shame to a person by slandering him. It is nothing more than getting it off one's chest. To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not.....By bringing shame to a person, how could one expect to make him a better man?
When all your judgements are based on your own wisdom, you tend towards selfishness and fail by straying from the right path. Your own judgements are narrow minded and have no persuasive power or growth for others. It is best to consult a wise man when a fit decision does not occur to you. A wise man is a fair judge from an objective point of view. He is passing judgement for the benefit of others, not for his own sake. A judgement passed using only one's own wisdom is just like thrusting a stick into the ground and expecting it to grow!
> Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
-- Rick Cook
Sadly, Socrates never said that. It's actually a summary of complaints about the youth in ancient Greece, as summarized by a Cambridge student in 1907. Here's the passage of the book this quote was adapted from.
The wondering's usually a sign of a poor education. Nasty fucker that he was, Göring said it best:
>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.
He did, however, say this:
"Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it is not enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians, among whom armchair arguments about war are being glibly bandied about in the name of state politics, have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices."
"In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success."
So, Admiral Yamamoto really did think that going go war with the US would have a very low chance of long term success. However, this wasn't because every person in the US had a gun, but because the US is both huge in term of land area and military production/resources.
Japan barely had enough oil and steel to spare to maintain the forces they had, but the US could just bury the island nation in brand new tanks/planes/battleships.
more accurately this quote "Women have always been the primary victims of war. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons in combat. Women often have to flee from the only homes they have ever known. Women are often the refugees from conflict and sometimes, more frequently in today’s warfare, victims. Women are often left with the responsibility, alone, of raising the children."
It's not an improvement, his predecessor had the exact same position.
> ...According to the teaching of the Church, men and women with homosexual tendencies 'must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
> It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the church's pastors wherever it occurs... The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in work, in action and in law.
It reminds me of "No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for his country," spoken in Patton the movie, but apparently not by Patton the man (source).
It seems like an OK motivating line before the battle when everyone is OK, but expressing the same sentiment after the fact about a guy who can't raise his arms above his head? Total dick move.
Shh, they're totally not a cult though.
I mean, Hubbard totally didn't literally say "the easiest way to make money would be to start a religion."
You're so worried about being "Politically Correct" that you become fundamentally complacent and unkind. That's silly.
"This planet has—or rather had—a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans." -
> You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.
> Response to a question from the audience during a meeting of the Eastern Science Fiction Association on (7 November 1948), as quoted in a 1994 affidavit by Sam Moskowitz.
> The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them.
> Lecture: "Off the Time Track" (June 1952) as quoted in Journal of Scientology issue 18-G, reprinted in Technical Volumes of Dianetics & Scientology Vol. 1, p. 418
>As quoted in What Great Men Think About Religion (1945) by Ira D. Cardiff, p. 342. No original source for this has been found in the works of Seneca, or published translations
Found in this wiki
I would have loved if the judge had quoted Heinlein there:
> There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest.
>This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit.
>"[...] reality has a well-known liberal bias."
-- Stephen Colbert, White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
You are correct. Here is the actual quote:
>"Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: 'After the revolution even we will have more, won't we, dear?' Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picknickers on her property.
>"I guess the trouble was that we didn't have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew—at least they claimed to be Communists—couldn't have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves."
Original source: "A Primer on the '30s." Esquire, June 1960: 85-93 (Pics: http://imgur.com/a/Audc6)
In the quote's complete context "temporarily embarrassed capitalist" means something entirely different (and nearly the exact opposite of) reddit's typically intended meaning of "temporarily embarrassed millionaire".
It's basically a misquote of a popular phrase that is also a misquote. I've heard the phrase on Reddit said as "You can't reason a person out of a position they didn't reason themselves into." which I think the source comes from Jonathan Swift who said "Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion, which by reasoning he never acquired..."
This page attributes it to a caricature of Socrates from Aristophanes' play The Clouds. While this does suggest it was never Socrates who said the quote, it would still have been written in Socrates' time.
Of Every One-Hundred Men, Ten shouldn't even be there, Eighty are nothing but targets, Nine are real fighters... We are lucky to have them... They make the battle. Ah but the One, One of them is a Warrior... and He will bring the others back.
Attributed to "Hericletus c. 500 B.C." [sic] in Gabriel Suarez, The Tactical Rifle (1999). No earlier source known.
Apparently not real. I've always thought it odd that an ancient Greek, who were bizarrely fond of volunteer, unprofessional military forces, would say such a thing.
It's a great quote in spirit, but there's no evidence that Einstein actually said it, despite the fact that people commonly attribute it to him.
I was doing a presentation once and was trying to source this quote, which is how I ended up figuring out that there was no real clear tie to Einstein.
Here's a link that touches on this quote's ambiguous history, as it relates to Einstien: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Albert_Einstein
"I believe that forgiving them is God's function. Our job is to arrange the meeting." -- Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, As quoted in I Fail to Miss Your Point (2007) by Jim O'Bryon, p. 409
A lot of the quotes attached to technological discoveries and wonders can be pretty intriguing if you read them. I've always wondered about one of Zakharov's quotes:
"Begin with a function of arbitrary complexity. Feed it values, "sense data". Then, take your result, square it, and feed it back into your original function, adding a new set of sense data. Continue to feed your results back into the original function ad infinitum. What do you have? The fundamental principle of human consciousness."
Some of the quotes a damn funny too.
The Cybernetic Consciousness has always been super interesting because they're basically people whose minds are linked together digitally which is a goddamn fascinating idea.
The game is available on GOG for about $6 and I can't recommend it enough.
It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.
Maybe you're the asshole grandkid for not going for the casual racism, eh? I mean, it makes your grand-dad so happy. I always bring him Confederate flag boxers to wear on our dates. He loves wearing daisy dukes.
> Chris Rock said it best: "Behind every great fortune, there is a great crime."
Chris Rock didn't originally say this, he only parroted the quote from Balzac. And the saying has been true since time began.
> There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an "Independent Press"! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
John Swinton, 1883
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" - Upton Sinclair.
There are plenty of former officials that say great, sensible things. Unfortunately many of them, back when they actually had power, didn't say or do sensible things. When money or career is on the line, choosing to keep the status quo becomes attractive.
if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion. - Douglas Adams
"Everything black people doing wrong comes from [the white people]: Drinking, smoking, prostitution, homosexuality, stealing, gambling: It all comes from [the white people]".
-Muhammad Ali (1:18)
Ali also wasn't very fond of interracial couples:
>In an interview with Playboy Ali said "A black man should be killed if he's messing with a white woman." When the interviewer asked about black women crossing the colour barrier, Ali responded: "Then she dies. Kill her, too."
"With or without religion you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
The code is meant to be nuanced even for many Americans, so that only the racists understand him.
I'll let the famous Republican strategist Lee Atwater explain:
> You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can't say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
I think a lot of the posters here are missing the point. This is about leadership of the broader EU project that goes beyond nationalism. People in Europe naturally look towards Germany as the strongest economy and one of the largest countries as a leader, especially given that the UK is not interested and France is in an apparent permanent existential crisis.
However, what this crisis is demonstrating is that Germany is not prepared to put the interest of the broader EU project above its own national interests. This is their right of course, but from my point of view it does seem to run counter to the idea of an EU superpower.
Furthermore, the narrative from the Germans and Nordics, some Easterns, seem more about blaming Greece than about the broader EU project. Sure, Greece fucked up and they need reforms, but its petty to keep humiliating an entire nation by playing the blame game.
I honestly hoped Germany or France would have had the bigger picture in mind and showed more statesmanship. Surely, the EU wants Greece to stay in the EU and conduct reforms that a) don't create undue suffering and poverty and b) return the economy to positive growth so that it can pay back the loans.
I don't necessarily blame Germany for its approach, but it doesn't exactly fill me with confidence about their leadership in the EU.
Barry Goldwater was, I believe, a representation of what Conservatism should be. You should really read through his entire Wikiquote page, but here is the relevant passage to his warning from 1981:
>On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God's name on one's behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both.
>I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C" and "D." Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?
>And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of "conservatism."
>— Barry Goldwater, Speech in the US Senate (16 September 1981)
> This has to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard a politician say in my life
I see your Rand Paul and raise you a Dan Quayle. Also not just a politician, vice president of USA.
Mark Twain actually never said this.
It's most likely a variation of a quote from Robert Heinlein, the science fiction author,
"The whole principle is wrong; it's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't eat steak."
With all due respect, no you all do not. You hired the "community manager" most responsible for Digg's failure for fuck's sake. The community does NOT mind being monetized. The internet DOES, however, hate censorship. And for the past few months, shadowbans, autobans, subredditbans, all sorts of bans have been skyrocketing! Do you know what the internet does to censorship? It interprets it as damage and reroutes around it.. This is why you guys are getting the backlash, and it won't stop until Reddit goes the way of Digg or until there's a major regime change here.
[Edit: and actually everyone else from the team who I thought might have "gotten it" has recently been fired since Ellen Pao took over.]
While the anti-democratic sentiment as well as the "shadows" imagery do sound Platonic, the fact that the quote uses the word culture struck me as a bit off for 4th century Athens. I did some digging and I found that in the "Talk" section of Plato's Wikiquote article someone claims that the quote is not his. He posts a link to the "Slow readings of Plato's Dialogues" Yahoo Group where they say:
> Except for the "lies of their culture" it sounds like it could come from "Republic" and actually seems to be a summation of the Cave allegory in book 7 and or 8, but not a direct quote. The "lies of their culture" would be in reference to the deceptive shadows in the cave. "The masses" would be those people who refused to go with the philosopher out of the cave to see the sun and likely end up putting him to death. But these are inferences not quotes.
> I agree that "culture" and "masses" do not fit well with Plato. Google turned up thousands of instances of this particular "quote" IN FULL. None that I looked at had further attribution. Even worse "quotes" can be found on quote.net. I ran into the same problem when trying to trace down some sayings attributed to Einstein. People seem to make up anything and post it on these sites with an attribution to whomever thay think is cool. Other people read this stuff and repeat it. When challenged thay can only say, "I read it somewhere".
So it looks like this is a quotation that, while fairly in line with Plato's worldview, does not come from the man himself. This quote probably originates from someone who was summarizing Plato's ideas/position, and it eventually started getting passed along as the real thing.
As a quote to back you up on your point about a Multipolar world.
"A superpower is a cold war term. When people today say that Russia aspires to have this status, I interpret it in the following way: they want to undermine trust in Russia, to portray Russia as frightening, and create some kind of image of an enemy. … Russia is in favor of a multipolar world, a democratic world order, strengthening the system of international law, and for developing a legal system in which any small country, even a very small country, can feel itself secure, as if behind a stone wall. … Russia is ready to become part of this multipolar world and guarantee that the international community observes these rules. And not as a superpower with special rights, but rather as an equal among equals."
Yup. Patton never said that.
> * I'd rather have a German division in front of me, than a French one behind.
>Misattributed by former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger on Fox News. Patton commanded French troops, the 2nd Armored Division commanded by Philippe Leclerc, integrated in the Third Army, and had rocky but friendly relations with the French general. For instance, on August, 15 1944 Patton wrote in his diary: "Leclerc came in very much excited. He said, among other things, that if he were not allowed to advance on Paris, he would resign. I told him in my best French that he was a baby and said I had left him in the most dangerous place on the front. We parted friends"
Shame he didn't go further on Korwin. The guy deserves an entire episode devoted to his Hitler salutes, misogyny (actual one, not some PC "there's no wage gap" stuff /s) and blatant bigotry. English quotes are good, but even better are in Polish Wikiquotes. I think you will like this one:
> A woman seeps the views of a man she sleeps with. After all, Nature or God - we won't argue about that - hasn't constructed a male in a way in which hundreds of thousands of spermatozoids go to waste; they sink into a woman's body and remake her to the picture and the similarity of a man she belongs to.
Guess what quote isn't on WikiQuote? If you guess this one, you'd be correct! https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
Also, Telas was a proponent of Eugenics...
God, why do I even look this stuff up? I'm totally just a pathetic sheele...
Can anyone find the larger context of this quote? Wikiquote says it's dubious, most sources seem to trace it back to The Letters and Speeches of Theodore Roosevelt by Wills, and I cannot find this book online or sold from an online bookseller (i.e., it appears to be out of print). I am surprised that such an interesting quote from such a famous person does not have its context online.
> And then they come, 80 million worthy Germans, and each one has his decent Jew. Of course the others are vermin, but this one is an A-1 Jew. Not one of all those who talk this way has witnessed it, not one of them has been through it.
> Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.
As a Dutchmen who genuinely hopes that the eurozone becomes a free trade zone without a political union. I am really saddened about this Greek/economic crisis. What pisses me off the most is that I (and lots of other Europeans who know just as much about politics than me) feel that our 'elected offcials' don't take the matter serious and are just trying to create more drama.
* Not letting Greece have their own diplomatic relations with a foreign nations (I.e. Russia). Greece as a sovereign nation can decide on their own matters.
* Putting Greece in a even deeper debt for the sole reason to keep the northern European banks alive. Greece can never pay back all the debt.
* Acting as if a referendum for the people is a bad thing. Remember the words of on the 2005 referendum of the Lisbon treaty? Jüncker: ''If it's a Yes, we will say 'on we go', and if it's a No we will say 'we continue'. '' and let's not forget this gem! ''There can be no democratic choice against the European treaties''.
The website has changed. I feel it in the posts. I feel it in the comments. I smell it in the memes. Much that once was is lost; for none now upvote who remember it. It began with the forging of the great subreddits: three were given to the news; most worldly, current of all subjects. Seven to the academics; great researchers and scientists of the world. And nine, nine subreddits were given to the race of fluffy subjects, who above all desire instant gratification and a good laugh. For within these subreddits was bound the strength and will to dominate each field...
>In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.
Donald Trump was pulling from the Dixiecrat playbook in a way we haven't seen since George Wallace ran for President. It's not democratic socialism he's endorsing, it's national socialism with a big "WHITE MEN ONLY" tag plastered on the front.
He's not winning among Berniebros, even theoretically, anymore. His entire draw is from that base of Dixiecrat voters who came over to the GOP under the Nixon banner but never really liked it. Over thirty years after Lee Atwater explained why you can't say n*gger anymore, the base has forgotten what dog whistles sound like and want to get back to that old time religion of angry white men screaming impotently into the face of social progress.
Trump has galvanized the national rump. They're not Democrats. They're not Republicans. They're Deplorables who will never be happy under any party system that doesn't go around at night in hoods, burning crosses.
Attributed to Margaret Mead, but apparently it's the subject of some dispute.
> Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered. We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%.
My first reaction was literally "...Holy shit"
Tony Blair encapsulates the words of Curtis LeMay
"if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal...."
In my own world Tony Blair, Bush, Cheney etc. would've all been trialed and put in isolation for the end of their days.
Yeah, too bad Franklin never said that. However, the guy playing Franklin in the musical 1776 does say those words.
Source (4th one down)
Austrian here. First of, thanks to the polish people who helped fight off the muslim invaders. Secondly, I wouldn't say many people here do care or try to understand history, including the battle of vienna.
"If there's one thing humanity learns from history, it's that it doesn't learn from history" ~ some wiseass.
very late edit: The real quote goes as follows apparently: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." It is attributed to George Santayana
Other variants of it:
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.
Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.
Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.
Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
> "Man," said the Ghost, "if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man's child. Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!"
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
I used to think strongly Republican voters believed we were living in "the greatest, best country God has ever given man on the face of the earth" but now they're saying we need to "make America great again" as if we've become a decrepit relic of ourselves. I don't know what to think about what everyone else thinks anymore.
Reminds me of the apocryphal Adlai Stevenson quote.
"Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person"
" That's not enough, Madam. We need a majority"
> I genuinely want to know if this was actually a Twain quote could someone find a source?
Ive looked around and cant find a source. Niether can wikiquotes
Straight from the doctor.
The Empty Child [1.9]
(21 May 2005)
Rose: What's the emergency?
The Doctor: It's mauve!
The Doctor: Universally recognized colour for danger.
Rose: What happened to red?
The Doctor: Oh, that's just humans. By everyone else's standards, red's camp. Oh, those misunderstandings, all those Red Alerts, all that dancing.
and that in reality, David Ben Gurion said:
In our state there will be non-Jews as well — and all of them will be equal citizens; equal in everything without any exception; that is: the state will be their state as well. ...The attitude of the Jewish State to its Arab citizens will be an important factor—though not the only one—in building good neighbourly relations with the Arab States. If the Arab citizen will feel at home in our state, and if his status will not be the least different from that of the Jew, and perhaps better than the status of the Arab in an Arab state, and if the state will help him in a truthful and dedicated way to reach the economic, social, and cultural level of the Jewish community, then Arab distrust will accordingly subside and a bridge to a Semitic, Jewish-Arab alliance, will be built..
Saruman was too confident in his own abilities. When he gazed into the palantir, allowing him to see into Sauron's mind, it allowed Sauron to see into him and gain control over him.
Friedrich Nietzsche said: "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you."
I wonder if Tolkien had this in mind when he wrote about the palantir.
Nuclear weapons also have a different Hindu connection. Oppenheimer quoted the gita
> "I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"
on seeing the first nuclear explosion. (Death can be better translated as time.) The gita is associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, (in common philosophy, vishnu, Shiva etc are the accessible aspect of formless, all formed cosmic spirit Brahman)
Halo doesn't harken to this tradition..
> Huey Long is routinely called "America's Hitler"
It's not very poignant though considering his efforts to promote the redistribution of wealth. That and the fact that numerous quotes by Long support the notion of racial equality.
Interestingly, the founder of the Black Panthers, Huey P. Newton was named after him.
He also has some interesting views on sexuality.
>[P]rostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia … should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrow mindedness.
>I am skeptical of the claim that voluntarily pedophilia harms children. The arguments that it causes harm seem to be based on cases which aren't voluntary, which are then stretched by parents who are horrified by the idea that their little baby is maturing.
>There is little evidence to justify the widespread assumption that willing participation in pedophilia hurts children.
I fully expect this post to receive mass downvotes.
>and no one group is truly in control of the world. I think that sort of chaos is terrifying to them.
>The main thing that I learned about conspiracy theory is that conspiracy theorists actually believe in a conspiracy because that is more comforting. The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is, that it is not the Jewish banking conspiracy or the grey aliens or the 12 foot reptiloids from another dimension that are in control. The truth is more frightening, nobody is in control. The world is rudderless.
Fun fact, apparently Stalin is often misattributed this quote:
But regardless of who said it, there is some truth to it.
EDIT: Also here but I don't know how reliable this source is
I thought the misattributed Flight tech quote was bad enough, considering the false author also gets the credit in the game's theme song as well.
Whoever was in charge of handling the quotes at Firaxis didn't do a very good job at researching them, or just didn't care.
Quote in question: "Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."^
> You live more for 5 minutes going fast on a bike than other people do in all of their life
Sorry, Marco Sic never said this, urban myth I'm afriad. It was originally said by Burt Munro back in the 1960's.
"It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 — except Goldwater in '64 — the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted."
Bonus: "If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women."
Bonus x2: "I think [women] should be armed but should not vote … women have no capacity to understand how money is earned. They have a lot of ideas on how to spend it … it's always more money on education, more money on child care, more money on day care."
The Creator, if He exists, has "an inordinate fondness for beetles". - JBS Haldane
The quoted part is something we can reference, the first part is unsourced but I find helpful to the overall point.
> Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
> Zuck: Just ask
> Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
> [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
> Zuck: People just submitted it.
> Zuck: I don't know why.
> Zuck: They "trust me"
>Zuck: Dumb fucks
But how do you reconcile that with
"Anyone who slaps a ‘this page is best viewed with Browser X’ label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network."
>The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.
-- James Madison https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/James_Madison
>Unable to make any headway, the Spartans withdrew in some confusion to the northern end of the island, where they dug in behind their fortifications and hoped to hold out. A stalemate took hold for some time, with the Athenians trying unsuccessfully to dislodge the Spartans from their strong positions. At this point, the commander of the Messenian detachment in the Athenian force, Comon, approached Demosthenes and asked that he be given troops with which to move through the seemingly impassable terrain along the island's shore. His request was granted, and Comon led his men into the Spartan rear through a route that had been left unguarded on account of its roughness. When he emerged with his force, the Spartans, in disbelief, abandoned their defenses; the Athenians seized the approaches to the fort, and the Spartan force stood on the brink of annihilation.
Reminds me of this Sun Tzu quote:
"...Take advantage of the enemy's unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions."
When it comes to Trump — It's easy for liberals (me included) to forget the truism: nearly 100% is not the same as 100%. And I'm even fond of quoting the truism to others.
> The easiest person to fool is yourself.
> — Richard Feynman [paraphrased]
Especially regarding Churchill, as many of his attributed quotes were never said by him. A similar quotation features on the 'Misattributed' page of his Wikiquote
Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions
edit: just noticed this is a verbatim repost from this TIL from 2,5 years ago, including typo
Inaccurate quote from Major General James Mattis, actual quote is:
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
There's the wiki, if you're interested, the guy has a ton of great quotes.
Einstein never said that shit. The earliest known instance of it is from 1981.
Even if Einstein did say that, he wasn't a psychologist making his opinion on the matter fairly meaningless.
The real definition of insanity is mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.
>past eight years...
no, it goes way back
>You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can't say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Voltaire never said this, although it does reflect much of his personal philosophy - he was a famous political dissident as well as being a giant of french literature.
Many things that he did say will resonate with this sub. Three are printed below:
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.
All of the other people have committed crimes, the Jews are the only ones who have boasted about committing them. They are, all of them, born with raging fanaticism in their hearts, just as the Bretons and the Germans are born with blond hair. I would not be in the least bit surprised if these people would not some day become deadly to the human race.
See here for the quotations in the original french language and their context.
PSA: Wikiquote claims this Sanger quote is misattributed.
We shouldn't post misinformation as that undermines our point.
First, you work for change. Then, they make you a hero. Then they attribute inspirational quotes to you. ~ Albert Einstein
> Quote: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
> Describing the stages of a winning strategy of nonviolent activism. There is no record of Gandhi saying this. A close variant of the quotation first appears in a 1918 US trade union address by Nicholas Klein:
> > And, my friends, in this story you have a history of this entire movement. First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
> Proceedings of the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (1918), p. 53
Plus Germans had been in the country for 100+ years by 1941 and had integrated reasonably well with the Anglo-Saxon power structure.
Japanese were more recent immigrants and were a helluva lot more alien to the European culture that America inherited.
They had temples not churches, and many kept strong ties to the homeland.
S I Hayakawa was the first prominent Japanese-American in public life.
Famous misquote. Here's the actual Steinbeck quote:
>“Except for the field organizers of strikes, who were pretty tough monkeys and devoted, most of the so-called Communists I met were middle-class, middle-aged people playing a game of dreams. I remember a woman in easy circumstances saying to another even more affluent: ‘After the revolution even we will have more, won’t we, dear?’ Then there was another lover of proletarians who used to raise hell with Sunday picknickers on her property.
"I guess the trouble was that we didn’t have any self-admitted proletarians. Everyone was a temporarily embarrassed capitalist. Maybe the Communists so closely questioned by the investigation committees were a danger to America, but the ones I knew—at least they claimed to be Communists—couldn’t have disrupted a Sunday-school picnic. Besides they were too busy fighting among themselves.”
Women have always been the primary victims of suicide. Women lose their husbands, their fathers, their sons to suicide. Women often have to flee from the only homes they have ever known. Women are often the refugees from suicide and sometimes, more frequently in today’s self-murder, victims. Women are often left with the responsibility, alone, of raising the children.
What you're referring to as Our Lord and Savior is in fact, GNU/Our Lord and Savior, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Our Lord and Savior. Our Lord and Savior is not a deity unto himself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full Deity as defined by POSIX.
Also, Richard Stallman is creepy as fuck
>I don't understand this bit- could you elaborate?
not op but perhaps from here:
>We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
or: http://www.zpub.com/notes/idle.html 1932
>First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid. The second kind is capable of indefinite extension: there are not only those who give orders, but those who give advice as to what orders should be given. Usually two opposite kinds of advice are given simultaneously by two organized bodies of men; this is called politics. The skill required for this kind of work is not knowledge of the subjects as to which advice is given, but knowledge of the art of persuasive speaking and writing, i.e. of advertising.
"Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget." -Thom Merrilin
edit: Added the full quote from the Wheel of Time wikiquote page.
>You ever notice most feminists are women you wouldn't want to fuck anyway?
That's not the quote.
His quote is
>Have you noticed that most of the women who are against abortion are women you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place, man? There's such balance in nature.