Category: Quotes

Sep142008

Paradox of a paradox

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I saw this little ditty, and found it quite well written.

We have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways but narrower viewpoints; we spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less; we have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, yet less time; we have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgement; more experts, yet more problems; we have more gadgets but less satisfaction; more medicine, yet less wellness; we take more vitamins but see fewer results. We drink too much; smoke too much; spend too recklessly; laugh too little; drive too fast; get too angry quickly; stay up too late; get up too tired; read too seldom; watch TV too much and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values; we fly in faster planes to arrive there quicker, to do less and return sooner; we sign more contracts only to realize fewer profits; we talk too much; love too seldom and lie too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve done larger things, but not better things; we’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice; we write more, but learn less; plan more, but accomplish less; we make faster planes, but longer lines; we learned to rush, but not to wait; we have more weapons, but less peace; higher incomes, but lower morals; more parties, but less fun; more food, but less appeasement; more acquaintances, but fewer friends; more effort, but less success. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; drive smaller cars that have bigger problems; build larger factories that produce less. We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, but short character; steep in profits, but shallow relationships. These are times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure and less fun; higher postage, but slower mail; more kinds of food, but less nutrition. These are days of two incomes, but more divorces; these are times of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, cartridge living, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies and pills that do everything from cheer, to prevent, quiet or kill. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stock room. Indeed, these are the times!

Then I read the story behind it, on Snopes.  Since I discovered it was once a chain email, that led me to discover Breakthechain.org….

That’s why I love the internet!  A different path every day!

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Mar212006

From the Great Man

From one of my favorite people of the last 100 years, a sampling from Wikiquote.

Churchill: Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?

Socialite: My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course…

Churchill: Would you sleep with me for five pounds?

Socialite: Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!

Churchill: Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price.

Jul112005

Man of steel

On the passing described below, we have a quote from Ross Perot, who once described Stockdale as “a man of steel.’’

“He has been hammered on the forge of brutality,’’ Perot said. 

Apr62005

Abe on Silence

One of my favorite quotes on idiots.

Jun162004

The Dirt

You must have heard this one.

Politicians are like diapers.  They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.  ~Author Unknown

Jun102004

Plaque on Reagan’s desk

“There is no limit to how far a man can go,” read a plaque in his office, “so long as he is willing to let someone else get the credit.”

From Buchanan’s eulogy

Jun12004

Taxed to death

I AM reminded by this election of a couple of Preston Manning’s old lines: 1) “Ducks quack, cows moo and Liberals lie.” And 2) on the Liberal mantra: “If it moves, tax it … if it continues to move, tax it some more … and if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Sounds all too accurate, doesn’t it?

Ken Griffith

Richmond Hill

(Presto had ‘em pegged)

via the letters page

Apr272004

At the abortion march

This was heard at the Abortion Rights rally:

?I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion.?

–US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif) at Pro-Abortion Rally Sunday, April 25

via QOAE

Apr22004

Advice to Suicide Bombers

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.

-Bertrand Russell

Mar312004

Advice for Paul Martin

Henry Ford was a wise man.

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

Henry Ford

Mar292004

Couldn’t have said it better…

so I won’t…lifting from Samizdata:

“It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.”

–Sir Peter Ustinov, who died on Sunday.

Mar272004

Capitulation

Is this a form of appeasement?

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

Harry S Truman

Jan312004

Risk

Caught this poem on Boing Boing.

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another is risk involvement.

To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd Is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is To risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing dies nothing, Has nothing and is nothing.

They say they avoid suffering and sorrow, But they cannot learn, Feel, change, grow, love, feel.

Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves.

They have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

– Anonymous

Sep32003

Drink up

“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

~ Henny Youngman

and one more…

And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. Here’s how it went:

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this… A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

Aug232003

“Blood And Guts” Speech

Unearthed this great battle cry from this little blog comment war.

Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.