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"Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us."

-- Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead

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"Technology is the penultimate chameleon, taking on the characteristics of its handler. In some hands technology is a tool of treachery, while in others it morphs into a peaceful protest. In still others, it represents the bleeding edge of freedom."

-- Brock N. Meeks MSNBC

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"A generation which ignores history has no past and no future."

"Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark."

"You can have peace or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once."

"Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny."

"The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty". Whenever these twin concepts fall into direpute -- get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed."

"No state has an inherent right to survive through conscript troops and in the long run, no state has. Roman matrons used to say to their sons: "Come back with your shield, or on it." Later on, this custom declined. So did Rome."

-- Lazarus Long (as quoted in a Robert A. Heinlein novel)

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"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."

-- Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon, 1942

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"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

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"Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

-- Robert A. Heinlein

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"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 to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or 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."

-- Robert A. Heinlein, Life-Line 1939

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"A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind."

-- Aral Vorkosigan (as quoted in a Lois McMaster Bujold novel)

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"A Smith and Wesson beats four aces."

-- Poker Rule No. 1

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"You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you'll find me in a pile of brass."

-- Trooper. M. Padgett

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"For target shooting, that's okay. Get a license and go to the range. For defense of the home, that's why we have police departments."

-- James Brady

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"To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic."

--Ted Nugent

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"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

-- George Orwell - "1984"

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"Masses create movements; individuals exploit them."

-- Unknown

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"The dogs may bark, but the caravan goes on."

-- Old Arab Proverb

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"Remember there's a big difference between kneeling down and bending over. "

-- Frank Zappa

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"If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson."

-- Unknown

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"A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone."

-- Unknown

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"There are really only two ways to approach life - as victim or as gallant fighter - and you must decide if you want to act or react, deal your own cards or play with a stacked deck. And if you don't decide which way to play with life, it always plays with you. "

-- Merle Shain

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"Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

-- John Adams

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"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."

-- P.J. O'Rourke

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"A man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."

-- Muhammed Ali

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"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."

-- Jonathan Winters

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"Sometimes you need to look reality in the eye, and deny it."

-- Garrison Keillor

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"If it's free, it's advice; if you pay for it, it's counseling; if you can use either one, it's a miracle."

-- Unknown

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"Entitlement programs are nothing new. My father had an entitlement program: The day after we graduated he told us if we preferred to starve instead of work, we're entitled."

-- Unknown

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While on a geology field trip in college, Gloria Steinem came across a giant turtle that had climbed out of the river, crawled up a dirt road, and was in the mud on the embankment of another road, seemingly about to crawl up on it and get squashed by a car. So, being a good co-dependent with the world, she tugged and pushed and pulled until she managed to carry this huge, heavy, angry snapping turtle off the embankment and down the road. She was just putting it back into the river when her geology professor arrived and said, "You know, that turtle probably spent a month crawling up that dirt road to lay its eggs in the mud by the side of the road, and you just put it back in the river." In later years, she realized that this was the most important political lesson that she learned, one that cautioned her about the authoritarian impulse of both left and right. Always ask the turtle.

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"You either have to be first, best, or different"

-- Loretta Lynn

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"I do the very best that I know how -- the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If the end brings me out wrong, then 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference."

-- Abraham Lincoln

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Once, Christopher Columbus was invited to a banquet where he was assigned the most honorable place at the table. Another man who was meanly jealous of him asked abruptly, "Had you not discovered the Indies, are there not other men in Spain who would have been capable of the enterprise?" Columbus made no reply, but took an egg and invited the company to make it stand on end. They all attempted, but in vain; whereupon he tapped it on the table, denting one end, and left it standing. "We all could have done it that way!" the jealous man accused. "Yes, if you had only known how," retorted Columbus. "And once I showed you the way to the New World, nothing was easier than to follow it."

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Four monkeys were put into a room. In the center of the room was a tall pole with a bunch of bananas suspended from the top. One particularly hungry monkey eagerly scampered up the pole, intent on retrieving a banana. Just as he reached out to grasp the banana, he was hit with a torrent of cold water from an overhead shower. With a squeal, the monkey abandoned its quest and retreated down the pole. Each monkey attempted, in turn, to secure the bananas. Each received an equally chilly shower, and each scampered down without the prize. After repeated drenchings, the monkeys finally gave up on the bananas. With the primates thus conditioned, one of the original four was removed from the experiment and a new monkey added. No sooner had this new monkey started up the pole than his companions reached up and yanked the surprised creature back down the pole. The monkey got the message -- don't climb the pole. After a few such aborted attempts, but without ever having received a cold shower, the new monkey stopped trying to get the bananas. One by one, each of the original monkeys was replaced. Each new monkey learned the same lesson: Don't climb the pole. None of the new monkeys ever made it to the top of the pole; none even got so far as a cold shower. Not one understood precisely why pole climbing was discouraged, but they all respected the well-established precedent. Even after the shower was removed, no monkey ventured up the pole. It could be suggested that precedents, enacted into policy manuals, processes, and bureaucracy often outlive the particular context that created them.

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"In no other profession are the penalties for employing untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military."

-- General Douglas MacArthur

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"The more you sweat in peace, the less you sweat in war."

-- Ancient Chinese Proverb

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"If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, we'd all have one fine Christmas."

-- Major (retired) Dave Lauderback

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"Probably personal responsibility," she replied, explaining that this means "taking responsibility for your behavior and your expenditures and your actions, and not forever supposing that society must forgive you because it's not your fault."

-- Historian Barbara Tuchman when asked what she thought was needed in the 21st century

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"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any reason but because they are not already common."

-- John Locke (Essay concerning Human Understanding, 1690)

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"It is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possesion of truth."

-- John Locke (Essay concerning Human Understanding, 1690)

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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

-- John F. Kennedy

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"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is twilight. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."

-- Justice William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court

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"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."

-- Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain

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"What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in."

-- David Lloyd George (Speech, Wolverhampton, 1918)

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"Sit peacefully in a church and think of church history: witchburning perhaps, or child abuse, genocide, the amassing of disgusting wealth, the repression of women, inquisitions, castrating child choir singers, the denial of Santa Claus and the support of fascists in power."

-- Kaz Cooke, The Little Book of Stress

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"The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer."

-- Henry Kissenger

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"Word of Honor is not something to be given easily or taken for granted. It is the only thing we as individuals have that we can always give, and if we do not keep our word, then we have no honor. And, to have no honor we might as well have no heart, for we must not have a conscience." "

-- (Unknown)

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"I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants."

-- A. Whitney Brown

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"Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait."

-- A. Whitney Brown

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"I deny that I ever said that actors are cattle. What I said was, 'Actors should be treated like cattle'."

-- Alfred Hitchcock (attributed)

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"What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?"

-- Alfred Hitchcock (The Observer, 1960)

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"We have not succeeded in answering all of our problems - indeed, we have not completely answered any of them. The answers we have found have only served to raise a whole new set of questions. In some ways we feel we are as confused as ever, but we think we are confused on a much higher level about more important things."

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"The trouble with the Rat Race is that even if you win, you're still a rat."

-- Lily Tomlin

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"A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit."

-- In the August 1993 issue of PS magazine, the Army's magazine of preventive maintenance

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"Remember: No matter how great your triumphs or how tragic your defeats, approximately one billion Chinese couldn't care less."

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"You will be poor and unhappy until you are 45 years old," the fortune teller told the man, who asked, "Then what?" Said she: "By then you'll be used to it."

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"Seagull Management: Fly in, make a lot of noise, dump on everyone, then fly out."

-- Author Unknown

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"We view a 777 as a collection of parts flying in close proximity."

-- A Boeing Spokesman

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"That's the fastest time ever run -- but it's not as fast as the world record."

"This is a truly international field, no Britons involved."

"The late start is due to the time."

"He's got his hands on his knees and holds his head in despair."

"He just can't believe what's not happening to him."

"One of the great unknown champions because very little is known about him."

"Don't tell those coming in the final result of that fantastic match, but let's just have another look at Italy's winning goal."

-- David Coleman, a famed English sports commentator

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In reference to another player's mental faculties, the player replied, "He ain't no rocket surgeon."

-- Unidentified Montreal Expos ball player

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"We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees."

-- Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks

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"Half this game is ninety percent mental."

-- Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark

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"I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous."

"You wouldn't have won if we had beaten you."

"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

"If the people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's going to stop them."

-- Yogi Berra

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"It is bad luck to be superstitious."

-- Andrew Mathis

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"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves."

-- Attributed to John Wayne

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"The certainty of death; a small chance of success; what are we waiting for?"

-- from Lord of the Rings

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"It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens."

-- Woody Allen

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"There are three kinds of people:
Those that make things happen.
Those that watch things happen.
Those that say. 'What the hell just happened?'  "


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