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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 19 Apr, 2022 08:46 am
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2022 11:10 am
“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a Religion.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2022 05:27 pm
“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.”
― Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

“I tried to believe that there is a God, who created each of us in His own image and likeness, loves us very much, and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize, something is fucked up.”
― George Carlin
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2022 06:03 pm
The journey in search of soul is difficult and even dangerous because it requires that we relinquish the certainty of what we think we know and what we have been taught for generations to believe. It means surrendering the desire to be in control and opening ourselves to a quest, a path of discovery.

--Anne Baring, The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul
Author of, The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image
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Yalow
 
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Reply Fri 22 Apr, 2022 06:16 pm
The world is crammed with delightful things.
― Virginia Woolf
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 23 Apr, 2022 07:10 am
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.
"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.
P. 55 (p. 46 in Simon & Schuster 2004)
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 24 Apr, 2022 10:48 pm
“I remember the philosopher Bertrand Russell was asked why he spent his time protesting against nuclear war and getting arrested on demonstrations. Why didn’t he continue to work on the serious philosophical and logical problems which have major intellectual significance? And his answer was pretty good. He said: “Look, if I and others like me only work on those problems, there won’t be anybody around to appreciate it or be interested.”
― Chomsky Noam
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 25 Apr, 2022 05:47 am
“Paine suffered then, as now he suffers not so much because of what he wrote as from the misinterpretations of others...

He disbelieved the ancient myths and miracles taught by established creeds. But the attacks on those creeds - or on persons devoted to them - have served to darken his memory, casting a shadow across the closing years of his life.

When Theodore Roosevelt termed Tom Paine a 'dirty little atheist' he surely spoke from lack of understanding. It was a stricture, an inaccurate charge of the sort that has dimmed the greatness of this eminent American. But the true measure of his stature will yet be appreciated. The torch which he handed on will not be extinguished. If Paine had ceased his writings with 'The Rights of Man' he would have been hailed today as one of the two or three outstanding figures of the Revolution. But 'The Age of Reason' cost him glory at the hands of his countrymen - a greater loss to them than to Tom Paine.

I was always interested in Paine the inventor. He conceived and designed the iron bridge and the hollow candle; the principle of the modern central draught burner. The man had a sort of universal genius. He was interested in a diversity of things; but his special creed, his first thought, was liberty.

Traducers have said that he spent his last days drinking in pothouses. They have pictured him as a wicked old man coming to a sorry end. But I am persuaded that Paine must have looked with magnanimity and sorrow on the attacks of his countrymen. That those attacks have continued down to our day, with scarcely any abatement, is an indication of how strong prejudice, when once aroused, may become. It has been a custom in some quarters to hold up Paine as an example of everything bad.

The memory of Tom Paine will outlive all this. No man who helped to lay the foundations of our liberty - who stepped forth as the champion of so difficult a cause - can be permanently obscured by such attacks. Tom Paine should be read by his countrymen. I commend his fame to their hands.

{The Philosophy of Paine, June 7, 1925}”
― Thomas A. Edison, Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 26 Apr, 2022 06:22 am
Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.
William S. Burroughs
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 27 Apr, 2022 06:52 am
“But he had always believed in fighting for the underdog, against the top dog. He had learned it, not from The Home, or The School, or The Church, but from that fourth and other great moulder of social conscience, The Movies. From all those movies that had begun to come out when Roosevelt went in.

He had been a kid back then, a kid who had not been on the bum yet, but he was raised up on all those movies that they made then, the ones that were between '32 and '37 and had not yet degenerated into commercial imitations of themselves like the Dead End Kid perpetual series that we have now. He had grown up with them, those movies like the every first Dead End, like Winternet, like Grapes Of Wrath, like Dust Be My Destiny, and those other movies starring John Garfield and the Lane girls, and the on-the-bum and prison pictures starring James Cagney and George Raft and Henry Fonda.”
― James Jones, From Here to Eternity
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2022 05:40 am
"When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed they are not it."
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 1 May, 2022 09:56 pm
“Level-1 or world space is an anthropomorphically scaled, predominantly vision-configured, massively multi-slotted reality system that is obsolescing very rapidly.

Garbage time is running out.

Can what is playing you make it to level-2?”
― Nick Land
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 2 May, 2022 07:30 am
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
Abraham Lincoln
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Thu 5 May, 2022 07:31 am
“Our heads are round so thought can change direction”
― Allen Ginsberg
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 6 May, 2022 12:17 pm
“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.”
― Kahlil Gibran
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 6 May, 2022 01:08 pm
"Mythology is often thought of as other people's religions, and religion can be defined as mis-interpreted mythology."
--Joseph Campbell
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 7 May, 2022 07:33 am
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 8 May, 2022 09:15 am
Eugene V. Debs
In this system, we must fight each other, ruin and destroy each other. That is the incentive we have under capitalism and in this struggle all that is brutal in human nature is appealed to and comes to the surface.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 9 May, 2022 09:44 pm
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 05:38 am
“In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.”
― Bill Watterson
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