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Favourite Quotes (1 Viewer)


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O.k. Thought this looked about the right section for this so yea, here it is.
I am interested in what are your favourite quotes by anybody, writer or otherwise. I have pretty strong interests in quotes and want to know what you all think about them too. I'll put a smallish list of some of my favourites, feel free to do the same :)

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Mark Twain

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain

Biography lends to death a new terror.
Oscar Wilde

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Oscar Wilde

"I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better."
- A. J. Liebling (1904-1963)

"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."
- Golda Meir (1898-1978) to a visiting diplomat

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

"I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters."
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

"We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time."
- Vince Lombardi

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true."
- James Branch Cabell

"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher."
- Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."
- Isaac Asimov

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance"
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die."
- Mel Brooks

"My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher."
- Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

"A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)

"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."
- General George Patton (1885-1945)

"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."
- Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting."
- Gloria Leonard

"Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies."
- Voltaire (1694-1778) on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan.

"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."
- General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)


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If I can remember my favorite quotes, hmn. But I think I'll add on some later on if I remember?

is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune with-out words
And stops at all."

~Emily Dickinson

"Every time we laugh, it signifies an emotion that has died."

Those are the only two I can come up with right now. I'm sure there are others, just can't think of them. ^^;;

EDIT: "All human wisdom is summed up in these two words,--'Wait and hope.'" ~ Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas

Shouldn't this be in the Lounge section though?



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Csira said:
Shouldn't this be in the Lounge section though?


lmao I dunno, I just thought non fiction would be a good place as they are all real quotes :shock:

If it belongs somewhere else though, feel free to move it :)


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Ah, unfortunately, I don't have that power. =P

Oh well, hehe, it's quite alright. Quotes can be categorized under nonfiction, at least a book of quotes would.



It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices.

-Prof. Dumbledore


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LoonyLovegood said:
It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices.

-Prof. Dumbledore

Hehe, that is a good quote also. You should visit the "Introduce Yourself" forum so we can properly welcome you. =)


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"It is not the world to play my part but for me, my own destiny is chosen ans whether the world likes it or not"

"Never lose site of the things that you want to acheive because sometimes they can be easy to look out for and sometimes it may be very hard"


"I read that smoking, drinking and sex were bad for you, so that left me no choice...I gave up reading" -- UNKNOWN


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"Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path"
-Edgar Allan Poe


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Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not. -- Epicurus (341 BC - 270 BC)

And a looong passage from Orson Scott Card's book Xenocide that I LOVE:

"Free will doesn’t exist. Only the illusion of free will, because the causes of our behavior are so complex that we can’t trace them back. If you’ve got one line of dominoes knocking each other down one by one, then you can always say, Look, this domino fell because that one pushed it. But when you have an infinite number of directions, you can never find where the casual chain begins. So you think, That domino fell because it wanted to.
Even if there is no such thing as free will, we have to treat each other as if there were free will in order to live together in society. Because otherwise, every time somebody does something terrible, you can’t punish him, because he can’t help it, because his genes or his environment or God made him do it, and every time somebody does something good, you can’t honor him, because he was a puppet, too. If you think that everybody around you is a puppet, why bother talking to them at all? Why even try to plan anything or create anything, since everything you plan or create or desire or dream of is just acting out the script your puppeteer built into you.
So we conceive of ourselves and everyone around us as volitional beings. We treat everyone as if they did things with a purpose in mind, instead of because they’re being pushed from behind. We punish criminals. We reward altruists. We plan things and build things together. We make promises and expect each other to keep them. It’s all a made-up story, but when everybody believes that everybody’s actions are the result of free choice, and takes and gives responsibility accordingly, the result is civilization."

Hmm, what else. . .

"Nature has a funny way of breaking what does not bend." -- Albert Camus

"I don't flirt," Achilles said.
"I forgot," said Petra. "You shoot first and then flirting isn't necessary." -- from the book Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card

"This emotion I'm feeling now, this is love, right?"
"I don't know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you're with me?" "Yes," she said.
"That's influenza," said Miro. "Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours." -- from the book Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card

I can't think of any more quotes off the top of my head. . . oh, but read my signature, too. . . it's a good one.

As you can see I like Orson Scott Card. . . his books are full of nice quotes.


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lol don't you just love politician quotes? I've got a few funny ones lying around here somewhere. I'll post them when I find them up :)

Cunning Linguist

There are so many great quotes in the world. Among my favourites is this peculiar gem:

"If every day were a holiday, cities would be more mysterious" - Jean Baudrillard.

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Just a few I like:

"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."

"Music Is The Universal Language Of Mankind."

"The Real Character Of A Person Is Found Out By Their Amusements."

"Give A Man A Mask And Find Out What He's Made Of."

"The Only Way To Amuse Some People Is To Slip And Fall On An Icy Pavement."