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Buzzword

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“The Bible is best understood as the effort of inspired writers to bear witness to God’s acts in history as best they understood them at the time. The simple fact is that we may better understand God’s will today than did the ancients before us. Is that surprising? We know more about science, medicine, and music. Why not more about God?”
-Oliver Thomas, 10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can't, Because He Needs the Job)
 

Nick M

Black Rifles Matter
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so sure of themselves and the wise so full of doubt."
-Bertrand Russell

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.

Ronald Reagan
 

dreadknought

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"Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” ~ J.S. Bach
 

PureX

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"Lying (dishonesty) is the mother of all violence." - Ghandi



"Deserves got nothin' to do with it." - William Munney



"Dead men are heavier than broken hearts." - Raymond Chandler



"I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split." - Phillip Marlow
 

Son of Jack

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"We never keep to the present. We recall the past; we anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay its too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is that the present usually hurts. We thrust it out of sight because it distresses us, and if we find it enjoyable, we are sorry to see it slip away. We try to give it the support of the future, and think how we are going to arrange things over which we have no control for a time we can never be sure of reaching.

Let each of us examine his thoughts; he will find them wholly concerned with the past or the future. We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so."

Blaise Pascal
 

Buzzword

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"We never keep to the present. We recall the past; we anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay its too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is that the present usually hurts. We thrust it out of sight because it distresses us, and if we find it enjoyable, we are sorry to see it slip away. We try to give it the support of the future, and think how we are going to arrange things over which we have no control for a time we can never be sure of reaching.

Let each of us examine his thoughts; he will find them wholly concerned with the past or the future. We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so."

Blaise Pascal

Reminds me of this.

"Adulthood seems to consist mostly of loving the past, hating the present, and fearing for the future."
-Mark Twain
 

Tambora

Get your armor ready!
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"The mysterious abruptness of the universe’s beginning means that science will never be able to raise the curtain on the mystery of creation. For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries."

- astronomer Robert Jastrow
 

genuineoriginal

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"We never keep to the present. We recall the past; we anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay its too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is that the present usually hurts. We thrust it out of sight because it distresses us, and if we find it enjoyable, we are sorry to see it slip away. We try to give it the support of the future, and think how we are going to arrange things over which we have no control for a time we can never be sure of reaching.

Let each of us examine his thoughts; he will find them wholly concerned with the past or the future. We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so."

Blaise Pascal

I think Jesus said it better (and a lot shorter).

Matthew 6:34
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.​

 

annabenedetti

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The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances. Fifty degrees below zero meant eighty-odd degrees of frost. Such fact impressed him as being cold and uncomfortable, and that was all. It did not lead him to meditate upon his frailty as a creature of temperature and upon man's frailty in general, able only to live within certain narrow limits of heat and cold; and from there on it did not lead him to the conjectural field of immortality and man's place in the universe... Fifty degrees below zero was to him just precisely fifty degrees below zero. That there should be anything more to it than that was a thought that never entered into his head.

From "To Build a Fire" by Jack London






I can't imagine a life without imagination.
 
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Town Heretic

Out of Order
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Well, yeah.
There's always that guy at a party. The guy who knows someone who did/said a thing just a little more impressively. :plain: :eek:

“I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.” Dave Berry

“You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.” Ben Goldacre

“Very often in everyday life one sees that by losing one's temper with someone who has already lost his, one does not gain anything but only sets out upon the path of stupidity. He who has enough self-control to stand firm at the moment when the other person is in a temper, wins in the end. It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won; it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.” Hazrat Inayat Khan
 

genuineoriginal

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There's always that guy at a party. The guy who knows someone who did/said a thing just a little more impressively. :plain: :eek:
It is all about word count.
** Pythagorean theorem:……………………………………………..24 words.
** Lord’s prayer:………………………………………………………….66 words.
** Archimedes’ Principle:………………………………………………67 words.
** 10 Commandments:……………………………………………….179 words.
** Gettysburg address:……………………………………………… 286 words.
** Declaration of Independence :……………………………….1,300 words.
** US Constitution with all 27 Amendments:………………..7,818 words.
** US Government regulations on sale of cabbage…………………. .26,911 words.
 
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