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Famous Quotes and Things I Said - This page is all about my favorite quotes.  I have also included a few quotes of things that I have said (scroll down) or written - I either found these to have an impact on myself or other people, or be good representations of my thoughts and/or beliefs.

Worthy and Meaningful Quotes?

Enjoyment is not just found in stopping and observing, but also in action, in doing. "There is the true joy of life:" wrote George Bernard Shaw, "to be used by a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; to be thoroughly worn out before being thrown on the scrap heap; to be a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that life will not devote itself to making you happy."

"I think there's a world market for about five computers." - Thomas Watson (founder of IBM)

"Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year." - unknown

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."- Martin Luther, Jr. King

"We owe it to ourselves as respectable human beings, as thinking human beings, to do what we can to make humanity more rational...  Humanists recognize that it is only when people feel free to think for themselves, using reason as their guide, that they are best capable of developing values that succeed in satisfying human needs and serving human interests." - Isaac Asimov

When asked what he thought of Western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi replied, "I think it would be a good idea."

"All great truths begin as blasphemies." - George Bernard Shaw

"When you have the intuition that there is something which is there, but out of the reach of your physical world, art and religion are the only means to get to it." - Guillermo del Toro

"Computers will never replace office workers entirely until they learn how to spread gossip." - unknown

On getting older... "These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter... I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after." - unknown

"The real danger is not that machines will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like machines." - Sydney J. Harris

In a moment of disillusioned anger, "I wanted to put a bullet in the head of every panda that wouldn't screw to save it's species." - Jack (from Fight Club)

On science, "In explaining something, we have merely managed to redefine the unknown.  Again." - unknown

"I've finally learned that life isn't a timed test where the goal is to make a list of shouldas/ couldas/ wouldas on January 1st and finish as fast as possible." - FG (anyone know who FG is?)

"If you were taught that elves caused rain, every time it rained, you'd see the proof of elves." - Ariex

"If god doesn't like the way I live, let him tell me, not you." - unknown (to me)

"Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense." - Chapman Cohen

"It takes less time to do things right that to explain why you did it wrong."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The universe is not only a strange place, but a stranger place than we can imagine." - J.B.S. Haldane

"Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his or her opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so.  But, once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE." - unknown (to me)

"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that WE are the ones that need help?" - Dan Barker

"Something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it." - ancient native American saying

"The burned hand teaches best." - Gandalf (from Lord of the Rings)

"The trouble with the global village are all the global village idiots." - Paul Ginsparg

Things I Said or Wrote

"There is not enough time to fade the memory of a beloved cat, and there is not enough duct tape to completely remove all the cat hair from the sofa." - Jeremy Farrance

"Life is a journey and a destination.  The fastest way to turn your life in to quicksand is to focus too much on one or the other." - Jeremy Farrance

"Brief moments of happiness tease us throughout our lives.  The best that we can do is treasure them when they happen and occasionally alter the course of our life in a direction that lets us experience as many as possible.  So sometimes love is a direction."  - Jeremy Farrance

"To deny something is to admit that you know what everyone else already realizes is the truth." - Jeremy Farrance

"Relativity is easy to explain; the duration of one minute is completely relative to which side of the bathroom door you are on." - Jeremy Farrance

"Thinking and reasoning are fractured by social context and individual perception.  We are human because two mutually exclusive and contradictory truths can both be true." - Jeremy Farrance

"If you believe in fate, you are not lost... you are exactly where you are supposed to be at any given moment." - Jeremy Farrance

"Always give... it makes the takers easier to spot and avoid." - Jeremy Farrance

"For better or for worse, honesty always and first!" - Jeremy Farrance

"I am always amazed at how much emotional destruction you can inadvertently do with the truth." - Jeremy Farrance

"Shooting ahead of the target doesn't make sense when the target is a sitting duck." - Jeremy Farrance

"I have learned that realizations and discoveries are simply a bridge to new questions." - Jeremy Farrance

"If you turn the burden of proof back on the skeptic then your burden of truth is light indeed." - Jeremy Farrance

"Your world while I wake, my world when I dream." - Jeremy Farrance

"Have you ever lay in a field looking up in to the cloudless blue long enough... that you forgot about gravity and had a moment of clarity that allowed you to realize that you are actually looking down?  Then it is easy to see that the sky is just the surface of the ocean of the universe.  I presume that this is not exactly the abyss Nietzsche was thinking of, but then again I never knew him personally." - Jeremy Farrance

Spontaneous Haiku?

Okay, now that you have read some of my quotes, maybe I should throw some haiku at you.  Not sure what got me doing this - actually, I know where/why it started, I am just confused as to why it has continued - and I am especially oblivious as to whether it is any good or not - but these are the ones I have written so far that seem to speak on their own.

some hidden treasure
the hint saved beyond, beneath
as bread is broken

there's life that touches
for a reason or season
while olive oil seeps

so some things must be
and some things must be broken
breathe the opened wine

sunshine on new rain
window pictured maples sway
breathe and blink and hold

in sorrow petals
falling, fading with the sun
I begin again

contemptuous breeze
now numb in the frozen dew
stay my brittle heart

each place I have been
a flower did greet me whole
busy butterfly

wind-swept barren rocks
the storm of years relentless
fate in sand in time

Without Further Explanation


Everything is in order. 

Message understood. 

Estimated time of arrival remains flexible. 

Approach with caution. 

Please keep your ducks in a row. 

The result of balancing efficiency and effectiveness plots a bell curve for productivity. 

So long and thanks for all the fish. 

Had this been an actual test you would have been instructed to bring a number two pencil. 

Objects in rear view mirror are not actually there until you turn around and look at them.


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