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"Why can't you hear a psychoanalyst use the bathroom? Because the 'p' is silent, and also, the voices in my head won't shut up."
"I mean, Obama said he wouldn't put boots on the ground, alright. But that was a total croc, okay, because now he's flip-flopping, alright, which makes the American people say, “Ugg!” and “fuck me.” I've always said, that Obama is a loafer, but with his constant golfing, now he just looks like some kind of clown. Because he knows boots on the ground are a slipper-y slope. And the last thing he needs is another wedge issue. He needs to stop converse-ing with our allies, and just do it, cowboy! Otherwise, the country is going to be taking it in the bootie."
"Calling Obama a warrior for the middle class is like calling Lindsay Lohan a spokeswoman for sobriety."
"We're cutting programs left 'n right, talking about cutting pay, and we want to invest in an iron man suit for which the technology isn't ready to make work.
"We need to rethink this legalized weed thing because our military planners appear to be smoking it."
"I wish my evaluation form had a line item for 'tolerating psycho'—in which case I have exceeded expectations."
"I joined the Mars One advisory board because I plan to retire on Mars... but not too soon! I want to help send some healthy settlers on ahead to get the place ready for me."
-Esther Dyson (USA), angel investor and chairman of EDventure Holdings
"That's right, the NSA is spying on Second Life; a game for people who don't have a first one."
"But America is defined by it's resilience; no matter what mistakes we make, we pick ourselves up, we dust ourselves off and come together with the courage to deny that we ever made a mistake."
"Strike one was Davis's mentioning of Planned Parenthood, which Republicans said was off topic. Strike two came when a colleague offered Davis a back brace. ... And the final strike came when Davis mentioned the state's 2011 sonogram law — again, off topic."
"Wait, what?? This is a debate about abortion restrictions. How are planned parenthood and forced sonograms off topic? That's like saying, 'Talk to me about White Castle, but don't mention diarrhea. Don't you do that. Those are two different things.'
"That joke landed hard with people here."
"Forty years ago, the government put a man on the moon. Now, they can't even build a Web site."
"I'm all in favor of raising standards. If we can help even one kid do better in school, we will help all the kids who copy off that kid."
"'Killing Jesus,' now it's on bookshelves; are you sure it wasn't just bought by hotels to stick next to bibles?"
"I mean the ultimate goal is, complete self-sufficiency, but without a lot of money, you know, the best you can hope to do is to offset your carbon footprint. You know, I care about my carbon footprint, but most people out there are making carbon snow angels! "You know Earth Day was last week?" "I haven't been." "Hilarious. Earth gets one day. All right, the other 364, we're cranking the a/c in our Hummer, and then, one day a year, 'Ooh, we'll separate the plastic.' You know what I think? I think that once we die out a couple hundred years, Earth is going to have a 'People Day.' You know, to remember us. One day a year, she is going to laugh and laugh and shake our bones. "Recycled urine?"
-Steven Kepler, Dollhouse
"I want to know where to get a palm tree like that one
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-Len Winduptoy Nelson
"So, thanks to a bespectacled whistleblower, we now know the government has been actively collecting an unprecedented amount of information on that small, select group of us who even make phone calls or use the Internet. I've gotta say, I bet the Amish are feeling pretty fucking smug right now...or they would be feeling that way if they had any idea that this story was happening."
"Physicists are getting closer to finding the so-called 'God-particle,' the elusive Higgs Boson whose existence is clearly theoretical. I read it in today's New York Times, whose continued existence is also purely theoretical."
"A man arrested for shooting at the White House says he was upset over U.S. marijuana laws. Man, if only there was some way to mellow that guy out."
"Know what? I'm beginning to realize that autoerotic asphyxiation isn't really the right metaphor for the sequester. Because Congress did rig it up, and if they had pulled off the compromise, I guess it would've felt amazing for them. But as usual, they did it wrong, and yet somehow we're the ones blacking out while they're all still jerking off."
"Why would you word-war with a legendary word warrior like Woodward?"
"Eriksson [Loui] gave it away; there is Brassard in the corner...out to the line for Erixon, Tim Erixon...E-r-i-x-o-n. Back of the net, it's Oleksiak...I'm not gonna spell it."
"We will survive the day."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Before you accuse Romney of not caring about the unemployed, keep in mind he's been trying to get a new job for a YEAR."
"Folks, I believe this is a great, fiscally responsible answer, but we can do more. I mean we might be cutting arts programs, but one tab of acid, and your kid will be seeing colours you can't find in a Crayola box!"
"Folks, we must require voter ID before anyone can buy a cup of Joe. I am sure 7-11 will be just as rigorous about checking ID for cups as they are for beer and cigarettes."
"Hey, Microsoft, the '90s called and wants their ideas back."
-Mike La Rose
"I suggest they attempt to find intelligent life here on earth before launching this glorified roller skate to mars!"
"Hey Microsoft, the 90s called and wants their ideas back."
-Mike La Rose
"The galaxies won't be annihilated. They will merge. The distance between individual stars is huge–bigger than Donald Trump's ego, so the vast majority of individual solar systems and planets will continue on their merry way unchanged by this cosmic event."
"This weekend, Karl Pilkington, right, he was doing some building work because we was selling his house, okay. And he needed to get with an emergency builder, and he was going, 'I can't find a carpenter, I can't find a carpenter, none of them will come out.' I went, 'Karl, it's Good Friday.' And he went, 'How did Jesus ever get fucking crucified?'"
"Yes, Michigan is proud of their tree height. I mean look at that maple; totally nailed it height-wise. Short enough to put a treehouse in, yet tall enough to hang yourself when you lose your state's primary."
"M.I.A. didn't flip us all off. She just had a middle finger malfunction."
"Who were the beta testers for Preparations A through G?"
"As a friend of mine in Texas says, he will believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one."
"At a time when America is trillions of dollars in debt it is totally irresponsible to be wasting taxpayer money looking for evidence of life elsewhere. We can't even find life in the US Congress, let alone intelligent life!!"
"And some have criticized pepper spraying a pregnant woman, but don't forget the cops were spraying for two. And I don't see why they didn't cuff that tiny protester occupying her womb. Just another lazy-do-nothing mooching off of the system. Free room, free board and free Mozart for the next nine months. Get a job! I say you got time to gestate, you got time to collate."
"I was a farm kid. All the practice that I had shoveling manure helped me prepare for my current position."
"Single-planet species don't last. Ask a dinosaur."
-Dr. Kevin Grazie
"According to the web site of the Powerball lottery, a player's odds of winning the big kahuna are one in 195,249,054. By contrast, the odds of dying from an meteorite striking the earth is one in 700,000. In other words, you're more likely to be killed by a meteor than you are to hit the power-mega-whatever jackpot."
-Martha C. White
"They should've used code name 'Waldo.'"
"It defies logic for a shuttle to go to New York City, a place with no connection to NASA. It's like putting the Statue of Liberty in Omaha."
-Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas
"I was watching Al Gore on CNN. He was talking and talking and talking, and then...out of boredom my pet polar bear shot himself."
"Oh, and by the way, poetic talent is really easy to fake when thy sentences doth no fucking sense make."
"Saying guns are the problem is like saying spoons are what make people fat."
"Loui Eriksson who also sleeps on a Hästen's bed, I do as well; we thank Hestons for providing this second intermission interview. By the way, we don't sleep on those beds together."
"My opinion is a view I hold until...well, until I find something that changes it."
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
"No kid likes being told they can't do something. Just try telling Joran van der Sloot he can't make women disappear anymore; it's not gonna happen."
"The Times' Standards Editor, Phil Corbett, has stated that, 'Tweet may fade into oblivion.' Well, that's not very nice. Twitter hasn't banned the word 'newspaper,' and those have already faded into oblivion."
"I'm terrified this is what young people are going to think adults are supposed to be like. It makes me feel like I actually am a good influence on kids."
"Tonight, in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, I am proud to announce that we will use that hundred-grand to set up the Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund. I don't think we can call it the Gulf of Mexico anymore...we broke it; we bought it."
"Sports psychology has a long history, folks. In 1938, Coleman Griffith became the first psychologist hired by a professional sports team when he went to work for the Chicago Cubs who hadn't won a World Series in thirty years. Through weeks of careful observation and behavioural modifications, Griffith was able to turn that number into one-hundred-and-two."
"If you're over the age of 18 and you twitter you A) still live at home and have no motivation to move anytime soon B) are a pedophile looking for some young booty C) have severe social anxiety disorder D) are retarded."
"I got a text from my girlfriend from the year 2016. Apparently in the future I still haven't cleaned out the hallway closet."
"Get hit by a hundred-mile-an-hour slap shot there and not even wince...get tapped by a stick and go down like somebody just cut your belly open."
"I am at a place where I am wandering across these empty hills devoid of trails. I've seen nothing that looks like a Mayan monument. I feel like I'm...I'm Sancho Panza trailing behind this wide-eyed archaeologist Donkey Xote who is chasing his impossible dream, and I don't know if we are going to find a windmill or a Mayan monument."
-Jeff Salz, Apocalypse Island
"The only thing that's impossible is trying to dribble a football."
"When one of the pilots tried to use the bathroom before a bomb-sniffing dog had finished checking all the carry-on bags, an officer ordered him to sit down, according to passenger Alain Ghonda, who thought it odd. 'He was the pilot. If he wanted to do anything, he could've crashed the plane.' It was a metaphor for the rest of the country: Thank you for saving the day."
"Everyone in the world is born right-handed. Only the best overcome it."
"Sure, God made man before woman, but you always make a rough draft before your final masterpiece."
"Just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you."
"A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D. or Ph.D. Unfortunately they don't have a J.O.B."
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us."
"A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing."
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fishburger and I realize, 'Oh my God...I could be eating a slow learner.'"
"Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window."
"Have you ever noticed? Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac."
"You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is."
"I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain."
"The reason most people play golf is to wear clothes they would not be caught dead in otherwise."
"I'm desperately trying to figure out why kamikaze pilots wore helmets."
"Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place."
"It's not hard to tell we was poor when you saw the toilet paper dryin' on the clothesline."
"I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache."
"I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three."
"Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?"
"I had a linguistics professor who said that it's man's ability to use language that makes him the dominant species on the planet. That may be. But I think there's one other thing that separates us from animals. We aren't afraid of vacuum cleaners."
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are okay, then it's you."
-Rita Mae Brown
"Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn't your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash."
"I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her."
"A lady came up to me on the street and pointed at my suede jacket. 'You know a cow was murdered for that jacket?' she sneered. I replied in a psychotic tone, 'I didn't know there were any witnesses. Now I'll have to kill you too.'"
"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific."
"The number of people staring in shocked disbelief at you is always directly proportionate to the stupidity of your act."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt."
"If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito."
"Anyone can make a mistake. A fool insists on repeating it."
"True that the thinker thinks, and the prover proves; however, the prover must think about what he is going to prove beforehand. If not, then we would have a bunch of 'Al Gores' proving who knows what."
"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock."
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."
"If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door."
"The best cure for insomnia is a Monday morning."
"For fast-acting relief, try slowing down."
"Chess is the most elaborate waste of human intelligence outside of an advertising agency."
"First, the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me."
"I'm always amazed to hear of air crash victims so badly mutilated that they have to be identified by their dental records. What I can't understand is, if they don't know who you are, how do they know who your dentist is?"
"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."
"I can't understand why I flunked American history. When I was a kid there was so little of it."
"I created the Internet."
"I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me."
"What's another word for thesaurus?"
"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception."
"Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
"If you're going to do something tonight that you will be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late."
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
"I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants."
-A. Whitney Brown
"Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use."
"Downtown there are only two types of pedestrians...the quick and the dead."
"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons because, to them, you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."
"Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth."
"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: Freedom; Justice; Honour; Duty; Mercy; Hope."
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
"I'm not going into hiding. I know I'm fortunate enough to live in a country where law and order prevail and people can't take matters into their own hands, and affords me the freedom to speak. And I want to use that privilege to defend what we have in Australia and to keep it."
-Dr. Jamal Rifi
"Don't let your limitations overshadow your talents"
"A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it'll point you True North from where you are standing, but it's got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms you'll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp, what's the use of knowing True North?"
"Look again at that dot. That's here; that's home; that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
"The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
"Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
"Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
"The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
"Every flower must grow through dirt."
"One day, someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces will stick back together."
"Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others.
"It's our differences that make us unique and define just how special we are."
"To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential."
"Don't sacrifice your peace trying to point out someone's true colours. Lack of character always reveals itself in the end."
"The way people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you."
"I am happy to support the Mars One effort. Mars is the first test of how humans will expand beyond the Earth."
-Christopher P. McKay, PhD (USA), Planetary Scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames
"To be part of this Advisory Team for Mars One is both an honour and a challenge. I think this is an exciting and cutting-edge project that will impact our society and the way we view the world. History has been made when the impossible is made possible and where the struggle is the impetus to change."
-Prof. Raye Kass, PhD (Canada), Professor of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, Montreal
"...Man, if we could go somewhere near the equator of Mars on a summer Mars day and look at some slushy, super-salty ice and find molybdenum dioxide-enabled Martian microbes, it would change the world. And there's one way to make sure you never find them; that's to not go looking. It's so inexpensive, everybody. I'm telling you, this is a worthy pursuit."
-Bill Nye the Science Guy
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
-Bernard M. Baruch
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived."
-General George S. Patton, Jr.
"Determination not to change our lifestyle, not to give in to the intimidation that is at the heart of all terrorist acts. Terrorism is about creating fear and making you change the way you live, and we will not do that; I refuse to do it. The day after the Seven/Seven bombings, Piers, I rode the tube. And today I walked throughout the back bay up and down—obviously Boylston Street that section was sealed off—but there are people doing the same thing. There was one guy playing a lovely alto sax who was walking up and down Newbridge Street, playing "Over the Rainbow" and some great jazz standards. And that was sort of the attitude, the best way I could give it; Boston, we gave the middle finger to those guys whoever they are. We're not gonna change, we refuse to change."
"You know, we take only three things seriously here, and that's: sports; politics; and revenge. I think it's gonna take a lot more than what was done yesterday to knock a town like Boston out. I really sensed that across the city today because people were angry, and people were absolutely determined—you know I was in Omagh in Northern Ireland in 1998 three hours after that bomb went off, and I was in London within eight hours after the Seven/Seven bombings, and what I experienced in Omagh and London after those atrocities I experienced today in my home town; and it was a deep sadness followed by a resoluteness that these people will not get to us. We will not let them win, and I will predict, Piers, next year, we will have the biggest Boston marathon ever. They'll have to turn people away because people will come from all over the world as they always do, but they will come even in greater numbers next year because we need to show whoever did this, they did not win one thing."
"You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out...This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
"But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.'"
"Yesterday morning, I sat and read the news with a cup of coffee in hand. The headline read: 'Lance Armstrong's tarnished legacy.' Tarnished? His records may be tarnished, his racing image may be tarnished, and his trophies may now be tarnished. But his legacy? Never. His legacy lives on in the cancer survivors, and their families, whose lives were saved because of the Livestrong Foundation. And it lives on in people like me who get up and run - no matter what. We will all 'Livestrong' forever, together, bonded by a simple yellow band and a common mentality."
"What happened, it's part of me, part of my life and it's all the time in my mind and with me. But I have to live, and I have to love."
"Sometimes you value least the people who love you most...until you remember that without them, your life is worth nothing."
"There is a flickering spark in each of us, which if struck at just the right age, will light up ther rest of our lives."
"Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America every day is a new beginning, and every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends."
"Having him is like having a battle buddy with you, somebody who is going to watch your back -- knowing if you don't see it, he will."
-David Angel Leos
"This is our future. What you're doing here to help train those folks is absolutely superb, and you should be proud."
-Gen. Keith Alexander
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."
"When a veteran trains their own service dog, there are immediate benefits right off the bat. They have a mission and a purpose again. It gives them something to focus on and to complete. It gives them a sense of security and safety. ... They know they're not alone. They've always got their buddy at the end of the leash."
"All you nay-sayers are astounding me.
You're all the same type of person who called Columbus an idiot because he was going to sail off the edge of the flat earth."
"What is captured on the pages can be printed again. If they burn 1,000, we can print 10,000. What's the big deal? A NATO soldier killing innocent people is far more painful than the burning of a Quran. I would rather they burn 100 Qurans than to hurt one woman or man or child."
-Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra
"Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else."
"Statistics show that about every Taliban a sniper takes down saves about three Marines' lives. So, that's really—at the end of the day—that's what our job is all about, it's saving Marines' lives. And it's something I take very seriously."
-Sgt Shane Gibney
"Do you not get the joke? I'm making fun of people who take the bracelets too literally; they're not magical. They are a reminder to be a better person, to live a better life. And if you need a rubber band around your wrist to be that, here's an idea: take it off and snap yourself in the eye, and see if that wakes you."
"If the situation were to arise, and it was my turn to give my life so that other people might live, I'm prepared to do so. My life was saved, and I'm prepared to give back."
-Rick Bryan, World Trade Center survivor (89th floor, north tower)
"I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon."
-George W. Bush
"It has finally rumored that the United States has an active campaign of launching drone missiles uhh, in the tribal areas—that this is something, which has never been acknowledged by the CIA or the U.S. government. But it is a clear fact there are a significant number of individuals associated with Al Qaeda who have disappeared in a puff of smoke."
"The resolve of our great nation is being tested. Make no mistake, we will show the world we will pass this test."
-George W. Bush
"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all."
"I cannot envision all of humanity remaining on this planet. Humanity's destination is in space."
-Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz
"Arrow goes forward only after pulling it backward. Bullet goes forward only after pressing the trigger backward. Every human being will get happy only after facing the difficulties in their life path...So be not afraid to face your difficulties. They will push you forward."
"I am sure somebody out there in our country's saying, 'My life is miserable. Why me?' – and I hope they take a look at one of these vets and say, 'Hey, that person can do it; I can overcome my difficulty.'"
-George W. Bush
"That's the difference between people like me and heroes who stop and say, 'Is there anybody I can help get out?' I don't know. You know, heroism is someone maybe who is so afraid, who's so frightened that gets fed up and says, 'Dammit, I'm not going to let this happen not only to me but to somebody else.'"
-Louis Lesce, World Trade Center survivor (north tower, 86th floor)
"It just goes to show the disconnect between those we elect to represent us and those that get out there and do the work because I am here to say that you won't find a single New York City firefighter who considers it a sign of disrespect to work in a New York City firehouse on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day."
-Kenny Speck, FDNY
"If we give someone more freedom and more opportunities to use their imagination, then they will deliver beyond your wildest dreams. But they have got to have the opportunity to explore, the opportunity to face fear because it's through all of those things that we learn what's the next level."
"It is easy to give up when something seems impossible, but trying your best to overcome something is rewarding. Challenging the impossible is something only humans can do, and it is something we should do."
-Tatsuya Okabe, Ph.D.
"People always say to me, 'Where do you draw the line?' I say, 'Well, there is no line - it's whatever is inside of you.'"
"Ideas are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny."
"My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
"We need to tackle the challenge of connecting 93 million Americans to our broadband future. In the 21st century, a digital divide is an opportunity divide. To bolster American competitiveness abroad and create the jobs of the future here at home, we need to make sure that all Americans have the skills and means to fully participate in the digital economy."
-Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman
"I also feel like when I am getting a massage that's when they're going to find 'the lump.' Like do you know how I feel like somebody will be manipulating and say, 'Hey, did you know...?' 'Nope!' Because if you don't know, you don't know. If you don't do any self-examinations or see a doctor ever, you'll live forever. That's how you do it. The diagnosis is what gets you. You just have a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy with any and all bodily functions."
"But terrorism is waged by individuals. We saw these young, peasant boys who had little education and no prospects in their country; they are the ones who enlist for the Jihad. So we have political and ideological forces on one hand and the simple despair of young men on the other. The two have combined to create a deadly mix. The only way this movie will end well is if we tackle both sides of this problem, and we need to get the military-informed policy right. But we also need to change the sense of hopelessness and the culture of hate that exists in these societies. We need to help these young men you just watched embrace life rather than death."
-Fareed Zakaria, Terror in Mumbai
"The chief enemy of creativity is good taste."
"Always play the melody, man. Look at them, see their age group, play their love songs, and you'll carry all the money to the bank."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us is nothing compared to what lies within us."
"In each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us cannot be destroyed."
"Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything."
"Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use."
"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts."
"The only way to kill time is to work it to death."
"He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever."
-Tom J. Connelly
"I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones."
"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
"Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
-Franklin P. Jones
"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up."
"We aim above the mark to hit the mark."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."
"Do, or do not; there is no 'try.'"
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
"In youth we learn; in age we understand."
"Problems cannot be solved on the same level of awareness which created them."
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."
"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
-G. K. Chesterton
"Experience is what you got by not having it when you need it."
"In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences."
"There are a lot of ways to become a failure, but never taking a chance is the most successful."
"You may delay, but time will not."
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
"If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything."
"You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails."
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
"You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."
"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
-Peter F. Drucker
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
"The greatest gifts you can give your children are roots of responsibility and wings of independence."
"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it."
-Robert A. Heinlein
"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it's the size of the fight in the dog."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried."
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-Elizabeth Kubler Ross
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier-not that the nature of the task has changed, but our abilities have increased."
"Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in. Lend a hand."
-Edward Everett Hale
"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."
-Robert Green Ingersoll
"There is a close connection between getting up in the world and getting up in the morning."
"We each have only enough strength to complete those assignments that we are fully convinced are important."
"It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate."
-Henry David Thoreau
"No one can give you better advice than yourself."
"There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
"If you don't invest much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting."
"Success is not built on what we accomplish for ourselves. Its foundation lies in what we do for others."
"The great man is he, who in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
"Remember that someone, somewhere, is practicing, and when you meet him he will win."
"When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has past."
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
-Arthur Conan Doyle
"The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers."
"One who fears limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again."
"To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world to do is to act in accordance with your thinking."
"Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other son-of-a-bitch die for his."
-George S. Patton
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
"You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."
"If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else's expense, then you should have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves."
"...It's time to load our elected officials on troop planes and send them to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Put them in tents with no air conditioning, have Army drill sergeants teach them teamwork and physical sacrifice. When they recognize their responsibility to the people of America, they can return to D.C., their upscale restaurants and military plane trips, as though they were royalty. And if they can't? Better that they should fail to learn what an 18-year-old Army private understands than continue to fail America."
-Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré (Ret)
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
"I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through — then follow through."
-Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near."
"A leader is a man who has the ability to get people to do what they don't want to do and like it."
-Harry S Truman
"You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you everywhere if only out of curiosity."
"The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes."
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
"'What is our aim?' I answer in one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."
"There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few things that will catch my heart."
"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something."
"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in others the conviction and will to carry on."
"From childhood's hour I have not been. As others were, I have not seen. As others saw, I could not awaken. My heart to joy at the same tone. And all I loved, I loved alone."
-Edgar Allan Poe
"Reality continues to ruin my life."
"The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive but in finding something to live for."
"You don't see faith healers working in hospitals for the same reason you don't see psychics winning the lottery."
"Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn't mean they are bad people; it means they're human."
"People always miss you more when they see how much happier you are without them."
"Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are."
"serve yourself no one else can do for you like you and no one else fails like me in the eyes I burn alive fly like a bird no more words just you and I high in the sky"
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."
"Once science has been established, once a scientific truth emerges from a consensus of experiments and observations, it is the way of the world. What I’m saying is, when different experiments give you the same result, it is no longer subject to your opinion. That’s the good thing about science: It’s true whether or not you believe in it. That’s why it works."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
"A woman who knows her value will only put up with a man's nonsense for so long."
"So, it's OK for a Moslem to blow themselves up in a market place crowded with women and children, but pioneering interplanetary space travel is a no-go. Got it."
"Americans always do the right thing eventually after they've exhausted all other alternatives."
"I never make the same mistake twice. I make it five or six times, you know, just to be sure."
"We complain about the level of education in this country, then sit down and turn on Honey Boo-Boo and Snooki."
"To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of shit."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson
"I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job. Because, he will find an easy way to do it."
"The truth is people now try to cram their politics into everything...we saw it just recently," 'With all the attention that's been lavished this week on the royal baby, this seems like this a good moment to take a look at the issue of infant mortality here in the United States.' "Does it? Does it seem like a good opportunity? Because I don't know, it actually seems like an even better opportunity to NOT bring that up. But look, that's just one guy, I'm sure everyone else was respectful on a universally happy occasion." 'Even though we do not cast babies as future figure heads in this country the fact is that the accident of where and to whom we are born determines a tremendous amount of our life outcomes.' 'We don't know who is going to break the baby the news if it becomes an American citizen, which could happen what Obamacare is going to mean to him.' "It's a baby! It's a baby! You shouldn't have talking points about a person before that person can talk."
"You cannot truly live if you cannot live as your true self."
"Say one thing for Congress—no matter how bad you thought they were, they will always find a way to show you they're even worse."
"'I am not a crook' 'I did not have sex with that woman' 'No one is listening to your phone calls' Nuff said..."
"No matter which fork in the road you take, it doesn't matter because it's already going to happen tomorrow."
"We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we're not alone."
"It was more important to be successful than it was to be loved."
"'If one life is saved it will be worth it.' What a self-serving non-comment. It means nothing, because you can never validate it."
"All throughout Europe, American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish. My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians."
"Just because it works doesn't mean it is necessarily right."
"You know it's so frustrating for us over there because you got a guy like me that's on the ground—if you're going to send me out on a patrol and you're going to trust me enough to go on a patrol without you coming with me then let me make my own decisions. And if you're not there—if you want to make the decision then how 'bout you get up and get on the patrol with me because you will make a different decision when you're getting shot at than when you're sitting in a room drinking coffee."
"If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary."
"Rush is the only speed a Lamborghini has, proud techie dweeb over and out. Yeah."
"I'm not afraid of death. I just don't want to be there when it happens."
"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."
-Bob Harris, Lost In Translation
"First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore."
-Will McAvoy, The Newsroom
"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."
"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."
"I suggest they attempt to find intelligent life here on earth before launching this glorified roller skate to mars!"
"One person's craziness is another person's reality."
"You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to."
"...Because you know how dreams are the engine of society and community in general. If people’s dreams are crushed, then there is no hope. There are no great economies with people with crushed dreams. That’s the truth."
"Sometimes my best choice is to keep silent. Because I know if I try to explain myself, people wouldn't get it anyways."
"Three kinds of people: Those who can count and those who can't."
"Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home."
"Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
"Trying to argue against faith with logic is like trying to nail jelly (Jell-O to the 'merkins) to the ceiling; it's using the wrong tools for an ultimately pointless task."
"We like to say it's a good economic indicator when people are willing to pay for empty boxes."
"I may not like the guy, but if I were to ever gain such supreme power, I would appreciate someone watching my six (and that not being through a scope)..."
"Give a man a fish, and you've fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you've fed him for a lifetime. Give a man religion, and he'll pray for a fish and starve to death."
"I think it's pretty rude. If you think about what I'm doing, I'm pointing out a flaw that would affect everybody and that the bad guys could use to install malware. And they're not paying me — I'm just doing it to be nice."
"If people want to argue, that's fine with us. It only helps build anticipation."
"The media has, as it's always done, done a terrible job reporting on this. They have seen the fire and they've decided to throw gasoline on it. I'm sure they're proud of themselves as they always are. And that is a misplaced pride."
"We cooperate and we fight as hard as we can because there will perhaps be disappointment, but there will be no shame."
-Young specialist from 655th TC
"I beg to ask, when will FT Hood qualify as a combat tour?"
-Col Chris Wells
"I don't care enough about what people think of me to conform to anything."
"Right now if you want nutritional therapy and you go to your doctor and ask for it, it's sort of like ordering Chow mein in a French restaurant; it's not on the menu, and they don't know how to make it, and you're not going to get it."
-Andrew Saul, Ph.D.
"Texas is not only a state of mind, it's a state of heart, state of soul. There's a sense of bigger than life here...People here are tough and rugged but know how to have a good time. They work hard but they know how to have a good time, and I think they enjoy the very simplest things in life."
"The Lion of Jihad was killed in a fierce firefight? No, more like the Jackyl of Jihad was killed hiding behind a woman."
"Americans deserve better, and we should demand better, especially from our elected representatives. Empowering ignorance for political gain is unacceptable."
-John P. Avlon
If you're not offending somebody, you're not making good art."
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us, and sometimes they win."
"I'll be using Tor a lot more than I ever did — and I used it a lot. I have become one of the people I have spent the last several years of my life protecting. I better take my own advice."
"For those that will fight for it...FREEDOM...has a flavor the protected shall never know."
-L/Cpl Edwin L. "Tim" Craft
"It's a proven fact, Ralph. Profanity does help you deal with pain; it's scientifically proven."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"I do think that socializing on the Internet is to socializing what reality TV is to reality."
"The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one."
"I believe if the Red cross wants to do that they can. I understand the arguments from all sides. But for me being a American and the Taliban is our enemy. Note: making plans to attack the US. I can not give aid and comfort to the enemy. The Red Cross will not get another dime from me, and illl pass the word around."
"This is absurd. According to the IRC, their stance on neutrality requires them to aid and abet terrorists. Don't they feel a sense of responsibility for the death and destruction they are supporting? When they help patient X get better, and then the patient builds a bomb that detonates near a school bus full of children, doesn't the IRC understand they are partly responsible for the piles of burning childern, mangled limbs, and snuffed out dreams and lives? Can they be that callous and uncaring? Apparently so. You can bet I'm cutting off all my donations to this group. If they are stupid enough to due this and so oblivious as to the harm they are committing to continue it, then my money will be better spent by others."
"When they took the Fourth Amendment, I was silent because I don’t deal drugs. When they took the Sixth Amendment, I kept quiet because I know I’m innocent. When they took the Second Amendment, I said nothing because I don’t own a gun. Now they’ve come for the First Amendment, and I can’t say anything at all."
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
"The purpose of valor is to make up for someone else's stupidity."
-Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
"It's society that disables an individual by not investing in enough creativity to allow for someone to show us the quality that makes them rare and valuable and capable."
"I've known plenty of people with high IQs that were book smart and dumb as a box of rocks. Most of them were liberals who couldn't form a cohesive thought without someone else giving it to them....Conservatives are in the same boat. CNN finds ANYTHING to push government propaganda. Pathetic journalism at best..."
"Sending condolences via twitter is like proposing to your girlfriend via an answering machine message – 'manners' is 100% right. Every step we take forward in technology is sometimes accompanied by a step backward in common human respect."
"That is a tactical and strategic mistake. If you're playing chess, do you tell your opponent your next move? To broadcast that for the sake of politics, to me, that is very wrong."
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."
"I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to."
"To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering."
"The more I see, the less I know for sure."
"I think it's a desire to sort of say ...'We won't have to worry about the future, because there is no future.' And so therefore, we can do what we want now, and all the debts are put off, and all the responsibilities are avoided."
-Wheeler Winston Dixon
"He's already prayed to Allah. I'll let Allah take care of him. I'm praying for my people, the good people here."
"Nirvana: the state of place or state of oblivion to care, pain or external reality."
"Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging one makes you but even with him; forgiving it sets you above him."
"Justice don't mean the bad guy goes to jail; it just means somebody pays for the crime."
-Andre, Freedom Writers
"To get maximum attention, it's hard to beat a good, big mistake."
"If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires."
-Abigail Van Buren
"Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back."
"You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions."
"There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don't respond with encores."
"There is no point in being exact if you don't know what you are talking about."
-John von Neumann
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
"Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places."
-E. Joseph Cossman
"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up."
"If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."
"There are three kinds of lies: lies; damned lies; and statistics."
"Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed."
-Peter F. Drucker
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."
"The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary."
-May V. Smith
"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."
-Edward R. Murrow
"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"We are born as noble savages only to be warped by our own society."
-Jean Jacques Rousseau
"Hatred, which could destroy so much, failed to kill the man who hated."
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come."
-Julius Caesar, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego.'"
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
-H. G. Wells
"I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means."
"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma; a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."
"Wit is educated insolence."
"Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
"Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of things."
"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."
-Sir Stephen Henry Roberts
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