"This used to be among my prayers - a piece of land not so very large,
which would contain a garden, and near the house a spring of ever-flowing water,
and beyond these a bit of wood."
- Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) / Roman Poet (65-8 B.C.)
"Mainiacs away from Maine are truly displaced persons, only half alive, only half aware of their
immediate surroundings. Their inner attention is always preoccupied and pre-empted by the tiny
pinpoint on the face of the globe called Down East. They try to live not in such a manner that they
will eventually be welcomed into Paradise, but only so that someday they can go home to Maine."
- L. Dickinson Rich
"Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures."
- Walden Henry David Thoreau
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more, "
- Childe Harold's Pilgramage Lord Byron
"There is more than one way to burn a book."
- Ray Bradbury
"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them?"
- Henry David Thoreau
"You have zero privacy anyway, Get over it."
- Scott McNealy, Chief Executive Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels
- men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse
honest dissent with disloyal subversion."
- Dwight Eisenhower
"This second point is worth dwelling on given its incomprehensible magnitude. I cannot believe how
incredibly stupid you are. I mean rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. World-class, A-1, top
of the heap, triple whopper with cheese, supersized stupid. So stupid that it goes way beyond the stupid
we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. One-of-a-kind, global, universal, intergalactic
stupid. You are trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons
have collapsed. Stupid so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularly, extraordinarily, incredibly,
bewilderingly stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. You emit more stupid in one second than
our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Your life is a monument to stupidity. I am breathless that
anyone or anything in our universe can really be this stupid. You are a primordial fragment from the
original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else as to be
beyond the laws of stupidity that we know. A behemoth, a leviathan, a colossus of stupidity."
- Kindly Contributor / In responce to an Advance Fee Scammer
"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if
you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the
very least you need a beer."
- Frank Zappa, musician/composer
"Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty,
never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
- Winston Churchill
the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood
a leader who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause who, at best if he wins,
knows the thrills of high achievement and if he fails,
fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never
be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
"in the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make
us your slaves, but
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
But I'm not a winner
I am just brilliantly bitter
I'm sealed by my skin
But broken inside
- Lori McKenna "Never Die Young"
"Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it's the
leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a
simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a
fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice
or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their
leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being
attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing
the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
- Hermann Goering (Nazi Reichsmarshall and Luftwaffe-Chief), at the Nuremberg Trials
" 'Two roads diverged in a Yellow Wood, and...' having nailed another checkpoint,
I reset the bezel ring on my compass for the next azimuth, with a slight offset to the left.
I took a bearing, crossed the road and re-entered the woods on my new heading.
'... and THAT has made all the difference.' "
"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."
- Plato (427-347 BC)