Today I want to share a few quotes and items I picked up over the years. Some from the internet, others from books or other print sources and/or various media. Yes, the heading IS from another old favorite of mine, Monty Python.
First up is one that I first found in late 1971 or early 1972. At the time I had returned from the war in Vietnam and was stationed at Camp LeJeune, which is outside Jacksonville, North Carolina. I used to go into town on most weekends, not just to drink at one of the many beer joints in town, but to often watch a movie and often to eat something other than standard Marine Corps mess hall food. I found a nice little book store just off the main drag in town. They had great variety of books, not a big store, but good selection, cross section of books. There I found the “Hobbit” and the entire “Lord of the Rings” book. I bought all four of them and read them all by June 1972, when my enlistment was over.
One short poem from the “Fellowship of the Ring” struck me and has stayed with me ever since. For various reasons, I really like it. It would be difficult to explain just what it means to me, but whatever meaning I do get from it, no doubt varies with time and what has happened over the years. Any way, enough of my lead up, here it is;
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
(from the Ballantine Books paper back edition page 62. 1969, sixth printing)
I have copies of this and one is posted on my computer desk so I can read it any time I am at the desk.
For what follows, where I know the author, or at least who supposedly said it, I will give the name. Those that were without attribution will be presented here the same way. There is no particular order to any of this, just random things I made note of over the years for various reasons.
First off, this sounds like a total no-brainer, until you see who said it.
“You cannot go around the world and violate the sovereignty of nations by force, coercion, or intimidation.” Sounds very reasonable, right? Now, who said this……Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel said this to China. Pot, kettle, anybody? Or, was Chuck implicating HIS own country in a very rare moment of true honesty? I’d bet it was absolute arrogance of the part of old Chuck. After all, everybody KNOWS that ONLY the US of A can do that and get off scot free, well…………sort of, sometimes.
“No people can be both ignorant and free.” Thomas Jefferson
“The news and the truth are not the same thing.” Walter Lippman
“All the war propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” George Orwell
“The enormous gap between what U.S. leaders do…….and what Americans think their leaders are doing is one of the great propaganda accomplishments.” unknown to me
“Criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democracy.” Robert Taft (R) Ohio
“The chief difference between genius and stupidity is genius has limits.” unknown author
An odd acronym that never caught on, I think it may have come from Paul Craig Roberts, but do not quote me on this. PIGAC PIGAC = Permanent insider government aristocracy class
This I believe was from Mr. P. C. Roberts, though somebody else may have been first.
“American media = Ministry of lies and deceit”
“Laws are cobwebs for the rich and chains for the poor.” August Spies labor activist and Haymarket martyr
“I know your religion isn’t true, the same way you know other people’s isn’t” Mark Twain
“Must helpless man, in ignorance sedated, roll darkling down the torrent of his state?” Samuel Johnson—Oxford Dictionary of Quotes
“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But, for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” Stephen Weinburg
“Whenever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed….”
“Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that the science or history, mythology is absurd. When a civilization begins to reinterpret its mythology in this way, the life goes out of it, temples become museums, and the links between the two perspectives becomes dissolved.” Joseph Campbell
“A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; NO religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.” Albert Einstein
Supposedly Einstein also said; “Only two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity, and I am not so certain about the universe.” Good one and true, no matter who first said it.
From some blog post, which blog, I forgot long ago, sorry. “The whole idea mankind was in need of redemption in the first place is based on the belief that a couple of nudists, in the very distant past, took dietary advice from a talking snake. And we wonder why the world is the screwed up mess it is.” This is an absolute KEEPER, my opinion, yours may vary.
“First they ignore you, then they make fun of you, then they fight you, then you win.”
First said by……??? Anybody have an attribution? Lenin? Trotsky? I have no idea.
“What a useful religion this Christianity is– the people oppress themselves” Unknown author
A made look at the “big three” religions from their own view points;
Christian…..Islam and Judaism are wrong.
Jew……Christianity and Islam are wrong.
Muslim……Judaism and Christianity are wrong.
atheist……you are ALL correct!
another favorite of mine, of course
“Faith isn’t a virtue; it is a glorification of a voluntary ignorance.” Anonymous
“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” Nietzsche
“It could probably be shown by facts that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.” Mark Twain.
Until next time, PLEASE try and be good to each other.
Treat everybody you come in contact with the same way you want to be treated. We just could make this world a nicer place for us all. Give it a try, an honest try. You may like it.