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08-14-2010, 12:25 AM
George Orwell

"Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me.
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree"

"You're only a rebel from the waist downwards," he told her.

Neil Gaiman

“I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look for it.”

Anthony Burgess

"The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultraviolence."

"Well, well, well, well. If it isn't fat, stinking billygoat Billy-Boy in poison. How art thou, thy globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip-oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou."

08-07-2012, 02:16 PM
"When a law is patently unjust, such as our tax law is, it's the duty of an honest man to subvert it."

Wild Justice by Wilbur Smith

when i quote it, i usually insert "drug laws are" for tax law is.

08-07-2012, 02:20 PM
"Too weird to live, too rare to die." -HST (obviously)

"Quod scripsi scripsi" - Pontius Pilate and my favorite usage, Anthony Burgess in the forward for the rerelease of A Clockwork Orange in the U.S. with the reintroduction of the final chapter, which was omitted from the original U.S. version because "Americans prefer round numbers when it comes to number of chapters." Sadly, the movie was based on the edited version.

08-07-2012, 02:29 PM
"From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from the dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose." - Randall Jarrell

08-28-2012, 02:47 PM
Couple pages From Be Here Now, by Ram Dass







10-08-2012, 07:08 PM
For us, violence was killing; there was no management involved. People were either dead, or they were not. I could not 'manage' my platoon up a hill. I had to lead them up there.

I had to do more than keep them alive. I had to preserve their human dignity. I was making them kill, forcing them to commit the most uncivilized of acts, but at the same time I had to keep them civilized. That was my duty as their leader. . . War gives the appearance of condoning almost everything, but men must live with their actions for a long time afterward. A leader has to help them understand that there are lines they must not cross. He is their link to normalcy, to order, to humanity. If the leader loses his own sense of propriety or shrinks from his duty, anything will be allowed.
. . . War is, at its very core, the absence of order; and the absence of order leads very easily to the absence of morality, unless the leader can preserve each of them in its place.

James McDonough "Platoon Leader"

03-23-2013, 12:08 PM
Not necessarily my favorite, but it immediately comes to mind: "I was twelve, going on thirteen, the first time I saw a dead human being."

07-05-2013, 09:51 PM
" He that buys need have one thousand eyes but one's enough for he who sells the stuff "

" Company and fish start to smell after three days "

" Who is wise ? He that learns from everyone.
Who is powerful ? He that governs his passions
Who is rich ? He that is content.
Who is that ? Nobody"

All from Poor Richard's

07-11-2013, 01:41 PM
From his timeless and irrepressible "Devil's Dictionary"

"Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
― Ambrose Bierce,

07-11-2013, 02:54 PM
this one is easy.
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07-11-2013, 04:14 PM
"Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid"

-Sergeant Stryker (John Wayne) Sands of Iwo Jima

FSU Truth
05-04-2014, 11:01 AM
“In a world where vows are worthless.Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

03-31-2015, 07:10 AM
“The Answer to the Great Question... Of Life, the Universe and Everything... Is... Forty-two,' said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Aqua and Orange
04-13-2015, 12:27 PM
“This is a good place," he said.
"There's a lot of liquor," I agreed.”

― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

04-28-2015, 04:22 AM
To be or not to be? This is the question.