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Quotation Of The Day

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 13. 9 Replies

The Last American

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 8. 4 Replies

Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by eric stone Mar 6. 37 Replies

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 19, 2017 at 3:40pm

We also find that generally speaking the geographically larger the physical task to be done, the duller the conceptual brain that is brought to bear upon the integration of the scientific discoveries and their technically realized applications. Finally we get to international affairs, and you know what is happening today. The most highly polished of the dullest class, intellectually speaking, may wear their striped pants very beautifully and be charming fellows, but they have not produced any mutually acceptable, constructive world peace generating ideas.

--R. Buckminster Fuller

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 19, 2017 at 3:22pm

There is none of this in the world of Leucippus and Democritus as sung by Lucretius. There is no fear of the gods; no ends or purposes in the world; no cosmic hierarchy; no distinction between Earth and heavens. There is a deep love of nature, a serene immersion within it; a recognition that we are profoundly part of it; that men, women, animals, plants and clouds are organic threads of a marvellous whole, without hierarchies. 

--Carlo Rovelli

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 19, 2017 at 2:48pm

The wind-up:

  • Mounting from cause to cause, mortal man has ended by seeing nothing; and it is in this obscurity that he has placed his God; it is in this darksome abyss that his uneasy imagination has always labored to fabricate chimeras, which will continue to afflict him until his knowledge of nature chases these phantoms which he has always so adored.

And the punch:

  • If ignorance of nature gave birth to gods, knowledge of nature is made for their destruction.

--Percy Bysshe Shelley

Comment by Loren Miller on March 18, 2017 at 11:20am

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Comment by Loren Miller on March 17, 2017 at 8:12am

Goodbye ... but remember this: the voters always get what they deserve.  I wasn't the only chump in this city.  It took a lot of you to elect me.
-- Former NY City Mayor Jimmy Walker

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 10:48pm

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Langston Hughes, “Harlem” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by The Estate of Langston Hughes

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 3:18pm

I agree! Loren, Ruth and Bertold!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 16, 2017 at 3:05pm

Exactly, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 16, 2017 at 1:57pm

Funny thing, Bertold: they don't need what they invented!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 16, 2017 at 1:45pm

Ruth - yes, new Repuglican motto: We don need no stinkin' death panels.

 

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