I don’t think anything gives your life joy and meaning. I think your life simply has joy and meaning. The love for my children, the love for my parents and the love for my friends is the end in itself. The meaning is life. – Penn Jillette
"Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo."
In Rudyard Kipling's, The Jungle Book, the Bandar-log, a tribe of monkeys were considered insane by the other animals in the jungle because of their complete self-absorption, lack of discipline and outsized vanity. They would chant in unison: “We are great. We are free. We are wonderful. We are the most wonderful people in all the jungle! We all say so, and so it must be true.”
"World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor. It requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement."
One of my favorites "TRUE LOVE DOESN'T HAPPEN EVERYDAY" contrary to this "FIGHT ALL ODDS IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE". Bottomline is think not just twice thrice or more but a hundred times if one is worth fighting for esp when your relationship started not right.
Wow- decisions, decisions! I can't say which is my most favorite quote, but I definitely do have a few that I've collected over the years:
"Does this path have a heart?
If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use.
Both paths lead nowhere, but one has a heart and the other doesn't.
One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it you are one with it.
The other will make you curse your life.
One makes you strong, the other weakens you."
~ Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge ~
"There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or a corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back, for their private benefit."
~ Robert Heinlein ~
"A man has got to know his limitations"
~ Clint Eastwood, Magnum Force~
"I asked him for mercy... he gave me a gun"
~Grateful Dead, Greatest Story Ever Told~
"I'm going to demonstrate one of my favorite techniques in this next song:
I'm going to take a lovely, simple melody... and drive it into the ground."
~ Leo Kottke ~
"Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you"
~ Stephen Stills, To Mama from Christopher and the Old Man~
"Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part".
~ Origin unknown, but one of my favorite and most applicable quotes~
(I'm sure that anyone else who works in IT either already knows this quote, or at least totally understands it)
“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”