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337541.  Thu May 15, 2008 9:57 pm Reply with quote

I read this in a paediatrics textbook today:

"There is a greater risk of dying on the first day of life than on any other day (except the last)"

339378.  Mon May 19, 2008 7:49 am Reply with quote

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.

Roger Miller, musician (1936-1992)

340453.  Tue May 20, 2008 4:12 pm Reply with quote

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.

H L Mencken

340492.  Tue May 20, 2008 4:39 pm Reply with quote

MatC wrote:
Bernard Levin said about Lord Longford:

ďOf course he is barmy. What we should be discussing is something quite different: is he right?Ē

If thatís not a QI motto, I donít know what is.

Lord Longford was very proud of Levin's assessment and used to quote it.

340668.  Wed May 21, 2008 2:48 am Reply with quote

"No race can prosper until it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at its top."

Booker T. Washington, 1856-1915

343767.  Sat May 24, 2008 9:12 am Reply with quote

Some good quotations from Dwight D Eisenhower here:

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.
I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.

Jonny Boy
344745.  Sun May 25, 2008 3:57 pm Reply with quote

"To be.... or not to be.... this could take a while"

Myself, around 3 seconds ago


365101.  Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:45 pm Reply with quote

"... the liberty of the Press is called the Palladium of Freedom, which means, in these days, the liberty of being deceived, swindled, and humbugged by the Press and paying hugely for the deception." -

Mark Twain, 1870

368229.  Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:28 am Reply with quote

George Carlin wrote:
The very existence of flame throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, 'You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done.

George Carlin on wikipedia.

368788.  Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:28 am Reply with quote

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. -

Horace Mann, educational reformer (1796-1859)

368793.  Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:32 am Reply with quote

Zhou Enlai, when asked for his assessment of the 1789 French Revolution, "It is too early to say"

368796.  Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:35 am Reply with quote

Love thy neighbour as yourself. But choose your neighbourhood!

Louise Beal

368829.  Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:19 am Reply with quote

If these are Marxists, I am not.

Karl Marx

371708.  Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:23 am Reply with quote

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.

Sydney Smith, writer and clergyman (1771-1845)

372411.  Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:47 am Reply with quote

A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the true value of time, and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)


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