Quotations

Last updated on January 18th, 2023 at 12:20 am

Herein are memorable quotations from a wide variety of sources.

Uncertain World

Faith, it’s an uncertain world entirely!

Source: – Geofrey Blood. Captain Blood. Republic Pictures. 1935.


Enlightened Self-Interest

The universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements. Energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest.

Source: – G’Kar. J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon Five Series. 1994.


A System

Everything is connected;
All things related;
The living and the dead;
The animate and the inanimate;
A system;
All power functioning to serve the whole.

Source: – Chani, explaining the origins of Spice to Muad’ Dib. Frank Herbert’s Dune (Sci-Fi TV Miniseries).


Very Human

Ivonova: “I wish I knew how things were going out there. The Captain’s idea about hitting Vorlon targets, delaying them long enough to put our fleets in the killing zone, between the Vorlons and Shadows.”

Lorien: “A brilliant strategy. He’s making a crucible, which he hopes will force out the truth. Quite brave. Possibly futile. But, very human.”

Source: Babylon 5, Fourth Season, Episode 6: “Into The Fire”


No Whinning

Spence: “What do you use, weapons-wise?”

Sam: “Hmm?”

Spence: “Weapons. I’m a…I’m a weapons man.”

Sam: “Weapons man?”

Spence: “Yeah.”

Sam: “Great.”

Spence: “They tend to settle the argument. So what do you favor?”

Sam: “Oh you know, it’s a toolbox. I don’t care. You put the tools in for the job.”

Spence: “What?”

Sam: “You know, I actually favor the old 1911.”

Spence: “Forty-five? Old gun.”

Sam: [Nodding] “It served my country well, a long time.”

Spence: [Scoffs] “Your country. Not done too well, have you, last few wars?”

Sam: “Perhaps not, but at least we don’t go around whining about it.”

Source: John Frankenheimer’s Ronan, United Artists Pictures, 1997.


Good Sense

Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.

Source: – Livy (59BC-17AD)


Landscape

Deirdre: “I see you’re working on our problem.”

Sam: “Well, either your part of the problem, or you’re part of the solution, or you’re just part of the landscape.”

Source: John Frankenheimer’s Ronin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists


Education

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

Source: – Mark Twain


Moral System

The free market is a moral system, not because it makes men moral, but because it rewards those who serve others efficiently and penalizes those who don’t.

Source: – Dr. Gary North


Results

If you want creative insubordination, hire men. If you want faithful implementation, hire women.

Source: – Dr. Gary North


Long Habits

A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT.

Source: – Thomas Paine


No Harm

Each fancies that no harm will come to his neglect.

Source: – Thucydides


Delicate Souls

Delicate souls can’t handle too much reality.

Source: – T.S. Elliot


The Shoes on Your Feet

Faith and reason are the shoes on your feet. You can travel further with both than you can with just one.

Source: – Brother Alwyn in “The Deconstruction of Falling Stars” episode of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 Series. 1994.


To Know

You do not wish to know…anything. You wish only to speak. That which you know, you ignore, because it is inconvenient. That which you do not know, you invent. But none of that matters, except that he was a good man, a kind man, who cared about the world, even when the world cared nothing for him.

Source: – Delenn responding to criticism of John Sheridan in J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 Series: “The Deconstruction of Falling Stars” episode.


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