Quotations

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

Herein are memorable quotations from a wide variety of sources.

Uninformed Privilege

This guy abuses the privilege of being uninformed.

Source: – Dr. Gary North


No Winners

There are no winners in an interrogation; only degrees of loss.

Source: – Intelligence community maxim.


To What Extreme?

How far can you go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?

Source: – Dwight D. Eisenhower


Keynesian Haircut

Here is the Keynesian rule: Always ask the barber if you need a haircut.

Source: – Dr. Gary North


Get Out

I was not a drop out; I was a get out.

Source: – Dr. Gary North


Vincible Ignorance

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.

Source: – Aldous Huxley


Where You’re Going

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.

Source: – Yogi Berra


Faith Sustains

Faith sustains us in the hour when reason tells us that we cannot continue, that the whole of our whole lives is without meaning.

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


The Scientific Euphemism for “Fudge”

We prefer to call it “intellectual phase-locking.”

Source: – Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion BANNED TED TALK


Economic and Political Means

There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires. These are work and robbery, one’s own labor and the forcible appropriation of the labor of others.… I propose … to call one’s own labor and the equivalent exchange of one’s own labor for the labor of others, the “economic means” for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the “political means.”

Source: The State. Franz Oppenheimer. Fox & Wilkes (January 1997)


Doctrine

Time-tested techniques, applied to a tactical situation.

Source: – A Training NCO from the 101st Airborne Division. Camp Grayling, Michigan, USA. 1995.


Enough Said

Delenn: “John Sheridan was a good, kind, and decent man.”

Dr. Jim Latimere: “Delenn, wait! You came all this way just to say that?”

Delenn: “You came just this far to say less?”

Source: – Delenn and Dr. Jim Latimere in the “The Deconstruction of Falling Stars” episode of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 Series. 1994.


Understand Your Way

Patience is also a weapon when used properly.

We will arrive when we arrive, and we will have the weapons we have.

You cannot win this war through force.

You must understand your way out of this.

Sheridan knows.

What remains to be seen is whether he knows that he knows.

Source: – Lorien to Susan Ivanova in the “Into the Fire” episode of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 Series. 1994.


Duty

Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.

Source: – Robert A. Heinlein’s Lazarus Long.


Remarkable Illusion

Susan Ivanova: “I have to admit, I’m a little bit skeptical about that.”

Lorien: “Skepticism is the language of the mind. What does your heart tell you?”

Ivanova: “My heart and I don’t speak anymore.”

Lorien: “So I’ve noticed.”

. . .

Lorien: “To live on as we have is to leave behind joy, and love, and companionship, because we know it to be transitory, of the moment. We know it will turn to ash. Only those whose lives are brief can imagine that love…is eternal. You should embrace that remarkable illusion. It may be the greatest gift your race has ever received.”

Source: – Susan Ivanova and Lorien in the “Into the Fire” episode of J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 Series. 1994.


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