first week

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Winston Churchill on ‘rules’;

To Ibn Saud, on hearing that the king’s religion forbade smoking and alcohol…

“…I must point out that my rule of life prescribes, as an absolutely sacred rite, the smoking of cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after, and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them…”

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Jack Handey on ‘peace’;

“…I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it…”

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Kingsley Amis on ‘censorship’;

“…If you can’t annoy somebody with what you write, I think there’s little point in writing…”

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

J.S. Mill on ‘free speech’;

“…Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being ‘pushed to an extreme’; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case…”

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Monday, January 30, 2006

George Bernard Shaw on ‘progress’;

“…The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man…”

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Arthur C. Clarke on ‘gadgets’;

“…Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic…”

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Vladimir Nabokov on ‘experience’;

“…A passerby whistles a tune at the exact moment that you notice the reflection of a branch in a puddle which in its turn and simultaneously recalls a combination of damp leaves and excited birds in some old garden, and the old friend, long dead, suddenly steps out of the past, smiling and closing his dripping umbrella. The whole thing lasts one radiant second and the motion of impressions and images is so swift that you cannot check the exact laws which attend their recognition, formation, and fusion….It is like a jigsaw puzzle that instantly comes together in you brain with the brain itself unable to observe how and why the pieces fit, and you experience a shuddering sensation of wild magic…”

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Borges on ‘youth’;

“…Of course, like all young men, I tried to be as unhappy as I could—a kind of Hamlet and Raskolnikov rolled into one…”

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