Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Quotes Worth Sharing

“No one on their death bed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer.’” 
- Danielle Bunten Berry

“Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible; and I have no cause to complain, since I have similar opinions of their works, or of the kinds of writing that they evidently prefer.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien quote

"If it's not a good idea, there's no need to continue until it becomes a good idea or is replaced by something better."
Matt Allmer, The 13 Basic Principles of Gameplay Design 

"Don't worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum." 
- Mary Schmich from "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young"

"There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."
- Malcolm X

"Thomas speaks in Comic Sans MS because it pisses people off so very much, and that makes me happy. Also, anyone who gets that hung up on a typeface is obviously an asshat, so you can instantly write them off as a lost cause."
- jthomas from http://betweenfailures.com/

"The entire population of the world-with one minor exception-is composed of other people."
- John C. Maxwell, 25 Ways to Win With People

"A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.” 
- John A. Shedd

"I am a disciple of the hunt. From the ashes of war, I was resurrected from the dead, born again and given new life by ending others. New prey laid before me, prey not of this world. To bring death to the dead. To destroy the destroyer. To take blood from those who take blood. To storm the stalker. To terrorize terror. This is the gravestone upon which I have built my church. When you have seen zombies feed on the flesh of a living man, seen fear in the darkest achieves of a vampire, been baptized in the devil's blood, then you may speak to me of righteous. But for now, I am the thread by which your life hangs. The only wall between you and ungodly horror. I am the bloody top of the food chain." 
- Colonel Cedric Feldspar Hapscomb, "Nocturne" (video game)

"To you, these monsters are just evil beings to be vanquished. I'm the one standing there when they die... and become the men they once were." 
- Gabriel Van Helsing, Van Helsing 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." 
- Mahatma Gandhi

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
- J.R.R. Tolkien quote

"Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die."
- Gore Vidal (1925-, American novelist, critic)

"That man won't quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will. Me? I've got a different problem. I feel like I live in a world made of... cardboard, always taking constant care not to break something, to break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment, or someone could die. But you can take it, can't you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am."
- Superman, Justice League Unlimited 

"The definition of success--To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded." - 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off." 
- Tyler Durden, Fight club

"It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful."
- W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)

"Do you remember how slowly the days passed when you were a child? Basic arithmetic reveals that for a two-year old, the next year will represent 33% of her life thus far, whereas for a 19-year old, the next year represents 5%, and for a 39 year-old, only 2.5%... More than anything else, the young child's perceptions influence how she experiences life. She has few markers that delineate the passage of time..] [..Your life is a bit more complicated, and is related increasingly to how society has become more complex. If you continually feel pressured, don't take it personally. You are experiencing the same dilemma as millions of other people, and you are part of the most time-pressed society of over-information and communication in history"
- Jeff Davidson (http://www.breathingspace.com/)

"Because I do it with one small ship, I am called a terrorist. You do it with a whole fleet and are called an emperor."
-A pirate, from St. Augustine's "City of God"