16 June 2013

Some favourite quotes

As facebook further and further buries their Favourite Quotes section in my user profile, I need a better place to house my favourite quotes. Here seems as good a place as any.

"That ball of shiny blue houses everybody anybody ever knew." -- Cmdr. Chris Hadfield "Is Somebody Singing"

“Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are.” -- Felix Baumgartner

"something is the more natural state than nothing"
-- Victor Stenger, Physicist at University of Colorado

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go.” -- Dr. Seuss

“It’s like men are vegetable soup. You can’t put them on a plate or eat them off the counter. So women are the pot. They heat them up. They hold them. They contain them. But who wants to be a pot? Who the hell said we’re not soup?” – Joyce Ramsay

"I've learned that when relationships are built, the most unlikely people say 'yes'. I try and approach everything I do with an open heart and a playful spirit. I strive to have the courage to be an explorer on my own adventure. There have been stormy seas and there will be more stormy seas, but they only make the smooth sailing that much sweeter." 
- Fay Wilkinson, Fleming College Spring 2011 Convocation

“When we grab you by the ankles
Where our mark is to be made
you’ll soon be doing noble work
Although you won’t be paid
When we drive away in secret
You’ll be a volunteer
So don’t scream where we take you;
The world is quiet here.”
- VFD slogan from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

"To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish." Howard Moskowitz (as quoted by Malcolm Gladwell in his TED Talk)

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here." -- Richard Dawkins 'Unweaving the Rainbow'

"Recent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step which must be taken for the protection of the person, and for securing to the individual what Judge Cooley calls the right 'to be let alone.' Instantaneous photographs and newspaper enterprise have invaded the sacred precincts of private and domestic life; and numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that 'what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed form the house-tops.'" -- Samuel D. Warren, Louis D. Brandeis. 1890. Harvard Law Review. Vol IV No. 5.

"Ice cream is like Life: cold and brief and terrifying." Lemony Snicket.

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