Saturday, April 5, 2014
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
Oscar Wilde 1884-1898
“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of it’s good fortune”
Theodore Roosevelt 1858 – 1919
“You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.”
“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.”
“There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom. ”
“To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.”
“Are you afraid of the good you might do?”
“Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves.”
“There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.”
“For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.”
“I was dying before you came into my life.”
“Whether true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and particularly on their destinies, as what they do.”
“Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions”
“A smile is the same as sunshine; it banishes winter from the human countenance.”
“Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy. ”“To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there."
“To lie a little is not possible: he who lies, lies the whole lie.”
“There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.”
Friday, April 4, 2014
“I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.”
“I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw — the sky. I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and said to myself, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am! Why can't I say that, Willy?”
“I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”
“Will you let me go for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?”
“See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I'm constantly lowering my ideals...”
“It's a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for a two week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. And still-that's how you build a future.”
By Arthur Miller-Playright
Actor, Anthony Hopkins, 76, talking about the film Noah in which he appears in:
"I'm not wise, I don't know anything. I'm like Plato or Socrates - I know nothing. And I'm happier that way.
I don't watch the news, I don't read stuff. They say there's controversy about the film - it's none of my business.
"People say 'What are you going to do next?' I say, I don't know, I'm going to have a cup of tea. I don't go on beyond today, I don't care. I'm indifferent to it.
People say, 'Are you excited about this film?' I say 'Hmm, yeah,' just to show some kind of enthusiasm.
But basically this is it, this is who I am. And I'm lucky to be here, I'm lucky they still employ me.
And I've had a great life, I've had a wonderful life, but I can't take any of it seriously.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
On social welfare recipients:
“There should be no question, in a free and fair society, of the forced redistribution of earned income to assist those who are, for whatever reason, negative contributors to society.
Imagine how you would feel if, instead of having to subsidise your work- free neighbour, you had to accept direct responsibility by talking him into your home and catering to all his needs. How long would you tolerate him hanging around your sitting room, eating your corn-flakes, and flicking around your Sky package?”
“They (the media) don’t regard paedophilia as a serious matter at all. If clerical abuse did not exist in the church, I greatly suspect that we would by now have a campaign to legalise paedophillia from these quarters.
Was it the case that the thrust for acceptance of paedophilia was stymied only by the emergence of the clerical abuse scandals in the Church, which the left saw as an opportunity to destroy the authority of the Church?”
On closing the Irish embassy in the Vatican because of their cover up of the sexual abuse of children:
“An opportunistic act of neurotic bigotry by militant atheists seeking to impose their myopic beliefs on the rest of us. The closure of the Irish Embassy in the Vatican is further evidence that we are now governed by the most bigoted, anti- religious administration in the history of the State.”
On secular education:
“ A ‘secular’ education sets out to produce citizens, consumers and functionaries rather than human beings animated with affection and curiosity. No longer will our children be told that they are Christ’s chosen ones, but instead the accidental offspring of the pointless oozing of primordial slime, units of meat and bone, existing for random junctures by bread and rules in a pointless, meaningless, and indifferent universe.”
They call this ‘rationalisism,’ but have no idea where it will lead. Like chimpanzees with hammers poised over the engine of a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, they gibber their stunted nonsense and set enthusiastically to work.”
Can anyone take this man serious bar himself; he even calls himself a journalist. Finally the Irish Times realised this and got rid of the the self professed bard. Phew! Free at last, free at last.
By Barry Clifford
Be not a braggart for if any work done be praise-worthy, others will sing your praises for you
The unwise man is awake all night worries over and again. When morning rises he is restless still, his burden as before.
Go you must. No guest shall stay in one place forever. Love will be lost if you sit too long at a friend’s fire.
Be your friend’s true friend. Return gift for gift. Repay laughter with laughter again, but repay betrayal with treachery
Moderately wise a man should be, not too crafty or clever. A learned man’s heart whose learning is too deep seldom sings with joy
A farm of your own is better, even if small for everyone’s someone at home. Though he has two goats and a coarsely roofed house it is still better than begging.
A lying tongue had bereft him of living and life, and all without reason or right
Deceit sleeps with greed
Even three words of quarreling you shouldn’t have with an inferior
The coward thinks he will live forever if he keeps away from fighting; but old age won’t grant him a truce even if the spears do.
Tell never an evil man if misfortunes thee befall
Wake early if you want another man’s life or land. No lamb for the lazy wolf, no battle won in bed.