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Quotes

 

 

Sometimes I stumble across quotes here and there I think are worthy of being shared. I find most of them through music, however, my studies in Philosophy (however small and seemingly insignificant) exposes me to new, thought-provoking quotes (and the ideas that come with them) every now and again. Below you'll find the beginnings of my quotes collection, which I'm sure I'll add more and more to as time goes by.

 

For continuance (and because I imagine this page is going to only get bigger!) I've made a small index at the top of this page.

People and subjects are separated for easier surfing, however, my last survey of 5 people on how effective this index is was split 50/50.

 

 

Philosophers

Friedrich Nietzsche

Albert Einstein

Plato

Diogenes

 

Writers

Oscar Wilde

Stephen King

Douglas Adams

William Shakespeare

 

Mixed Nuts

 

Musicians

Jethro Tull

Chris de Burgh

Meat Loaf

Mixed Musicians

 



Philosophers



Friedrich Nietzsche "In heaven all the interesting people are missing."

"The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad."

"God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him."

"Without music, life would be a mistake."

"Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."

Mr. Freidrich Nietzsche

Albert Einstein

"Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy."

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world."

"I believe in [Baruch] Spinoza's God who reveals Himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings."

"No, this trick won't work... How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"


Plato

"Either death is a state of nothingness and utter unconsciousness, or, as men say, there is a change and migration of the soul from this world to another. ...Now if death be of such a nature, I say that to die is to gain; for eternity is then only a single night."

"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet."

"Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils - no, nor the human race, as I believe - and then only will this our State have a possibility of life and behold the light of day."


Diogenes

"Of what use is a philosopher who does not hurt anyone's feelings?"

"I still have my lantern."

“Man is the most intelligent of the animals -- and the most silly.”

“Blushing is the color of virtue.”

“Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.”



Writers



Oscar Wilde

"A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her."

"There is no sin except stupidity."

"A simile committing suicide is always a depressing spectacle."

"Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best."

"Either that wallpaper goes, or I do." (Wilde's dying words)


Stephen King

"When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why God? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, "There's just something about you that pisses me off"."

"People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk."

"Hearts can break. Yes. Hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don't."

"Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty."


Douglas Adams

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

"Mozart tells us what it's like to be human, Beethoven tells us what it's like to be Beethoven and Bach tells us what it's like to be the universe."

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Macbeth -

"I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none."

"I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er."

"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
      Open, locks,
      Whoever knocks!"

- Hamlet -

"Frailty, thy name is woman!"

"I am thy father’s spirit,
Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night,
And for the day confin’d to fast in fires..."

"I could be bounded in a nutshell, and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."

- Much Ado About Nothing -

"What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?"

"She speaks poignards and every word stabs."

- The Taming of the Shrew -

"You are called plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom
Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate,
Take this of me, Kate of my consolation."

"Kiss me Kate, we will be married o' Sunday."

- Henry V -

"O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention!
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act,
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!"

- Mid-Summer Night's Dream -

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact"

- Twelfth Night -

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

"When that I was and a little tiny boy,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain;
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day."


 



Mixed Nuts



Erik, in Susan Kay's novel 'Phantom'

"None of us can choose where we will love."

 


Susan Ertz

"Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."


Chris Rand

"...and if we're REAL good, we can go on tour!"

 


 

Mikhail Gorbachev


"To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals."

 


 

Annie Dillard

 

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

 


 

Robert Heinlein

 

"Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous."

 



Musicians



Jethro Tull

A piece of the Aqualung Album Insert

 


 

"Hello you straight-laced lady,
dressed in white but your shoes aren't clean.
Painted them up with polish
in the hope we can't see where you've been."

 

"Sossity; You're A Woman"

 


 

"On Preston platform
do your soft shoe shuffle dance.
Brush away the cigarette ash that's
falling down your pants.
And you sadly wonder
does the nurse treat your old man
the way she should.
She made you tea,
asked for your autograph --
what a laugh."

 

 "Cheap Day Return."

 


 

"Really don't mind if you sit this one out.
My words but a whisper  your deafness a SHOUT.
I may make you feel but I can't make you think.
Your sperm's in the gutter  your love's in the sink...
 

Spin me back down the years and the days of my youth.
Draw the lace and black curtains and shut out the whole truth.
Spin me down the long ages: let them sing the song...

 

So you ride yourselves over the fields
and you make all your animal deals
and your wise men don't know how it feels
to be thick... as a brick."

 

"Thick As A Brick"

 

 [this is perhaps the most elaborate and extensive song I have EVER heard in my life. I recommend it to anyone who can sit through the 44 minutes and ENJOY it. Should I ever have to choose what I believe to be the greatest rock song ever made... I believe Thick As A Brick would be it :) ]


Chris de Burgh

"And then the Lord he called for one more card,
but he drew the diamond eight,
And the Devil said to the son of God,
"I believe you've got it straight,
So deal me one for the time has come
to see who'll be the king of this place,
But as he spoke, from beneath his cloak,
he slipped another ace..."

"Spanish Train"

[In my opinion, one of Chris' best songs, and overall "Spanish Train and Other Stories" is his best album. Spanish Train is hauntingly beautiful, and sounds so when sung by anyone other than Chris Rand and myself, especially when in a Grade 10 English class. :D]

 


"Oh they came for him one morning at the breaking of the day,
She woke to hear him calling as they carried him away,
Accusing him of spreading lies and hate,
His public meetings were a danger to the state,
Some soldier said 'Who was he anyway?'"

"Just Another Poor Boy"

 


 
Meat Loaf

{Boy:] On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
[Girl:] Will he offer me his mouth?
[Boy:] Yes.
[Girl:] Will he offer me his teeth?
[Boy:] Yes.
[Girl:] Will he offer me his jaws?
[Boy:] Yes.
[Girl:] Will he offer me his hunger?
[Boy:] Yes.
[Girl:] Again, will he offer me his hunger?
[Boy:] Yes!
[Girl:] And does he love me?
[Boy:] Yes.
[Girl:] Yes.
[Boy:] On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
[Girl:] Yes.
[Boy:] I bet you say that to all the boys.

"You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)"


“What about love?
It's Defective!
It's always breaking in half

What about sex?
It's Defective!
It's never built to really last

What about family?
It's Defective!
All the batteries are shot

What about friends?
They're Defective!
All the parts are out of stock

What about hope?
It's Defective!
It's corroded and decayed

Waht about faith?
It's Defective!
It's tattered and it's frayed

What about your Gods?
They're Defective!
They forgot the warranty

What about your town?
It's Defective!
It's a dead end street to me

What about your school?
It's Defective!
It's a pack of useless lies

What about your work?
It's Defective!
It's a crock and then you die

What about your childhood?
It's Defective!
It's dead and buried in the past”

“Life Is A Lemon (And I Want My Money Back)”

 




Mixed Musicians

or

 "Artists that don't have enough to have their own section."



“His eyes upon your face
His hand upon your hand
His lips caress your skin
It's more than I can stand”

Ewan McGregor - "El Tango de Roxanne" (from Moulin Rouge)


 

'The greatest thing
You'll ever learn
Is just to love...

and be loved in return'"

David Bowie - "Nature Boy"


 

“I’m a thief, I’m a liar

There’s my church, I sing in the choir.”

 

Pearl Jam - “Do the Evolution”

 


 

"Nobody loves no one"

 

Chris Isaak - "Wicked Games"

 


 

Soldier: I have lost my leg, by God!

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington: : By God, and have you!

 

 



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