Quote Me or Not  

intierzha 44M
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4/8/2006 5:45 pm

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Quote Me or Not

If you have poked around in this blog you might have noticed I do use a lot of quotations, and they are quite useful most of the time. In any event, since I do not really have anything pertinent to say today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite quotes from a variety of sources.

1.'The avalanche has already begun. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.' -- Kosh, Babylon 5

I still use this quote from my favorite TV show in some of my email sig files. A reminder that sometimes events are far beyond our control.

2.'Only the dead have seen the end of war.' -- Plato

I've used this to open a poem, just as Ridley Scott used it to open a movie and a couple of authors have to open books, illustrating the truth and power of Plato's wisdom in this regard.

3.'You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.' -- Leon Trotsky

A very astute assertion by one who probably understood the implications too well. I actually found the quote in a military history journal.

4.'To write history, one must be more than a man, for the keeper of this great justiciary must be free of all preoccupation of interest... or vanity.' -- Napoleon Bonaparte

Surprised? I was a little, but Napoleon was a very capable scholar before he went mad later in life and probably forgot this as he attempted to make history.

5.'For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness, and affability? And as time requireth a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes; and sometimes of sad gravity: a man for all seasons.' -- Robert Whittinton.

Another quote I use in a signature file. I am a big fan of the movie and play A Man for All Seasons, which is about Sir Thomas More's conflict with Henry VII.

6.'Inter Arma Silent Leges.'/'In times of war, all laws are silent.'

I am sure the source is much earlier, but I saw this in a book called All the Laws but One,a book on civil rights during wartime. A quote that is still tragically pertinent today.

7.'Poets are mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese' -- G.K. Chesterton

I just thought, as a poet, that this was pretty funny, and yes, I am still silent on the cheese issue.

Well, I should be going now and might continue this another time. I do have to run and hope everyone has a great evening and end of the weekend. And I shall leave you with one final quote that sums all of this up:

'I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.' -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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