Great quotes so far, but this one is my favourite.
“The truth is - we are the mice in the little test tube here and we are trying to determine who the scientist is studying us.
We are trying to understand the scientists, the higher beings, looking down and studying us.”
As quotations go, Khalil Gibran has a lot of deep words. He'll never be as sharp as Bill Shankly, but who could be? Gibran coined the lines, 'An eye
for an eye and the world will be blind.' Ignore the religious aspects, the essence is humanism...
These words are profound because they relate to every living person on the planet and all who ever lived...big words? Read on...
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
This is my first post on ATS, not sure if this has already been posted, but it's inspiring.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most
frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your
playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all
meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And
as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence
automatically liberates others.
By poet Marianne Williamson, quoted by Nelson Mandela in an inaugural speech
mine is my signature:"You must learn to understand understanding".
it is from a dream i once had about standing at the bottom of a 3 step staircase that lead to....well,i don't remember what ...i have been
learning from that quote for years,though.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common
defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America."
"Those who would relinquish liberty to gain security, deserve neither and will soon lose both."
"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then... they came for me... And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
"If you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you".
AND MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
"We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it,
everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of
confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations,
every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of
morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote
of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and
in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of
the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one
another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe,
are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity -- in all this vastness
-- there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It's been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I
might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant
image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish
that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." -Carl Sagan-
Thanks for creating this thread. It's nice to see a thread that doesn't include something about how the government is going to kill us all or about
pain and suffering. Your thread gave me a big lift today
Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have
a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and curse the Marines; you have that luxury. You have the luxury of not
knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives and that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you,
saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties you want me on that wall, you need me on that
wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use then as the backbone of a life trying to defend something. You use them as a punchline. I have
neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide and then
questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you," and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest that you pick up a
weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
He who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day.
The Story behind It: In August of 338 B.C., the Athenian orator and statesman Demosthenes was an infantryman at Chaeronea, where a great battle took
place between the Athenians and the Macedonians. The Macedonians were victorious, and 3,000 Athenians died. Demosthenes fled from the battlefield and
was subsequently censured because of his desertion. To anyone who later called him a coward, Demosthenes retorted, "The man who runs away may fight
again." From that line is derived the modern day version "He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day."
"An armed society is a polite society, manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life"
"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free
because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."
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