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Quotes - June 2017

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Quotes - June 2017

Alexei Muravsky

“Many of you have in your veins German and Italian blood. But remember that these ancestors of yours so loved freedom that they gave up home and country to cross the ocean in search of liberty. The ancestors of the people we shall kill lacked the courage to make such a sacrifice and remained slaves."

- George S. Patton


“And he said ‘Wardour’, which was his motto – ‘who dares, wins’.

- Behind Enemy Lines (2001), S1 E3


“In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.

Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.

Be the inferior of no man, or of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.

In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”

- William Saroyan, The Time Of Your Life


"Like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler, free yourself."

- Proverb 6:5


The Sick Kite

A Kite who had been ill for a long time begged of his mother to go to all the temples in the country, and see what prayers and promises could do for his recovery. The old kite replied, ‘My son, unless you can think of an altar that neither of us has robbed, I fear that nothing can be done for you in that way.’”

Be in health what you wish to be when you are ill.

- Aesop, Aesop’s Fables with Illustrations by Ernest Griset


“‘Ah!’ said the old lady, ‘painters always make ladies out prettier than they are, or they wouldn’t get any custom, child. The man that invented the machine for taking liknesses might have known that would never succeed; it’s a deal too honest. A deal,’ said the old lady, laughing very heartily at her own acuteness.”

- Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist


“Because we do most things relying only on our own sagacity we become self-interested, turn our backs on reason, and things do not turn out well. As seen by other people this is sordid, weak, narrow, and inefficient. When one is not capable of true intelligence, it is good to consult with someone of good sense. An advisor will fulfill the Way when he makes a decision by selfless and frank intelligence because he is not personally involved. This way of doing things will certainly be seen by others as being strongly rooted. It is, for example, like a large tree with many roots. One man’s intelligence is like a tree that has been simply stuck in the ground.”

- Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure


“Nature takes substance and makes a horse. Like a sculptor with wax. And then it melts it down and uses the material for a tree. Then for a person. Then for something else. Each existing only briefly. It does the container no harm to be put together, and none to be taken apart.”

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


“If the white men did not introduce Indians to war, their introduction of firearms certaintly transformed Indian fighting methods and, in the end, undermined most of the traditional bases of native warfare. At first sight, Champlain’s arquebus was a poor alternative to the bow and arrow. Muskets were heavy, slow to load, highly inaccurate, and useless in wet weather. What they could do was kill, and even a wound from a lead musket-ball was likely to lead to fatal infection. At once, Indians wanted the new weapons and, when the French refused to sell firearms, Dutch traders on the Hudson River had no such scruples. Anyone who has ever tried to skin a rabbit with a stone knife or to boil water in a clay pot will understand why Indians would sacrifice a great deal for European goods and nothing commanded a higher price in raw pelts than a musket. Once acquired, the musket kept the Indian dependent on the trader for supplies of powder and shot and for repairs which could only be tackled by a well-trained blacksmith.”

- Desmond Morton, A Military History of Canada: From Champlain to the Gulf War


“Great art so often does this, offering expiation and transcendence all at the once. As an art form, Rap is defined, like the Toasts before it, by a set of formal qualities, an iconoclastic spirit, and a virtuosic sense of wordplay. It extends the long-standing practice in the African American oral tradition of language games. Simply put, Rap is a contemporary form of signifying… Like all art – vernacular or high art – it took the familiar and made it unfamiliar again. Rap’s signature characteristic is the parody and pastiche of its lyrics, including “sampling,” which is just another word for intertexuality. Rap is the art form par excellence of synthesis and recombination… Rap is, in other words, a multifarious, multifaceted tradition imbedded within an African American oral culture that itself shares in the rich history of human expression across the ages.”

- Henry Louis Gates Jr., Edited by Adam Bradley & Andrew DuBois, The Anthology of Rap, Forward


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