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Quotes - July 2015

Alexei Muravsky

 
His [John D. Rockefeller, Jr.] decision at this point reflected the same practical sense shown earlier when, complimented by Fosdick on his courage, he replied: “Often a man gets into a situation where there’s just one thing to do. There is no alternative. He wants to run, but there is no place to run to. So he goes ahead on the only course that’s open and people call it courage.” With no place to run to, he would use his immense resources to build his own commercial development.
— Peter Collier & David Horowitz, The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty

The man who is right is a majority.
— Frederick Douglass

 
We live in an environment that is in many ways safer and more stable than that inhabited by our ancestors. Paradoxically, therefore, we suffer from a relative scarcity of critical events that would allow us to accurately assess those who are deeply engaged in our welfare and discriminate them from our fair-weather friends. It is possible that the loneliness and sense of alienation that many feel in modern living – a lack of a feeling of deep social connectedness despite the presence of many warm and friendly interactions – might stem from the lack of critical assessment events that tell us who is deeply engaged in our welfare.
— Dr. David Buss, Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind 4th Edition

I think ambition is a tunnel that you run through that doesn’t end; I think it will always provide new things…
— 50 Cent, Dec. 2011 WSJ Interview

The only way to get smarter is by playing a smarter opponent.
— Fundamentals of Chess 1883, Quote found: Revolver (2005)

We don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way! Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements!
— Peter Gibbons, Office Space (1999)

So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that? And here ya are, and it’s a beautiful day. Well, I just don’t understand it.
— Marge Gunderson, Fargo (1996)

Drainage! Drainage, Eli! Drained dry, you boy! If you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake and I have a straw and my straw reaches across the room and starts to drink your milkshake. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!
— Daniel Plainview, There Will Be Blood (2007)

 
 
 
Johnny Quid: You see that pack of Virginia killing sticks on the end of the piano?

Pete: Yes.

Johnny Quid: All you need to know about life is retained in those four walls. You will notice that one of your personalities is seduced by the illusions of grandeur: the gold packet of king-size with a regal insignia, an attractive implication towards glamour and wealth, the subtle suggestion that cigarettes are indeed your royal and loyal friends - and that, Pete, is a lie. Your other personality is trying to draw your attention to the flip side of the discussion: written in boring bold black and white, it’s a statement that these neat little soldiers of death are in fact trying to kill you - and that, Pete, is the truth. Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I’m addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which starts bitter ends sweet. THAT is why you and I love the drugs and that is also why I cannot give that painting back. Now please, pass me a light.

Pete: Oh, you are something special, Mr. Johnny Quid.
— RocknRolla (2008)

Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.
— Batty, Blade Runner (1982)

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