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Post by Ivan on Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:50 pm

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"The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending - and to have the two as close together as possible."
George Burns

“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
Bertrand Russell

"Money can't buy you happiness... but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery."
Spike Milligan

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Richard Dawkins

"Civil disobedience is not our problem, our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war and millions have been killed because of this obedience...Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves while the grand thieves are running the world. That’s our problem."
Howard Zinn

“There is in every village a torch - the teacher: and an extinguisher - the clergyman.”
Victor Hugo


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Re: Favourite quotations

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:17 pm

"I'm £50 away from getting free shipping which is worth £5, and what I want is £12, so I need to spend £38 more to save money."

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Re: Favourite quotations

Post by Ivan on Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:56 pm

It's probably reasonable to assume that Shakespeare encountered people like Donald Trump and Nigel Farage.....


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Post by oftenwrong on Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:40 am

An even earlier version:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1
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Post by Ivan on Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:15 pm

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Post by oftenwrong on Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:06 pm

"Politics is something we have done to us - like having a tooth out."
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Post by oftenwrong on Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:40 pm

Said about an earlier incarnation: "She has the eyes of Caligula but the mouth of Marilyn Monroe." French President Francois Mitterrand

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Post by Ivan on Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:13 pm

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Post by boatlady on Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:00 pm

nice to see Naomi Klein being interviewed on TV - a voice of sanity and somehow it seems to have slightly more weight when someone from outside says these things
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Post by Ivan on Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:58 pm

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Post by Ivan on Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:59 pm

"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of."
Confucius
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Post by boatlady on Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:09 pm

very wise saying there by Confucius - hadn't come across that one
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Re: Favourite quotations

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:20 pm

Nye Bevan habitually referred to members of the Tory Party as "vermin".
Like vintage wine, some quotations improve with time.
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