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Post  sil on Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:56 am

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  eddie on Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:10 am

Quotes of the Duke of Wellington:


The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.


Educate people without religion and you make them but clever devils.


The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.


I used to say of him [Napoleon] that his presence on the field made the difference of forty thousand men.


I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me.


Nothing except a battle lost can be half as melancholy as a battle won.


The whole art of war consists in getting at what is on the other side of the hill.


All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavor to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guessing what was at the other side of the hill.'


It has been a damned serious business - Blücher and I have lost 30,000 men. It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life...By God! I don't think it would have done if I had not been there.


Yes, and they went down very well too.
- A retort to a comment on how very well French cavalry had come up at Waterloo.


Up, Guards, and at 'em.

It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.


I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
- Of the British Parliament.


My rule always was to do the business of the day in the day.


The only thing I am afraid of is fear.


People talk of their enlisting from their fine military feeling - all stuff - no such thing. Some of our men enlist from having got bastard children -- some for minor offences -- many more for drink.


Hard pounding, gentlemen. Let's see who pounds the longest.


Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.


We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.


As Lord Chesterfield said of the generals of his day, 'I only hope that when the enemy reads the list of their names, he trembles as I do.'"


The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.
- attributed to Wellington, but doubtful.


Ours (our army) is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.


Publish and be damned.
- Replying to a blackmail threat.


My Lord,
If I attempted to answer the mass of futile correspondence which surrounds me, I should be debarred from the serious business of campaigning...
So long as I retain an independent position, I shall see no officer under my command is debarred by attending to the futile driveling of mere quill-driving from attending to his first duty, which is and always has been to train the private men under his command that they may without question beat any force opposed to them in the field.
- To the Secretary of State for War during the Peninsular Campaign


I mistrust the judgement of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.


Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.


Being born in a stable does not make one a horse
- A retort to being called Irish.


It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life, by God!


Another Side to the Iron Duke

The Duke once met a little boy, crying by the road. "Come now, that's no way for a young gentleman to behave. What's the matter?" he asked.
"I have to go away to school tomorrow," sobbed the child, "and I'm worried about my pet toad. There's no-one else to care for it and I shan't know how it is."
Keen to ease the little chap's discomfort, the Duke promised to attend to the matter personally.
After the boy had been at school for just over a week, he received a note: "Field Marshall the Duke of Wellington presents his compliments to Master ---- and has the pleasure to inform him that his toad is well."

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  Guest on Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:35 pm

"Then, in the afternoon, he purified himself in the waters of the river, worshipped the planetary gods, uttered the lawful syllables of a powerful name and slept. Almost immediately, he dreamt of a beating heart."

- Jorge Luis Borges, "The Circular Ruins" (trans. James E. Irby)

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Post  Guest on Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:49 pm

"So you light a dog-end smoke, and you're laughing as you choke, and you give the wheel of fortune one more spin."

- Firewater, "Bourbon and Division"

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Post  Dick Fitzwell on Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:47 am

"They don't think it be like it is, but it do." -Oscar Gamble

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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:25 am

pinhedz wrote:Somehow we ended up with two "Favorite Quotes" threads. scratch

http://acrosstheuniverse.forummotion.com/t73-favorite-quotes?highlight=quotes

...and you posted both

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Post  Guest on Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:35 am

What did Mishima mean here when he said "another form of expression"?

All my life I have been acutely aware of a contradiction in the very nature of my existence. For forty-five years I struggled to resolve this dilemma by writing plays and novels. The more I wrote, the more I realized mere words were not enough. So I found another form of expression.

He was an actor also, right? But he didn't need forty five years to be one. So what is he referring to?

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Post  Guest on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:20 pm

pinhedz wrote:"If it is not possible, make it possible."
-- Svetlana

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sounds like the things my mother says affraid

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Post  Guest on Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:37 am

My mother doesn't say that... but she might think it

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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:10 am

"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. "
~Mae West


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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:33 pm

"The Pinz likes it duplicated."

-- asdf (ungraciously)

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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:45 am

I've just read this one

“Time is the best author. It always writes the perfect ending.”

Charles Chaplin

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Post  Guest on Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:11 am

I see my cousin just posted this on his facebook wall:

"Every person that passes through our life is unique. Always leaves something from his own and takes something from us. Some may take a lot, but we won't find anyone that is not going to leave us something. This is the biggest responsibility of our lives and the obvious proof that two souls never find each other by chance."

- Jorge Luis Borges

(You can read the whole thing here: http://teacherjavi.blogspot.com/2008/05/tree-of-friends-jorge-luis-borges.html)

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Post  Guest on Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:12 pm

"El cielo está dentro de uno
y está el infierno también...
el alma escribe sus libros
pero ninguno los lee"

("Heaven is within oneself
and so is hell...
the soul writes its own books
but nobody read them")

- Atahualpa Yupanqui

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Post  eddie on Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:21 pm

"Love is a great punishment for desire."

(Irish novelist Anne Enright)
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Post  Constance on Tue May 22, 2012 11:03 pm

pinhedz wrote:"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell the truth."

--Oscar Wilde


This might explain why people will divulge things on discussion fora that they won't tell their friends and families.

Elisabeth had to do a project for English called "About Myself." On the cover with her photograph she put the
Wilde quotation, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."
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Post  Guest on Tue May 22, 2012 11:15 pm

...^... Very Happy

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Post  senorita on Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:34 am

"Maybe the dingo ate your baby"







It's what happens when you don't build a dingo fence


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Post  blue moon on Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:59 am

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Post  blue moon on Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:02 am

I can remember wondering as a child if I were a young Macaulay or Ruskin and secretly deciding that I was. My infant mind even was bitter with those who insisted on regarding me as a normal child and not as a prodigy.

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Post  senorita on Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:54 pm

"Parting is such sorrow..."

By the Man.

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Post  nombre de otro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:49 am

blue moon wrote:I can remember wondering as a child if I were a young Macaulay or Ruskin and secretly deciding that I was. My infant mind even was bitter with those who insisted on regarding me as a normal child and not as a prodigy.

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but who he decided, Macaulay or Ruskin?

and why did he change his name?
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Post  blue moon on Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:02 pm

otro nombre wrote:
blue moon wrote:I can remember wondering as a child if I were a young Macaulay or Ruskin and secretly deciding that I was. My infant mind even was bitter with those who insisted on regarding me as a normal child and not as a prodigy.

Barbellion
but who he decided, Macaulay or Ruskin?

and why did he change his name?
Ah...who knows what he decided.
Poor eggo has the same dilemma!

'Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion was the nom-de-plume of Bruce Frederick Cummings (7 September 1889 – 22 October 1919), an English diarist who was responsible for The Journal of a Disappointed Man. Ronald Blythe called it "among the most moving diaries ever created" '

That's just such a great name for a diary.

He had an interesting life...but a sad one.

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From wiki:

Early life and education
Cummings was born in Barnstaple in 1889. He was a naturalist at heart and ended up working at the British Museum's department of Natural History in London. Having begun his journal at the age of thirteen, Cummings continued to record his observations there - gradually moving from dry scientific notes to a more personal, literary style. His literary ambitions changed course in 1914 upon reading the journal of the Russian painter Marie Bashkirtseff, in whom he recognised a kindred spirit (see the 14 October 1914 entry of his Journal); in his 15 January 1915 entry he indicated that he intended to prepare his Journal for publication: "Then all in God’s good time I intend getting a volume ready for publication."

Army rejection
Cummings' life changed forever when he was called to enlist in the British Army to fight in World War I in November 1915. He had consulted his doctor before taking the regulation medical prior to enlisting, and his doctor had given him a sealed, confidential letter to present to the medical officer at the recruitment centre. Cummings did not know what was contained in the letter, but in the event it was not needed; the medical officer rejected Cummings as unfit for active duty after the most cursory of medical examinations. Hurt, Cummings decided to open the letter on his way back home to see what had been inside, and was staggered to learn that his doctor had diagnosed him as suffering from the disease now known as multiple sclerosis, and that he almost certainly had less than five years to live.

The news changed Cummings profoundly, and his journal became much more intense and personal as a result. He had married shortly before discovering his illness, and had a daughter, Penelope, in October 1916, but was later moved to discover that his prospective wife, Eleanor, had been informed of his condition long before he himself knew his fate, and his efforts to spare the feelings of his family had been in vain since they had known his condition even before he had.

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Post  this and that on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:29 am

pinhedz wrote:"If it is not possible, make it possible."
-- Svetlana

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I don't know where it comes from but here I've heard people say "what cannot be cannot be and furthermore it's impossible"

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