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Re: Favorite quotes

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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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:52 pm

Meryl Streep -- "Do you have red wine by the glass?"

Elizabeth Shue -- "Do you like red wine?"

Meryl Streep -- "Yes."

Elizabeth Shue -- "Then you better have the white." silent

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:28 am

"Yes, I know that Alexander Macedonsky was a great military commander, but that's no reason to break classroom furniture."
-- Nikolai Gogol' (The Inspector General)

[It's funnier in context ]

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:06 am

It was “a real potato epic.”

-- Olga Tuktareva

Laughing

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  woo on Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:09 pm

pinhedz wrote:It was “a real potato epic.”

-- Olga Tuktareva

Laughing

Is that also funnier in context?


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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:20 pm

woo wrote:Is that also funnier in context?
Clearly you don't follow the Olga Tuktareva thread. Rolling Eyes

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  woo on Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:24 pm

pinhedz wrote:
woo wrote:Is that also funnier in context?
Clearly you don't follow the Olga Tuktareva thread. Rolling Eyes

Is that that Japanese dude who sings all them Bob Dylan songs? No, don't follow it.

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:30 pm

Olga is a she--not a he. Rolling Eyes

" ... as always my babushki took some food for the trip, including boiled potatoes. On the way to Moscow they were eating their potatoes. After the shooting they were taken to the hotel. They decided to have a snack in the restaurant. Each of them took 100 rubles. They were given the menu, said Galina Nikolaevna, and they saw "soup - 400 rubles.” We continued looking though the menu and there were so many zeros that was hard to understand how much it was. We reached the last page and asked if they had some boiled potatoes? The waiter said, it cost 50 rubles. “And what about some tea?” - babushki asked. It was 50 rubles too. They ordered. They were waiting for 10 or 20 minutes. "Did they forget about us?!" they wondered. Finally the waiter brought the potatoes and tea and asked just 50 rubles. They got full but potatoes were still on the plates. Not thinking much, they took napkins and wrapped potatoes. We ate that potatoes on the way back, says Nadya ... "

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:09 am

"I'm told not to shout, I'm told not to drink coffee, I'm told not to drink alcohol ... there isn't much left."

--Susan Boyle

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Re: Favorite quotes

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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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  u on Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:45 pm

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:03 pm

soʎnʇ sol ʎ sǝıʇuɐd sıɯ wrote:
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"
It was Mr. Scott who said: "Captain, I canae change the laws of physics! I've got to have 30 minutes!"

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  woo on Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:30 pm

"For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."


"I reckon," said the professor.

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:01 am

"Zombie apocalypse deniers are the first ones zombies prey on."

-- Wiley (Non Sequiter)

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:31 am

"This vital-signs monitor is way too bulky and complicated for what it does--I want to see 5 alternative designs tomorrow morning."

-- Steve Jobs

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:02 pm

"The first person I saw when I got off the train was a funny little black boy, and I have seen plenty of them since. Some of the girls here at the hall are colored. It seems queer enough to me to see these quaint figures I have read so much about."

-- Frances Densmore (arriving in Cleveland from Minnesota)

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:47 am

How often do we open the newspaper and find a great insight? Not often, I find.

" … we spend great volumes of time making ourselves look silly on purpose so as never to be accused of looking silly by mistake." -- Alexandra Petri

Ain't it the truth? But I suppose it's just like saying that if you're trying to be cool, that just means you're not. geek

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Post  this and that on Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:56 pm

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Re: Favorite quotes

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:33 am

"This whole imbroglio is epiphenomenal."

-- Razz Razz Razz

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  pinhedz on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:45 am

Mr. Howell -- "I'll give you diamonds, gold and jewels, nylons and chocolate ..." Very Happy

Mrs. Howell -- "Nylons and chocolate?" Shocked Suspect

Mr. Howell -- "Oops ... I was thinking about Europe during The War." silent

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:34 pm

"I am not a prude, I am just highly selective. You know how particular I am about my shoes--and they only go on my feet!" bounce

-- Cher in "Clueless"

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:27 am

What we have here is scientific consensus (or maybe it was "near consensus") as of 1919, published by the Yale University Press and simultaneously by the Oxford University Press.

There were, of course, a few wacko fringe groups (aka "deniers") that did not buy into the consensus view at the time:

VOLUME I, THE CHRONICLES OF AMERICA SERIES
Yale University Press, 1919

"The Indian, the European, and the Negro apparently differ not only in outward appearance but in the much more important matter of mentality. According to Brinton [1], the average brain capacity of Parisians, including adults of both sexes, is 1448 cubic centimeters. That of the American Indian is 1376, and that of the Negro is 1344 cubic centimeters. With this difference in size, there appears to be a corresponding difference in function. Thus far not enough tests have been made upon Indians to enable us to draw reliable conclusions. The Negro, however, has been tested on an extensive scale. The results seem to leave little doubt that there are real and measurable differences in the mental powers of races, just as we know to be the case among individuals. The matter is so important that we may well dwell on it a moment before turning to the cause of the differences in the three streams of American immigrants. If there is a measurable difference between the inherent brain power of the white race and the black, it is practically certain that there are also measurable differences between the white and the red."

[1] D.G. Brinton, The American Race

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Re: Favorite quotes

Post  usеro on Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:19 am

you trying to give credit to your climate change thread? Razz

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