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Postby DarkLink » Fri May 09, 2008 1:34 pm

Oscar Wilde is also famous for his aphorisms and witticism so I chose him as my favourite author of quotes. Here are some written after The Picture Of Dorian Gray:

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

The supreme vice is shallowness.
Whispering my given name.
Unfurls the fingers of flame.
Nameless sons and daughters of sin.
Step forward when you hear the bells ring.
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Postby J1 » Tue May 20, 2008 9:10 am

Ezzi Lunara wrote:"We can`t solve the problems created by ourselves by using the same thinking what created the problems" Albert Einstein


He's a great source of quotes. One of my faves by Einstein:

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

"Inventions has reached their limits a long time ago and I do not see any hope of developement in the future" Julius Sextus Frontinus, A.D. 10 (a Roman engeneer) :D

The more modern counterpart to that:

"640K of memory should be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates

(although to be fair, apparently he never actually said this)
"We have art that we do not die of the truth"
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Postby Lycaon » Thu May 22, 2008 12:39 am

"You own a 100.000 forks but you need a spoon"
(Can't remember who I'm quoting.)

"In the long run we are all dead"
(Keynes)

"Haben Sie Feur? Dann können wir ficken!"
(Only funny if you understand Dutch and German, but still)

"A liar should have a good memory"
(Quintilian)

"Supergosse adore le jus d'orange"
(never left my mind after one of my first French classes.)

": Shut the door!
: Je t'aime aussi!"
( Speaking of French)

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the god"
(Albert Einstein)

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything"
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

"The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others"
(Nietzsche as well)

And many more...
"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."
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Postby DarkLink » Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:04 pm

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Postby Larth » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:42 pm

"May you live in interesting times" (ancient Chinese curse)

I love it.. it's so malevolent, yet subtle. :whip:
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Postby Danhod » Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:41 pm

God saved me from drowning, Then kicked me to death on the beach - John Balance
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Postby muskurov » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:36 pm

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”
Jack Welch
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Postby Danhod » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:16 am

Heinrich Heine has some very 8) quotes

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/autho ... heine.html

'I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom'
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Postby muskurov » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:46 pm

Sleep, those little slices of death; Oh how I loathe them.

Edgar Allan Poe
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Postby Lycaon » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:49 am

'Wer nicht von dreitausend Jahren sich weiss Rechenschaft zu geben, bleib im Dunkeln unerfahren, mag von Tag zu Tage leben.'

- Goethe
"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man."
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Postby Lycaon » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:18 am

Apologies for not thinking of translating it to English.

Translation: He who does not know how to account for 3.000 years of history remains inexperienced in the dark, may live from day to day.
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Postby Lycaon » Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:56 am

That's understandable, quite a lot of the beauty of the thought is lost in translation.
What Goethe meant to say is that if you don't know anything about the history of life, the universe and everything, you will be unable to grasp the world you are living in and therefore unable to make well thought decisions and act according to them. 42, QED.
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Postby Lycaon » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:19 am

Happy to assist.

Truth be told, I'm not 100% positive I know enough history to be sure he is right. :|
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Postby Lycaon » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:38 am

I agree with you, history is vital to come to grip with the world around you.

It was just the paradoxical implication I found amusing: If legitime knowledge demands knowing the history books, while at the same you haven't read those (or not enough of them at least) the option arrises that when you do get to the point where you know enough of history and therefore know enough about the world, it appears Goethe's statement was wrong.

But most likely I'm getting too far off Goethe's original intentions with this theoretical blather.
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Postby Danhod » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:47 pm

The She-Wolf wrote:I'd simply say that he/she who doesn't know History is doomed to repeat it.

BTW, this new forum skin is awesome.


Yes, I don't remember the forum layout before ALODK, so I guess I'm doomed to repeat it haha :P
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Postby Lychfowel » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:30 pm

That Goethe quote reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite novel series, Steven Erikson's massively epic The Malazan Book of the Fallen:

Kallor said, 'I walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I have commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I have spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'
'Yes,' said Caladan Brood, 'you never learn.'
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Postby Danhod » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:34 pm

You better pick a better butter or the butter picked will not be better - Daniel Hodson
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Postby Danhod » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:43 pm

MySanityDoesFly wrote:
Danhod wrote:You better pick a better butter or the butter picked will not be better - Daniel Hodson


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Might I suggest one small amendment to this quote of awesome wisdom? It needs the word 'butter' right at the end.


Good suggestion! I will consider it when preaching it to strangers on the bus...
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Postby muskurov » Mon May 21, 2012 10:29 pm

"The young people think the old people are fools -- but the old people know the young people are fools."

Agatha Christie
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Postby muskurov » Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:38 pm

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

"The Art of War", Sun Tzu
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Postby UnAs » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:38 pm

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of!

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Postby muskurov » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:33 pm

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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Postby muskurov » Wed May 29, 2013 12:49 am

The limits of language are the limits of one's world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein
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Postby muskurov » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:21 pm

"illusion is the first of all pleasures"

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Postby Danhod » Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:18 pm

"It seems these days the weaker ones survive, what an awful way to find out you're alive" - Johnn Balance (From the song Amber Rain by COIL)
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Postby UnAs » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:46 pm

abbie wrote:"He who dares, wins"
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Postby muskurov » Mon May 04, 2015 11:12 am

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Ernest Rutherford :lol:
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Postby firebird » Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:14 pm

muskurov wrote:"All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Ernest Rutherford :lol:

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Postby DarkFlyer » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:15 am

"This is a prison not a hotel" - Chavoret Jaruboon, the former executioner and later deputy director responsible for foreign prisoners in Bang Kwang.
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Postby firebird » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:48 pm

“The variety of patterns, the organisation and arrangement and the colourful order of tissues will inspire everyone who is not of numb sense.”

What a sentence found in a merely technical Guide for an anatomy lab.
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