Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sydney Pollack: Quote for May 31, 2008

I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Pogue Colonel: Quote for May 30, 2008

Son, all I've ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It's a hardball world, son. We've gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.
from: Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Bruce Boa acted as Pogue Colonel

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Robert Anton Wilson: Quote for May 29, 2008

Taking somebody's money without permission is stealing, unless you work for the IRS; then it's taxation. Killing people en masse is homicidal mania, unless you work for the Army; then it's National Defense. Spying on your neighbors is invasion of privacy, unless you work for the FBI; then it's National Security. Running a whorehouse makes you a pimp and poisoning people makes you a murderer, unless you work for the CIA; then it's counter-intelligence.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Quote for May 28, 2008

Be of good cheer. If science teaches us anything, it teaches us to accept our failures, as well as our successes, with quiet dignity and grace.
from: Young Frankenstein (1974)
Gene Wilder acted as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rod Serling: Quote for May 27, 2008

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs, and explosions, and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, ideas, prejudices, to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy. A thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all it's own for the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things can not be confined to the Twilight Zone.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Barak Obama: Quote for May 26, 2008, Memorial Day

And if there is a veteran, today on Memorial Day, that is wandering around this state, or my state, or any other state foraging for food, homeless, because we didn't provide them the services they deserved after they served us so nobly; that diminishes all of our patriotism.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Frederick Engels: Quote for May 25, 2008

The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of all countries...unite!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ayn Rand: Quote for May 24, 2008

My morality is based on man's life as a standard of value. And since man's mind is his basic means of survival, I hold that if man wants to live on earth, and to live as a human being, he has to hold reason as an absolute. And which I mean, that he has to hold reason as his only guide to action and that he must live by the independent judgment of his own mind. That his highest moral purpose is the achievement of his own happiness. And that he must not force other people nor accept their right to force him, that each man must live as an end in himself and follow his rational self interest.
from: Interview with Mike Wallace (1959)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Adolf Hitler: Quote for May 23, 2008

Here again the Catholic Church has a lesson to teach us. Though sometimes, and often quite unnecessarily, its dogmatic system is in conflict with the exact sciences and with scientific discoveries, it is not disposed to sacrifice a syllable of its teachings. It has rightly recognized that its powers of resistance would be weakened by introducing greater or less doctrinal adaptations to meet the temporary conclusions of science, which in reality are always vacillating. And thus it holds fast to its fixed and established dogmas which alone can give to the whole system the character of a faith. And that is the reason why it stands firmer today than ever before. We may prophesy that, as a fixed pole amid fleeting phenomena, it will continue to attract increasing numbers of people who will be blindly attached to it the more rapid the rhythm of changing phenomena around it.
from: Mein Kampf Volume 2 Chapter 5 (1926)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Carl Denham: Quote for May 22, 2008

Oh no, it wasn't the airplanes, it was beauty (that) killed the beast!
from: King Kong (1933)
Robert Armstrong acted as Carl Denham

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

W. Clement Stone: Quote for May 21, 2008

You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paul Baumer: Quote for May 20, 2008

You still think it's beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don't you. We used to think you knew, but the first bombardment taught us better. It's dirty and painful to die for your country. When it comes to dying for your country, it's better not to die at all! There are millions out there dying for their countries. And what good does it do us?
Lew Ayres acted as Paul Baumer

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Quote for May 19, 2008

Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free-floating - these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mother Teresa: Quote for May 18, 2008

Life is life. Let us defend it always, and with a smile. Helping the weakest, the poor, the sick, the old. Defend our children from the culture of indifference and death. Defend life right from conception to death. And if someone isn't able or capable to do it, entrust it to me. Let us pray.
from: Mother Teresa (2003)
Olivia Hussey acted as Mother Teresa

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ted Kaczynski: Quote for May 17, 2008

The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. They have greatly increased the life-expectancy of those of us who live in "advanced" countries, but they have destabilized society, have made life unfulfilling, have subjected human beings to indignities, have led to widespread psychological suffering (in the Third World to physical suffering as well) and have inflicted severe damage on the natural world. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering even in "advanced" countries.

from: The Unabomber Manifesto (1995)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bob Cody: Quote for May 16, 2008

Say what you mean, mean what you say. Now, if everybody followed that rule, there'd be a lot less trouble.
from: Interstate 60 (2002)
Chris Cooper acted as Bob Cody