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Category Archive: quote o’ the week

Aug 23 2013

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: H.G. Wells

What on earth would we do with ourselves if something did not stand in our way? -H.G. Wells I trust I don’t have to tell you who H.G. Wells is. One of the fathers of science fiction? Bloke who wrote that War of the Worlds book that got turned into a radio drama by Orson …

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Aug 04 2013

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Albert Schweitzer

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. -Albert Schweitzer This one sometimes gets passed off as a quote by Albert Einstein, but it appears Einstein was himself quoting a fellow German. Albert Schweitzer turns out to be a fascinating man. He was a musician, an excellent one who wrote …

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Jul 15 2013

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Bhagavad Gita

I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.                   -Bhagavad Gita This is another translation of the quote that crossed Robert J. Oppenheimer’s mind when he saw the first atomic bomb explode at Trinity site. I like it better than his translation: one word change, a slightly different impact: destroyer, while apt, doesn’t have quite the …

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Apr 19 2013

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Naguib Mahfouz

The real malady is fear of life, not of death. -Naguib Mahfouz All I knew of Naguib Mahfouz was this quote. These words, this simple sentence, reminds me of something very important: people have a tendency to waste their one precious life by clinging to a pathological fear of it. This quote reminds me to …

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Apr 06 2013

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Quintas Ennius

We do not regard what is before our feet; we all gaze at the stars. -Quintas Ennius This is the father of Roman poetry, the Homer of Rome, and it’s really too bad his work exists only in fragments. There are many ancient writers I’d love to visit, if I could hop in a time …

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Mar 30 2013

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Mignon McLaughlin

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. -Mignon McLaughlin I haven’t got a Mignon in any of my stories yet, but after reading some of Mignon McLaughlin’s Neurotic’s Notebook lines, I think maybe I should. She’d be sharing a name with a person with a ready pen and a keen ability to …

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Mar 23 2013

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Dorothy Parker

 Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants. -Dorothy Parker I like spring, I do, but you have to admit this is an excellent description of spring. Birdsong is lovely – except outside your window when you’re trying to sleep. Plants …

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Nov 05 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Hsun-tzu

If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.         -Hsun-tzu (Xun Zi) This one seems particularly appropriate for that madness that is NaNo, doesn’t it just? Hsun-tzu (or Xun Zi, if you prefer that newfangled modern stuff) lived during the Warring States Period, and managed to do some …

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Oct 29 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Naguib Mahfouz

The real malady is fear of life, not of death. -Naguib Mahfouz All I knew of Naguib Mahfouz was this quote. These words, this simple sentence, reminds me of something very important: people have a tendency to waste their one precious life by clinging to a pathological fear of it. This quote reminds me to …

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Oct 15 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Quintas Ennius

We do not regard what is before our feet; we all gaze at the stars. -Quintas Ennius This is the father of Roman poetry, the Homer of Rome, and it’s really too bad his work exists only in fragments. There are many ancient writers I’d love to read, if I could hop in a time …

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