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Category Archive: quote o’ the week

Jul 16 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Lin Yutang

 ’I have done my best.’ That is about all the philosophy of living one needs. -Lin Yutang I first learned of Lin Yutang in the long-ago days of my 20s, when a coworker came in with a photocopy of the section “The Importance of Loafing” from his remarkable book The Importance of Living.  It was …

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Jul 09 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Chuang Tzu

The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten the words? He is the one I would like to talk to. -Chuang Tzu  Even if you don’t know his name, you know this ancient Chinese philosopher: he’s the …

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Jul 02 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: the Buddha

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. -the Buddha Oh, yes, even atheists can love Gautama Buddha.  He’s one of the few religious figures who lived to a ripe old age instead of dying spectacularly, who didn’t run about starting wars, and who didn’t think …

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Jun 25 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Confucius

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. -Confucius Dear, wise old Master Kong!  You’ve all probably heard of him at some point: ancient Chinese philosopher, wrote the Analects, comes across as rather uptight and all about propriety and ritual and so forth.  Stuffy.  At least, that’s the impression …

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Jun 18 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Golda Meir

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. -Golda Meir I had a hard time choosing one quote from Golda Meir to highlight.  She could be by turns witty, wry, or profound.  Some of my favorite quotes regarding war come from here, and I’ll just …

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Jun 11 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Richard von Weizsacker

Whoever refuses to remember the inhumanity is prone to new risks of infection. – Richard von Weizsacker Especially in this age of Godwin’s Law, Holocaust denial, and the distressing tendency of the American right to call everyone and everything they don’t like a Nazi, it’s important to remember the true horrors perpetrated in the name …

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Jun 04 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Louis L’Amour

…What the world has always needed is more heretics and less authority. -Louis L’Amour, The Walking Drum Yes, that Louis L’Amour.  I am quoting an author of Westerns.  You gotta problem with that? Louis was a seriously good writer, and he wrote some seriously great books.  The one that tops my list is The Walking …

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May 28 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Steven Pinker

The problem in dealing with people is that people can deal back. -Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works So can animals.  Just ask any pet owner who’s left the buggers alone for a weekend, and upon their return discovered that revenge is a dish that may be served cold, in several expensive pieces, or as …

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May 21 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Harvard

Under controlled experimental conditions of temperature, time, lighting, feeding, and training, the organism will behave as it damn well pleases. -The Harvard Law of Animal Behavior This is one of those gems I plucked from The Blank Slate.  Research involving animals (or small children) can, I gather, be horribly frustrating. Having tried to modify my …

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May 14 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: E.O. Wilson

Wonderful theory.  Wrong species. -E.O. Wilson That’s Wilson’s verdict on Marxism.  I love how he can stuff so much political, behavioral and philosophical thought in just four simple words. This is the man who managed to make ants fascinating.  And he’s a phenomenal writer, so if you haven’t yet, pick up one of his tomes.  …

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