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Category Archive: quote o’ the week

May 07 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Steven Pinker

It is precisely because one act can balance ten thousand kind ones that we call it “evil”. -Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate All these years I chased after a definition of evil, struggled to determine what true evil is, and here comes Steven Pinker with a simple and true definition, justlikethat.  That’s as good a …

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Apr 30 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Archilochus

The fox knows many tricks, the hedgehog only one.  One good one. -Archilochus, Iambi et Elgi Graeci This will always and forever be one of my favorite ancient Greek quotes of all time.  Of course, I knew bugger all about hedgehogs when I first heard it.  Now I know what he was referring to: Much …

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Apr 23 2011

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Sydney J. Harris

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.  -Sydney J. Harris I know two things about Sydney J. Harris: the above quote, and that he ended up on Nixon’s shit-list Mark II.  Those are enough to make me like …

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Apr 16 2011

Cantina Quote o’ the Week: Hermann Langbein

The concept of a leader, a furehr, must never be accepted.  Blind obedience to a leader can never be adopted as a defining identity.  Everyone must accept responsibility for whatever he does.  Even in critical situations.  This is something that still applies today. -Hermann Langbein I was watching a documentary on Auschwitz or some such …

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Apr 08 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Berl Katznelson

You see this strong wall?  Although it understands nothing, it too will disintegrate, it too will split.  Disintegration has a logic of its own. -Berl Katznelson I can imagine putting Berl in a room with Confucius, Lao Tzu and some Zen masters of old, and getting some amazing philosophy out of the process. Berl was …

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Apr 02 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Rig Veda

The heavens above do not equal one half of me…. In my glory, I have passed beyond the sky and the great earth… I will pick up the earth, and put it here or put it there….  Have I been drinking soma? -the Rig Veda Being an atheist and a science buff doesn’t mean you …

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Mar 26 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: An Old Turkish Saying

Geçmiş olsun. -A Turkish Saying meaning roughly “May it be over.” This is one of the many tidbits you’ll pick up from reading Louis L’Amour’s The Walking Drum.  It’s very useful for a long day at work.  Thanks to my Turkish coworker, you’ll even know how to pronounce it: gesh’mesh ol‘soon.  Use it well.

Mar 19 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Lao Tzu

The very bones of those you talk about have turned to dust.  All that remains of them is their words. -Lao Tzu Lao Tzu, of course, wrote the Tao Te Ching, and legends have sprung up around him like cats on a tuna can.  But this legendary tale might well be true: The oldest surviving …

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Mar 12 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Sophocles

You jutting broken crags, to you I raise my cry-There is no one else I can speak to. -Sophocles Fair warning: this quote isn’t half as powerful in context, because it’s basically the character of Philoctetes moaning over the theft of his magic bow.  But it’s still a wonderful line, and proves the power of …

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Mar 05 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Democritus

A life without festivity is a long road without an end. -Democritus Yes, you know him mostly because, with his mentor Leucippus, he came up with the idea of the atom.  But he was also known as the Laughing Philosopher (because he engaged in round mocking of human inanity), and as you can see from …

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