Category Archive: quote o’ the week

Feb 26 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Carl Sagan (Yes, Again)

…It is here that we are, in some pain and with no guarantees, working out our destiny. -Carl Sagan Some people may find that a rather grim, depressing quote, but it’s uplifting to me.  No, we haven’t got any guarantees.  Yes, there is pain.  But only some.  And we’re the ones working out our destiny.  …

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Feb 19 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Carl Sagan

…No scientist on Earth knows how a planet might blow itself up, which is probably just as well. -Carl Sagan Dearest Carl.  Reading Cosmos changed my life pretty much forever, and this is one of the lines that did it.  He knew there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a good laugh while you were …

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Feb 12 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Xenophon

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. -Xenophon You know what, forget Plato.  Xenophon was a much better writer, and reading his Memorabilia was a sheer joy.  He lived an interesting life, which included palling around with Socrates, being a …

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Feb 05 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Jean-Paul Sartre

Life begins on the other side of despair.             -Jean-Paul Sarte If you’ve never read Sartre, don’t do so unless you’re ready for a head trip.  The Existentialists aren’t an easy read on the best of days, and Sartre was a master of the philosophy, which means you’ll walk away feeling as though …

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Jan 29 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Muhammed Ali

It’s just a job.  Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.  I beat people up. -Muhammed Ali I trust everybody knows who Muhammed Ali is.  If not, click the link, and then you’ll understand the quote, and why it’s so damned funny. I’m not a boxing fan meself, but I’m definitely a fan of …

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Jan 22 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Blaise Pascal

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. -Blaise Pascal Despite sounding like a Gnu Atheist gigantidick, Blaise Pascal was a 17th Century mathematician and physicist whose name you should curse if you don’t like getting injections, as he had a little something to do with the …

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Jan 15 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: William Blake

“When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.” -William Blake Of course, Blake was a visionary, a poet and artist who saw art as life and science as death, so his truth can’t be understood …

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Jan 08 2011

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: Epicurus

It is vain to ask of the gods what a man is capable of supplying for himself. -Epicurus No, Epicurus wasn’t an atheist.  No, he wasn’t a hedonist.  But he believed in living a pleasant life, thought the gods couldn’t be bothered with humans, and enjoyed evidence-based thinking.  In a culture where women were usually …

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Dec 19 2010

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: E.B. White

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.         -E.B. White Alas, I don’t know quite where this quote came from.  I just know that I love it, because I …

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Dec 12 2010

Cantina Quote o’ The Week: For Scirnis

The length of my life and the day of my death were fated long ago. -For Scirnis No, that’s not a person, but a poem, specifically from the Poetic Edda.  The translation online, alas, is a lot more King James-Englishy, and not as wonderfully, poetically succinct: “To a destined day has mine age been doomed,And …

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