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Title: The Quotable Groghead
Post by: Jarhead0331 on September 18, 2020, 12:22:34 PM
I love great quotes. Love using them. Love finding new ones. Love reading about the context behind them. I've found that as eloquent as I am capable of being, there is always someone who has said it better.

Thought it would be nice to post favorites here for reference and posterity.

I'm reading a new book on naval aviation and each chapter starts with a good quote...here are some I've read so far:

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Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who did not.

-Unknown

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Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

-Vernon Law

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A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good by applying pressure.

-Henry A. Kissinger

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If you're going through hell, keep moving!

- Winston Churchill
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Post by: Gusington on September 18, 2020, 12:46:27 PM
^That first one is quite the kicker.

"These pretzels are making me thirsty!"

-Jerry Seinfeld
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Post by: airboy on September 18, 2020, 01:14:31 PM
My favorite is from my deceased Dad: "Those who can't think have to feel."
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Post by: Sir Slash on September 18, 2020, 01:17:06 PM
I like the one about experience.  "Where the People fear the Government, there is Tyranny. Where the Government fears the People, there is Liberty". George Washington.
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Post by: al_infierno on September 18, 2020, 01:21:08 PM
Great idea for a thread!  I challenge anyone to find a more eloquently worded version of the Silent Disapproval Robot quote found in my sig.   8)


Not sure if film quotes are what you're really looking for, but here are a couple great ones that I feel are applicable:


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A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God, you cannot say, "But I was told by others to do thus." Or that, "Virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.

- King Baldwin in Kingdom of Heaven



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Every day above ground is a good day.

- Mel Bernstein in Scarface
Title: Re: The Quotable Groghead
Post by: Jarhead0331 on September 28, 2020, 01:22:27 PM
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“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, — is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.” 

-John Stuart Mill
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Post by: airboy on September 28, 2020, 02:44:46 PM
"Beer is a sign God loves us and wants us to be happy."  Ben Franklin

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." PJ O'Rourke
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Post by: Sir Slash on September 28, 2020, 09:36:21 PM
"The Contest is not always to the Strong, nor the race to the Swift. But that's the way to bet". Or words to that effect. Paul 'Bear' Bryant.  :notworthy:
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Post by: Jarhead0331 on October 19, 2020, 09:16:59 PM
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Nothing is quite as exhilarating as being shot at with no effect.

- Winston Churchill
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Post by: al_infierno on October 19, 2020, 09:27:54 PM
 ;D  Winston Churchill may hold the title of 'Most Quotable Man Who Ever Lived.'
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Post by: bobarossa on October 21, 2020, 08:38:01 AM
;D  Winston Churchill may hold the title of 'Most Quotable Man Who Ever Lived.'
From a Great Insults email I received recently:

 "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
Winston Churchill

 "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one. "
George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
Winston Churchill, in response

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Post by: Jarhead0331 on October 21, 2020, 08:45:07 AM
Winston Churchill was most certainly the man. A rare breed.


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MP Bessie Braddock: Winston, you are drunk, and what's more you are disgustingly drunk.

Winston Churchill: My dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly."
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Post by: Gusington on October 21, 2020, 10:40:26 AM
^One of my favorites, with the added zing of 'disgusting,' which I have never seen before.
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Post by: W8taminute on November 13, 2020, 01:51:03 PM
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Better crippled in body than corrupt in mind

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, page 182
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Post by: al_infierno on November 17, 2020, 05:52:44 PM
"Your status as a doomed man lends your words a certain prestige and authority.  As the time nears, I think you'll find that people will be eager to hear what you have to say.  They will seek you out.  [...]  You can't let down the living by slipping into self-pity and despair.  People will depend on you to be brave.  What people look for in a dying friend is a stubborn kind of gavel-voiced nobility, a refusal to give in, with moments of indomitable humor."

- Don DeLillo, White Noise
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Post by: al_infierno on December 08, 2020, 05:48:31 PM
"It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge.  War endures.  As well ask men what they think of stone.  War was always here.  Before man was, war waited for him.  The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.  That is the way it was and will be.  That way and not some other way."

- Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
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Post by: Gusington on December 08, 2020, 06:42:24 PM
^Wow...that is some quote.
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Post by: Jarhead0331 on December 08, 2020, 06:48:12 PM
"It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge.  War endures.  As well ask men what they think of stone.  War was always here.  Before man was, war waited for him.  The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.  That is the way it was and will be.  That way and not some other way."

- Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

I can't help but read this to the voice of Anton Chigurh in my head.
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Post by: al_infierno on December 08, 2020, 07:08:01 PM


I can't help but read this to the voice of Anton Chigurh in my head.

Heh, the Judge in BM is quite a similar character to Chigurh so it makes sense.   O0
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Post by: al_infierno on January 05, 2021, 04:59:33 PM
"It took me a long time, my lifetime so to speak, to realize that the colour of an eye half seen, or the source of some distant sound, are closer to Giudecca in the hell of un­knowing than the existence of God, or the origins of protoplasm, or the existence of self, and even less worthy than these to occupy the wise. It’s a bit much, a lifetime, to achieve this consoling conclusion, it doesn’t leave you much time to profit by it."

- Samuel Beckett, "First Love"
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Post by: al_infierno on January 29, 2021, 08:22:53 PM
“Friends are enemies who have not attacked you yet.”

- Skipper the Penguin from the Madagascar cartoon series.  (haven't seen it myself, full disclaimer  ;D  but someone posted this on a quotes thread on another forum and I had to share it here.)
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Post by: Gusington on January 29, 2021, 08:27:28 PM
^That one rings a little too true.
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Post by: rustyshackleford on January 29, 2021, 08:28:46 PM
“Friends are enemies who have not attacked you yet.”

- Skipper the Penguin from the Madagascar cartoon series.  (haven't seen it myself, full disclaimer  ;D  but someone posted this on a quotes thread on another forum and I had to share it here.)

 ;D :D That was in a children's cartoon series? Brutal lesson to learn when you're 8 :))
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Post by: jamus34 on February 10, 2021, 12:25:37 PM
“Friends are enemies who have not attacked you yet.”

- Skipper the Penguin from the Madagascar cartoon series.  (haven't seen it myself, full disclaimer  ;D  but someone posted this on a quotes thread on another forum and I had to share it here.)

 ;D :D That was in a children's cartoon series? Brutal lesson to learn when you're 8 :))

Watch Watership Down or Grave of the Fireflies; animated movies guaranteed to scar kids
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Post by: al_infierno on February 10, 2021, 08:05:24 PM
“What is it?”
“The uh, stuff that dreams are made of.”

- The Maltese Falcon
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Post by: al_infierno on May 22, 2021, 12:27:42 AM
Maybe not quotable in the traditional sense, but one of the finest pieces of prose I've ever read.  A description of a Comanche attack against a band of ragtag American filibusters from the novel Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

A legion of horribles, hundreds in number, half naked or clad in costumes attic or biblical or wardrobed out of a fevered dream with the skins of animals and silk finery and pieces of uniform still tracked with the blood of prior owners, coats of slain dragoons, frogged and braided cavalry jackets, one in a stovepipe hat and one with an umbrella and one in white stockings and a bloodstained weddingveil and some in headgear of cranefeathers or rawhide helmets that bore the horns of bull or buffalo and one in a pigeontailed coat worn backwards and otherwise naked and one in the armor of a Spanish conquistador, the breastplate and pauldrons deeply dented with old blows of mace or saber done in another country by men whose very bones were dust and many with their braids spliced up with the hair of other beasts until they trailed upon the ground and their horses’ ears and tails worked with bits of brightly colored cloth and one whose horse’s whole head was painted crimson red and all the horsemen’s faces gaudy and grotesque with daubings like a company of mounted clowns, death hilarious, all howling in a barbarous tongue and riding down upon them like a horde from a hell more horrible yet than the brimstone land of Christian reckoning, screeching and yammering and clothed in smoke like those vaporous beings in regions beyond right knowing where the eye wanders and the lip jerks and drools.
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Post by: al_infierno on September 21, 2021, 03:07:31 PM
"You seem to think peace is a natural state, Siward, and conflict its interruption, but the truth is the exact opposite. Peace is what the sea looks like in a dead calm--a rare and beautiful moment--something impossible--a glimpse of perfection before the wind comes back again. You can no more force peace into existence than you can wander across the surface of the sea stamping the waves flat."

- King Malcolm in the play Dunsinane by David Greig
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Post by: Gusington on September 21, 2021, 03:25:52 PM
 :dreamer:
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Post by: al_infierno on October 26, 2021, 11:23:25 PM
"When people start talking about their bowel movements they are as inexorable as the processes of which they speak."

- William Burroughs, Junky
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Post by: Gusington on October 27, 2021, 07:02:14 AM
I am personally affronted by that one 💩
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Post by: Jarhead0331 on October 27, 2021, 07:19:30 AM
Yes. With a 2-1/2 year old in the house, there is always a lot of talk about poop and pooping.
Title: Re: The Quotable Groghead
Post by: al_infierno on February 25, 2022, 04:22:31 PM
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A man's at odds to know his mind cause his mind is aught he has to know it with. He can know his heart, but he dont want to. Rightly so. Best not to look in there. It aint the heart of a creature that is bound in the way that God has set for it. You can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the devil was at his elbow. A creature that can do anything. Make a machine. And a machine to make the machine. And evil that can run itself a thousand years, no need to tend it.

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Ye carry war of a madman's making onto a foreign land. Ye'll wake more than the dogs.

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
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Post by: Gusington on February 25, 2022, 04:51:02 PM
^That second one...
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Post by: MengJiao on February 26, 2022, 06:43:31 AM
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A man's at odds to know his mind cause his mind is aught he has to know it with. He can know his heart, but he dont want to. Rightly so. Best not to look in there. It aint the heart of a creature that is bound in the way that God has set for it. You can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the devil was at his elbow. A creature that can do anything. Make a machine. And a machine to make the machine. And evil that can run itself a thousand years, no need to tend it.

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Ye carry war of a madman's making onto a foreign land. Ye'll wake more than the dogs.

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

  Great website, Al_infierno!
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Post by: GDS_Starfury on February 26, 2022, 09:22:26 AM
(https://preview.redd.it/0tcvbml1h1k81.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=7bf17eebe3a70e488dfe10c32e5b0b764adc1825)
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Post by: Gusington on February 26, 2022, 09:48:14 AM
 :notworthy:
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Post by: al_infierno on February 26, 2022, 02:06:06 PM
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A man's at odds to know his mind cause his mind is aught he has to know it with. He can know his heart, but he dont want to. Rightly so. Best not to look in there. It aint the heart of a creature that is bound in the way that God has set for it. You can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the devil was at his elbow. A creature that can do anything. Make a machine. And a machine to make the machine. And evil that can run itself a thousand years, no need to tend it.

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Ye carry war of a madman's making onto a foreign land. Ye'll wake more than the dogs.

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

  Great website, Al_infierno!

Thank you!   :peace:
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Post by: Uberhaus on February 26, 2022, 04:43:58 PM
(https://preview.redd.it/0tcvbml1h1k81.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=7bf17eebe3a70e488dfe10c32e5b0b764adc1825)
A masterpiece.
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Post by: Windigo on April 13, 2022, 01:42:04 PM
Totally lost me on that one Star. Damn that line is getting long.
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Post by: Pete Dero on April 13, 2022, 02:16:45 PM
Totally lost me on that one Star. Damn that line is getting long.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/27/ukraine-island-defenders-who-told-russian-officer-go-fuck-yourself-may-still-be-alive
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Post by: GDS_Starfury on April 13, 2022, 04:49:26 PM
they were already exchanged for russian pows.
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Post by: Pete Dero on April 14, 2022, 02:48:31 AM
they were already exchanged for russian pows.

I know. But I guessed that meme without context might come across as a bit weird for Windigo.
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Post by: Gusington on April 14, 2022, 08:02:23 AM
Anything from the modern age (last 600 years) is weird for Windy.
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Post by: Sir Slash on April 14, 2022, 08:06:17 AM
The Ancient World was a lot of fun. I remember when Syphilis first showed-up. Man did we fun pulling that one on our friends.  :2funny:
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Post by: Gusington on April 14, 2022, 08:12:01 AM
Better than gonorrhea?
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Post by: Windigo on April 14, 2022, 12:22:35 PM
they were already exchanged for russian pows.

I know. But I guessed that meme without context might come across as a bit weird for Windigo.

I was not thinking about the Ukraine War, I was definitely thinking more "WTF RTS gaming inside joke is this?"

*Shrug



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Post by: Gusington on April 14, 2022, 01:05:38 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E6lkxRDX0AQPApK.jpg)
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Post by: Windigo on April 26, 2022, 10:02:43 AM
.... probably in the next year or two, you will discover the joy to be had in screaming at the odd strato-nimbus .
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Post by: Gusington on April 26, 2022, 10:44:30 AM
I started years ago.
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Post by: Sir Slash on April 26, 2022, 12:29:43 PM
I scream at road signs. But they always start it.  >:(