Quotes on a Cold Day in December

 (in “To Blog or not to Blog – by Sha’Tara)

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. (Benjamin Franklin)

As far as we know, all changes are in the direction of increasing entropy, of increasing disorder, of increasing randomness, of running down. (Isaac Asimov)

There are myriad ideologies on this planet that base their operations on the notion of The Group, the mass, the collective, and they fervently want to wipe out the idea of the free individual, the individual with power, with imagination, with creative force. Which means they want to wipe out consciousness, because consciousness rests with the individual.   These ideologues are grotesque. (Jon Rappoport)

[Sarcasm]  I understand that practicality and realism are alien concepts in American politics, to be approached with trepidation, but maybe, just once, we should think before sticking our private parts into a wood-chipper. Just once. I do not propose consistent rationality, forethought, or intelligent behavior. I profoundly respect my country’s traditions. (Fred Reed)

Any man can attempt to find his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but a wise man knows that his pot of gold is the rainbow he shares. (Diane DeHaan)

As long as there are those who freely volunteer to go out and help others at whatever cost to themselves life will continue to evolve and what is called “evil” will always be defeated. (A History Lesson for Beginners – Sha’Tara)

The only thing required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. (Source remains unknown; attributed to Thomas Paine)

Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well (Peter Ustinov)

[…] the medical cartel […] would call a mother’s touch a disease if it could get away with it. (John Rappoport)

The owners of this country know the truth: its called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. (George Carlin)

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. (Dante)

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw)

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, as in the pursuit of truth in endeavouring after a worthy manner of life. (Bertrand Russell)

Nothing you see on this show is fake… it’s merely controlled. (The Truman Show)

When the politicians claim that the public isn’t interested any longer in environmental conservation, they’re half right. People are actually afraid to be interested, because they suspect—I think rightly—that we’ll find if we dig deep enough that we’ve gone so far beyond the limits of what the planet will tolerate that only a major catastrophe which cuts back both our population and our ability to interfere with the natural biocycle would offer a chance of survival. (The Sheep Look Up – 1972 – John Brunner)

‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where—’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat.’ (Alice in Wonderland)

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. (George Carlin)

I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them. (Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery)

You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. (Anne Lamott)

Philosophic Materialism.  That philosophy, whether stated completely or merely implied, holds that all life is biological and chemical, there is nothing else, there is only the ocean of lifeless particles flowing through the universe.  There is no such thing as freedom, there is no such thing as consciousness, there is no such thing as imagination. These are ideas born from delusion fostered in the brain, and the brain must be reprogrammed to operate more effectively. (Jon Rappoport)

If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed. (Mark Twain)

A man, so it has been said, is distinguished from the creatures beneath him by his power to ask a question. To which we may add that one man is distinguished from another by the kind of question that he asks. A man is to be measured by the size of his question. Small men ask small questions: of here and now; of to-day and to-morrow and the next day; of how they may quickest fill their pockets, or gain another step upon the social ladder. Great men are concerned with great questions: of life, of man, of history, of God.  So again, the size of an age can be determined by the size of its questions. (Arthur W. Robinson, D.D. – Warden of the College of Allhallows Barking – 1913)

All of life is a symphony of successive losses.  You lose your youth, your parents, your loves, your friends, your comforts, your health, and finally your life.  To deny loss is to lose it all anyway and to lose, in addition, your self-possession and your peace of mind. (Isaac Asimov – “Nemesis”)

“My dear Koina, have you studied Heisenberg?”  She shook her head.  “A pity.  If you had, you would understand that I could not possibly know what I was looking for until I found it.”  (Stephen R. Donaldson: This Day all Gods Die)

“The poor you will have with you always,” said Christ, not inaptly. However, he might have gone on to observe that poverty has no meaning in the absence of wealth – where all have nothing, all are equal, and none are poor. (Stephen R. Donaldson: A Dark and Hungry God Arises)

Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil, as well as current market conditions, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. – to which I added, It will be turned on again so you may find your way to the polls in the next election.

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. (Mark Twain, 1881)

Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. (Thomas Paine, 1776)

Truth is a hunter.  Truth is what kills you when you give up the lies.  (Greg Bear—Dead Lines)

The least talented lie to others, the most talented, to themselves. (The Eternity Artifact—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.)

No matter how fabulous the technology, how it’s used is what counts. (The Naked God—Peter F. Hamilton)

You’re in charge of a weary army facing a dying enemy, Ralph; that’s not a platform for revolution.  You’re still trying to validate your glorious war by searching for a noble conclusion.  There is none.  We are a sideshow.  An incredibly expensive, fabulously dramatic entertainment for the accessing masses.  We distracted their attention while the real men and women of power decided what our fate was going to be. [ ] War is stupid, Ralph.  It is the desecration of the human spirit [] It is for people who do not believe in themselves. (The Naked God—Peter F. Hamilton)

The world is orphaned of wisdom, as people strive for the knowledge that can be bartered for cash or services, not to enrich the soul. (Carlos J. Cortes – Perfect Circle)

“When I was nineteen,” she said, “I thought about committing suicide.  Everything seemed cut and dried.  Art and music were fine, but could they explain anything?  Could they tell me why I was alive or what the world was all about?  I didn’t think so.  And ever since, I’ve lived a compromise: I wouldn’t try to kill myself, because there was always a chance something would happen to explain everything.”  (Songs of Earth and Power – Greg Bear)

The problem with our concept of mind is that we confuse our own kind of self-awareness with thinking in general.  Self-awareness is an attribute of certain kinds of social animals.  Why should a mind be self-aware?  It’s enough it’s world-aware.  If it isn’t socially connected to other minds, it doesn’t need social filters or self-modeling.  It’s self-making, self-sufficient.  It measures and embodies and acts.  A world-aware mind is just one step closer to God than you and I. ( /  Slant – Greg Bear)

What I have lost does not make me greater, but it makes me deeper, like a hole.  Take more away and I will come through to the other side, like a gaping wound.  But then I will be the wound and the body will have sloughed away.  Is it possible to lose more than what is not there? (Anvil of Stars – Greg Bear)

A lot of people are afraid of expressing how they really feel these days.  As everything is in collapse, fear is getting fatter. (Regis Auffray – comments)

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. (H. L. Mencken)

There are some mystical types who believe that being human isn’t an inherent, genetically based condition at all.  Humans don’t decide who’s human and who’s not; that’s taken care of by something outside them.  Way outside.  There’s supposedly an aspect of God that’s called the Eye of Compassion… and it can only see suffering; it’s blind to everything else.  And those things that it sees, the suffering ones, those are what are fully human.  Anything else is… something less.  So there may have been a time when the things that we consider to be human may actually have been that way… but not anymore.  The Eye doesn’t see us, you and I Deckard [because] we’re part of that which causes suffering.  The ones who used to be the replicants — the ones we made — they suffer at our hands.  They suffer and the Eye of Compassion sees them and judges them to be human.   They become human.  It’s the gaze of the Eye — its ability to empathize with other creatures — that determines who’s human.  It’s nothing we do.”     (Replicant Night by K.W. Jeter)

Ancient Egyptian belief: After death you go to heaven’s gate and there they ask you two questions:  1. Have you found joy in your life?  2. Has your life brought joy to others?

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. (Washington Irving)

As we steadfastly march on the road to an unknown destiny, our ignorance has become our weakness and our arrogance has become a congenital disease threatening us with annihilation. (Michael Tellinger – Slave Species of God)

A woman’s mind is a strange pool to slip into at birth.  It is set within parameters by the first few months of listening and seeing.  Her infant mind is a vast blank template that absorbs all and stores it away.  In those first few months come role acceptance, a beginning of attitude, and a hint of future achievement.  Listening to adults and observing their actions builds a storehouse of preconceptions and warnings: Do not see those ghosts on bedroom walls—they aren’t there!  None of the rest of us can see your imaginary companions, darling… It’s something you have to understand.  And so from some dim beginning, not ex nihilo but out of totality, the woman begins to pare her infinite self down.  She whittles away at this unwanted piece, that undesired trait.  She forgets in time that she was once part of all and turns to the simple tune of life, rather than to the endless and symphonic before.  She forgets those companions who danced on the ceiling above her bed and called to her from the dark. (Wind from a Burning Woman – Greg Bear)

Mahnmut tried to remember. “The human scientists were using quantum computers way back in the Twenty-first Century,” he said.  “To analyze biochemical cascades in human synapses.  They discovered that the human mind—not the brain, but the mind—wasn’t like a computer, it wasn’t like a chemical memory machine but was exactly like…” “A quantum-state standing wavefront,” said Orphu. Human consciousness exists primarily as a quantum state wavefront, just like the rest of the universe.” (Ilium – Dan Simmons)

Example is leadership. (Albert Schweitzer)

19 thoughts on “    Quotes on a Cold Day in December

  1. We come from dreams ~

    Attributed to Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: “The light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.”


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for the re-blog. Now I do wish I had kept it shorter, posted it in 2, 3 segments. Oh well, it’s the kind of thing that can be read in stages anyway.


      1. We come from dreams ~

        Nah, long posts keep out the riffraff, kind of like a 10 cent cover charge at a nght club.


  2. Phil Huston

    “Those who will not reason are bigots. Those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not are slaves.” Lord Byron.

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke

    “We are only as humane as our thoughts.” -Kurt Vonnegut

    “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you’d like to act.” Bob Dylan

    “Announcing the Drumlator (drum machine). Never a beat off.” Advertisement from the defunct EMU corporation.


      1. Phil Huston

        I didn’t write it. And that quote is, like all discussions on this blog, open to interpretation. Personally I like a piece of technology I can “count” on to perform without error. The lowest common denominator isn’t always the best. Often what is simple, elegant and seemingly obvious is also wrong.

        Check it out. The Drumulator ll and the SP 12 changed pop music forever and spawned a legion of sub genres of beat driven music. Google is your best friend before you take matters into your own hand.


      2. We come from dreams ~

        >Google is your best friend before you take matters into your own hand.

        Before, during and after, I might add.


  3. Phil Huston

    In spite of Sha’Tara’s disdain for it, can I get an Amen? There were two puns in there. Count and hand. There are no sacred cows, I just get the devil’s (I suppose he’ll be gone, too) advocate thing going because futurism and speculation and all of that? There’s my bah humbug. Is it sexist to call the devil he? Here among the hopeless and heartless and loveless are we newts, gender free or self entertaining? Being one of the few remaining unenlightened romantics is getting to be more difficult by the day…


    1. We come from dreams ~

      Satan here, Phil, and a hearty ‘Amen!’ D’you like the 13th Floor Elevators? Roy knew Stacy.


      1. We come from dreams ~

        Roy interrupting, Phil. I did know Stacy and Bunny by telephone, then after his death, Sybil and GC. We had a lot of correspondence, which I turned over to Vicki Ayo, the woman who wrote those books about the Texas music scene. She’s working on another one. Clementine is living in California. You kinda got me short: Sixth?


      2. We come from dreams ~

        Living here in lovely New Jersey (we invented crime), I know little about the topography of Austin, Houston, Kerrville or Port Aransas. There’s a great story about Love Street, though.


    2. Sha'Tara Post author

      Eh man! Close enough? Here’s to all gay newts! Unenlightened romantic? Well, romance is always better in the dark, isn’t it?



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