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"Oh, you're a poetry major - maybe you can help me straighten out my Longfellow...." - Rodney Dangerfield, _Back to School_ "Religion is a defense against the experience of God." - Carl Jung "Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself." - Zen saying "Kent, this is ice; this is what happens to water when it gets too cold. Mitch, this is Kent; this is what happens to a person when he gets to sexually frustrated." - Chris Knight, _Real Genius_ "This time next year we'll be tanned muscle-bound aikido-master genius stud philosophers." - A. M. Heublein "Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many." - Spinoza "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx "We wanna be free. Free to ride our machines." - biker, _Easy Rider_ "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way." - Bokonon, _Cat's Cradle_ "Human folly does not impede the turning of the stars." - Painted Stick, _Skinny Legs and All_ "Self-conscious, uncertain, I'm showered by the dust. But the spirit enters into me and I submit to trust." - Peter Gabriel "I'd just like to say, that I'm really, very, very... FUCK YOU!!!!" - Otto, _A Fish Called Wanda_ "Every river that I know is dreaming of the sea." - Johnny Clegg "Everything in this book may be wrong." - Richard Bach, _The Messiah's Handbook_ "The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name." - Lao-Tzu, _Tao Te Ching_ "I ride tandem With the random Things don't run The way I planned 'em." - Peter Gabriel The Universal Metaphor: "All things Are like some other things." "Tell the artist to shag his ass - we've got a boat to catch." - T. Felton, 12/31/90 "Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and no food." - Robert M. Pirsig, _Lila_ "PLEASE Sing a song or Laugh or Cry or Go away" - Nanao Sakaki, 1/81 "Instead of worrying about my clothes, I could be someone that nobody knows." - Stewart Copeland "I'm okay. You're okay. Let's all be okay." - ? "The world is a very strange place, and the dice are always rolling." - Can o' Beans "Why are we here? Because we're here - Roll the Bones. Why does it happen? Because it happens - Rolls the Bones." - Neil Peart "Now then, thought I, unconsciously rolling up the sleeves of my frock, here goes for a cool, collected dive at death and destruction, and the devil fetch the hindmost." - Ishmael, _Moby Dick_ "...life itself is essentially appropriation, injury, conquest of the strange and weak, suppression, severity, obtrusion of peculiar forms, incorporation, and at the least, putting it mildest, exploitation...." - Nietzche, _Beyond Good and Evil_ "What we need are positive results, not press releases." - Dick Gephardt, in a press release "The synthetic unity of the manifold is the transcendental function of the understanding." - Immanuel Kant, in a moment of lucidity "In the long run, we're all dead." - John Maynard Keynes, making short work of the classical theory of long-run market equilibration "U.S. out of my uterus." - pro-choice slogan "Some people are so opposed to murder that they'll kill anyone who commits it." - anti-capital punishment slogan "But getting drunk, and picking up bar ladies, and doing metaphysics are a part of life." - R. M. Pirsig "There's only one culture: strangle the last priest with the entrails of the last Rosicrucian." - Amparo, _Foucoult's Pendulum_ "Try the Ontological Argument on your mother and see what happens...." - Peter L. Heath, Prof. of Philosophy, UVa "I've got to make it to the roof before the stairs burn down." - Shriekback "Who can take a bicycle Rip off the seat Put your girlfriend on and roll her down a bumpy street? The S+M Man, the S+M Man He travels round the world and makes the hurt feel good." - Traditional "Chick... you're a motherfucker." - Miles Davis, to Chick Corea "Words ephemeral Mind is empty Belly is full Hands and wrists Warm and damp Dishes are done" - B.P. Keever, Athens GA When Thoreau was jailed for refusing to pay taxes to a government that supported slavery, Emerson went to visit him. "Henry David," said Emerson, "what are you doing in there?" Thoreau looked at him and replied, "Ralph Waldo, what are you doing out there?" "In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.... For many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom." - MLK, 8/28/63, Wasington D.C. "War is just capitalism with the gloves off." - ? "I'll tell you what your mother's thinking back in the States...." - Peter Jennings, to Gulf War correspondent "Eating people is wrong." - Anon. "We must practice the art of war, so that our children can practice the art of commerce, so that our grandchildren can practice the arts of painting, pottery, and music." - John Quincy Adams "If you could see the you that I see, when I see you seeing me, you'd see yourself so differently - believe me." - Henry Rollins "Shit ain't like that - things are fucked up!" - Ice-T "Close, stand close to me Starbuck - let me look into a human eye. It is better than to gaze upon sea and sky. It is better than to gaze upon God." - Ahab, _Moby Dick_ "I'm so cool, you could keep a side of beef in me for a month; I'm so hip I have trouble seeing over my pelvis." - Zaphod Beeblebrox "As the people here grow colder, I turn to my computer, and spend my evenings with it, like a friend...." - Kate Bush, "Deeper Understanding"