|Proverbs, aphorisms, quotations (English)||by Linux fortune|
|No guts, no glory.|
| They are fools that think that wealth or women or strong drink or even|
drugs can buy the most in effort out of the soul of a man. These things offer
pale pleasures compared to that which is greatest of them all, that task which
demands from him more than his utmost strength, that absorbs him, bone and
sinew and brain and hope and fear and dreams -- and still calls for more.
They are fools that think otherwise. No great effort was ever bought.
No painting, no music, no poem, no cathedral in stone, no church, no state was
ever raised into being for payment of any kind. No parthenon, no Thermopylae
was ever built or fought for pay or glory; no Bukhara sacked, or China ground
beneath Mongol heel, for loot or power alone. The payment for doing these
things was itself the doing of them.
To wield onself -- to use oneself as a tool in one's own hand -- and
so to make or break that which no one else can build or ruin -- THAT is the
greatest pleasure known to man! To one who has felt the chisel in his hand
and set free the angel prisoned in the marble block, or to one who has felt
sword in hand and set homeless the soul that a moment before lived in the body
of his mortal enemy -- to those both come alike the taste of that rare food
spread only for demons or for gods."
-- Gordon R. Dickson, "Soldier Ask Not"
|Sic transit gloria mundi.|
[So passes away the glory of this world.]
-- Thomas `a Kempis
|The Great Movie Posters:|
The Miracle of the Age!!! A LION in your lap! A LOVER in your arms!
-- Bwana Devil (1952)
OVERWHELMING! ELECTRIFYING! BAFFLING!
Fire Can't Burn Them! Bullets Can't Kill Them! See the Unfolding of
the Mysteries of the Moon as Murderous Robot Monsters Descend Upon the
Earth! You've Never Seen Anything Like It! Neither Has the World!
SEE... Robots from Space in All Their Glory!!!
-- Robot Monster (1953)
1,965 pyramids, 5,337 dancing girls, one million swaying bullrushes,
802 scared bulls!
-- The Egyptian (1954)
|Whenever you advise a ruler in the way of Tao,|
Counsel him not to use force to conquer the universe.
For this would only cause resistance.
Thorn bushes spring up wherever the army has passed.
Lean years follow in the wake of a great war.
Just do what needs to be done.
Never take advantage of power.
But never glory in them.
But never boast.
But never be proud.
Because this is the natural way.
But not through violence.
Force is followed by loss of strength.
This is not the way of Tao.
That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end.
|In the course of reading Hadamard's "The Psychology of Invention in the|
Mathematical Field", I have come across evidence supporting a fact
which we coffee achievers have long appreciated: no really creative,
intelligent thought is possible without a good cup of coffee. On page
14, Hadamard is discussing Poincare's theory of fuchsian groups and
fuchsian functions, which he describes as "... one of his greatest
discoveries, the first which consecrated his glory ..." Hadamard refers
to Poincare having had a "... sleepless night which initiated all that
memorable work ..." and gives the following, very revealing quote:
"One evening, contrary to my custom, I drank black coffee and
could not sleep. Ideas rose in crowds; I felt them collide
until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable
Too bad drinking black coffee was contrary to his custom. Maybe he
could really have amounted to something as a coffee achiever.
|Once again dread deed is done.|
his all-knowing eye shaded
to human chance and circumstance.
Peace reigns anew o'er Pine Valley,
but Canon's sleep is troubled.
Beware, scant days past the Ides of July.
Impatient hands wait eagerly
to grasp, to hold
scant moments of time
wrested from life in the full
glory of Canon's power;
held captive by his unblinking eye.
Three golden orbs stand watch;
one each to toll the day, hour, minute
until predestiny decrees his reawakening.
When that feared moment arives,
"Ask not for whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee."
-- "I extended the loan on your Camera, at the Pine
Valley Pawn Shop today"
|A star captain's most solemn oath is that he will give his life, even|
his entire crew, rather than violate the Prime Directive.
-- Kirk, "The Omega Glory", stardate unknown
|... bacteriological warfare ... hard to believe we were once foolish|
enough to play around with that.
-- McCoy, "The Omega Glory", stardate unknown
| "... freedom ... is a worship word..."|
"It is our worship word too."
-- Cloud William and Kirk, "The Omega Glory", stardate unknown
| "The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity."|
"And in the way our differences combine to create meaning and beauty."
-- Dr. Miranda Jones and Spock, "Is There in Truth No Beauty?",
|Yes, it is written. Good shall always destroy evil.|
-- Sirah the Yang, "The Omega Glory", stardate unknown
| "I don't know what you mean by 'glory'," Alice said.|
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't --
till I tell you. I meant 'there's a nice knock-down argument for you!'"
"But glory doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'," Alice
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful
tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean
so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master --
-- Lewis Carrol, "Through the Looking Glass"
|It is indeed desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to|
|I've touch'd the highest point of all my greatness;|
And from that full meridian of my glory
I haste now to my setting. I shall fall,
Like a bright exhalation in the evening
And no man see me more.