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To quote Sun Tzu

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 18:05

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
All warfare is based on deception.  Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near
Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill.  To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. 
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.   If you are near, make him believe you are far.
The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy.
Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.
He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness.  Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness.  Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you.  Give them instructions and care for them.  Thus doubled agents are recruited and used.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and know Earth, you may make your victory complete.


To quote Steven Wright

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 17:28
I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
I was a peripheral visionary.  I could see the future, but only way off to the side.
I watched the Indy 500, and I was thinking that if they left earlier they wouldn't have to go so fast.
If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?
 It's a small world but I wouldn't want to paint it.
Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
I went for a walk last night and my kids asked me how long I'd be gone.  I said, "The whole time."
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?
If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?
I got food poisoning today.  I don't know when I'll use it.
 All those who believe in psycho kinesis raise my hand.
I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.


To quote P.J. O'Rourk

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 17:07


Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
America wasn't founded so that we could all be better.  America was founded so we could all be anything we damned well pleased.
The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn.  The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work and then they get elected and prove it.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.
Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about ''character issues.''
One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.
There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please.  And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.
 You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money. 
The principle feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness.  By loudly denouncing all bad things -- war and hunger and date rape -- liberals testify to their own terrific goodness.  More important, they promote themselves to membership in  a self-selecting elite of those who care deeply about such things.  It's a kind of natural aristocracy, and the wonderful thing about this aristocracy is that you don't have to be brave, smart, strong or even lucky to join it, you just have to be liberal.
Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.
Even very young children need to be informed about dying.  Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child.  This will make threatening him with it much more effective.

Every government is a parliament of whores.  The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government does it to somebody else.  This is the idea behind foreign policy.
I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility.  We journalists don't have to step on roaches.  All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.

If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat - in other words, turn you into an adult.
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society.  If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
Social Security is a government program with a constituency made up of the old, the near old and those who hope or fear to grow old.  After 215 years of trying, we have finally discovered a special interest that includes 100 percent of the population.   Now we can vote ourselves rich.

The Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns.  Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?

The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look.  It works in reverse, too.  When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.
There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women.  Chief among these is the  Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.


To quote Theodore Roosevelt

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 16:34


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
 Speak softly and carry a big stick.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do!
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly. 
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer.
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. 
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not Guilty.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.
Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood.  We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.


To Quote Harry S. Truman

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 07:04

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

I never give them hell.  I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.
America was not built on fear.  America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
 The leader has to lead, or otherwise he has no business in politics.
Men make history, and not the other way around.  In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still.
Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from.  It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.
We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God.

To quote Margaret Thatcher

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 07:04


I owe nothing to Women's Lib. 

 The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.

I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions - he had money, too.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukemia with leeches.
I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.

I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together.
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs.
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it.
I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.

If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.

It is only when you look now and see success that you say that it was good fortune. It was not. We lost 250 of our best young men. I felt every one.

It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
It was sheer professionalism and inspiration and the fact that you really cannot have people marching into other people's territory and staying there.

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.

To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best. 
We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.


To quote Ayn Rand

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 17:11


When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
There can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority.
If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject.
The purpose of the law is not to prevent a future offense, but to punish the one actually committed.
The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals.  When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.  One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Unjust laws have to be fought ideologically;  they cannot be fought or corrected by means of mere disobedience and futile martyrdom.
Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow.  They come to be accepted by degrees, by precedent, by implication, by erosion, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other - until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country's official ideology.
Truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

To quote C.S. Lewis

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 16:21


An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful.
Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
 Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.
There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.
A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness.  It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need forgiveness.
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.  The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you get neither.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers.  But you learn, my God do you learn.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.  There is no such thing.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret?  There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."
Thirty was so strange for me.  I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
We are what we believe we are.
What saves a man is to take a step.  Then another step.
You don't have a soul.  You are a Soul.  You have a body.

To quote George S. Patton

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 16:02
 Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of the Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of the Arab.  He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have been developing.
A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.

A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.

War is the supreme test of man in which he rises to heights never approached in any other activity.

No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.
Good tactics can save even the worst strategy.  Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.  It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
The obvious thing for the cavalryman to do is to accept the fighting machine as a partner, and prepare to meet more fully the demands of future warfare.
I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.
Never let the enemy pick the battle site.
Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity. 

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.

An Army is a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team.  This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap.

It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.

May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.
Live for something rather than die for nothing.

Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
Do more than is required of you.
Do everything you ask of those you command.
If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.
By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
Success is how you bounce on the bottom.

The leader must be an actor.

You’re never beaten until you admit it.

You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him. 


Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. 

To quote Mahatma Ghandi

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 14:14


We must become the change we want to see.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago... that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them.
Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
God has no religion.
If we have listening ears, God speaks to us in our own language, whatever that language be.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.  Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.
What do I think of Western civilization?  I think it would be a very good idea.
Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Faith must be enforced by reason.  When faith becomes blind it dies.
Faith is not a delicate flower which would wither away under the slightest stormy weather.
Men often become what they believe themselves to be.  If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.
You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
We must always seek to ally ourselves with that part of the enemy that knows what is right.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
President means chief servant.
All crime is a kind of disease and should be treated as such.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
The Roots of Violence:  Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.
The measure of a country's greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable populations.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
All business depends upon men fulfilling their responsibilities.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.
Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
Your capacity to keep your vow will depend on the purity of your life.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
There is more to life than increasing its speed.




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