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Post by Geoff » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:56 pm

"The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history."
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:59 pm

Aside from a cold appreciation of my own genius I felt that I was a modest man.
I have never been impressed by the formal schools of ethics. I had sampled them — public libraries are a ready source of recreation for an actor short of cash — but I had found them as poor in vitamins as a mother-in-law’s kiss. Given time and plenty of paper, a philosopher can prove anything. I had the same contempt for the moral instruction handed to most children. Much of it is prattle and the parts they really seem to mean are dedicated to the sacred proposition that a “good” child is one who does not disturb mother’s nap and a “good” man is one who achieves a muscular bank account without getting caught. No, thanks!
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I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
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Post by Cunt » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:05 pm

Again and again and again - what are the facts?
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:07 pm

No philosophy that he had ever heard or read gave any reasonable purpose for man's existence, nor any rational clue to his proper conduct. Basking in the sunshine might be as good a thing to do with one's life as any other — but it was not for him and he knew it, even if he could not define how he knew it.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:44 pm

Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.
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Post by MarkS » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:52 pm

"Never frighten a small man - he'll kill you."
Priests...dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.

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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:02 pm

A religion is sometime a source of happiness, and I would not deprive anyone of happiness. But it is a comfort appropriate for the weak, not for the strong. The great trouble with religion — any religion — is that a religionist, having accepted certain propositions by faith, cannot thereafter judge those propositions by evidence. One may bask at the warm fire of faith or choose to live in the bleak uncertainty of reason — but one cannot have both.
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Post by Geoff » Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:43 am

Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:14 am

Patriotism is not sentimental nonsense. Nor something dreamed up by demagogues. Patriotism is as necessary a part of man's evolutionary equipment as are his eyes, as useful to the race as eyes are to the individual.
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:44 am

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (1985)


Once you can honestly say, "I don't know", then it becomes possible to get at the truth.


When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.
Richard Ames; chapter 2, p. 24

I usually read the obituaries first as there is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day.
Richard Ames; chapter 3, p. 27

A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright.
Richard Ames; chapter 9, p. 108

Premenstrual Syndrome: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time.
credited to Lowell Stone, M.D., born 2144; chapter 15, p. 185

Women seem to have almost unlimited capacity for forgiveness. (Since it is usually a man who needs forgiveness, this must be a racial survival trait.)
Richard Ames; chapter 16, p. 200
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Post by Cunt » Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:45 pm

found here...
http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/athens/h ... lieve.html
a website wrote:Robert A. Heinlein wrote this item in 1952. His wife, Virginia Heinlein, chose to read it when she accepted NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal on October 6, 1988, on the Grand Master's behalf (it was a posthumous award).

Mrs. Heinlein received a standing ovation.

"I am not going to talk about religious beliefs but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. I believe in my neighbors. I know their faults, and I know that their virtues far outweigh their faults. "Take Father Michael down our road a piece. I'm not of his creed, but I know that goodness and charity and lovingkindness shine in his daily actions. I believe in Father Mike. If I'm in trouble, I'll go to him."

"My next-door neighbor is a veterinary doctor. Doc will get out of bed after a hard day to help a stray cat. No fee--no prospect of a fee--I believe in Doc.

"I believe in my townspeople. You can know on any door in our town saying, 'I'm hungry,' and you will be fed. Our town is no exception. I've found the same ready charity everywhere. But for the one who says, 'To heck with you - I got mine,' there are a hundred, a thousand who will say, "Sure, pal, sit down."

"I know that despite all warnings against hitchhikers I can step up to the highway, thumb for a ride and in a few minutes a car or a truck will stop and someone will say, 'Climb in Mac - how far you going?'

"I believe in my fellow citizens. Our headlines are splashed with crime yet for every criminal there are 10,000 honest, decent, kindly men. If it were not so, no child would live to grow up. Business could not go on from day to day. Decency is not news. It is buried in the obituaries, but is a force stronger than crime. I believe in the patient gallentry of nurses and the tedious sacrifices of teachers. I believe in the unseen and unending fight against desperate odds that goes on quietly in almost every home in the land.

"I believe in the honest craft of workmen. Take a look around you. There never were enough bosses to check up on all that work. From Independence Hall to the Grand Coulee Dam, these things were built level and square by craftsmen who were honest in their bones.

"I believe that almost all politicians are honest. . .there are hundreds of politicians, low paid or not paid at all, doing their level best without thanks or glory to make our system work. If this were not true we would never have gotten past the 13 colonies.

"I believe in Rodger Young. You and I are free today because of endless unnamed heroes from Valley Forge to the Yalu River. I believe in -- I am proud to belong to -- the United States. Despite shortcomings from lynchings to bad faith in high places, our nation has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history.

"And finally, I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown. In the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability, and goodness of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth. That we always make it just by the skin of our teeth, but that we will always make it. Survive. Endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes will endure. Will endure longer than his home planet -- will spread out to the stars and beyond, carrying with him his honesty and his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage and his noble essential decency.

"This I believe with all my heart."
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Post by Cunt » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:14 am

This makes me want to dust off my Heinlein paperbacks.
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Post by pErvinalia » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:21 am

I've got some on my shelves but haven't read them yet.
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Post by Cunt » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:23 am

Friday is at least 5 different kinds of hot.

Put a box of kleenex by your bed. Just sayin.
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Trump supporters are fundamentally racist.

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