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© bjciii 2005-2007

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.


I graduated from The University of Delaware with a Bachelor of the Arts in English with a Concentration in Literary Studies, so it's pretty obvious I enjoy the written word. I get a lot of e-mail from friends that include quotes that strike certain chords with them and some of them actually strike resonant chords with me as well. I've tried collecting a bunch over time and spreading them all over my online experience. Some are the "Daily Tip" on my main page... some are AWAY messages for AOL Instant Messenger... some are e-mail signatures and some are just things I remember. The point is there was so much written and so much said that comes into the realm of "timeless" that we'd be fools not to appreciate them. What you see on this page will be ones that I just thought were too cool to pass up. They may be repeats of my AWAY messages or whatnot, but tough. My page, my rules. Enjoy or not, but learn from them.

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnake's tail. -- Navajo Proverb
...you cannot objectify the subjective, you cannot generalize the specific. -- From The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. -- Garrison Keillor
In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. -- Carl Sagan
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -- Aristotle
I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us. The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring... -- Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) in Bull Durham
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -- Confucius
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
-- Albert Einstein
People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world. -- Calvin (from Calvin & Hobbes)
Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience. -- George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
It's difficult to say what is impossible... for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. -- Robert Goddard
At the end of the game the king and the pawn go back in the same box. -- Italian Proverb
Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. -- Brendan Gill
Tempus edax rerum. (Time, the devourer of all things.) -- Ovid
Pacifism works only if everyone is a pacifist. If you're a pacifist and the rest of us aren't, you're f*cked. -- John Parrish, STUFF Magazine 2/01
History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth. -- Jean Cocteau
Life is like a dog-sled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. -- Lewis Grizzard
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. -- Sophocles
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
-- George Orwell
It is not the critic who counts; Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Who strives valiantly; Who errs, and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; But who does actually strive to do the deeds; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; Who spends himself in a worthy cause; Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Theodore Roosevelt
What was once thought can never be unthought. -- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Never judge a book by its movie. -- J.W. Eagan
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood. -- Henry Miller
Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there. -- Clare Booth Luce
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. -- Harry S Truman
Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody and they meet at the bar. -- Drew Carey
If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. -- Dave Barry
Well ya see Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers. -- Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger)
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. -- Buckminster Fuller
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. -- Steven Wright
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. -- Burt Bacharach
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
-- Mark Twain
You better live every day like it's your last day, 'cause one day you're gonna be right.
I'm a firm believer in God himself, but that's as far as I can go. I'm not any denomination. I'm not Catholic or Presbyterian or Baptist or Methodist or Jewish or Muslim. I'm none of those things. And I'm sure that's just fine with God.
Nowadays they say you need to get a special chip to put in the TV so the kids can't watch this and that. In my day, we didn't need that. My mom was the chip. End of story.
-- Ray Charles
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Defeat is one thing; disgrace is another.
-- Sir Winston Churchill
Political Moderate: po•lit•i•cal mod•er•ate (n)
Endangered species hunted and despised by conservatives and liberals.; easily identified by their willingness to think for themselves; usually running away from the mindless herds.
-- Taken from GANGLES19's Away Message
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on. -- Robert Frost
Submitted by Bernie Haughey

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. -- Bob Dylan
Submitted by Bernie Haughey

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
-- Oscar Wilde
Submitted by Bernie Haughey

Art is mean to disturb. Science reassures. -- Georges Braque
Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you're keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls - family, health, friends, integrity - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truely understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life. -- From Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson (alternately stolen from Bouts20's AIM Profile)
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes? -- Groucho Marx
Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason -- Jerry Seinfeld
Imagination is intelligence with an erection. -- Victor Hugo
My favorite animal is steak. -- Fran Lebowitz
I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts. -- Orson Welles
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. -- William Dement
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment -- Dorothy Nevill
I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it. -- Thomas Paine
Free speech exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free. -- Theodore Roosevelt
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them. -- Dwight David Eisenhower
What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. -- Robert F. Kennedy
A thing worth having is worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields
[T]he internet is like a swimming pool... viruses/spam/spyware are the pee in the swimming pool that is the internet -- Krzysztof Bakowski
We all know that the proper way to tackle a [Dallas] Cowboy is to throw him to the ground, rip off his helmet, and kick him in the head. Twice. -- Jim Campbell
on election day i somehow fell asleep on top of my glasses :( imagine how devastated i was when i woke up with a pair of mangled glasses and a dingleberry for president. -- Chris Straughen (from the 2000 United States presidential election)