• Lopen's Left Arm
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    “Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.”

    • Dalinar Kholin
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    I’m a simple man:

    “What day is it?” asked Pooh.

    “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.

    “My favorite day,” said Pooh.

  • @[email protected]
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    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

    Anatole France

    • @ooli
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      That’s pretty funny

  • @[email protected]
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    The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.

    From the Magic: The Gathering card “Blood of the Martyr”

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      71 month ago

      Oi oi oi. Me gotta hurt in here. Me smell a ting is near. Gonna bosh, and gonna nosh, and then the ting will disappear.

      — Uthden Troll

    • HobbitFoot
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      31 month ago

      Those who will not follow are doomed to lead.

      From the Magic: The Gathering card “Anarchist”

  • TTH4P
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    311 month ago

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

    • @FederatedSaint
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      111 month ago

      When working on an office, it’s great and all that you have “the power of accurate observation” but god our Debbie downer is insufferable.

    • MxM111
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      71 month ago

      Aren’t you confusing cynicism with skepticism?

    • SanguinePar
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      That’s a pretty accurate way of looking at things.

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          When I was in high school, a friend of mine came from a Republican family. He once told me “You think that if it would be nice that a thing were true, that means it is true”.

          It took me a long time to understand what he meant, but I finally do, and he was spot on with how my philosophy worked.

  • @[email protected]
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    “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

    • H.G. Wells
  • molave
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    231 month ago

    “The problem with internet quotes is that you cannot always depend on their accuracy.”

    ― Abraham Lincoln 1864

  • slazer2au
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    221 month ago

    This too shall pass.

    No matter how good or bad your life is, there will ways be change.

    • Call me Lenny/Leni
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      71 month ago

      That works both ways though. Even the fable where the quote originated had that as a takeaway.

        • Call me Lenny/Leni
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          31 month ago

          I mean the “this too shall pass” part. When people say the quote, usually it’s the kind of person who sees the negative treated differently than they treat the positive.

      • slazer2au
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        I’m paraphrasing but it was something along the lines of

        ‘Something that will make me sad when I am happy and happy when I am sad’

        • @[email protected]
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          The story goes, or the way that I was told, there was a king that always felt too high and then he felt too low. And so he called all his wise men to the hall, and he begged them for a gift to end the rises and the falls. But here’s the thing—they came back with a ring. It was simple, and was plainly unbefitting of a king, and engraved in black—well it had no front or back, but there were words around the band that said “just know this too shall pass.”

    • @shalafi
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      Sir Terry is all to easy to quote. This one always gets me thinking:

      "There had been that Weapons Law, for a start. Weapons were involved in so many crimes that, Swing reasoned, reducing the number of weapons had to reduce the crime rate. Vimes wondered if he’d sat up in bed in the middle of the night and hugged himself when he’d dreamed that one up. Confiscate all weapons, and crime would go down. It made sense.

      It would have worked, too, if only there had been enough coppers—say, three per citizen. Amazingly, quite a few weapons were handed in. The flaw, though, was one that had somehow managed to escape Swing, and it was this: criminals don’t obey the law. It’s more or less a requirement for the job. They had no particular interest in making the streets safer for anyone except themselves. And they couldn’t believe what was happening. It was like Hogswatch every day.

      Some citizens took the not-unreasonable view that something had gone a bit askew if only naughty people were carrying arms. And they got arrested in large numbers.

      The average copper, when he’s been kicked in the nadgers once too often and has reason to believe that his bosses don’t much care, has an understandable tendency to prefer to arrest those people who won’t instantly try to stab him, especially if they act a bit snotty and wear more expensive clothes than he personally can afford.

      The rate of arrests shot right up, and Swing had been very pleased about that. Admittedly, most of the arrests had been for possessing weaponry after dark, but quite a few had been for assaults on the Watch by irate citizens.

      That was Assault On A City Official, a very important and despicable crime, and, as such, far more important than all these thefts that were going on everywhere. It wasn’t that the city was lawless. It had plenty of laws. It just didn’t offer many opportunities not to break them.

      Swing didn’t seem to have grasped the idea that the system was supposed to take criminals and, in some rough-and-ready fashion, force them into becoming honest men. Instead, he’d taken honest men and turned them into criminals. And the Watch, by and large, into just another gang."

      And that from a liberal Englishman. I was taken aback reading Monstrous Regiment. "Did this guy write a book full of trans characters 21-years ago?! (Honestly, it got a little silly at the end with all the characters ending up trans, and a couple gay I think.)

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        He’s also easy to read. Too often I see a comment with this much text and lose interest instantly, but I didn’t even notice that this comment doesn’t even fit on my screen until I started typing this

  • @fjordbasa
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    201 month ago

    ”A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts.” Alan Watts

    I think it’s just a reminder of the pointlessness of overthinking. I find it poignant because I spend a lot of time lost in rumination, myself

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      Alan Watts is so fun. He used words like that monk lady in the marvel movies that slaps people out of their bodies.

      He’s masterful with words. So masterful he makes it look easy.

      So many teachers like “beyond this point words fail”, and they’ve got a good point, but Watts goes “let me give it a shot” and then conveys things in words that can take years to grasp through the brute force method of direct perception.

      People shit on words, and with very good reason, but they are the chutes and ladders that make enlightenment in a single lifetime possible if one’s lucky enough to have a teacher like Watts.

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        Yes!

        “Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.” Alan Watts

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    “To know which questions are unanswerable, and to not answer them: this is the skill that is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”

    • Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
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      Or, if you like it more pithy: “The difference between theory and practice is larger in practice than it is in theory.”

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    David Foster Wallace: You’ll stop worrying* what others think about you when you realize how seldom they do.

    * It might ‘caring’ rather than ‘worrying’, I’m not sure, and can’t be bothered finding the book to check it.

    It’s also possible that DFW didn’t coin this phrase.

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    Change and comfort rarely come together

    • Unattributed quote from a manager I work with
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    171 month ago

    What is better: to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?

    -Paarthurnax