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Old 02-02-2016, 07:21 AM   #2941
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Old 02-03-2016, 01:22 PM   #2942
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Old 02-03-2016, 01:26 PM   #2943
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“wolves are so frightening not because of their fangs and claws but because of their intelligence, because of their hunger.”


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Crazy like Crows!!
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:52 PM   #2944
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Crazy like Crows!!
Indeed! It is "Wotan's Day," so why not both (yeah, I know Huginn and Muninn are Ravens, not Crows)?

"My ravens are Huginn and Muninn, Thought and Memory; my wolves are Freki and Geri; my horse is the gallows.”
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

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Old 02-04-2016, 10:40 PM   #2945
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This one's a bit involved. I was watching an American Experience show Murder of a President tonight on President Garfield and his life/assasination/death. Excellent show and episode btw. And somewhere the phrase 'better angels of our natures' came up -- at his deathbed or somewhere near the end. Which immediately made me think of the Stephen Pinker book.

I began googling and low and behold it was the final phrase of Lincolns inaugural address.

".... I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
- Abraham Lincoln

but apparently the trigger/origin is Charles Dickens (Barnaby Rudge) from this:

"“The thoughts of worldly men are for ever regulated by a moral law of gravitation, which, like the physical one, holds them down to earth. The bright glory of day, and the silent wonders of a starlit night, appeal to their minds in vain. There are no signs in the sun, or in the moon, or in the stars, for their reading. They are like some wise men, who, learning to know each planet by its Latin name, have quite forgotten such small heavenly constellations as Charity, Forbearance, Universal Love, and Mercy, although they shine by night and day so brightly that the blind may see them; and who, looking upward at the spangled sky, see nothing there but the reflection of their own great wisdom and book-learning…

“It is curious to imagine these people of the world, busy in thought, turning their eyes towards the countless spheres that shine above us, and making them reflect the only images their minds contain…So do the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels, and thus their brightness is eclipsed."
- Charles Dickens

you can read a bit about it here: http://www.whatyousay.com/a-quotatio...raham-lincoln/


and perhaps Pinker even explains it in his book, I don't know as I've not read it.

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Old 02-05-2016, 12:04 PM   #2946
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I love it Kenny. Those are two excellent quotes and I love the connection between them.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:07 PM   #2947
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“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”
― Anaïs Nin

“I often don't say things out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundreds of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you'd never guess from looking at me.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

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Old 02-05-2016, 02:45 PM   #2948
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:13 PM   #2949
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:47 PM   #2950
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Well, in that context:

"It's always night, or we wouldn't need light"
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Famously used by Thomas Pynchon as the epigraph to Against the Day.
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