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Old 08-27-2014, 05:02 AM   #2386
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This is a quote I saw 20 years ago on a French channel TV. When asked what would God say to him when he'd go to heaven, a writer replied : "You see, imbecile, I exist."
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:35 AM   #2388
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"Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindbogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
"The argument goes something like this: 'I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, 'for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'
"'But,' says Man, 'the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'
"'Oh dear,' says God, 'I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
"'Oh, that was easy,' says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
"Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo's kidneys, but that didn't stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his bestselling book, Well That about Wraps It Up for God.

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Old 08-27-2014, 02:13 PM   #2390
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“And, while we’re on the subject, aluminium is spelled with two i’s, not one, although actually your American spelling is arguably the more correct since that’s the one that the British inventor Humphry Davy adopted for it in 1808, although you’re still wrong about changing words ending in –re (centre, spectre) to –er. In fact, even words like minister, monster, and November used to be spelled with an –re at one point, so it’s no use arguing. And it’s pronounced “Wooster” sauce although it’s spelled Worcestershire. Don’t ask me why. I’m Irish.”
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:51 PM   #2391
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Old 08-28-2014, 03:52 PM   #2392
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“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:13 PM   #2394
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"Another damned thick book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh, Mr. Gibbon?"
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David Mitchell, man. His prose makes me swoon. I had his latest, The Bone Clocks, delivered to my Kindle last night via pre-order and I caught a review of it in The Guardian by no less than Ursula K. Le Guin. Ah, me! The quote she highlights...


" … a west window offers a view over
one mile or a hundred miles of dunes,
up to the High Ridge and the Light of
Day. Holly follows me. "See up there?"
I tell her. "That's where we're from."
"Then all those little pale lights,"
whispers Holly, "crossing the sand,
they're souls?"
"Yes. Thousands and thousands,
at any given time." We walk over to
the eastern window, where an inexact
distance of dunes rolls down through
darkening twilight to the Last Sea.
"And that's where they're bound."
We watch the little lights enter the
starless extremity and go out, one
by one by one." ~ From The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

/H.R. should seriously provide "reading days." I'll suggest it.
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