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Old 07-29-2014, 11:43 PM   #2371
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:09 PM   #2372
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Lester Young slowly dying of malnutrition and alcohol:

"He ate almost nothing, but he still had his preferences when it came to food: Chinese was his favorite, that was the food he didn't eat most of."

"He was disappearing, fading into the tradition before he was even dead... When he played now cats said he limped along after himself, a pale imitation of those who played like him... He'd been thrown out of the Fletcher Henderson band for not sounding enough like Hawk. Now he was being thrown out of his own life for not sounding enough like himself."

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Old 08-04-2014, 04:43 AM   #2373
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I experienced a similar sense of the despondency when reading about the construction of the Pentagon Memorial dedicated to the 184 victims killed at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 on 9/11. Its builders confidently predicted that it would last over a century. Think about that: a memorial that will last only a little longer than the life span of a healthy person. What is the point of a memorial that will mostly be viewed by contemporaries who already have firm recollections of the tragic event it memorializes? Compare this to the many bronze and granite memorials in our nation's capital built in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that will, like their Roman and Greek predecessors, probably endure millennia. Such are the values of this world we have created, one in which we have come to accept the short life expectancy of not only our infrastructure but of our memorials as well.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:26 AM   #2374
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Eumelos had a Maltese dog.
He called him Bull. He was the most
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His bark comes faintly up from Hell,
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:07 PM   #2376
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... those among us who soonest recover from the shock of a great grief for the dead are those who have the most duties to perform toward the living... Time may claim many victories, but not the victory over grief. The great consolation for the loss of the dead who are gone is to be found in the great necessity of thinking of the living who remain.

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Old 08-07-2014, 05:05 PM   #2377
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You can depend on Rust Cohle to be cheery. He talks like a dark, hopeless version of Joseph Campbell.

"I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight - brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal."
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:17 PM   #2378
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Orson: The report, Mork.
Mork: This week I discovered a terrible disease called loneliness.
Orson: Do many people on Earth suffer from this disease?
Mork: Oh yes sir, and how they suffer. One man I know suffers so much he has to take a medication called bourbon, even that doesn't help very much because then he can hear paint dry.
Orson: Does bed rest help?
Mork: No because I've heard that sleeping alone is part of the problem. You see, Orson, loneliness is a disease of the spirit. People who have it think that no one cares about them.
Orson: Do you have any idea why?
Mork: Yes sir you can count on me. You see, when children are young, they're told not to talk to strangers. When they go to school, they're told not to talk to the person next to them. Finally when they're very old, they're told not to talk to themselves, who's left?
Orson: Are you saying Earthlings make each other lonely?
Mork: No sir I'm saying just the opposite. They make themeslves lonely, they're so busy looking out for number one that there's not enough room for two.
Orson: It's too bad everybody down there can't get together and find a cure.
Mork: Here's the paradox sir because if they did get together, they wouldn't need one. Isn't that zenlack?
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:02 AM   #2379
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Here is one of my favorite GOT quotes and apropos to world events...


“Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end? I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?”
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"The May that I was seventeen, I read “Middlemarch” in the space of two weeks, a reminder of how little else there was to do in my narrow English coastal town. The Wildean boyfriend lived, exotically enough, in distant London, a useful arrangement if one is developing a taste for nineteenth-century novels."

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If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

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