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Old 09-27-2011, 01:48 PM   #1756
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There is, also, a Pratchett quote about "half full vs half empty" that it is marvelous!

I have to say, Adams and Pratchett are the funniest mates i've ever read.
There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!

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Old 09-27-2011, 04:15 PM   #1757
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"He rather liked people. It was a major failing in a demon.
Oh, he did his best to make their short lives miserable, because that was his job, but nothing he could think up was half as bad as the stuff they thought up themselves. They seemed to have a talent for it. It was built into the design, somehow. They were born into a world that was against them in a thousand little ways, and then devoted most of their energies to making it worse."

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Old 09-29-2011, 01:23 AM   #1758
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"Your book is both good and original. Unfortunately the parts that are original are not good and the parts that are good are not original."
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:29 PM   #1759
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..........— H[erbert] G[eorge] Wells (1866-1946), British novelist, historian. The Outline of History (1920), chapter 41.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:40 PM   #1760
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:57 AM   #1761
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:47 PM   #1762
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:08 PM   #1763
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #1764
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So sharing a wickedly clever put down of a work of literature right up there with "The covers of this book are too far apart." by Ambrose Bierce . This dialog from The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard that I am currently reading:
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Polevoy (to Chaadaev): But no doubt you have read Kukolnik's play?

Chaadev: No . . . I started to read it but after a while I seemed to lose interest, and I was still on the title.
I'll have to remember that for use the next time my local library book club picks a book I reallly can't muster any interest in.
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:47 PM   #1765
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So sharing a wickedly clever put down of a work of literature right up there with "The covers of this book are too far apart." by Ambrose Bierce . This dialog from The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard that I am currently reading:


I'll have to remember that for use the next time my local library book club picks a book I reallly can't muster any interest in.
These days, I suppose the equivalent for most of us would be, "This book has too many kilobytes."
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Old 10-08-2011, 07:00 AM   #1766
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I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:47 AM   #1767
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:04 AM   #1768
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:59 PM   #1769
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:24 PM   #1770
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