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Old 07-20-2012, 07:21 AM   #1876
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Today is Cormac McCarthy's birthday.

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Old 07-20-2012, 05:28 PM   #1877
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"...The mild, blue-eyed young Ohio boy was a complete egotist, as all children are egotists. He did not want friends for the quite simple reason that no child wants friends. He wanted most of all the people of his own mind, people with whom he could really talk, people he could harangue and scold by the hour, servants, you see, to his fancy. Among these people he was always self-confident and bold. They might talk, to be sure, and even have opinions of their own, but always he talked last and best. He was like a writer busy among the figures of his brain, a kind of tiny blue-eyed king he was, in a six- dollar room facing Washington Square in the city of New York...."

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:56 AM   #1878
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #1879
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:45 PM   #1880
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:48 PM   #1881
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It is quite possible - overwhelmingly probable, one might guess - that we will always learn more about human life and human personality from novels than from scientific psychology.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:37 PM   #1882
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There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:54 PM   #1883
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"I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet, and I'll die like a poet." - Bob Dylan

great article "Dylan in his own words:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/...#ixzz265eEKs3A
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:12 PM   #1884
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Today is Cormac McCarthy's birthday.

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.
- Cormac McCarthy
I say this to myself a dozen times a week--it's the only thing that gets me through sometimes. And I didn't even know it was a real quote or whose...cool!
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:24 AM   #1885
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"I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet, and I'll die like a poet." - Bob Dylan

great article "Dylan in his own words:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/...#ixzz265eEKs3A
well, he's right, of course. His modern lyre is the guitar. It was a long fad that poetry was separated from music in the course of centuries because you would only record the lyrics for posterity... not so today, though because of the long tradition people will still go on writing pure text poetry...
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:51 AM   #1886
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:41 AM   #1887
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From David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas

“& only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!
Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”


“Why fight the 'natural' (oh, weaselly word!) order of things? Why? Because of this―one fine day, a purely predatory world shall consume itself. In an individual, selfishness uglifies the soul; for the human species, selfishness is extinction.”


“Faith, the least exclusive club on Earth, has the craftiest doorman. Every time I've stepped through its wide-open doorway, I find myself stepping out on the street again.”


“The better organized the state, the duller its humanity.”
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:19 PM   #1888
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.....Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
..........Unknown. (No, it wasn't Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, or even Rita Mae Brown who first made the remark—unless you believe those ubiquitous 3rd rate internet quotations sites whose efforts at research are for all practical purposes non-existent. The people who own those sites wouldn't know a primary source if it walked up and bit them in the backside. Rita Mae Brown did quote it, however, in her 1983 book, Sudden Death; and Wikiquote states, "An early occurrence was used as a teaching reference at University of California, Irvine in social science lectures in the later 1960s. Also found in a 1981 text from Narcotics Anonymous.")
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Old 10-25-2012, 10:45 PM   #1889
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.....Presidents are made, not born. That’s a good thing to remember. It’s silly to think that Presidents are born, because very few people are 35 years old at birth, and those who are won’t admit it. So if you’re only 16 don’t be discouraged, because it’s only a phase and there’s nothing wrong with you that you won’t outgrow.
..........— Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen (26 July 1895 [year uncertain] - 27 August 1964). Gracie Allen was an American comedian, actress, singer, dancer, and the wife of George Burns. How to Become President (1940), Ch. 2: "Others make good, why not you?"
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