Friday, April 01, 2005

Some Semi-Random Quotes and Maxims

Keep It Simple Stupid.

Good, Fast, Cheap; pick two.

Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Never let someone who says it cannot be done interrupt the person who is
doing it.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you're talking about.

It's easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.

Paranoia is simply an optimistic outlook on life.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they AREN'T out to get you.

It's not whether your paranoid, it's whether you're paranoid enough.

"Fear is overrated as a deterrent; death works better." -- Chris Byrne

"The eyes may be the windows on the soul
But the word is the doorway to the mind"
--Chris Byrne

"Why is it that the three least common virtues are common courtesy,
common decency, and common sense" -- Chris Byrne

"The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity."
-- Harlan Ellison

"Most people want either less corruption or more of a chance to
participate in it." -- H.L. Mencken

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -Plato

"The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians
who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool
all of the people all of the time." -- Franklin Adams

"A boy gets to be a man when a man is needed." -- John Steinbeck

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George Bernard Shaw

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." -George Orwell.

"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." --George Orwell

"War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory." -- Clemenceau

"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." --Winston Churchill

"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."-- Napoleon Bonaparte

"Never Interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake" -- Napoleon Bonaparte

"Victory belongs to the most persevering." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." -- Robert E. Lee

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving." -- Ulysses S. Grant

"No man becomes a hero by dying for his country; he becomes a hero by making some other poor bastard die for his"

"There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men."

"If a man does his best, what else is there."

"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."

--All from George S. Patton

"Probably it does not matter, but "terror" is an unsatisfactory adversary, since it is a mental condition rather than a tangible foe. You cannot fight against "terror," since you cannot shoot it or sink it in the sea. In addition, terror is an undignified emotion. Young men should be conditioned to rise above fear at the earliest possible age, and to the extent that this happens, they cannot be terrorized. Nobody likes to look right into the cannon's mouth, but he need not squeal about it. George Patton had some very good things to say on this subject. Nobody is immune from fear, but nobody should let fear affect his conduct."
-- Jeff Cooper

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-- John Stuart Mill

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom;
and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money it values more, it will lose that, too."
-- W. Somerset Maugham

"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" -- Patrick Henry

"We make war that we may live in peace." --Aristotle

"Let him who desires peace prepare for war." --Flavius Vegetius Renatus

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy

"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice." -- Baruch Spinoza

"The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death." -- Cicero

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." -- Malcom X

"If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other." -- Carl Schurz

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." --George Bernard Shaw

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end." -- Lord Acton

"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorius the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." -- The Crisis; Thomas Paine

"The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just an charitable war." -- King John; William Shakespeare

"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come". -- Julius Caesar; William Shakespeare

"This day is called the feast of Crispin.

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispin.

He that shall live this day, and see old age, will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, and say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispin:'

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, and say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'

Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot, but he'll remember with advantages what feats he did that day:

Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the king,
Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot,
Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.

This story shall the good man teach his son;

And Crispin Crispin shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remember'd;
We few,
we happy few,
we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother;
be he ne'er so vile,this day shall gentle his condition:

And gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap
whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day." -- Henry V; William Shakespeare